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"Infrastructure is at the foundation of our quality of life, economy, jobs, and environmental
The Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems fosters collaborative and interdisciplinary
exchanges to promote new thinking and practice in civil infrastructure systems. We do this
in a number of ways: by convening, communicating, educating and researching. We promote
interaction among a broad constituency ranging from users and communities to those who design,
finance, manage and operate infrastructure systems.
The Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS) is funded by the National Science
Foundation. We opened our doors at NYU's Wagner School in January 1998. We are a partnership
of New York University, Cornell University, Polytechnic University of New York, and the
University of Southern California.
ICIS convenes experts from diverse disciplines and organizations to collaboratively seek
solutions to the most challenging urban infrastructure problems in order to improve infrastructure
and the investment in it.
ICIS communicates a new philosophy and approach to infrastructure that is systems oriented
ICIS promotes innovative educational models that incorporate the needs of infrastructure
users and communities.
ICIS fosters collaborative and systems oriented frameworks for research to produce interdisciplinary
infrastructure research agendas.
Our mission is to engage the Civil Infrastructure Community - users, host communities,
managers of infrastructure, financiers, researchers - in an ongoing dialogue about:
- Advanced technologies that are socially and environmentally compatible, that is, sustainable.
- About changing the way in which infrastructure professionals are educated so they appreciate
the social contexts and incorporate it into their work.
- About performance measures that can be shared among practitioners, and between practitioners
- And about best practices to enable diverse interests to talk to one another about infrastructure