Ilan Juran

Professor, Director

Civil and Urban Engineering

Ilan Juran

Prof. Juran’s expertise covers areas related to urban infrastructure engineering and innovative technologies for upgrading infrastructure performance, lifecycle management and resiliency. He earned his Doctorate of Engineering, in 1977, and Doctorate Es Science from the University of Paris VI, in 1987. Prof. Juran is the Executive Director of W-SMART, the International Alliance of Water and Wastewater Utilities for Sustainable water Security established in the aftermath of 9/11, at the initiative of the Commissioner of NY City Department of Environmental Protection. He is presently the Secretary of the Specialists Group on Water Safety & Security Management of IWA and served as the Associate Editor of the International Journal on Water Technology & Science published by IWA. Former Head of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Dr. Juran’s responsibilities included development of educational programs and research initiatives relevant to the urban infrastructure priority needs. As the Executive Director of the Urban Infrastructure Institute Prof. Juran’s R&D projects have involved demonstration and assessment of infrastructure technology solutions in a variety of emerging fields, including: waste recycling for polymeric construction composites; seismic retrofitting; infrastructure asset management; infrastructure rehabilitation technologies; post-disaster urban recovery; water safety and security; and water infrastructure monitoring and management systems. Working with the city infrastructure agencies and utilities these projects involved field assessment and demonstration of innovative technologies for NYC underground Infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Prof. Juran served as Chair of the Civil Society Initiative, which from 2006 to 2010 was supported by the UN General Secretariat, and is currently serving as a member of the Board of experts of UNESCO-IHP.

Technion ( Israel)

Bachelor of Science,

University of Paris VI, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees

Doctor of Philosophy,

University of Paris VI, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees

Doctor of Science,


Journal Articles


  • Montiel, F., Nguyen, B., Juran, I., & Shahrour, I. (2013). Real-time water leak detection and analysis tools. In 7th International Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Water. Paris, France.
  • Mamo, Thewodros G., Ilan Juran, and Isam Shahrour.(2013) “Urban Water Demand Forecasting Using the Stochastic Nature of Short Term Historical Water Demand and supply Pattern.  Journal of Water Resource and Hydraulic Engineering. 16(3), 92-103.
  • Mamo, Thewodros G., Ilan Juran, and Isam Shahrour.(2013) “Prioritization of Municipal Water Mains Leakages for the Selection of R&R Maintenance Strategies Using Risk Based Multi-Criteria FAHP Model.”  Journal of Water Resource and Hydraulic Engineering 16(4)
  • Mamo, Thewodros G., and Ilan Juran.(2014) "The Potential Future Innovative Application of Municipal Water Supply Database"  International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research (IJSER)
  • Mamo, Thewodros G., and Ilan Juran.(2014) "Source of Uncertainty in Water Supply Pipeline Leak Detection Using District metered area Data." International Journal of Scientific Engineering and Research (IJSER) 2(3), 10-17.
  • Mamo, Thewodros G., Ilan Juran, and Isam Shahrour.(2014)  "Municipal Water Pipe Network Leak Detection and Monitoring system Using Advanced Pattern Recognizer Support Vector Machine (SVM)" Journal of Pattern Recognition Research.
  • Jafar, Shahnoor, and Juran, “Use of Artificial Neural Networks for Modeling the Structural Degradation in Water Distribution Systems,” Paper No. 6010983, IWA International Conference, 2006.
  • Vanrenterghem-Raven A., Eisenbeis P., Juran I., S. Christodoulou (2003). « Statistical Modeling of the Structural Degradation of an Urban Water Distribution System»: Case Study of New York City ». World Water and Environmental Resources Congress, June 23–26, 2003
  • Jafar, R., Shahrour, I., Juran, I., Verhaeghe, P., (2005), " Utilisation du Réseau de Neurones Artificiels pour la Modélisation de la Dégradation Structurale des Systèmes de Distribution d'Eau", Conférence international WATMED 2, Marrakech, Maroc14-17 November 2005


Research Interests


  • Preemptive infrastructure asset management;
  • Infrastructure rehabilitation technologies;
  • Urban resiliency and post-disaster recovery;
  • Water safety and security;
  • Smart energy and water network monitoring, control and management systems
  • Coastal eco system preservation with UNESCO IHP