EM 655 Sustainable Transportation Systems: Technology, Management and Policy

Urban systems are the foundation of cities. Sustainable urban systems enable human settlements, doubling in size by 2050, to thrive with the least possible impact on natural systems. This course aims at teaching students how to use technology and management strategies to develop effective policies achieving and supporting the operation of sustainable urban systems. Throughout the course various quantitative decision making methods and tools including decision trees, benefit-cost and cost-effective analyses, and more advanced decision and risk analysis methods including sensitivity analysis, and multi-criteria decision theories will be examined. A diverse set of urban system case studies including but not limited to mobility, food, water, energy, and waste management will be assessed and analyzed using these techniques and tools. By the end of the course students should be able to quantitatively assess urban systems and their implications on environment, health and well-being, economic development and equity as well as stakeholders’ roles and responsibilities to make holistic decisions and policy choices. Integration of risk and uncertainty into formal methods is a fundamental component of this course, which tells us how confident we should be in our analyses while formulating/ revising policies.



Cross Listed Courses

OE 657, SM 655


SYS 660


Engineering Management Program Environmental Engineering Program Ocean Engineering Program

Typically Offered Periods

Fall Semester Spring Semester