Center for Infrastructure Research (CIR)

To address urban infrastructure-related issues and challenges the Center for Infrastructure Research (CIR) was formed through a partnership between the University of Louisville, the Metropolitan Sewer District, the Louisville Water Company and Louisville Gas and Electric. The CIR leverages the limited resources of the sponsors to analyze common problems and developed research that promotes informed, intelligent, and rational decisions. Current research efforts focus on modeling the reliability of overhead powerlines, assessing the performance of green infrastructure stormwater controls, and extending the life of potable water infrastructure. The center also works to provide technical support for communities implementing smart and sustainable infrastructure management practices.

The Center’s main objectives are to:

  • Combine skills and knowledge of multiple disciplines to perform applied research on urban infrastructure issues,
  • Foster growth of the UofL research community,
  • Leverage resources from multiple sponsors to address common issues,
  • Perform relevant research by interested and qualified individuals,
  • Provide continued education, training and resources to students, faculty, sponsors and the community, and
  • Disseminate learned information through technical forums and publications.

Core research facilities: The CIR works with center sponsors to develop living laboratories, which utilize existing functional infrastructure for assessing performance and technologies. For example, to assess the long-term performance and suitability of green infrastructure controls for mitigating urban stromwater runoff the center works with the Metropolitan Sewer District to embedded monitoring equipment in select controls.

Core scientific and technical staff:

  • Dr. Thomas Rockaway, Director
  • Josh Rivard, Project Manager
  • Dr. Hamidreza Kazemi, Research Engineer

Center budgets and funding: Highlights of the lab’s budget in 2013 include:

  • Active R&D grants in FY 2013:
    • Louisville-Metropolitan Sewer District: Assessing Green Storm water Infrastructure
    • Environmental Finance Committee Network

Smart Infrastructure Management

HUD Sustainable Community Workshops     

Outreach and community engagement activities: As part of the center objective, the CIR is committed to disseminating the lessons learned from its research. In support of this effort, the center actively produces publications and regularly presents findings.

For more information: Detailed information on the center’s current and previous research projects, our industry partnership activities, facilities, outreach, educational workshops and conferences, and much more can be found online at website. Contact Dr. Thomas D. Rockaway or Josh Rivard via email at or by phone at 502/852-3272 and 502/852-4617.