In Service to Society
Strategic Vision For Civil and Environmental Engineering
This is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times to be in the profession of civil and environmental engineering.
We deal with the design, construction and operation of large-scale infrastructure systems while advancing solutions supporting stewardship of environmental systems. Fundamentally, our profession advances the economic prosperity and quality of life of our society. More than any other engineering discipline, we are in service to society advancing the common good.
Today, the field is at a major crossroads; how we proceed will define us for the remainder of this century and beyond. Technological change is occurring at a breakneck pace, offering a wealth of new tools and methods that will transform our approaches to solving problems. Powerful new approaches are critical given the massive global challenges now confronting our society including climate change, rapid urbanization, natural hazards, global income disparity and aging infrastructure.
Our strategic plan recognizes that our discipline’s leadership is urgently needed today.
For us to truly advance the state of our discipline, it is also essential that we test new technologies and methods at full-scale in realistic operational environments, and that we engage the public. We are breaking down traditional barriers between laboratory and field to accelerate research into practice by forming new partnerships with industry, government and other stakeholders.
We invite you to explore our five strategic directions below and learn how we are embracing our role in service to society.
Our Five Strategic Directions
Human Habitat Experience
Framing the habitat experienceClick Here to Learn more
Shaping Resource Flows
Rethinking our resource managementClick Here to Learn more
Adapting to meet new challengesClick Here to Learn more
Reaching new levels of automationClick Here to Learn more
Smart Infrastructure Finance
Creating novel financial modelsClick Here to Learn more
Automation is a field where cutting-edge research is happening at CEE
Professor Yafeng Yin provided an in-depth perspective on Automation, which is one of CEE’s five Strategic Directions. He recently participated in an interview that explored the many technical, philosophical, economic and emotional components that affect Automation, from its implementation to its growth and acceptance.
Automation Drives Transportation Studies to Improve Safety, Fuel Efficiency
Automation has the potential to improve traffic safety and offer other benefits to drivers, pedestrians and society as a whole. The ability of sensor systems aboard automated vehicles (AVs) to collect and provide information that guides decision-making can reduce traffic accidents and optimize traffic flows.
$5M to enable remote, next-generation autonomous vehicle testing at Mcity
Mcity, which operates the world’s first purpose-built test environment for connected and autonomous vehicles (AVs), will invest $5.1 million from the National Science Foundation to supercharge the facility’s evolution into a test track unlike any other.