Civil Infrastructure Security

Civil infrastructure is the backbone of a nation’s economy, security, and health. Civil Infrastructure Security addresses the robustness of the built environment, including developing new strategies to monitor and assess the state of the built environment, to analyze and design safer and more resilient structures, and to establish new avenues for creating cost-effective infrastructure and environment to ensure the economic security of the region.

As a student of civil engineering at Northeastern University who wants to focus on civil infrastructure security, you will interact with a multidisciplinary group of faculty whose work is focused on many areas that include, but are not limited to:

  • the design of building materials that are more durable to withstand man-made or natural disasters,
  • development of autonomous underwater robots for civil infrastructure and explosive sensing,
  • fault detection and localization,
  • structural stability,
  • wind-induced vibration,
  • climate change,
  • traffic calming,
  • intelligent transportation systems,
  • public policy,
  • climate extremes and water sustainability,
  • fracture and damage mechanics of metals,
  • progressive collapse of structures,
  • offshore geohazards,
  • upper atmospheric phenomena,
  • life cycle and life span analysis,
  • structural health monitoring,
  • sensor technology for infrastructure,
  • recycled waste materials, and
  • seismic response of landfills, among others.