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Master of Engineering in Smart Infrastructure Finance

In recent years, research has demonstrated that data offers great potential to bridge infrastructure finance gaps, unlock efficient capital, and democratize investments for a fairer distribution of quality of life across communities.

The Center for Digital Asset Finance (CDAF) at the University of Michigan (U-M) integrates smart infrastructure with data science, finance, and policy to sustainably solve financing problems for projects across different targeted areas including: energy, water, transportation, housing, agriculture and forestry.

One of the ways in which CDAF achieves this objective is by providing a highly immersive academic experience through the Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Smart Infrastructure Finance. Open to students from different academic backgrounds, this program not only provides a curriculum oriented towards data-driven finance and business models, but also offers students invaluable professional experience in the financial services, data management, and smart infrastructure industries.


This 26-credit program provides students from a broad cross-section of academic backgrounds—including business, policy and engineering, with real-world skills to navigate both the rapidly evolving financial services markets and its intersection with physical and digital infrastructure models.

It covers 5 areas of focus, including:

  • A foundation in infrastructure finance
  • An exploration of smart infrastructure systems
  • The role of technology and data in infrastructure applications
  • The influence of data on financial models
  • Design for investability: coming full circle
Learn More About the Program

Why pursue an MEng in Smart Infrastructure Finance?  An interview with recent graduates Ben Shale and Jake Uchitelle-Cohen explains the value of the program in creating a business mindset for engineers to engage with finance professionals to develop and assess the feasibility of project investments.

Practical experience and hands-on learning are a central element of the Smart Infrastructure Finance Master of Engineering. Development of actionable intelligence helps to build marketable assets and skills for the digital workforce.

Students are expected to engage in a corporate internship in the financial services, blockchain or related industries such as management consulting or digital project delivery.

The objective is to reach outside traditional disciplinary boundaries to develop experience relevant to smart financing of infrastructure, or financing of smart infrastructure.

Students will register for CEE 505 for one credit, commensurate with 6 weeks of (paid) internship or career experience (if they start a new position). Deliverables include a report out of how the MEng has prepared you for the position/internship, as well as a short description of your project (cosigned by your supervisor).

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