The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto is an international and national leader in many aspects of Urban Engineering. We have a vigorous and growing research and teaching program in both traditional and cutting-edge areas that are shaping where and how we live. Today, cities are the engines of the modern economy, and some 80% of the world's population lives in cities and urban areas. This trend has been ongoing for centuries, and shows no signs of stopping. Indeed, the world of the 21st century will be an urban one, and how we deal with urban issues will directly determine the quality of our lives.