David Freyberg, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
  • FSI Senior Fellow by courtesy

Terman Engineering
Room M-13
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305
MC: 4020

(650) 723-3234 (voice)
(650) 725-9720 (fax)


David Freyberg is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Stanford. He has been on the faculty here since 1981. He completed undergraduate degrees in engineering science and environmental engineering at Dartmouth College in 1972. Following three years working in the water resources department of a consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, he headed west to Stanford for graduate work, where he completed his M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) He's been here ever since.

He is a member of the Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology program within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He teaches a wide range of courses. This year's are entitled The Nature of Engineering, Hydrology and Water Resources, Environmental & Water Studies Design, and Watershed and Wetlands Hydrology.

His research interests are also broad. His current work focuses on the role of low permeability inclusions on the flow of water and dissolved contaminants in heterogeneous subsurface environments, flow in and below ephemeral channels, sedimentation in small reservoirs, and the pedagogy of fluid mechanics and water resources engineering. He also maintains a strong interest in water resources development, policy, and history, particularly in North America, the American West, the Middle East, and Asia. He is a co-author of a widely-used textbook, Water-Resources Engineering.

Prof. Freyberg was a recipient of a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. From 1988 until 1992 he served as Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education. He served on the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board from 1991 until 1997, chairing it from 1994-97. In June 1993 he was awarded the 1992-93 Tau Beta Pi Teaching Award for the outstanding educator in the School of Engineering, and in April 1994 he was named a Bing Teaching Fellow at Stanford.