Smart Cities, Minor


The Smart Cities minor recognizes the growing ubiquity of sensors, smart devices, real-time data and advancements in artificial intelligence in the fields of civil and environmental engineering to approach the built and natural environments. This minor encourages engineering students to learn about how to best use data to design, analyze, and control smart, interconnected, and dynamic infrastructure systems. To help engineer smart cities of the future, in addition to technical skills in civil engineering students in this minor will also gain knowledge on the environment, climate change, technology, sensors, and data science.

Requirements: a minimum of six (6) courses (18 credits)

Core requirements. At least two (2) courses chosen from:

  • ORIE 2380 Urban Analytics
  • CEE 4665 Modeling and Optimization for Smart Infrastructure Systems 
  • CEE 4795 Sensors for the Built and Natural Environments  
  • CEE 4800 Engineering Smart Cities 
  • CEE 4930 Data Analytics 
  • CEE 5735 Mathematical Modeling of Natural and Engineered Systems
  • CEE 5745 Inverse Problems: Theory and Applications

Focus areas
Remaining credits can be bundled into focus areas. Examples of areas and courses are given below; students can petition other areas and relevant courses:

Transportation & Energy Systems

  • CEE 3610 Introduction to Transportation Engineering
  • CEE 4210 Renewable Energy Systems
  • CEE 4620 Analysis & Control of Transportation Systems & Networks
  • CEE 4640 Sustainable Transportation Systems Design
  • CEE 4880 Applied Modeling & Simulation for Renewable Energy Systems
  • ENMGT 5200 Economics of the Energy Transition
  • MAE 42220 Introduction to Internet of Things — Technology and Engagement

Climate-Energy-Water Nexus

  • BEE 4110 Hydrologic Engineering in a Changing Climate
  • BEE 4310 Multivariate Statistics for Environmental Applications
  • CEE 4565 Waste Water Processes and Resources Recovery
  • CEE 5420 Energy Technologies and Subsurface Resources
  • CEE 6200 Water Resources Systems Engineering

Finance, Economics, and Infrastructure Policy

  • CEE 3230 Engineering Economics and Management
  • ENMGT 5200 Economics of the Energy Transition
  • ENMGT 5940 Economics and Finance for Engineering Management
  • INFO 5455 Smart Cities: Requirements, Ambitions, and Limitations
  • PAM 4640 Regulation and Infrastructure Policy
  • PADM 5755 Infrastructure Financing
  • PADM 5757 Infrastructure Project Management and Finance Practicum

Engineering students affiliated with all majors except Civil Engineering are eligible to participate in this minor. Civil Engineering students can choose to follow the Smart Cities concentration.