Message from the Director

I am very pleased to welcome you to the website of the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) at Arizona State University (ASU), the university ranked number one in innovation nine years in a row by US News and World Report. As one of the eight schools of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, we have been making great strides in advancing use-inspired research, providing outstanding educational experiences for our students both inside and outside the classroom, and preparing a twenty-first century workforce that is ready to harness the power of technology to make the world a better place for all. Through our body of work, we aspire to chart a path towards a smart and sustainable future, and it is this aspiration that lies at the heart of all that we do in SSEBE. The unique organizational structure of the schools within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering (FSE) has helped us tackle the grand challenges confronting societies around the world, bringing transdisciplinary perspectives and solutions to address wicked problems that are too complex to be solved within the silos of traditional disciplinary domains. 

The ASU Charter emphasizes the notions of Access and Inclusion. In embracing this mission, SSEBE has committed itself to advancing an inclusive faculty, staff, and student body that will experience much success in all of its many endeavors. Our school is now home to nearly 2,300 students, about one-half of whom are graduate students, pursuing degree programs in Civil Engineering, Sustainable Engineering, Construction Engineering, Construction Management and Technology, and Environmental Engineering. Our Del E Webb School of Construction (DEWSC), which is home to top-ranked construction programs, is at the forefront of training the next generation of construction professionals through unique industry partnerships and professional development and training activities.

Our 80 award-winning research-active and instructional faculty members are advancing discovery and innovative solutions in a number of cutting-edge areas, leading centers dedicated to sustainable infrastructure and climate resilience, hydrological innovations, bio-mediated and bio-inspired geotechnics, low-carbon structures and materials, and smart mobility.  In the past year, the school’s research expenditures amounted to $33 million, representing a 50 percent increase over the past five years.

I hope you will take a moment to browse through our website and learn more about our programs and the innovative work and accomplishments of our faculty, staff, and students. We thank our many benefactors and partners who generously give to the school in support of its programs and students. We welcome opportunities to engage with you in our quest to improve the human condition, both locally and globally. With your support, and the great work of our exceptional faculty, staff, students, and leadership, I am confident that much can be achieved in the years ahead. Please get in touch or visit. We would love to connect!

Ram Pendyala

Professor and Director, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment