The last five decades have seen a ten-fold increase in the frequency and magnitude of weather events and other natural disasters. Furthermore, as our society becomes more connected, the impacts of natural and manufactured disasters compound in magnitude as the potential for cascading failures across multiple infrastructure systems exists. We have seen this with health pandemics, such as COVID-19, which impacted hospitals and healthcare operations, broadband internet, distribution of disinfection supplies, business operations etc. Households, communities, and global economic and political systems depend on the continued functioning of critical infrastructure such as transportation and communication networks, energy production and distribution, and water treatment and distribution. Students enrolled in the M.S. in Resilient Systems degree program will develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies necessary to pursue academic and industry careers focused on developing and maintaining resilient infrastructure.
The M.S. in Resilient Systems focuses on training students to use data science in conjunction with advanced modeling and simulation techniques to identify and mitigate the vulnerabilities of complex, critical, and interdependent systems. Global economies and daily life depend on the continued functioning of infrastructure, particularly in the face of weather events and man-made disasters. Because of this, professionals must be able to understand where physical, cyber, and human infrastructure elements converge and then transform this understanding into reliable data-driven models. This interdisciplinary program will leverage expertise across the entire University drawing from competencies in infrastructure systems, systems modeling, data analytics, model validation and uncertainty quantification, and innovations in data collection.
The Resilient Systems degree also highlights a course on Complex Ventures: a project-based course that focuses on complex real-world problems where students work with real stakeholders to develop solutions. The projects vary in topic but are largely focused on community partners' infrastructure, economic development, health, and educational needs. This project course is immersive within a community or organization where students work to develop skills in leadership, project management, cross-cultural awareness, ethical responsibility, and teamwork.
- Project Planning: Define project needs and develop project charter and project planning materials in accordance with project needs and the project environment.
- Discipline Knowledge Application: Apply material from your discipline to solve problems and design community-based projects.
- Design Process: Design a system or process to meet desired needs within such realistic constraints as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, constructability, and sustainability.
- Problem Recognition and Solving: Formulate and solve an ill-defined problem by selecting and applying appropriate techniques and tools.
- Sustainability: Analyze systems, whether traditional or emergent, for sustainable performance.
- Leadership: Apply leadership and followership principles in the direct efforts of the organization.
- Teamwork: Function effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team and respect the contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.
- Communication: Effectively plan, compose, and integrate verbal, written, and graphical communication of a project to technical and non-technical audiences.
- Attitude: Demonstrate attitude supportive of professional practice.
- Lifelong Learning: Identify and acquire new knowledge as a part of the problem-solving/design process.
- Business Administration: Apply business concepts and processes to your project and the day-to-day operations of the organization.
- Customer Awareness: Develop an awareness of the customer, their culture, their needs, their priorities, and their expectations.
- Ethics: Explain the professional and ethical responsibilities surrounding the project work – especially those relevant to projects in a developing community.
- Critical Thinking: Develop actions and beliefs in an intellectually disciplined manner by actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication.
- Cultural Awareness: Gain an appreciation for other cultures, understand the differences in cultures and ways of living, and effectively communicate using this awareness.
- Globalization: Analyze and develop projects to function at required levels in a global context.
The M.S. in Resilient Systems requires the completion of 30 credit hours with an option for a thesis or non-thesis degree. The M.S. degree can be pursued as a 4+1 B.S./MS degree, a terminal M.S. degree or en route to an existing Ph.D. program at Clemson. The Resilient Systems Masters Degree is an interdisciplinary degree program that will accept students with diverse backgrounds, including humanities, business, education, arts, sciences, agriculture, engineering, and computing. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to include all backgrounds that have ties to societal challenges related to resiliency.
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The program may offer assistantships in the near future; please indicate your interest when you contact the progam. Resources for financial aid for graduate students can be found here.