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Jesse's MIT classes

1.091/1.092 : Traveling Research Environmental Experience (TREX) (U)

IAP 2012, 2013, IAP+spring 2015, 2016
co-taught with Eben Cross (2012-13), Sheila Frankel (2012), Colette Heald (2013,2015), Jen Murphy (2013,2015), and Ben Kocar (2015-6)

Introduction to environmental fieldwork and research, over IAP (1.091), with a followup in the spring (1.092), covering data collection and analysis, interpretation of results, and science communication. Students conduct fieldwork during IAP, focusing on one or more environmental research projects. Spring semester activities involve research in support of the fieldwork, with instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Includes a survey of the relevant peer-reviewed literature; laboratory measurements of field samples and/or instrumental response; data analysis and interpretation; and dissemination of results. Culminates in presentation of the research project(s), and write-ups of the research in manuscript form.

1.84/10.817/12.807 : Atmospheric Chemistry (G)

Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Provides a detailed overview of the chemical transformations that control the abundances of key trace species in the Earth's atmosphere. Emphasizes the effects of human activity on air quality and climate. Topics include photochemistry, kinetics, and thermodynamics important to the chemistry of the atmosphere; stratospheric ozone depletion; oxidation chemistry of the troposphere; photochemical smog; aerosol chemistry; and sources and sinks of greenhouse gases and other climate forcers.

1.S992 : Sensor Network Design (U)

Fall 2013; co-taught with Colette Heald and Eben Cross
This class aims to foster solution‐oriented design to address real‐world problems, meeting a set of realistic constraints. Specifically, students in the class will explore a concrete example of the “smart city” concept. This will be achieved via a hands‐on design experience including research, design, prototyping and testing of a sensor network for the MIT campus. Lectures will introduce students to relevant concepts throughout the semester. In addition, the class will emphasize the development of practical communication skills associated with team projects.

1.013 : Senior Civil and Environmental Engineering Design (U)

Spring 2014; co-taught with Colette Heald and Eben Cross
Synthesizes prior design education through a semester-long design project, concurrent implementation project, lectures and related assignments. Students who have specialized in structural, geotechnical, engineering systems, and environmental areas form mixed teams to work on the projects. For the semester-long project, which must be planned and designed for a specific location, students demonstrate creativity in applying theories and methodologies from their design and analysis subjects while considering the project's technical, environmental and social feasibility. Parallel to the design project is a related project involving actual implementation and analysis. Lectures on a variety of related civil and environmental engineering concepts, and engineering practice and ethics, are also part of the subject. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication are an integral part of the multiple design stages.

1.080 : Environmental Chemistry (U)

Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; co-taught with Phil Gschwend (2010-12) and Harry Hemond (2013)
Covers basic environmental chemistry with a focus on understanding the principles governing the function of both natural systems and systems perturbed or engineered by humans. Emphasizes the key processes that act on chemical species in the atmosphere, natural waters, soils and sediments, allowing for the prediction of chemical concentrations and fates. Topics include acid-base chemistry, metal complexation, mineral dissolution and precipitation, oxidation/reduction reactions, photolysis, phase partitioning including bioaccumulation, and radiochemistry.

1.107 : Environmental Chemistry and Biology Laboratory (U)

Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013; co-taught with Phil Gschwend (2010-12), Harry Hemond (2013), Sheila Frankel (2010-11), Martin Polz (2010-11) and Janelle Thompson (2010-11)
Laboratory and field techniques in biogeochemistry and environmental engineering and their application to the understanding of natural and engineered ecosystems. Exercises demonstrate data acquisition and modeling suited to identifying and quantifying physical, chemical, and biological processes that govern the effects of human activity on the functioning of natural systems and/or the efficacy of engineered approaches to environmental problems. Applications include chemical and biological remediation, measurement of contaminants, and detection of biogeochemical activity in natural environments. An independently designed final project is required.

1.007 : EES-Lab: Engineering for Environment and Sustainability(U)

Spring 2012, 2013; co-taught with Roman Stocker and other faculty/staff
Provides a practical introduction to key topics, current research and state-of-the-art tools in engineering for sustainability. Addresses engineering problems associated with the built and natural environments, with a focus on design of novel solutions to grand challenges related to energy, the environment, and sustainable societal growth. Organized around three themes: sustainable cities, energy and climate, and air, water, and health. Each week involves a lab or field trip related to a specific topic; examples include assessing the viability of sequestration, monitoring urban air pollution, collecting and observing the microorganisms that drive oceans' vital cycles, measuring the energy efficiency of buildings, and taking a boat on the Charles River for water quality measurements. Culminates in a field trip to Cape Cod.

Contact: Prof. Jesse Kroll, MIT Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering, jhkroll @ mit.edu