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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.


Spotlights

November 16, 2017

Michelle Mekker named IRF Fellow

CE grad student Michelle Mekker has been named an International Road Federation Fellow in the Class of 2018 and will participate in the 2018 Road Scholar Program.
October 26, 2017

Tariq Saeed receives 2017 APTF Board Scholarship

Graduate student Tariq U. Saeed has received a 2017 Board Scholarship by the American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) at the annual meeting and exposition in Atlanta, October 10, 2017.
October 26, 2017

Purdue team wins IATR 2016-2017 Hackathon final

The Purdue transportation student team Boiler Hackers (Xinwu Qian, Wenbo Zhang, Shubham Agarwal, and Hemant Gehlot) recently won the 2016-2017 IATR HACK-A-THON final competition. Their winning proposal involved serving autonomous electric taxis at existing urban parking facilities.
October 13, 2017

Darcy Bullock named Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering

The Board of Trustees has approved the naming of Darcy Bullock as the Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering. Bullock joined Purdue in 1998 as a civil engineering faculty member. He has been honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Transportation Research Board and was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, 2005-2010.
August 23, 2017

Seyed Ali Ghahari receives scholarship to attend MIT workshop

Lyles CE graduate student Seyed Ali Ghahari was recently awarded a competitive scholarship from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to attend the Modeling and Simulation of Transportation Networks Workshop that took place in Cambridge, July 31 – August 4, 2017.
August 2, 2017

Associate Professor Nadia Gkritza selected to work with the National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Associate Professor, Konstantina "Nadia" Gkritza was awarded a fellowship by the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Greece to work with Prof. Eleni Vlahogianni of the Department of Transportation Planning and Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece on collaborative research in smart and shared mobility and mentoring graduate students in transportation planning and engineering.
June 22, 2017

Purdue to host civil engineering symposium on infrastructure

Purdue will host the 13th annual Inter-University Symposium on Infrastructure Management (AISIM) at multiple campus locations Friday (June 23). AISIM is an all-day event featuring information exchange and networking opportunities primarily for graduate students. The symposium often includes researchers and practitioners including infrastructure agencies, consultants and other stakeholders.
June 15, 2017

CE Graduate Student named National Eno Fellow, Class of 2017

Tariq U. Saeed, a graduate student in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering was recently named a national Eno Fellow, Class of 2017, a select group of exceptionally promising graduate students who plan to pursue careers in transportation.
June 2, 2017

Professor Sinha awarded prestigious Hagler Faculty Fellowship

Kumares Sinha, Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, has been named a Faculty Fellow of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) at Texas A&M University. HIAS attracts world-class talent to the University and is driven by nominations of National Academy and Nobel-prize caliber researchers that align with existing strengths and ambitions of the University. The Institute selects its Faculty Fellows from among top scholars in the nation who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional accomplishments and recognition.
May 31, 2017

Purdue University ITE Student Chapter

Purdue's Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Student Chapter has completed another successful year. They recently won the award for the Best Student Chapter Report in the Great Lakes District and are currently in the running for the ITE International level award for the Best Student Chapter.
April 27, 2017

Chacon-Hurtado receives Outstanding Service Scholarship

Congratulations to CE grad student Davis Chacon-Hurtado on being awarded the Outstanding Service Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to engineering graduate students who have provided outstanding service to the graduate student community, the School, the College, and/or the University.
March 16, 2017

103rd Purdue Road School

The 103rd Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo was the largest Road School on record at 2,709 attendees. This year’s event included 155 technical sessions involving 327 speakers and moderators. The program had 164 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) available, including 4 hours of Indiana Statutes and Ethics for Professional Engineers.
March 14, 2017

Student Spotlight: Davis Chacon-Hurtado

Purdue Global Ambassador Davis Chacon-Hurtado focuses his research on the civil engineering of transportation systems in city environments. In particular, he is investigating the possible factors that make communities resistant or resilient to disruptions and economic shocks that can affect their quality of life and the role transportation can play in this resiliency.
March 9, 2017

Tariq Saeed appointed to two Transportation Research Board committees

Tariq Usman Saeed, a doctoral student in Transportation & Infrastructure Systems Engineering, has been appointed as a young member to the Standing Committee on Statistical Methods (ABJ80) and the Standing Committee on Bridge Preservation (AHD37) of Transportation Research Board (TRB) of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. He was appointed in recognition of the active roles he continues to play in the functions of these committees.
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