Civil and Environmental Engineering
Prateek Joshi is a master’s student in the sustainable design and construction program within the civil and environmental engineering department, focusing on sustainable energy infrastructure. He is currently leading a research project with the Bill Lane Center for the American West which aims to reduce the occurrences of utility-caused wildfires through a regional data system. Prateek hopes to pursue a career in public service within the government and is interested in methods to increase the resilience of decarbonized energy systems. He aims to achieve this through actionable and equitable policy that is grounded in a strong technical understanding of energy and engineering.
Originally from San Jose, CA, Prateek received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Brown University where he first experienced life with snow. His interest in energy started when he took a semester off to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kentucky, focused on energy modeling and HVAC design for buildings. Since then, Prateek has interned on Arup's energy and sustainability team in Los Angeles and at Newport Renewables, a commercial solar and zero-energy home business in Rhode Island. At Stanford, Prateek was a 2020 Shultz Fellow at the Western Interstate Energy Board and is a teaching assistant for an introductory course on understanding energy resources. He is currently working part-time on grid analysis projects for the National Renewable Energy Lab on their applied engineering team. Outside of the classroom, Prateek has been involved with the Stanford Outdoor Center and writes satire for the Stanford Daily after his one-month-long stint contributing headlines to The Onion.