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Sybil Derrible, PhD


Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering


Building & Room:

2071 ERF


842 West Taylor Street, MC 246, Chicago, IL 60607

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Sybil Derrible is a Professor in the Department of Civil, Materials, and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Computer Science (by courtesy), a Research Professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, and the Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Laboratory at the University of Illinois Chicago.

His research is at the nexus of urban metabolism, infrastructure planning and design, data science, complexity science, environmental justice, and futures studies to redefine how infrastructure is planned, designed, built, operated, and maintained championing principles of livability, sustainability, and resilience.

The CSUN laboratory focuses on at least seven infrastructure systems: water, wastewater, transportation, electricity, solid waste, gas, and telecommunication.

Sybil Derrible received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto (Canada), a D.E.S.O. from the Ecole Centrale of Lyon (France), and an M.Eng. from Imperial College London (United Kingdom). He is originally from the small France-owned archipelago of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, off the East coast of the U.S. and Canada with a population of about 6,000 people. Growing up on a small island where all infrastructure is visible motivated him to study infrastructure as integrated, interrelated, and interdependent systems.

Selected Publications

Selected Books

  • Derrible, S., 2025, The Infrastructure Book: How Cities Work and Power Our Lives, Prometheus Books, in editing, to be published in spring 2025
  • Derrible, S., 2019, Urban Engineering for Sustainability, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 656 pages.

Selected Publications

Publication Aggregators

Service to Community

Selected Service as Journal Editor

Selected Service for Societies and Organizations

Notable Honors

Since 2019, Recognized in the top 2% researcher in my field for career and single-year impact, Elsevier

2018 and 2024, Gordon Research Conference (Invited Speaker), International Society for Industrial Ecology (ISIE)

2023, Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

2023, Grainger Foundation Frontiers of Engineering Symposium (Nominated Participant), National Academy of Engineering (NAE)

2020, PROSE Award (Finalist in Textbooks for Urban Engineering for Sustainability), Association of American Publishers (AAP)

2017, College of Engineering Research Award, University of Illinois Chicago

2016, CAREER Award, National Science Foundation (NSF)

2014, 2016, 2021, College of Engineering Advising Award, University of Illinois Chicago

2014, 2017, 2019, College of Engineering Teaching Award, University of Illinois Chicago

2011, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC-CRSNG)


Post-Doctorate, Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) (2012)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
United States

Ph.D., Civil Engineering (2010)
University of Toronto

D.E.S.O., Industrial Engineering (2006)
Ecole Centrale of Lyon

M.Eng., Mechanical Engineering (2006)
Imperial College London
United Kingdom

Professional Memberships

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Sybil Derrible enjoys photography and writing fiction. His photos are available on his Gallery page, and some of his short stories are available on his Writings page and on Medium.