Center for Research in Underground Infrastructure Systems Engineering (CRUISE)

Welcome to our website. This website is dedicated to showcase activities of the underground infrastructure systems research group at Clemson University. Our group focuses on the development and validation of decision-making models for making underground infrastructure systems more sustainable and resilient. With primary focus on water supply systems, we are interested in developing better design, construction, and management alternatives for a sustainable future water supply. Our group also focuses on understanding and modeling the interdependencies among critical lifeline infrastructures in order to enhance their collective resilience against natural and anthropogenic hazards. Our research is partly inter-disciplinary in nature and we collaborate with experts in power systems engineering, wireless sensing systems, and graph theory. Our recent research has also focused on transportation project delivery efficiency. Potential direct beneficiaries of our research include water utilities, power utilities, underground construction contractors, underground consultants, transportation agencies, emergency response teams, and other related government agencies.

Please send your comments and questions to Dr. Kalyan Piratla at

Note to Prospective Students: Please go through this website and learn about our group’s research. If you are truly interested in cruising along with our group, email your resume to Dr. Piratla expressing your interest. Research assistantships may be available for prospective PhD students. While I try to respond to as many prospective students as I can, it is possible that you may not hear back from me. In that case, you should assume I am either not looking to recruit new students or your background is not suitable for my ongoing research work.