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Sustainable Urban Systems (SDC-SUS)

The SDC-Sustainable Urban Systems (SDC-SUS) track applies multiple knowledge fields in an integrated approach to the many complex issues — old and new — faced by modern cities and their built environment.

The historic compartmentalization of urban and infrastructure planning decisions often creates inflexible systems that can be difficult to manage, impose high environmental costs and largely ignore interactions with the people they serve. Yet with advances in information systems, engineered technologies and improved understanding of human behavior, we can design cities that respond better to the needs of the inhabitants and adapt more readily to changing climatic and environmental pressures and demands. The SUS emphasis thus merges traditional data analytics with complex systems analysis to better inform decisions around the wicked problems of urban development like socioeconomic inequality and affordability.

SDC-SUS offers courses across multiple programs within and outside of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, covering topics such as:

  • Urban governance and policy
  • Integrated land use planning
  • Resilient infrastructure design on a city- and regional-scale
  • Complex systems modeling
  • Spatial data analytics
  • Data visualization and interactive platform design
  • Management and usage of large datasets
  • Ethics in data science

SDC-SUS class requirements are:

  • Sustainable Urban Systems Fundamentals (CEE 224X)
  • Sustainable Urban Systems Project (CEE 224YZ): This is a project-based, community-engaged learning course series in which student teams collaborate on a two quarter-long project with an industry or city partner on an urban systems challenge
  • Sustainable Urban Systems Seminar (CEE 224S)
  • Life Cycle Assessment (CEE 226)
  • Managing Fabrication and Construction (CEE 241)
  • Watson Seminar (CEE 258)

Learn more about Sustainable Urban Systems projects, courses, seminars, and events at the SUS websiteQuestions related to the SUS track and courses can be directed to Lecturer Derek Ouyang at douyang1@stanford.edu.

Related Faculty & Staff

Howard Ashcraft

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Deborah Ballati

Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Vlado Bazjanac

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Martin Fischer

Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy

Robert Groves

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Rishee Jain

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Calvin Kam

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Erik Kolderup

Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Michael Lepech

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment

Jerker Lessing

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Raymond Levitt

Kumagai Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus

William A McDonough

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Paul Meyer

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Eduardo Miranda

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jose Luis Moscovich

Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ram Rajagopal

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy and Professor, by courtesy, of Electrical Engineering

Ben Schwegler

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Brian Sedar

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Patrick Shiel

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Avram Tucker

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Antonio Vives

Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering