What is Infrastructure?
Our physical infrastructure consists of the basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of our society and the facilities necessary for our economy to function. It is the set of interconnected structural elements that provide framework supporting our entire structure of development, such as the power grid, our transportation system of highways, bridges, rail and airports, and delivery systems for water, oil and gas.
Infrastructure represents one of the great technical challenges of the 21st century. The poor state of our infrastructure systems in the US (such as highways, bridges, tunnels, airports, seaports, railroads, public buildings, flood control structures, water supply, power grid, computer and communications systems, energy commodities networks, and waste disposal systems) along with the virtual certainty of future extreme events, such as the recent hurricane disasters along the Gulf Coast, underscore the critical role of infrastructure systems. There exists a critical need for a skilled workforce that will help to create and maintain a robust and sustainable infrastructure.
Minimum 30 graduate credits of which:
8 CH of Core Courses and 24 CH of electives (a minimum of 12 credits must be at the 6000 level)
GEN 5001 Systems Engineering
GEN 6001 Finite Element Analysis or GEN 6002 Numerical Methods
To obtain an area of specialization, students must take one additional core course relevant to the chosen area and at least eight credits within its list of electives. Remaining credits may be chosen from any of the courses listed.
Infrastructure Systems Specialization
GEN 6032 Sustainable Infrastructure Systems and at least eight credits from the following:
CEN 5012 Steel Analysis and Design
CEN 5016 Concrete Analysis & Design
CEN 5020 Geotechnical Design
CEN 5022 Earth Retaining Structures
CEN 5040 Geometric Design of Highways
CEN 5042 Traffic Engineering
CEN 5044 Transportation Systems Analysis
CEN 5050 Construction Planning & Management
EEN 5145 Discrete Time Signals and Systems
EEN 5175 Digital Architecture
GEN 6010 Earthquake Engineering
GEN 6012 Pre-Stressed Concrete Structures
GEN 6014 Advanced Structural Analysis
GEN 6024 Building Information Models
MEN 5012 Instrumentation/Robotics
MEN 5020 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers