The world is changing, and it's clear we need to help drive that change
With more than half of the world’s population now residing in urban areas and that figure expected to rise to more than 70% by mid- century, NYU Tandon is innovating ways to make the cities of the future smart and resilient.
Shaping the future of urban living
Whether it’s designing earthquake-resistant buildings, advancing autonomous vehicles to revolutionize commuting, developing cutting-edge processes to disinfect wastewater, using virtual and augmented reality to create human-friendly spaces, maximizing the efficiency and safety of the construction industry, or myriad other vital components of urban environments, NYU Tandon has the entirety of New York City as a living lab — and a staging ground for modeling solutions for the global urban communities of the future.
Engineering in the center of it all
The city is more than a microcosm of urban society’s great challenges and opportunities — it’s our home. The Tandon community’s education, work, and lives are enriched by being part of the fabric of Brooklyn. Here, entrepreneurs, artists, and engineers work side-by-side amid Brooklyn’s dynamic creative and innovation ecosystem and unparalleled collaboration and cultural opportunities at NYU and beyond. In turn, we work to engage with our neighbors and enhance the community around us, from spearheading rigorous, hands-on K-12 STEM education programs to championing noise mitigation efforts.
Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering Michael Horodniceanu is the inaugural Chair of the IDC Innovation Hub, an initiative aimed at formulating new approaches to the challenges facing the New York metropolitan area and the wider world. As a former president of MTA Capital Construction, he oversaw several mega-projects, including East Side Access, Second Avenue Subway, No. 7 Line Extension, and the Fulton Transit Center.
Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering Debra Laefer has a broad background spanning from geotechnical and structural engineering to art history and historic preservation. She is known for her innovative work with hyperspectral imaging and the remote sensing method known as LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), and she has helped collect the densest public LiDAR data set in the world. Her work has implications for fields ranging from urban planning and development to autonomous vehicles and drone fleet operation to infectious disease transmission tracking and more.
Research Labs & Centers
BUILT @ NYU
Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)
Connected Cities for Smart Mobility toward Accessible and Resilient Transportation (C2SMART)
Fire Research Group
Future Building Informatics and Visualization Lab
International Center for Enterprise Preparedness (INTERCEP)
Sounds of New York City (SONYC)
Urban Future Lab
Urban Intelligence Lab
Urban Mobility and ITS Systems Laboratory