Sustainability & Urban Systems

The world is changing, and it’s clear that we need to change with it.

More than half the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and by 2030 that number is expected to rise to at least 60 percent. The U.N. predicts that by then, one in three people will reside in cities with at least half a million inhabitants.

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NYU Tandon is dedicated to harnessing the power of urban informatics to make sure cities are smart and sustainable, and we’re constantly finding ways to produce cleaner energy, greener methods of manufacturing, better public transportation systems, and more resilient infrastructure. Because when more than half of the people on the planet live in urban areas, it’s important that those areas be livable.

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Transportation Management
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The Behavioral Urban Informatics, Logistics, and Transport Laboratory conducts research in the area of transportation systems design and modeling. Typical products of this lab may include dynamic operating policies for flexible transport services, a parking pricing and information system for travelers, a decision support tool for evaluating multimodal infrastructure investment strategies, or a fleet routing algorithm for autonomous vehicles or other cyber-physical transportation systems. The lab is a part of the Center for Urban ITS within Tandon, and is headed by Professor Joseph Chow.

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Connected Cities for Smart Mobility toward Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)

C2SMART is a U.S. Department of Transportation Tier 1 University Transportation Center for research, education, workforce development, and technology transfer activities. Rather than just focusing on developing technologies to make a city smarter, C2SMART is dedicated to a related critical step: how to connect these disparate technologies with cities of different population and infrastructure scales and different systems of systems.

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Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab

The Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab (biLAB) is part of the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. It focuses on understanding the operational challenges associated with construction and operation of facilities and infrastructure systems in urban settings.

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International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP)

INTERCEP is the first academic center dedicated to organizational resilience and agility. The center maintains a global outreach with a special focus on multi-party collaboration including business-to-business and public-private partnerships. Acknowledging that "risk and reward" are at the core of all undertakings in both the public and private sectors, the Center focuses on the development of strategies to most effectively address uncertainty so as to achieve targeted objectives — in essence addressing "risks" to achieve "rewards".

Civil Engineering, BS

Civil engineering includes everything from the design and construction of buildings, bridges, and roads to securing our water resources and preparing for pressing environmental and social challenges.
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Sustainable Urban Environments, BS

Half of the world’s population today lives in cities - a number predicted to increase rapidly. With decreasing natural resources, sustainable urban growth is an increasingly important area of study and action.
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Civil Engineering, MS

Civil engineers improve existing infrastructure systems and design projects that answer the new challenges raised by modern society. Our flexible MS program trains you to join the ranks.
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Environmental Engineering, MS

At the School of Engineering our Environmental Engineering program has an urban environmental systems emphasis with a unique concentration in many challenges that New York City and major cities of the world face.
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Environmental Science, MS

The MS in Environmental Science from Tandon provides a strong foundation in the fundamental sciences as well as regulatory environment issues that govern human-natural environmental interactions.
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Transportation Management, MS

Professionals in the transportation industry fill the classrooms of the MS in Transportation Management program. Join them and our distinguished faculty as you achieve a greater understanding of the issues facing transportation management.
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Transportation Planning and Engineering, MS

Graduates of the MS program in Transportation Planning and Engineering join the ranks of one of the oldest networks of transportation engineering alumni in the United States.
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Urban Infrastructure Systems, MS

With faculty members from government, industry and academia, the Urban Infrastructure Systems program is designed for professionals from engineering and non-engineering backgrounds interested in the interdisciplinary field of urban systems management.
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Civil Engineering, Ph.D.

Growing and established cities are continually meeting new infrastructure needs and maintaining older systems, such as highways, bridges, and airports. Tandon's Ph.D. in Civil Engineering program produces graduates dedicated to enriching the field.
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Transportation Planning and Engineering, Ph.D.

Individuals interested in the highest calling for the pursuit of knowledge in the science of transportation systems should consider the Ph.D. program in Transportation Planning and Engineering.
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