Civil Engineering: Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure (PA)

In its 115 years, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) has soared to national and international leadership in higher education and research. A birthplace of innovation since its founding, it continues to be known for innovation, for solving real-world problems and for interdisciplinary collaboration.

Climate change impacts affect the operation and performance of a wide range of infrastructure, and lead to demand for new or modified designs, adaptation in management strategies, and new technologies.

Effects on transportation, energy, building, and water systems, materials, and other infrastructure components are already occurring.

Climate change adaptation is critical for civil and environmental engineering and communities in the 21st century. Civil and environmental engineers need to be leaders in preparing for and responding to climate change.

Students in this MS concentration will learn new skills and tools to meet the challenges of climate change adaptation for infrastructure, including:

  • Climate change projections for engineering design
  • Data-driven energy and infrastructure management
  • Adaptable engineered and natural systems
  • Maximizing benefits while minimizing costs and risks
  • Human-infrastructure interaction under climate change

Investigating these interdisciplinary topics will enable engineers to develop new solutions for resiliency efforts that maximize the performance and life-cycle cost-effectiveness of climate-ready infrastructure investments.

The following courses are recommended for this concentration, but the MS program is flexible and students should work with their academic advisors to tailor coursework towards their own individual interests and career goals:

  • 12-735: Urban Systems Modeling
  • 12-749: Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure
  • 12-750: Infrastructure Management
  • 12-765: International Climate Adaptation & Infrastructure Innovation
  • 12-766: Climate Change Science and Adaptation

See website for concentration in Climate Change Adaptation for Infrastructure

See website for The Center for Engineering and Resilience for Climate Adaptation


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