Education

COURSES

MONITORING CITIES:

Graduate course as cross listed offering by NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress

The world’s urban population is growing at approximately 60 million people annually; this is equivalent to four cities like New York every year. Characterizing the chronological changes and quantifying key attributes of cities; from the environment, to demographics and economics, is now possible as a result of the increase and availability of information. The acquisition and analysis of urban data provides insights that will influence the sustainable growth of the urban world, from small to megacities. Students completing this course will learn to study cities using the quantitative analysis of urban data. Looking at cities as interdependent networks of physical, natural and human systems, this course provides a perspective on how to obtain relevant information for better understanding of the function and wellbeing of these systems.  Students will gain an understanding of needs assessment, planning and technical approaches for instrumenting a city, while learning approaches for the acquisition and analysis of data, including data obtained through administrative records. Areas of study include energy, waste, land use, infrastructure, ecology, air quality, patterns of activity, mobility, and community engagement.

 

STRUCTURAL DYNAMICS:

Undergraduate Course offered by Tandon School of Engineering

This course is an introduction to the study of structural dynamics. Topics covered include basic concepts of seismicity, and earthquake ground motion, as well as response of structures to earthquake excitation. Student learn the significance of stiffness, including the effect of geometry such as length, cross section dimensions, and shape, as well as the effect of materials properties including those properties that that play a role in the transient response of the structure. Special focus will be given to natural frequency of vibration and resonance including the impact of earth quake frequency content. Methods for mitigation of damage including passive techniques such as material and active approaches such as tuned mass damping will be introduced. Student will learn closed form solution to dynamical response structures as well numerical solution for more complex structures through the use of finite element computation methods.

 

SENSING THE CITY:

Undergraduate Course offered by Tandon School of Engineering

Considering cities as networks of people, infrastructure and the natural environment, this course is an introduction to the quantitative study of cities. Class instruction and assignments introduce the students to techniques for the acquisition and analysis of information on the function and state of wellness of the urban environment. This includes energy systems, waste, air quality, land use, population distribution and patterns of activity, health, and mobility.  As the world’s urban population is rapidly increasing, the quantitative analysis of key attributes of urban life and operation, and the understanding of chronological changes, will be key to insuring sustainable urban planning, policies, and growth. The academic mission of this course is to expose undergraduate students from across the University to the emergent field of data-driven urban studies. The goal is to offer students the necessary foundation to acquire and analyze information to solve critical challenges facing cities in the 21st century. Students will develop skills in data acquisition, data management, analysis, and visualization, data structure and privacy standards.