Urban infrastructure refers to engineered systems that provide water, energy, transport, sanitation, information and built environments for more than half of the world’s population living in cities today. With rapid population growth placing a strain on available and vulnerable resources (water, energy and materials), the need for high-performing, resilient, cost-effective, resource-efficient and environment-friendly infrastructure is being recognized globally as a key component of future urban sustainability.
The goal of our IGERT project is:
The design, analysis and diffusion of sustainable urban infrastructures of the future through integration across the disciplines of engineering, architecture and planning, public affairs, and, health and behavioral sciences.
To answer the central question (see above), UC Denver has developed a unique, inter-disciplinary integrated research and teaching program on Sustainable Urban Infrastructure across four graduate programs -- the College of Engineering, the School of Public Affairs, the College of Architecture and Planning, and the Health and Behavioral Sciences Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The curriculum is being delivered at both the MS and PhD levels with courses team taught across the disciplines. Students with training in the physical sciences and mathematics, engineering, architecture and planning, social sciences, public affairs, and health and behavioral sciences may join the graduate program for study at either the MS or the PhD levels. While IGERT funding is only available for a limited number of PhD students, the graduate program described here would apply broadly to all MS and PhD students working in the area of infrastructures and sustainable development.
International and Fieldwork Opportunities
Fieldwork and international components of this curriculum are particularly strong, with students working with cities in the Denver Front range area, and in Chennai, India, to evaluate innovative technologies, urban planning, policy and community engagement strategies for urban sustainability.