Richard Stessel

Courses Taught

Statement

I hope students learn that sound, basic engineering can help protect the environment. The sound management of resources includes engineering their recovery from the earth, as well as from the waste stream. I hope students leave my classes looking differently at the world around them, particularly signs of material use in the economy. I would like them to be able to tell their employers "hey, I can help you save money here, and protect the environment at the same time." It is critical that engineers learn that they _are_ the systems people for a technical world. Any group of people who can take a resource from the environment, clean it, prepare it for use, use it, and return it, clean, to the environment or for re-use, knows how to manage systems far more complicated, and far more critical to the earth, than any other disciplinary group. As stewards of the use of earth's resources, engineers must take their place at the forefront of environmental and resource policy. In so doing, they must appreciate the value of the fundamentals of engineering that give them that power.

Profile

At Columbia, Prof.Stessel is teaching Physical Proccessing and the Recovery of Solids and Municipal Solids Waste Control.

Education

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering. Duke University. December, 1983. M. S. Environmental Engineering. Duke University. May, 1982. M. A. Public Policy Sciences. Duke University. May, 1982. B. A. Physics. Harvard University. June, 1979.

Contact Information

ris13@columbia.edu

http://www.columbia.edu/cu/earth/faculty/stessel.htm