Sybil Jean Derrible

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    College: Engineering Department: Civil and Materials Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: 2071 ERF Phone: 312 996 2429
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    My long-term interests include the planning, design and modeling of urban infrastructure. More particularly, I look at the geometric and topological network feature of infrastructure, which is a vital component of "smart cities". Whether it is the water/wastewater system, the electricity grid, the building stock, or the transportation system, all are part of a nexus of co-dependent and ubiquitous elements of infrastructure that is critical to our cities, acting as a significant generator of economic activity and social development. My main goal is to redefine infrastructure planning and develop new practices to address the challenges of the 21st century.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    GPA: 3.4+
    Prerequisite classes: completed all maths and physics courses
    Year in college: 3+

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Two projects are currently being offered to students:

    1. Urban Energy Consumption
    The student is expected to collect data from municipal open data portals, available surveys, and studies on urban energy consumption patterns. These include consumption of water, transportation, electricity, gas, fuels, materials, food, and waste. The student is then expected to look at variations across the United-States, discuss the results and write a scientific report on the topic.

    2. Mapping & Analyzing Road Networks
    The student will be taught how to use the mapping software ArcGIS and the programming language to analyze the network properties of urban road systems. In particular, the student will look for universal patterns that dictate the way urban road networks are planned and designed. The students will then have to discuss the results and write a scientific report on the topic.

    Students are also encouraged to submit their own topics insofar as it aligns with the group’s research interests.

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