Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering

As a branch of civil engineering, transportation engineering has a history that is long and illustrious and a future that is full of promise. The National Academy of Engineering has identified restoring urban infrastructure and implementing smart mobility as grand challenges. We need coordinated approaches to tackle transportation issues by integrating car, rail, bus, truck, walking and bicycling to meet sustainability goals. Currently, we see how smartphones have enabled ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, while taxis and GPS-equipped cars and trucks are providing massive amounts of data that was unimaginable a few years back. Before long, it may be common to have vehicles are talking to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicles talking to each other (V2V). Traffic flow with automated vehicles is expected to be much safer and more efficient than with human drivers.

The journey to that future will be fascinating and challenging. The safe and efficient movement of people and goods relies on infrastructure. Highways, airports, railroads, waterways and pipelines need to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained. Purdue's Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering faculty offer a wide range of classes, research facilities, and experiences. Their efforts will have noticeable impacts on challenges such as:

  • Asset management
  • Data acquisition and analytics
  • Emergency response
  • Energy
  • Freight Transportation and Logistics
  • Environment
  • Smart Mobility
  • Sustainability
  • Urban infrastructure

The award-winning Purdue Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers introduces students to the transportation profession and fosters a close association of students with practicing engineers, educators from other institutions, and local and national chapters of ITE.


March 29, 2024

Building the first highway segment in the U.S. that can charge electric vehicles big and small as they drive

At the “Crossroads of America,” Purdue engineers and the Indiana Department of Transportation are working to make it possible for electric vehicles ranging from tractor-trailers to passenger cars to wirelessly charge while driving on highways. Construction begins as soon as April 1 on a quarter-mile test bed on U.S. 231/U.S. 52 in West Lafayette that the team will use for testing how well a patent-pending system designed by Purdue engineers can provide power to a heavy-duty electric truck traveling at highway speeds.
March 11, 2024

2024 Purdue Road School Conference and Expo

This week more than 3,000 transportation professionals will gather in West Lafayette for the 110th annual Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo.
March 7, 2024

Purdue CE on full display at TRB 2024

Lyles School of Civil Engineering students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends joined thousands of other engineers at the annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting, held January 7-11 in Washington, D.C.
January 31, 2024

Yiheng Feng receives NSF CAREER Award

Yiheng Feng, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Assistant Director of the Center for Road Safety (CRS), has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to fund his research investigating the cybersecurity problem in next-generation transportation infrastructure.
January 18, 2024

Ricardo Chahine wins Best Poster Award at 2024 TRB Annual Meeting

CE grad student Ricardo Chahine was presented the Best Poster Award at the 103rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board for his poster titled, "Navigating post-pandemic urban mobility: Unveiling intentions for shared micro-mobility usage across three U.S. cities."
January 11, 2024

Kumares Sinha named Honorary Member of ITE

Kumares C. Sinha, the Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, has been named an Honorary Member by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the highest recognition of notable and outstanding professional achievement ITE presents to an individual.
November 29, 2023

Ricardo Chahine receives International Road Federation Fellowship

PhD student Ricardo Chahine has been selected as an International Road Federation (IRF) Fellow for the Class of 2024. This fellowship has been the cornerstone for many who are now leading figures in the realm of roads and transportation globally.
August 25, 2023

Purdue ITE receives 2023 Student Chapter Award

Congratulations to the Purdue University Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for being selected to receive the 2023 Student Chapter Award. The Student Chapter award recognizes a chapter that has provided an exemplary experience for its members with robust programming and outstanding administration.
August 21, 2023

ASCE honors Gkritza as Fellow

Konstantina (Nadia) Gkritza, Professor at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, Director of the Sustainable Transportation Systems Research Group, and the Campus Director of the NSF ASPIRE Engineering Research Center (ERC), has been named a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Directors.
May 16, 2023

Kumares Sinha delivers 2023 Fazlur Rahman Khan Distinguished Lecture

Kumares C. Sinha, Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, presented his lecture titled "Next Generation Urban Transportation, Urban Living, and the Role of Tall Buildings" as part of Lehigh University's Fazlur Rahman Khan Distinguished Lecture Series.
April 18, 2023

Nadia Gkritza appointed to TRB Transportation Energy Committee

Nadia Gkritza, Professor of Civil Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has been appointed to the Transportation Energy Committee (AMS30) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
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