Organizing Team


For the 2015-2016 academic year, GUDP is being developed by a teaching team at Stanford which includes Professor James Leckie, Consulting Professor Jie Wang, Lecturer Glenn Katz, and Lecturer Derek Ouyang, with support from Senior Research Engineering/Lecturer Sandy Robertson, Lecturer Charlotte Stanton, and PhD student Rob Best. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about GUDP.

Stanford Team


Dr. James LeckieB.S., Civil Engineering, San José State University, 1964; M.S., Environmental Sciences, Harvard University, 1965; Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, Harvard University, 1970.

  • Professional Experience: 1981-present, Professor, Environmental Engineering and Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University; 1974-1981, Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University; 1971-1974, Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University; 1970-1971, Acting Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. Director, Environmental Engineering and Science Program, 1980-2004; Director, Environmental Engineering Laboratory, 2002-2008; Director, Singapore Stanford Partnership; Director, Stanford Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness, 2008-present; Director, Stanford Environmental and Water Studies Summer Program, 2006-present.
  • Relevant Professional Service: Editorial Advisory Board: Environmental Science and Technology (1988-91); Editorial Board: Environmental Geology (1980-86); Peer Review of Manuscripts: Environmental Science and Technology (ACS); Langmuir (ACS), Water Resources Research (AGU), Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (GSA)/ Physical Chemistry (ACS), Marine Chemistry, Limnology and Oceanography, Journal of Colloid and Interface Chemistry (ACS), Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability. Program Review: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Science Advisory Board (1987); Department of Energy (1986-95), National Research Council: Water Science and Technology Board (1988-92), Board on Radioactive Waste Management (1997-2000). Gordon Research Conferences: Invited Speaker or Discussion Leader on topics related to applied surface chemistry, trace metal speciation in aqueous environments, 1985, 1986, 1988.
  • Honors: Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for research at the Centro de Ciencias del Mar y Limnologia, Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico, 1979-1980; American Society of Civil Engineering Rudolf Hering Medal, 1981; University Fellow, Stanford University, 1982-1984; Engineering Award of Distinction for 1983, San José State University; appointed C.L. Peck, Class of 1906, Professor of Environmental Engineering & Applied Earth Sciences, 2003; Chair Professorship, Tsghua University, Beijing, 2004-07; National Academy of Engineering, 2005; 2007 AEESP Outstanding Paper Award; International Water Association (IWA), IWA Innovation Honour Award, East Asian/Pacific Region, 2008; Institute of Engineers, Singapore (IES), IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award, 2008; Best paper of the Year Award, 2009, Risk Analysis.
  • Research Interests: Research in environmental chemistry with emphasis on aqueous surface-chemical phenomena, thermodynamics and kinetics of surface complex formation, chemistry of natural waters, adsorption, dissolution and precipitation at the mineral/water interface, and chemistry of water and wastewater treatment processes. Human exposure analysis, with emphasis on dermal exposure. Computational intelligence for smart physical and social infrastructure, using computational learning and optimization tools to (1) better design smart physical infrastructure (transportation systems, urban water systems), and (2) facilitate a class of social services such as knowledge management for social innovation, to integrate social functionality into urban communities.

Dr. Jie Wang is a Consulting Professor at Stanford University focusing on interdisciplinary research in computational learning and reasoning for smart systems, information and knowledge management for sustainable development and innovation. His work includes decision making frameworks for sustainable strategy and business governance, information analytics and knowledge acquisition for new business and industry development, cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary knowledge systems, enterprise modeling, and enterprise IT infrastructure management. He has recently emphasized work in smart infrastructure, smart cities and smart society, and smart manufacturing. All of this work involves some aspect of big data for engineering and environmental informatics as well as social computing and service innovation. He has conducted research at Stanford, worked at several startups in Silicon Valley, and consulted for multi-international companies including Disney, UBS, First Union Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank), HP, Xerox, NCR, China Bank of Communications, and for government agencies. He has also serviced as a senior advisor to Sequoia Capital backed Silicon Valley startups. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Sustainable Development and Global Competitiveness. He was appointed as an Academic Associate in the Judge Business School of University of Cambridge. Dr. Wang received his Ph.D from Stanford University, his two M.S. degrees from Stanford University and University of Miami, and his B.S. from Shanghai JiaoTong University. Dr. Wang has over 50 peer reviewed research papers published.

