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Futuristic cityscape

The Ph.D. Track on “Future Cities” targets innovative ideas and technologies to advance current built environments and to build new livable spaces for future generations. Future worlds will be dramatically different from today as the recent ASCE Future World Vision has categorized into several future cities such as the Mega City (a city of 50 million people), Floating City (offshore city as sea levels rise), Rural City (self-sufficient agricultural communities), Frozen City (cities in the Arctic region due to climate change), and Off-planet City (Lunar/Martian habitats). The roles and challenges that civil engineers take toward those future cities are unprecedented and must be interdisciplinary within areas in civil-environmental engineering and cross/trans-disciplinary supported by other fields. Courses for this track should be designed by the Ph.D. committee and the student to best benefit the specific doctoral research topic.

Some of Our Research Specialties

  • Smart transportation
  • Integrated urban infrastructure
  • Innovative construction materials
  • Structures/materials with environment
  • Green materials/buildings
  • Energy and environment
  • Innovative design and construction
  • Smart water and waste management

Area faculty and researchers: