Bridge Engineering Program
The Bridge Engineering Program at FIU is tackling one of our nation’s major transportation issues. There are more than 607,000 bridges in the U.S. and about 25% of them need to be replaced or retrofitted. With more than 200 million trips a day over these substandard bridges, the potential for tragedy from a bridge collapse is great. Public safety and mobility considerations demands replacing or retrofitting these substandard bridges using new and advanced technologies. FIU’s Bridge Engineering Program has a national and international reputation for tackling challenging bridge engineering problems.”
Wall of Wind
To perform hurricane mitigation research, the wind engineering team at the International Hurricane Research Center (IHRC) and College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at FIU has built a full-scale “Wall of Wind (WoW) facility”. The WoW is viewed as being potentially as effective for wind engineering as crash testing, which led to the development of air bags and other safety features, was for the automobile industry. Engineers liken the WoW to shake table testing, which led to performance-based earthquake engineering.
Emerging Preeminent Programs
Cybersecurity@FIU focuses on digital defense and protection issues that impact the global cyber landscape and examines complex human and social questions related to privacy policies and trust. Taking a multi-faceted approach, the university combines technical cybersecurity strength in areas such as cyberphysical systems, the Internet of Things, and cloud computing and storage with complementary expertise in international and public affairs, business and law. These competencies together establish a comprehensive foundation for the continued advancement of research, education, workforce development and international capacity-building activities.