Stephen Galdi is a PhD Student in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. His research focuses on energy and resource recovery from wastewater via the Staged Anaerobic Fluidized Membrane Bioreactor (SAF-MBR) pilot at the Codiga Resource Recovery Center on Stanford's campus. By using novel combinations of sensors and treatment processes, he and his colleagues work to transform today's waste into safe and sustainable resources for the future. The National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Reinventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) and its industry partners support the project both financially and as collaborators. Aside from his research, Stephen serves on ReNUWIt's Student Leadership Council, acting as the 2018-2019 treasurer overseeing the travel grants committee and the 2019-2020 campus diversity and inclusion representative. He also serves on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Leadership Council, and is in the first cohort of a Certificate in Critical Consciousness and Anti-Oppressive Praxis in the Stanford Medical School.
Stephen was born and raised in Staten Island, NY, where he grew interested in engineering and the environment by seeing the stark contrast of the built environment of New York City and its sprawling public parks. He obtained his bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from Cornell University, and has interned with the City of New York Department of Design and Construction's Bureau of Environmental and Geotechnical Services as well as MWH Global-Stantec's water infrastructure group. His graduate studies have been supported by the Joan and Larry Owens Fellowship, Stanford Graduate Fellowship, and ReNUWIt.