IRISE is a research consortium housed in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department in Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.

The nation’s, state’s and region’s highway infrastructure has largely been built. Due to its age, the challenges of today are driven by the need for costly rehabilitation and renewal. The high potential for rehabilitation and renewal projects to cause major disruptions makes it vital that these activities be performed in a more sustainable manner. IRISE research will produce solutions that will lead to more durable, longer lasting transportation infrastructure that will minimize these future disruptions such that:

  • The right of all citizens to safe, efficient and affordable transportation is preserved.
  • Accessibility to services, such as healthcare, is maintained at all times.
  • Quality of life needs are met when planning projects. Improving roadway infrastructure durability should have a minimal cost to environmental health and quality of life.