Transportation Engineering

Transportation engineers design and operate highways, airports, railroads and public transit. They aim to ensure the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

You will experience research in the field of transportation including design and operation; traffic flow and control; demand analysis and planning; and related work in economics, finance, and administration. Research in the field of urban engineering provides opportunities for the study of land-use transportation planning; infrastructure planning and management; and environmental aspects of transportation.

The Transportation Research Facilities provide hands-on research for undergraduate and graduate students. Transportation faculty research includes the instrumented traffic van, which provides the capability to measure traffic flows, and the traffic signal systems laboratory which offers experience using NEMA, 170, and 2070-type traffic signal controllers and cabinets, plus much more.

Purdue's student chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers also introduces students to the transportation profession and promotes the advancement of the profession by fostering close association of students with practicing engineers, educators from other institutions, and local and national chapters of ITE.


Spotlights

May 13, 2016

Darcy Bullock receives Faculty Engagement Fellow Award

Darcy Bullock, Professor of Civil Engineering, has been given the Faculty Engagement Fellow Award from Purdue University's Office of Engagement. Prof. Bullock is recognized for his work with the Indiana Department of Transportation, specifically for his efforts to help engineers identify critical research problems and produce solutions.
May 13, 2016

Arif Sadri receives 2016 Excellence in Research Award

Arif Mohaimin Sadri, a doctoral candidate in the transportation area advised by Prof. Satish Ukkusuri, is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Research Award from the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs, Purdue University for his successful interdisciplinary project titled as "The Role of Social Capital, Personal Networks, & Early Responders in Post-disaster Recovery."
April 20, 2016

Transportation engagement from the U.S. to Germany

On Wednesday, April 13th, the Lyles School of Civil Engineering hosted the German America Chamber of Commerce for a seminar on the innovation of energy efficiency in transportation systems. The event kick-off was a poster session in the Woods Commons to highlight some active research projects and give students an opportunity to engage with German transportation specialists.
April 12, 2016

Visiting undergrad from Colombia recognized for best thesis

Lisa Lorena Losada Rojas, an undergraduate student from Colombia who was hosted here at Purdue last year through the Purdue-Colombia Institute, has been recognized for having the best thesis in her field at the National University of Colombia.
February 16, 2016

Sharing Innovation Success Stories with INDOT

On February 10, 2016, the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom was full of posters sharing innovative research ideas with Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Executive Staff and Directors.
February 1, 2016

JTRP & INDOT Partner with UDOT on Traffic Signal Workshop

The Automated Traffic Signal Performance Measure (SPM) Workshop, held on January 26-27, 2016, in Salt Lake City, Utah, provided a forum to share best practices, agency progress, and configuring and troubleshooting tips, as well as to discuss the potential future of SPMs.
January 15, 2016

2016 TRB Traffic Signal Systems Best Paper Award

A paper co-authored by Steven Lavrenz, Christopher Day, and Darcy Bullock, from Purdue University, along with INDOT Engineer Rick Freije and Elkhart County Engineer Jay Grossman received the 2016 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Traffic Signal System Committee Best Paper Award at this year's TRB conference in Washington, DC.
January 12, 2016

Ukkusuri invited to attend Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

CE Professor Satish Ukkusuri has been selected by the National Academy of Engineering to attend the Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering (JAFOE), along with 60 other engineers who have all been determined by the academy to be future leaders of the engineering field. The event will be June 16-18 in Irvine, California.
December 19, 2015

Srinivas Peeta named Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering

The Purdue University Board of Trustees on Saturday (Dec. 19) ratified Srinivas Peeta as the Jack and Kay Hockema Professor in Civil Engineering. Peeta is a professor of civil engineering and director of the NEXTRANS Center at Purdue. He came to Purdue in 1994 as an assistant professor of civil engineering. He became associate professor in 2000 and was named professor in 2006.
December 14, 2015

CE grad student receives award for outstanding research report

Civil Engineering graduate student Julie Yu Qiao has been awarded the Neville A. Parker Science & Technology award for an outstanding MS non-thesis research report. This award is given by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and is sponsored by the American Roads and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).
October 2, 2015

Purdue's flight students will save $250,000 in course fees

Purdue University professional flight students are receiving a $795 reduction in semester fees as a direct result of an updated aircraft usage plan. The new fee structure is expected to save students $250,000 over the next two academic years. John Mott, associate head for aviation technology, assembled a team of Purdue researchers to collect real-time data on the university's fleet of Cirrus SR-20 aircraft. The team included Darcy Bullock, director of Purdue's Joint Transportation Research Program, and civil engineering graduate student Maggie McNamara.
September 24, 2015

Co-authored paper recognized at IEEE conference

A paper by Prof. Srinivas Peeta, Ph.D. student Yong Hoon Kim, and NEXTRANS research associate Xiaozheng He was recognized as being among the top three papers of the IEEE 18th International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain.
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