Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate

Energy, climate, and infrastructure systems are closely tied together, and these connections manifest in many forms. Our society cannot function without energy and infrastructure systems. Energy systems with the lowest possible greenhouse gas footprint are a key to mitigating climate change. Civil infrastructure systems are a backbone of society, and they are also major users of energy that needs to be reduced for a more sustainable development.

The objective of the Energy, Civil Infrastructure and Climate (ECIC) Program is to educate a cadre of professionals who will be able to analyze from engineering, environmental, economic, and management perspectives complex problems such as embodied energy of construction materials, electric vehicles and charging infrastructure optimization, energy efficiency of buildings, environmentally informed design of transportation systems and pavements, air emissions from energy and infrastructure systems, electricity from renewable sources, and address such overarching societal problems as mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and human health impacts of air pollution, and adaptation of infrastructure to a changing climate. ECIC courses address current and future issues. ECIC also promotes research at the intersection of energy, infrastructure and climate science.