SSEBE Distinguished Lecture Series talk: Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS): Past, Present and Future Perspectives, October 31.

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Learn about the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program at the National Science Foundation in this SSEBE Distinguished Lecture Series with Cynthia Chen, program director of Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) at the National Science Foundation and professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS): Past, Present and Future Perspectives
Presented by Cynthia Chen, National Science Foundation and University of Washington, Seattle

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
College Avenue Commons (CAVC) second floor Devils Oasis Room, Tempe campus [map]

About the talk

Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) is a core program within the CMMI (Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation) division within the engineering directorate at the National Science Foundation. In the last four years, the CIS program has supported 126 investigators across 25 states and invested more than $26 million in fundamental research.

The CIS program, and the Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructures Cluster where CIS resides, recently experienced some changes in the program scope. Cynthia Chen will talk about these changes, the rationale behind them, as well as what is anticipated as the result of the changes.

She will also highlight other opportunities in CIS related areas such as Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Smart & Connected Communities (SCC). She will offer insights on program development and evolution at NSF, and provide some suggestions to PIs (in particular junior faculty) on proposal presentation and communication with program directors.

About Cynthia Chen

Cynthia Chen has been serving as the Program Director for the Civil Infrastructure Systems (CIS) program at the National Science Foundation since December 2016. She is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle (UW). She directs the THINK (Transportation-Human Interaction-and- Network Knowledge) lab where she and her students study the sustainability and resilience of a city through the lens of human beings interacting with the physical infrastructures and the built environment.

Chen graduated from University of California, Davis with a doctorate in civil and environmental engineering in 2001; prior to joining UW, she had taught at City College of New York as an assistant professor from 2003 to 2009. Chen has published extensively and her work has been supported by many federal and local agencies. She is an associate editor of Transportation.

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