Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
Multidisciplinary researchers tackle civil infrastructure issues from the state to global level in the Center for Infrastructure Renewal.
Imagine experts in every aspect of civil infrastructure all working together under one roof to solve the most pressing problems in statewide, national and global infrastructure. That’s business as usual in the Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR).
“It is a unique facility in many ways. This includes the number and breadth of experts working on the topic of infrastructure,” says Dr. Zachary Grasley. “You have folks who are experts in large-scale structures – how they respond to earthquakes or hurricane-force winds. You have experts working on new materials for pavements. You have experts working on the electrical grid and corrosion of offshore gas structures. And the CIR has the physical capabilities to perform any necessary tests to solve all kinds of problems across infrastructure.”
A joint effort between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the CIR is focused on developing new and innovative solutions for rehabilitating infrastructure in the state of Texas and throughout the world, as well as developing technologies for new infrastructure that cost less, last longer and can be built in less time.
The CIR works closely with agencies in Texas, like the Department of Transportation, to develop new technologies that will help make all of the new infrastructure being built throughout Texas better able to support population growth, longer-lasting and more resilient to natural disasters like hurricanes, says Grasley.
“A lot of the technologies we develop are adapted and utilized throughout the United States and the world,” he continues. “We partner with all kinds of federal agencies, international agencies and companies in Texas and around the world to help take our innovations and put them into practice.”
The CIR develops new and innovative solutions for rehabilitating infrastructure in the state and throughout the world.”
— Dr. Zachary Grasley, Director, Center for Infrastructure Renewal; Presidential Impact Fellow; Holder of Peter C. Forster Faculty Fellowship I; Professor