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Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

We train the next generation to help solve critical environmental and sustainability challenges.

Capstone Project

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The Joint MS Capstone Project is an opportunity for students to address a real-world environmental problem by integrating their E-IPER and professional school coursework in an interdisciplinary project. Students present their Projects at the Capstone Symposium, held at the end of each quarter in which students are completing projects. Students have the freedom to generate their own project ideas. Projects could involve any of the following: 

  • Further development of a project initiated in a prior or concurrent project-based course (taken while enrolled in the Joint MS degree);
  • Collaboration with an off-campus client on a current environmentally related problem (e.g., by expanding on a summer internship); 
  • Collaboration with a business or entrepreneur to develop a business plan for a new venture;
  • Collaboration with a Stanford faculty member or E-IPER PhD student on a relevant research project.

The Capstone Project Guidelines updated annually, describe the proposal and implementation process. Students may work on their projects individually or in a group of up to 3 students. The Capstone Course, ENVRES 290, is offered in the Autumn and Winter quarters for the 2020-21 academic year.

If you have any questions about the Capstone Projects or ideas for a potential Project, please contact ENVRES 290 instructor, Nik Sawe. To view presentations from recent Capstone Symposia, see our Alumni page.

Autumn 2020

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View students' Capstone Project presentations using the password ViaOrtega.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this quarter's projects were presented in an online and remote format.


Eileen Waris, Joint MS-MBA

Alvaro Stolowicz, Joint MS-MBA

Land Use and Agriculture

Sustainable Built Environment

A Roadmap to Reducing Last Mile Delivery Related CO2 Emissions in San Francisco 



Eitan Rovero-Shein, Joint MS-MBAEnergyLocation, Location, Location: Analyzing the Optimal Battery Storage Distribution for CaliforniaLinkedin

Phillipp Krinner, Joint MS-MBA

Julius Niehaus, Joint MS-MBA



Heat Pumps: Unlimited Energy Right in Your Own Backyard



Alex Li, Joint MS-MBACustom: Sustainable TransportationElectric Robotaxis: Understanding the Impact of Electric, Shared and Autonomous TransportationLinkedin
John Hare-Grogg, Joint MS-JDSustainable Built EnvironmentStrategies for Climate-Sensitive Location of New Housing Development  Linkedin

Maya Granit, Joint MS-MBA

Meg Downey, Joint MS-MBA

(In collaboration with Caroline Ferguson, PhD)


Sustainable Design

Community-Based Sea Cucumber Aquaculture: Designing an Operating Model that Prioritizes Conservation & Financial Sustainability



Emily Gittins, Joint MS-MBA

Carla Pacini, Joint MS-MBA


Sustainable Design

Circular Fashion: Evaluating Economics, Consumer Behavior, and Environmental Impacts of Secondhand Models



Daniel Irvin, Joint MS-JD

(In collaboration with Kiran Chawla, PhD)

EnergyDistributional Issues Arising from Increasing Wildfire Risks in the Residential Insurance and Housing MarketsLinkedin
Sami Tellatin, Joint MS-MBALand Use and AgricultureCracking the Farm Financial Barrier to Soil Health Practice Adoption: Capital Access and Profitability InsightsLinkedin
Fabiola Quinzanos-Rodriguez, Joint MS-MBALand Use and AgricultureThe Treasure Behind the Green Gold: Understanding the Opportunities in the Avocado Supply ChainLinkedin
Mondee Lu, Joint MS-JDLand Use and AgricultureUnderstanding Material Pathways for California's Woody Feedstock: 2020-2050Linkedin


Archive Prior to Autumn 2020


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