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With aging infrastructures, many of the nation’s cities now are faced with the challenge of restructuring their water systems to address the need for energy efficiency and water conservation. Detroit is no exception, as the need for smart, innovative uses of the Great Lakes continues to grow. Taking on the challenge of optimizing Detroit’s water transmission distribution is Carol Miller, Ph.D., P.E., chair and professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering. Her team is collaborating with a hydraulics specialty firm, TYJT Inc., and researchers at the University of Dayton and University of Illinois.