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

Steven Lavrenz (JTRP), Pulkit Parikh, and Vinay Varadarajan represented Purdue in the regional Traffic Bowl competition sponsored by Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) on April 14, 2014 in Indianapolis.
The Center for Roadway Safety (CRS) focuses on driver and roadway infrastructure safety through a multi-disciplinary approach to research. Through its collaborations with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Homeland Security and various offices at the US DOT, CRS has compiled one of the largest traffic-safety databases in the State of Indiana.

News and Events

The 100th Purdue Road School was held March 11-13 2014. Civil Engineering Professors Darcy Bullock and John Haddock served as co-chairs of the conference that included 160 sessions attended by approximately 2,330 transportation professionals.
Congratulations to Alex Hainen, recipient of the 2014 College of Engineering Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
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