The Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE)'s vision is to become a national and international leader in research, education, outreach, and technology transfer in the areas of infrastructure, transportation, and their linkages to the environment. In achieving this vision, CITE will emphasize the use of multidisciplinary approaches, as they provide the only way avenue to deal with the complexity of the challenges faced by mankind at this particular moment in history. To this effect, CITE will work together with engineers, scientists, policy makers, and community leaders to find research-based solutions to relevant problems impacting infrastructure, transportation, and the environment.
CITE is expected to take a proactive role in the respond to the major challenges that shape this period of history. Among them, it is important to highlight:
- The deplorable state of the Nation's infrastructure and the need to create new paradigms of design and operation for sustainable and resilient infrastructure and transportation systems.
- Climate change and its impacts on coastal areas that are increasing their population share.
- The research needs associated with unmanaged urbanization and rise of megacities.
- The anticipated increase in natural and man-made disasters and the need to develop new paradigms of resilient and sustainable infrastructure, and transportation systems.
CITE's work will take advantage of:
- The potential of multidisciplinary approaches to study and solve complex problems.
- The important role played by engineers, scientists, and policy makers towards achieving energy and environmental goals.
- The pervasive role of information technology, sensors, and wireless technologies that can enhance engineering decision making.
- Rensselaer's research platforms (CCNI, EMPAC, and others).
- The availability of outstanding faculty in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, Economics, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering; and Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering.
- The leadership role played and collaborations with leading universities such as Cornell University, New York University, Columbia University, University at Buffalo, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Rutgers University, and many others.
In fulfilling its vision, CITE is expected to be a proactive agent of change that foster high impact basic and applied research, its transition to real life implementation, and the education of the next generation of leaders.