Urban

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

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.


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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 researchers have the entirety of New York City as a living lab.

Academic Programs

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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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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The master's in Applied Urban Science and Informatics will provide you with the opportunity to engage in the interdisciplinary study of urban science and informatics and to apply your technical skills to urban problems.
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Civil engineers improve existing infrastructure systems and design projects that answer the new challenges raised by modern society. Our flexible master's program trains you to join the ranks.
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Professionals in the transportation industry fill the classrooms of the master's 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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Graduates of the master's 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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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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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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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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Research Centers and Labs

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Transportation Management

BUILT @ NYU

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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Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP)

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is an interdisciplinary research center dedicated to the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the service of urban communities across the globe. Using New York City as our laboratory and classroom, we strive to develop novel data- and technology-driven solutions for complex urban problems.

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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.

Fire Research Group

Researchers at the Fire Research Group work on an online, scenario-based simulation training program for firefighters. ALIVE (Advanced Learning through Integrated Visual Environments) is a decades-long effort to bridge the information gap between research and real-life firefighting.

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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".

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Urban Future Lab

Urban Future Lab (UFL) is the center of cleantech innovation in New York. We connect people, capital, and purpose to advance market-ready solutions to address climate change. UFL is part of our the NYU Tandon Future Labs, a network of business incubators and accelerators that support early-stage ventures in New York City.

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Urban Intelligence Lab

We are focused on creating new data-driven methodologies to observe, model, and analyze the urban environment. Our work is grounded in solving real-world problems and providing decision-makers with a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between physical infrastructure systems, natural systems, and human systems.

Traffic Engineering

Urban Mobility and ITS Systems Laboratory

It combines a series of new concepts, technologies and services to integrate information, vehicles and transportation infrastructure to increase mobility, safety and comfort, and reduce energy waste and pollution.