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

President Li Yinguo of Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications (CQUPT) honored Dr. Srinivas Peeta as Honorary Guest Professor during his collaboratory visit to the school on June 29th.
On June 25, President Daniels testified before the Senate Finance Committee. President Daniels’ opening remarks reference the Purdue Road School, an event co-sponsored by JTRP and LTAP. President Daniels has been a long-time supporter of the Purdue Road School, first participating when he gave the 2006 Road School Luncheon address during the launch of Major Moves and this past year when he hosted a session with Mayor Dennis on the innovative partnership between the City and Purdue on the State Street initiative.
Rodrigo Netto de Souza, a Lyles School of Civil Engineering student, participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program during the summer of 2014. His mentors for this project were Professor John Haddock, Laura Slusher (Indiana LTAP) and graduate student Yu Tian.
Davis Chacon-Hurtado
Graduate student researcher Davis Chacon-Hurtado was selected as one of three winners in the 2015 International Road Federation (IRF) Student Essay Competition with his essay titled, "Integrated Traffic-ticketing Management System."
Emily Bonini
Emily Bonini, a student in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program during summer 2014. Her mentors for this project were Professor John Haddock, Pat Connor, and graduate student Yu Tian.
Tariq U. Saeed
Tariq U. Saeed has been elected as Civil Engineering Senator to the Purdue Graduate Student Senate (PGSS) for the academic year 2015-16. Tariq is a Fulbright Ph.D. scholar in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, currently working in the area of Transportation Systems Engineering.
Purdue Teams Wins ITE Traffic Bowl - Great Lakes District
Congratulations to the Purdue Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Traffic Bowl Team on winning the Great Lakes District competition! This annual competition among ITE student chapter teams uses transportation planning and engineering topics for the clues, questions and answers.
Use of probe data and design of real-time system performance management project tops Purdue University among peers. MakeSchools.org featured the project along with links and references to the Indiana Mobility Reports.
Purdue Engineering
JTRP and LTAP proudly accepted the 2015 CoE Faculty Award of Excellence Team Award on Friday, April 10, 2015. Lyles School of Civil Engineering Bowen Engineering Head of Civil Engineering Rao S. Govindaraju nominated the two groups to be honored at the 13th annual banquet.