The Civil Systems interdisciplinary area is focused on the interaction within complex systems addressed by two or more civil engineering disciplines. It is a partnership that includes faculty from:

  • Structural engineering and structural mechanics
  • Hydrology, water resources, and fluid mechanics
  • Building systems
  • Construction engineering management
  • Geotechnical engineering and geotechnical mechanics
  • Environmental engineering.

Civil systems students adopt a large-scale, systems analysis approach to the development, management and monitoring of civil infrastructure systems under natural and society-induced hazards, applying engineering, social science, economic, and public policy approaches. In their research and coursework, students integrate model-based analysis, field and laboratory experiments, and life-cycle decisions to address the built and human environment.

Students graduating from this program pursue careers in diverse areas including USAID, the World Bank, nongovernmental organizations, academia, and engineering consulting organizations.