This initiative investigates advances in the sciences, engineering, business, architecture, design, and law to ensure smart, equitable, sustainable, and healthy cities. Topics include hard and soft infrastructure; digital technologies; transportation systems; clean, sustainable, and secure energy storage and distribution; climate change resilience; efficient and reliable water systems; landscapes and ecology; urban agriculture; financial systems; and security. The complexity of these issues requires multidisciplinary efforts that address the human factors, social issues, and public policy and management, with the goal of achieving positive social impacts.
A pair of Illinois Tech professors are aiming to develop an artificial leaf-based façade cladding for use in urban buildings that can act as a sponge to absorb carbon dioxide in the air, and cut carbon emissions in cities.
“We can make the future power grid more stable and more sustainable by operating power electronic converters, which interface renewables, storage systems, and flexible loads with the grid as virtual synchronous machines."
“What this research shows is that we can’t just say that in order to save the planet and reduce our carbon emissions we need to eat less beef. We have to be more nuanced and understand who’s eating more beef and why.”
Professor Ron Henderson, director of the Landscape Architecture and Urbanism program, is leading a team of botanical experts in a project to restore some of the oldest cherry trees—estimated at 70 to 80 years in age—at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.
Bridge expert Gongkang Fu, who has contributed to research on the structural analysis, design, and infrastructure management of spans across the globe, has won the 2020 Alfredo Ang Award on Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure.
Associate Professor Jean-Luc Ayitou and fourth-year student Will Blodgett are working on an organic water-biphasic project exploring water as a solvent, especially in industrial settings.