Biography

Heidi von Korff is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering under Professor Michael Lepech at Stanford University.  Her current focus is valuating sustainable land development for ecosystem services, specifically coupling nutrients for financial valuation for private firms.  Additional research interests are life cycle assessment, the intersection of ecosystems services and health, and the sustainable built environment.

She is involved in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon project for Stanford, where they are building a 1,000 sq. ft. net zero energy home.   She is helping with both the design and business parts of the project.  Other activities she is involved in are the Stanford Hospital Food Project, American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, USGBC Northern California Chapter and ASHRAE Golden Gate Chapter,  Also, she is a graduate assistant for the Women’s Golf Program at Stanford. 

Heidi has a Masters in Civil Engineering with a MBA Emphasis from Vanderbilt University. She is also a graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering, where she earned a Division 1 golf scholarship for four years.  She is a registered LEED Accredited Professional with a specialization in Building Design and Construction.  She has worked on numerous LEED New Construction and Existing Building registered projects throughout Florida, and the United States.  Her passion for sustainability and green building stems from her senior design project of designing a new School of Engineering building with green design as the core concept.  Integrating innovation, creativity, and engineering as a design approach to green buildings.

She is originally from Florida and enjoys competitive golf, volleyball, traveling to cities not yet explored, running half marathons, backpacking, and spending time with family and friends.