Engineering | Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment

$3M grant supports education and training on smart cities

Ram Pendyala is one of four ASU faculty who are part of a new project which aims to take an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and developing smart cities with individual citizens at the forefront of attention.

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Build the future here.

We are addressing critical infrastructure needs in an environmentally sound manner.


Our unique blend of civil and environmental, construction engineering and construction management programs—coupled with a focus on sustainable engineering—enables us to train students who can impact the entire lifecycle of the built environment, from planning to design to construction.
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SSEBE director searchThe Fulton Schools at ASU seeks a highly accomplished scholar and strategic leader as director of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE). 

Director search announcement

What is “Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment”?

Sustainable engineering is a revolutionary approach to engineering that

  • Focuses on the long-lasting improvement of the human condition;
  • Recognizes the connections between infrastructure and the human and natural systems; and
  • Designs and constructs complex systems by considering environmental impacts, life-cycle assessment, and risk and uncertainty, along with technical and economic effectiveness.

The built environment includes society’s physical infrastructure and integrated systems that create the conditions for sustained health, prosperity and social well-being.

Involvement with the built environment generally includes the initiation of projects or programs through planning, design, construction, operations and decommissioning; the so-called “life-cycle” of the endeavor.

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Construction Management

Among the top programs in the country, ASU’s construction and facility management curriculum teaches you the core principles of design, cost estimation, and planning, and prepares you to lead and manage either the entire building process or the maintenance, operation, renovation, or decommissioning of existing facilities.

Civil, Environmental & Sustainable Engineering

Inspiring the next generation, ASU’s civil engineering curriculum sharpens your technical problem solving skills and frees your imagination to revolutionize current design principles into cutting-edge “green” engineering solutions.

Construction Engineering

One of the leading programs nationwide, ASU’s construction engineering curriculum combines the design principles of civil engineering with the business knowledge of construction management.

Environmental Engineering

The environmental engineering BSE degree program will focus on the engineered processes and systems that preserve, protect and restore the natural environment for benefits to human health and ecosystem services.