Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems Program

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In Brief

The SRIS program, launched in fall 2011, addresses emerging approaches to infrastructure systems focusing on resiliency and sustainability of interconnected infrastructure--for example, structural, geotechnical and water interactions in urban environments.

The program aims to prepare new generations of civil engineers who are ready to address pressing societal issues while developing needed infrastructure. For example, students will be able to use system level approaches and thinking to achieve sustainable use of material and resources in construction of engineered systems. Students will learn to balance short-term costs of facility development and the need for integrating this facility within an infrastructure system that is resilient to natural and human-made disasters.

Degrees Offered

  • B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering (Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems Program)
  • M.S. Degree in Civil Engineering (Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems Program)
  • Ph.D. Degree in Civil Engineering (Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Systems Program)

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Administrative Office

Dee Bever
1208 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL  61801
(217) 333-9665

Learn More About the SRIS Program

The cross-cutting program in SRIS is intended to foster collaborations and leadership in holistically planning, designing, and managing sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems and their interactions. Here the term “sustainable” refers to the Brundtland Commission’s definition of a sustainable society as one that meets the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Enabling this broad vision requires that CEE practitioners holistically consider the environmental, economic, and social impacts of their work on local, regional, and global systems.

The term “infrastructure systems” is used in its broadest sense, encompassing both built infrastructure (buildings, roads, bridges, pipe networks, treatment facilities, etc.) and infrastructure services that rely on integrated built and natural systems to provide fundamental needs of society. The term “resilient” refers to the ability of such infrastructure systems (including their interconnected ecosystems and social systems) to absorb disturbance and still retain their basic function and structural capacity.

The SRIS program enables graduate students with interest in integrated research, education and practice to obtain cross-disciplinary M.S. and Ph.D. Civil Engineering degrees. The program also seeks to stimulate research amongst areas working as multi-disciplinary groups, leading to cross-disciplinary projects that address critical societal problems. The program strives to enhance the undergraduate and graduate CEE curricula in terms of increasing the integrated course offerings and ensuring the success of the SRIS undergraduate primary specialty area. View the undergraduate handbook (PDF).
Research interests of the SRIS faculty include:
  • Planning and management of sustainable and resilient transportation systems
  • Renewable energy supply and logistics
  • Reliable network design under the risk of service disruptions
  • Sustainable urban underground structures development,
  • Earthquake resiliency and interaction of above and below ground urban infrastructure.
  • Real-time monitoring, optimization and control of infrastructure systems.
  • Multiscale data and model synthesis for improved decision support
  • Green infrastructure design to meet social, economic, and environmental objectives
  • Resilience and sustainability modeling of interdependent infrastructural systems
  • Integrated assessment of environmental and socioeconomic impacts of infrastructural expansion
  • Energy-water-environment nexus analysis and modeling
  • trategic infrastructure planning under climate change
  • Mobile sensing, inverse modeling and data assimilation
  • Risk-informed management and post-disaster operations of lifeline networks
  • Reliability analysis of sequential failures in structures for risk-informed design and maintenance

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