Center for Infrastructure Renewal
The need to develop solutions for infrastructure renewal was recognized by the Texas Legislature in 2015 when it appropriated $5 million in debt service for the construction of the Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR), a joint center between two renowned Texas A&M University System agencies: the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI).
The CIR is a state-of-the-art research center that develops transformative infrastructure solutions. The Center provides the facilities and the multidisciplinary research environments to attract significant cross-industry and government agency participation. In addition, it seeks to educate the 21st century workforce needed to build and operate this new infrastructure. The research conducted at the CIR improves the safety, security, longevity, efficiency, performance, resiliency, financial feasibility and sustainability of both the Texas and national infrastructure.
Not only does the CIR seek out new knowledge, but also works to share that infrastructure knowledge and innovation through a series of collaborations, workshops, summits, advanced training, knowledge sharing communities and professional development programs. Through these activities, the CIR accelerates the integration of materials and procedures designed to quickly improve and renew the nation’s infrastructure.
Dr. Zachary Grasley is a renowned civil engineer whose research focuses on the integration of analytical, computational and experimental techniques across several length scales to fundamentally advance civil infrastructure materials. He serves as director of the Center for Infrastructure Renewal and is a professor and Presidential Impact Fellow in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Grasley has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles has given over 30 invited or keynote seminars.He is the former chair of the Cements Division of the American Ceramic Society, and associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.