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.
April 25, 2016
Tariq U. Saeed, a graduate student of Transportation Engineering working in the research group of Professor Samuel Labi, has been chosen to receive a spring 2016 PCCRC graduate student travel grant.
April 20, 2016
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
Nadia Gkritza, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, was presented with the Jane F. Garvey/UMass ITE Transportation Leadership Award for her demonstrated leadership and outstanding skill in the field of transportation.
April 12, 2016
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.
March 21, 2016
The 102nd Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo broke another record with over 2,600 attendees.
March 8, 2016
Tariq Usman Saeed, a Ph.D. student in transportation systems engineering, has been awarded a 3-month paid fellowship to carry out research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich.
February 23, 2016
On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, the Cedar Grove Bridge came strategically crashing down into Franklin County's Whitewater River.
February 16, 2016
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
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 18, 2016
Purdue faculty, staff and students attended the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 95th Annual Meeting on January 10–14, 2016, in Washington, D.C.
January 15, 2016
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
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 22, 2015
CE grad student V. Dimitra Pyrialakou has received the prestigious Leadership Legacy Graduate Scholarship through the Women's Transportation Seminar Greater Chicago Area chapter.
December 19, 2015
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
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).
November 12, 2015
An engineering professor from Purdue University spearheaded research partnership efforts for a new transportation safety laboratory in Shanghai, China.
October 2, 2015
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
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.
September 3, 2015
Purdue University, led by Prof. Satish Ukkusuri along with researchers from Virginia Tech and North Dakota State University, have been selected to receive a $2.5 million National Science Foundation Hazards SEES grant to understand the role of uncertainty in hurricane evacuation decision-making.
September 3, 2015
When V. Dimitra Pyrialakou, a doctoral candidate focusing on transportation engineering, moved to the United States from Greece, she was astonished by the many differences between European and American transportation systems and planning practices, especially in rural and small urban areas. Now, she is working to rethink such areas.