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Stephen Galdi

RELP Cohort: 2021, 2020
Civil and Environmental Engineering
School: Engineering

Stephen Galdi is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford. His research focuses on energy recovery and water recycling via the Staged Anaerobic Fluidized Membrane Bioreactor (SAF-MBR) pilot at the Codiga Resource Recovery Center on Stanford's campus. He and his colleagues work to transform today's wastewater 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 as the president of ReNUWIt's student leadership council, coordinating student seminars, workshops, resources and alumni outreach. He also serves on the department of civil and environmental engineering graduate leadership council and completed a certificate in critical consciousness and anti-oppressive praxis through the Stanford Medical School to better serve the communities in which he holds leadership positions. His graduate studies have been supported by the Joan and Larry Owens Fellowship, Stanford Graduate Fellowship, ReNUWIt and Codiga Family.

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. As he explores careers in industry and public policy, he has become an active member of the Stanford science policy group and is assisting in organizing their first Hill day visits with United States Legislators.