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GRAND CHALLENGE:
Sustainable Infrastructure

Lehigh takes a systems-level perspective in addressing the critical need for a safe and sustainable infrastructure of transportation, water, power, networking, and communications systems.

Typical Graduate Programs
Graduate students interested in the development of sustainable infrasutrcuture systems often pursue degrees such as:
Lehigh's research agenda in this area includes the development of efficient, clean, and sustainable energy sources that support global economic development. It also addresses issues related to energy supply, delivery, consumption, and environmental impact, as well as social, political and economic ramifications.

Our researchers seek to develop better ways of generating and distributing energy, to improve the efficiency of systems that consume energy, and to mitigate the environmental impact of energy generation and energy use.

Lehigh's research strength in energy generation is renowned. It includes a wide variety of activities ranging from fusion modeling and simulation to clean coal technology, carbon capture and sequestration, to efficiency improvements and pollution reduction technologies. These are complemented by equally active researc in alternative energy sources, with major projects in hydrogen, photovoltaics, and fuel cell and storage technologies.

Sustainable Infrastructure

Research Spotlight


Clay Naito (above), associate professor of civil and environmental engineering explores experimental and analytical evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures subjected to extreme events. Recently, his work in in understanding the impact of tsunami-borne debris on the built infrastructure captured the attention of Discovery Channel.
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