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Symposium to honor retirement of Professor Gil Masters

After nearly three decades at Stanford, Professor Gilbert M. Masters will retire on Jan. 1, 2002. To honor one of the university's most popular teachers, the public is invited to attend a symposium titled "Greening the Universities: A Focus on Buildings," from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Teaching Center in the Science and Engineering Quad.

The free symposium, co-hosted by the School of Engineering and Stanford University Land and Buildings, will include updates on campus energy initiatives and will feature a panel of experts who will discuss "green" buildings at other universities. Amory Lovins, author of the book Natural Capitalism, will be the keynote speaker.

Masters is a teaching professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a courtesy professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He joined the faculty in 1973, seven years after earning his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford.

Masters' research focuses on the interrelationship between environmental quality and energy consumption particularly on the design and evaluation of renewable energy systems and energy-efficient buildings.

More than 2,000 alumni have taken courses from Masters on subjects such as energy-efficient buildings, electric power and introductory electronics. He has been the recipient of several teaching awards, including the Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Tau Beta Pi teaching award from the School of Engineering. In 1992, he was named a three-year Bing Fellow for Undergraduate Teaching. His Bing Project led to the establishment of Engineering 40, "Basic Electronics," at Stanford's Kyoto and Berlin campuses.

Masters served as associate dean for student affairs at the School of Engineering from 1982 to 1986, and was the interim chair of the Department of Civil Engineering for the 1992-93 academic year.

For more information on the symposium and other retirement festivities for Masters, visit To register for the event, e-mail or call (650) 723-4270 by Nov. 1.


By Mark Shwartz

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