The average person might not connect the rising crime rate in their neighborhood with broken street lamps and the slower response times of emergency units, or even how long it takes a traffic signal to turn green — but those versed in infrastructure management would. They could explain how a well-lit avenue deters crime and how traffic signals coordinated with emergency vehicle routes can shorten response times.
That’s the definition of infrastructure management: the discrete components of our urban systems brought together to create a well-functioning metropolis. Our MS program in Urban Systems Engineering and Management will help engineering and non-engineering professionals alike understand and manage major urban infrastructure systems.
Developed as part of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) and supported by the National Science Foundation, our program shows how the technical aspects of infrastructure management are informed by their sociopolitical contexts. Issues of public policy, finance, monitoring, and maintenance are studied and brought to bear on urban infrastructures. This gives our students a holistic look at the development of cities and how they function.