Preparing future leaders to address society’s challenges.
Our undergraduate academic programs are unique in that they combine the world’s oldest engineering discipline – civil engineering – with the powerful field of systems engineering in recognition of the fact that the traditional needs of civilization (water, food, shelter, transportation, energy, and healthcare) are now available only through interconnected and highly complex systems.
To design the next generation of structures and infrastructure systems, we train engineers who not only understand how to calculate the stresses and strains that our hard infrastructure experiences under events like natural disasters, but also how to optimize the design and operation of new infrastructure systems using operations research, data, and analytics.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
Perspectives on the Evolution of Structures
Why do buildings and bridges look the way they do today? In this course, you’ll be provided the tools to answer this question for yourself through a study of the history of the design of buildings and bridges throughout the world from both engineering and architectural/aesthetic perspectives.
Civilizations have always faced challenges and have had to design solutions in order to survive. Our modern civilization is no different; we face major societal challenges related to resilient cities, human safety and security, decision-making and healthcare, energy infrastructure, and space exploration and habitation, among others. This course will look to the past, and at the current state of affairs, in preparation for designing solutions to the grand challenges of the future.
Through this course, students will be introduced to various design principles and further explore the role of civil and systems engineering design in communities and society. Students will work collaboratively with a civil and systems engineering senior design team or research group to explore the impact of their intended design on communities.
PROF. THOMAS GERNAY
Department of Civil and Systems Engineering
The Future of Fire-Resilient Structures
Civil and systems engineer Thomas Gernay is studying new approaches to designing structures that are safer, more economical, and make better use of materials and resources.Read More
Join the Club
Hopkins students are eager to pursue their interests outside the classroom. With 450+ student-led organizations, here are just a few you could join:
- Alternative Protein Project at Johns Hopkins
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
- Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- Out in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (oSTEM)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) (TBP)
- Theta Tau (Professional Engineering Fraternity)