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Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources

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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 each academic year.

Winter 2021

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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.


David Aitoro, Joint MS-MBA


Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Resources in North American Capacity Markets


Paul-Miki Akpablie, Joint MS-MBACleantechTowards Affordable, Clean and Reliable Electricity in Africa: A Simple Optimization Model for an Energy "Router"Linkedin

Arnab Chatterjee, Joint MS-MBA

Kyle Mills, Joint MS-MBA



Lowering Perceived Barriers of Ethanol Production Utilizing Captured CO2



Nicholas Wallace, Joint MS-JDEnergyOffshore Wind in the Great Lakes: Fostering Development Through State PolicyLinkedin
Ian Field, Joint MS-MBAEnergySustainable Search Funds: Using Entrepreneurship through Acquisition to Drive Impact for our PlanetLinkedin

Sawyer Clark, Joint MS-MBA

Land Use and Agriculture

The Economic Case for Low-Water Pistachios


Nasa Sinnott-Armstrong, Dual MS/PhD Genetics

Custom: Human Health and the Environment

Learning Air Pollution 


Will Ross, Joint MS-MBA

Climate and AtmosphereBeing the Fire: An Actor-Critic Reinforcement Learning Method to "Learn" How Fires Behave Beyond the Limits of Traditional Physical ModelsLinkedin

Amanda Zerbe, Joint MS-JD

(In collaboration with Erica Bower, PhD)

Climate and AtmosphereAnalyzing International Climate Change Claims in VanuatuLinkedin
Cam Clevidence, Joint MS-JDFreshwaterLeft Outstanding: Reviving an Underutilized Clean Water Act RegulationLinkedin
Joseph Ingrao, Joint MS-JDLand Use and AgricultureCultural Easements: Restoring Indigenous Sovereignty and Declining Ecosystems on Private LandLinkedin




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Nik Sawe
Lecturer, E-IPER


If you have any questions about the Capstone Projects or ideas for a potential Project, please contact ENVRES 290 instructor, Nik Sawe.

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