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The Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER) developed from many fruitful interdisciplinary collaborations among Stanford faculty members, who recognized the value of purposefully training graduate students to be interdisciplinary scholars and leaders.
The program was first approved in 2001, with grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and with funds from the School of Earth Sciences.
In February 2009, Rae and Dan Emmett, '61, named the program with a generous endowed gift, helping to establish E-IPER's long-term financial sustainability.
As an interdisciplinary graduate program at Stanford, E-IPER undergoes a comprehensive process of review and approval by the Academic Senate every five years. The program also develops a strategic plan on a five-year cycle; the most recent plan is the 2017 E-IPER Strategic Plan.
E-IPER's historical highlights include these milestones:
Robert B. Dunbar named first Faculty Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (IPER)
|2001||Faculty Senate authorizes the Executive Committee of IPER to initiate PhD and MS degree programs|
|2002||First cohort of six PhD students matriculates|
|2003||Stephen H. Schneider joins Dunbar as Faculty Co-Director|
|2005||Gretchen C. Daily appointed Faculty Director|
|2006||Senate reauthorizes IPER for five years|
|2007||Senate approves Joint MS-MBA and Joint MS-JD in Environment and Resources|
|2007||Four Graduate School of Business and four Stanford Law School students begin Joint MS in Environment and Resources|
IPER moves to the new Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy (Y2E2) Building
|2009||Peter Vitousek appointed Faculty Director|
Dan and Rae Emmett make $10 million endowed gift; program name changed to the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources (E-IPER)
|2009||Joint MS program undergoes rapid expansion, with 23 new students, including E-IPER's first from the School of Medicine|
|2011||Senate renews E-IPER for five years|
|2012||The Stanford Challenge meets fundraising goals to support E-IPER|
|2013||Alumni population exceeds 100|
|2016||Senate reauthorizes E-IPER for five years|
|2016||Dan and Rae Emmett make $7.2 million endowed gift to enhance the program|
|2017||Alumni population exceeds 200|
|2019||Nicole Ardoin appointed Faculty Director|