Glenn Katz is an instructor in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Stanford University. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Structural Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Master's Degree in Construction Engineering and Management at Stanford Univeristy. At Stanford he has developed and taught a wide variety of classes focusing on Building Information Modeling, Virtual Design and Construction, Sustainable Design and Development Strategies, Computational Design and Multi-Disciplinary Optimization, Global Collaboration, and Project-Based Learning. He has also designed and developed Autodesk BI Curriculum for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction, created BIMtopia - an internet portal supporting the AEC educational community in using BIM-related technologies in traditional coursework and emerging learning paradigms, worked as an Autodesk Education Solution Specialist driving adoption of technology solutions at education institutions across North America and developing hands-on workshops, presentations, and lectures to support the innovative integration of technologies into architecture, engineering, and construction curricula. He was the primary academic advisor for GUDP during the Stockton and Juarez projects.

Stanford Team Members 2

Sandy Robertson is a Sr. Research Engineer/Lecturer in Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. His work in the water/environmental field started in the Peace Corps in Thailand, followed by time as an engineer for a Sacramento, California consulting firm. At Stanford (student and staff) he has been involved in research ranging from copper geochemistry, groundwater recharge, advanced wastewater treatment processes, and children’s exposure to pesticides. He helped develop and manage international research and education collaborations (Clean Water Program & Singapore Stanford Partnership) between Stanford and Nanyang Technological University. His teaching includes courses in design, aquatic chemistry, and contaminant fate and transport. He works with the Stanford Center for Sustainable Development & Global Competitiveness (SDGC) and with the Stanford group that is designing and will operate the Codiga Resource Recovery Center (CR2C), currently under construction on the Stanford campus—a facility that will pilot scale testing opportunities for promising (waste)water technologies.

Rob Best, age 27, is a Ph.D candidate in Sustainable Design and Construction program of the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Stanford University. His research focuses on network planning, integration, and optimization of urban infrastructure systems. He has a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College and an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford. He was the Design and Construction Manager for the Stanford Solar Decathlon team. Rob is also the Projects and Education Director for Engineers for a Sustainable World. In 2010-2011, as a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, Rob researched the socioeconomic and political conditions that foster eco-city development worldwide. He also has experience as a consultant modeling the energy consumption of buildings and urban developments and evaluating the long-term impacts of pollution and hazardous industries.

Dr. Charlotte Stanton is a lecturer in Stanford University’s School of Engineering where she contributes to courses on sustainable development, environmental entrepreneurship, and smart cities. She is also a member of Stanford Leaders in Communication, teaching graduate students, post-docs, and professionals research-proven techniques for communicating effectively to diverse audiences. She completed her PhD in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, advised by Leonard Ortolano (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Chris Field (Earth & Environmental Systems Science), Charlie Sprenger (Economics), and Hal Mooney (Biology). Her research combined technical elements from development economics, behavioral economics, and remote-sensing science via experiments that quantified the effectiveness of a sustainable development policy in Uganda. Prior to her PhD, she worked for the United Nations Environment Program, based in Nairobi Kenya, where she developed and managed a portfolio of multi-million dollar projects helping governments in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America to meet their obligations to global environmental treaties. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Cape Town South Africa and Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.



GUDP was created in 2011 by Derek Ouyang, Sinan Mihelčič, and Klemen Kušar. 



Derek Ouyang, age 23, graduated from Stanford University in 2013 with dual Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering and Architectural Design, and in 2015 with a Master’s in Structural Engineering. He participated in the AEC Global Teamwork Project in 2011 and co-created the Global Urban Development Program in 2012. He was project manager of Stanford’s first-ever entry to the U.S. DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon and has been featured as an up-and-coming designer in the Los Angeles Times, in Home Energy magazine’s “30 under 30”, at TEDxStanford, and at fiiS 2014 in Santiago, Chile. He is co-founder of Cloud Arch Studio as well as a lecturer at Stanford for GUDP and the Nueva Upper School.

Sinan Mihelčič, age 31, graduated from Ljubljana University in Architectural Design. He participated in the AEC Global Teamwork Project in 2011 and co-created the Global Urban Development Program in 2012, both exploring digital collaboration tools in urban planning and architectural design. He established Skupina Štajn in 2008, an emerging young architectural studio in Kamnik, Slovenia. He is a technical assistant in architectural and urban planning studios at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana, as well as a mentor to the AEC class at Stanford.

Klemen Kušar, age 28, graduated from Ljubljana University in 2012 in Architectural design and in 2013 in Economics. In 2010 he was an exchange student at Aalborg University and attended a summer workshop for the renewal of favela Dona Marta in Rio de Janeiro. He participated in the Global Urban Development Program in 2012. In 2008 and 2010 he was awarded 1st and 2nd place in the Isover Multi-Comfort House Design, and in 2012 was awarded the University of Ljubljana Prešeren Prize for his master’s thesis about public participation in the process of gentrification of urban sprawl. He is author of several articles regarding this matter.