Analyzing urban storm-water issues

Speed School students monitor data collected from electronic sensors to determine if green infrastructure enhancements to Louisville/Jefferson County’s sewer district have the potential to scale up.


Center for Infrastructure Research

The Center for Infrastructure Research partners UofL with utilities and industry to research, educate, and solve infrastructure-related issues. Offering Speed School students hands-on experience solving urban infrastructure challenges.

The Center for Infrastructure Research (CIR) was formed through a partnership between the University of Louisville, the Metropolitan Sewer District, Louisville Gas and Electric, and the Louisville Water Company in 2003. The Center serves as a technical resource, knowledge center, and educational provider for utilities, industry, and the community. It provides Speed School students with numerous opportunities to gain expertise and work directly alongside infrastructure professionals.

Contact: Dr. Thomas Rockaway, Director
Phone: 502 852-3272, Email:


Major ongoing research initiatives with our area’s Metropolitan Sewer District


National and regional infrastructure committees with our active involvement


The Center for Infrastructure Research is 1 of Speed’s School 15 major research facilities

Our Students

“I knew I wanted to go into something with structure and building design. I love Speed School because of the Co-Op requirements. I was a fan of being able to work while I was studying. I’m working with a team of engineers, architects, and environmental policy experts. I’ve really loved it.”

-Christopher Bird, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sponsors Working together for a better tomorrow

The Center for Infrastructure Research works hand in hand with local utility companies utilizing cutting-edge technologies to make improvements for the citizens of Louisville and Jefferson County.

WEF Stormwater Institute

The Center for Infrastructure Research is a founding member of the Water Environment Federation, a national organization dedicated to stormwater runoff management and protecting public health and the environment.