When Superstorm Sandy lashed New Jersey in 2012, Narayan B. Mandayam lost power in his East Brunswick home for five days.

The power outage also affected cellular service in his area when backup generators that powered the cell towers went down.

Sandy sparked the Rutgers professor’s interest in helping to engineer smart cities, where everything is connected; renewable energy, green infrastructure and sustainability reign; and resilience after breakdowns, disasters and malicious attacks is critical.

“A smart city is where every device, every entity and every object can connect for whatever the needs,” said Mandayam, a distinguished professor who chairs the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the School of Engineering. “Wireless connectivity is the glue that holds everything together, and the bottom line is to improve the quality of life in cities and quality of the planet.”

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