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For the first time in history, more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities. The fundamental structures that support our urban infrastructure — such as transportation, energy, water, energy, communications and waste — are aging and the likelihood of failures is at an alarming level. As urban populations continue to grow, these complex, multi-layered systems will be further stressed. NYU School of Engineering faculty work across engineering and science disciplines along with public policy, finance, management, medicine and legal experts, to identify and deliver the next wave of technological and operational solutions targeted to urban communities ranging from designing smarter power grids to engineering sustainable building materials capable of withstanding natural disaster or manmade hazards. Of particular interest is research into IT and data-driven aspects of urban systems and smart cities.

Urban Science, Engineering and Technology at NYU School of Engineering is part of NYU’s university-wide initiative on “The Future of Cities,” called the Institute for Cities and Environmental Sustainability (ICES), which encompasses city planning, design, and development; the social sciences of cities; legal issues of cities; health in cities; the ecology of cities; urbanization and the coastal zone; and very broadly urban engineering (which includes, among others, cyber-physical systems such as sensors, sensor systems, and actuators; cyber-communication and control systems; smart grid and integration of renewable energy). Urban Science, Engineering, and Technology at NYU Tandon also provides the foundation for the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP), a NYU-led consortium of university partners, industrial partners, and several NYC agencies.