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Gilbert M. Masters

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Emeritus)
Renewable and Efficient Energy Systems


B.S. (1961) and M.S. (1962), Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. (1966) Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

Gil Masters has focused the latter part of his career on renewable and efficient energy systems as keys to both climate stabilization and energy security. His primary interests are in the energy-efficiency side of green buildings, distributed generation, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) potential, combined-heat-and power systems, design and evaluation of solar and wind energy systems, and emerging solar-thermal technologies.

Although he officially retired in 2002, he continues to teach CEE 176A: Energy-Efficient Buildings, and CEE 176B: Electric Power: Renewables and Efficiency. He also co-teaches a course in the Business School on Environmental Science for Planners and Managers.

He is the author or co-author of eight books, including Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science, now in its third (2008) edition, Renewable and Efficient Electric Power Systems (2004), and Energy for Sustainability: Technology, Policy and Planning (2008).

Professor Masters has been the recipient of a number of teaching awards at Stanford, including the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Tau Beta Pi teaching award from the School of Engineering. He was also a three-year Bing Fellow for Undergraduate Teaching. Over the years, more than 12,000 students have enrolled in his courses. He served as the School of Engineering Associate Dean for Student Affairs from 1982-1986, and he was the Interim Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1992-93.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Yang and Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building, 393
(650) 725-1049
gmasters@stanford.edu