The interdisciplinary Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES) Doctoral Program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is designed for students investigating the complex challenges facing urbanized regions. INES engages faculty expertise from a range of academic programs including civil and environmental engineering, geography and earth sciences, engineering management, engineering technology and architecture; as well as the related disciplines of economics and finance, ecology, biology and chemistry. INES students conduct scholarly research on issues related to the interplay between the environment and infrastructure, which help society meet the challenges of economic competiveness, climate change, energy use, and the interface between the natural and built environments. Several international universities have collaborated with INES on faculty and student exchanges, and joint supervision of doctoral students.

More than 55 students enrolled in the program engage in a broad range of research topics or projects funded by federal and state agencies, local governments, and private industry. Many of them participate in research activities sponsored by the university’s cross-disciplinary institutes and have access to extensive field and state-of-the–art analytical equipment and facilities that are housed in EPIC, Cameron and McEniry buildings. All of the full-time doctoral students receive financial support including tuition waivers, health benefits, and TA and/or RA opportunities. Small class sizes foster close interactions between the students and program faculty.  

As a potential student, we expect you to have completed your master’s degree that is relevant to the interdisciplinary nature of infrastructure and environmental systems, or a baccalaureate degree with outstanding academic accomplishments. Please explore this website and the University Catalog for admission requirements and application procedures. 

Welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.


Jy S. Wu, Ph.D., P.E., P.H.
Director of INES

John Diemer, Ph.D.
Associate Director of INES