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Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems

Sustainable engineering systems in the context of multiple hazards, the environment, society, and economic constraints require mitigation to lessen the impacts from natural disasters and human activity and as well as resiliency to recover quickly from those hazards. The Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems minor will help educate students from all disciplines in the College of Engineering to become successful leaders who understand the complexity of the multi-hazard challenge in a changing World and can offer meaningful solutions. The graduates from this minor will be able to:

  1. Recognize and assess the complex interactions and interdependencies within and between critical infrastructure, engineering networks, social systems, and our environment.
  2. Recognize the technical, social, economic, ethical, and philosophical aspects of a commitment to sustainable and resilient development.
  3. Recognize and apply engineering principles, processes, and practices to engineered infrastructure and systems that result in sustainable and resilient development.
  4. Develop a functional knowledge of the historical and economic frameworks that guide engineering regulations and public policy.
  5. Develop skills to convey critical information about sustainability and resilience to the non-expert.


Required Components
The Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems minor is open to students from all disciplines in the College of Engineering and students from the University who can satisfy the pre-requisites for the required courses. The minor includes two required courses, three elective courses, and a capstone experience. The two required courses are:

CE107000: Sustainable Development in a Changing World (Required, Freshman Spring Semester) spans a broad range of topics on the environmental consequences of engineering systems in sustainable development.

CE20710: Resiliency of Engineering Systems (Required, Sophomore Fall Semester) focuses on engineering for mitigation and resiliency, also emphasizing communication skills so that graduates are equipped to work with city planners, policy makers and the public.

The three elective courses will be selected from an approved list in collaboration with the Director of the Minor. Options to fulfill this requirement span multiple departments and include approved courses from departments such as Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Laws, Economics, and Sociology. Courses will be from at least two different departments. At least two of the elective courses will be at the advanced undergraduate level (i.e., junior or senior). In addition, at least one of the three elective courses will be outside the College of Engineering.

In addition to coursework, students will be required to complete a 1-credit capstone experience. This will be to obtain hands-on experience with resiliency and sustainability issues focusing on implementation in a real-world setting, such as a related research position or an internship with a governmental body, regulatory agency, environmental advocacy group, or other organization. Proposed by the student, each capstone experience will be approved by the Director of the Minor. Projects will vary among students, and it is expected that each experience will allow the student to pursue a topic of particular interest to him/her in much more depth than a single course might allow. Each experience will be accompanied by a Capstone Thesis Report that will be due the spring semester of the senior year.





Research Experience for Undergraduates, New Zealand

Summer 2019

  • 3-week introduction course in asset management (May 21-June 8; 3-credit hours; counts as a technical or general elective). Can't travel to New Zealand? The class is also open to students who will be on campus over the summer (Contact Prof. Walsh for further details)
  • 8-10 weeks of research internship experience in structures, water, or life-cycle energy (starting June 11, optional)
  • 1-credit hour capstone course upon return to the main campus in the Fall