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Sybil Derrible

Professor of Urban Engineering, University of Illinois Chicago

Sybil Derrible is a Professor of Urban Engineering and the Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is a world-renowned scholar on infrastructure and a Lead Author of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Seventh Global Environment Outlook (GEO-7) report.

He is the recipient of a US National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award and a Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was also an invited participant to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Grainger Foundations Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in 2023. Since 2019, he has been recognized in the top 2% researchers in his field for career and single-year impact by Elsevier.

He has published over one hundred publications and he is the author of the textbook Urban Engineering for Sustainability (MIT Press, 2019). His upcoming book, The Infrastructure Book, will be published in 2025 by Prometheus Book. From Hong Kong to Paris to San Francisco, by traveling to 30 cities around the world, the book explores in a simple and engaging style how the infrastructure that enables our lifestyles work.


  • 2012–present
    Professor, University of Illinois Chicago