We encourage our students to gain multi-disciplinary experience and training to support the field of urban resilience. Leveraging the strength of the Urban Resilience Initiative faculty and others at Stanford, we support students to gain

  1. in-depth expertise in a discipline relevant to the urban resilience field (earth-sciences, engineering, statistics, etc),
  2. a breadth of knowledge covering a multi-disciplinary curricula,
  3. research experience aimed at pushing the boundary of current knowledge while answering to real-world needs.

We encourage any interested student to contact one of our faculty for guidance on courses. You will find below a non-exhaustive list of courses supporting the skillset for resilience research and practice.

2019-2020 Offerings


CEE 265F – Environmental Governance and Climate Resilience – Professors Bruce Cain and Len Ortolano will use the recent 2017-2018 California wildfires as a case study to teach about collaborative governance and climate resilience.


CEE 296 – Regional Seismic Risk Analysis and Risk Management – SURI affiliate, Dr. Maryia Markhvida, teaches a class aimed at students interested in rigorous modeling of earthquake impacts at regional scale and data-driven design of risk management strategies.

2018-2019 Offerings


CEE 209S  – Disaster Resilience Seminar – This seminar will present topics associated with quantifying, communicating and improving the resilience of urban areas to disasters. Speakers from a range of disciplines will present current research, application, and thinking on innovations, current best practices and the future of disaster resilience.


ME310 – Engineering Design Entrepreneurship and Innovation – SURI will work with partners at Linköping University to advise an ME 310 project team to develop a system to maintain communications for a minimum of seven days following and power and mobile infrastructure outage, such as what occurred in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The project, sponsored by a gift from SAAB Aerospace and Defence, will bring together a team of interdisciplinary students from Stanford and Linköping to create a solution over the next academic year.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Courses

CEE 308  – Topics on Disaster Resilience Seminar

CEE 29N – Managing Natural Disaster Risk, Freshman Seminar

CEE 203 – Probabilistic Models in Civil Engineering

CEE 204 – Structural Reliability

CEE 209B  – Disaster Risk and International Development Seminar

CEE 118/218X, ESS 118/218X, GEOLSCI 118/218X, GEOPHYS 118/218X, POLISCI 224X, PUBLPOL 118X – Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (Autumn)

CEE 118/218YZ, GEOPHYS 118/218YZ
 – Shaping the Future of the Bay Area (Winter, Spring)

CEE 136/236, PUBLPOL 130/230, URBANST 130 – Urban Development and Governance

CEE 243 – Introduction to Urban Systems Engineering

CEE 288 – Intro to Performance-Based Engineering

CEE 297M – Managing Critical Infrastructure

CEE 345 – Network Analysis for Urban Systems

CEE 385 – Performance-Based Engineering

Other Relevant Courses

ENERGY 240 – Data Science for Geoscience (GS240)

ESS 214 – Introduction to Geostatistics and Modeling of Spatial Uncertainty (analysis of geographic data)

MS&E 250A – Engineering Risk Analysis

MS&E 250B – Project Course in Engineering Risk Analysis

URBANST 164 / EARTHSYS 160  – Sustainable Cities