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ters, including NSF-funded Civil Infrastructure Systems as well as Intelligent Transportation Systems, Urban Construction Management Technology, and Urban Energy and Water Utilities.

Simultaneously, with the support of the metropolitan agencies and utilities, faculty have pursued the development of new professional graduate education programs in construction management and urban systems engineering and management. On behalf of the CEE department I would like to thank the New York City infrastructure agencies and utilities for their support and cooperation. During the past 20 years, these industry-university collaborative efforts have continuously stimulated our research and greatly contributed to the development of nationally and locally sponsored research programs on cutting-edge technology solutions and smart infrastructure monitoring systems. In addition, since 2005, with the leadership of NYU-Poly President Jerry Hultin, George’s vision has inspired a universitywide initiative to establish the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) as a city government-industry-university partnership for innovation in urban research and education.

George’s scientific legacy and academic vision will surely continue to greatly impact the education of the next generation of urban engineers and metropolitan systems managers, nurturing a professional culture that will recognize the integration of environmental risks, societal inspirations, economic viability, and technological innovation as key elements for sustainable urban development.


The purpose of this session was to provide a metropolitan infrastructure leadership forum for exploring the way forward in reinforcing the government-industry-university partnership for innovative solutions to infrastructure renewal challenges. The following four distinguished speakers—infrastructure experts and executives of the metropolitan agencies and utilities—accepted the invitation to share their vision of current infrastructure challenges, critical needs for infrastructure financing, strategies, and the role of technology innovation in their implementation. They also discussed anticipated impacts of the envisioned strategies on New York City’s sustainable development, the performance and resiliency of the city’s infrastructure, and the economic growth of the metropolitan region.

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