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The Center for Infrastructure Transformation and Education (CIT-E)

The CIT-E community collectively defines knowledge, co-creates modular lessons, shares best practices, and provides mentorship


What is CIT-E?

The Center for Infrastructure Transformation and Education (CIT-E, pronounced ‘city’) is a Community of Practice. Organized in 2013 with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF 1323279), our Community of Practice remains impactful and cohesive.

As a community, CIT-E collectively:

defines the domain of knowledge for undergraduate introductory infrastructure education

shares best practices and resources among members

provides mentorship to younger members adopting or adapting the materials

co-creates and peer-reviews modular lessons for infrastructure courses

Calling all Infrastructure Educators to Engage with the CIT-E model course

equips students with skills to consider societal, economic, and environmental impacts

The CIT-E model introductory infrastructure course introduces first- or second-year students to the different subdiscipline areas of civil and environmental engineering and helps students see infrastructure as the system that it truly is. Consequently, it provides students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to effectively design, build, manage, and maintain our public works by considering societal, economic, environmental, political, and other impacts in addition to the technical considerations. 

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adopted or adapted at 35+ colleges and universities, impacting over 4,000 students

The lessons are a testament to the creativity and ingenuity that result when working groups of committed and impassioned educators work together toward a shared purpose. The lessons are engaging and thoughtfully created with each lesson containing all the materials necessary to deliver the lesson.

The entire course or portions thereof have been adopted or adapted at more than 35 colleges/universities, with an impact on more than 4,000 students to date.  

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Module Example from CIT-E

Flint Michigan Water Crisis 

Module Learning Objectives:

Describe how political, social, and financial aspects led to the Flint water crisis

Describe the chemical processes that led to contamination of the Flint drinking water (disinfection byproducts)

Identify the violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act and explain how these violations affected the health of Flint residents

Describe the environmental justice aspects of the Flint case and compare to other similar situations

Make recommendations for how engineers can work to minimize damage from environmental justice cases in the Flint case and other situations

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