We are witnessing a mass urbanization of the planet: the fraction of the world population living in urban areas could reach 70% by 2050. Half of the infrastructure that cities will need has not been built. Civil and environmental engineering is at the center of this unprecedented endeavor, ensuring that the future metropolis is more resilient, sustainable, livable and equitable.
Faculty in this department lead collaborative teams, enabling our discoveries to transcend the confines of a single researcher or even a single discipline. We study the response, recovery and adaptation of urban systems under the effects of natural and human-made hazards and in the face of a rapidly changing environment. We develop novel materials, adaptable structures, and cyberphysical systems to expand the horizon of the urban domain, and to ensure a sustainable trajectory for urbanization. We study the hydrometeorological impacts of urban land-use and how they intersect with the expected impacts of global climate change.