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Johns Hopkins expands the focus of its Department of Civil Engineering

December 2, 2019
Civil and Systems Engineering

Image: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

To ensure the continued leadership of Johns Hopkins in the field of civil engineering and to meet society’s needs for the improved safety, security, and resiliency of an increasingly fragile infrastructure, the Whiting School of Engineering has reimagined its Department of Civil Engineering to create the Department of Civil and Systems Engineering.

Thought to be the only such program of its kind, Civil and Systems Engineering—CaSE, for short—builds on the existing department’s substantial, longstanding strengths while expanding the scope of its research and mission, according to Lori Graham-Brady, who served as the chair of civil engineering and will continue that role in the newly created department.

“We make this move with one goal in mind: to prepare students to address the complexity of major challenges facing society in the coming decades,” Graham-Brady says. “Academics and research will be outward-facing, recognizing that infrastructure is defined not only by the built environment, but also by how that built environment interacts with its inhabitants and the societal systems it supports. We call this new vision ‘civilization engineered.'”

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