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

Ruoyun Huang
Ruoyun (Sarah) Huang has been awarded the Sharon D. Banks Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) for her interest in advancing transportation innovation in the international arena.
Prof. Satish Ukkusuri has been named a recipient of a 2015-16 Fulbright-Colciencias Innovation and Technology Award, a block grant designed to support U.S. scholars to conduct research and lecture at a Colombian university.
Traffic Light
Professor Darcy Bullock is leading a group of transportation students in researching and helping police plan ways to make traffic flow more smoothly during home football games.
Tariq Saeed
Tariq U. Saeed has been selected as International Road Federation Fellow Class of 2016 for his interest and devotion in making a meaningful difference to the multi-faceted world of transport.
e-Pubs
In partnership, Purdue Libraries and the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP) achieved a major milestone on Sunday, December 7, 2014, with over one million downloads of technical reports within the Libraries’ Purdue e-Pubs, the University’s worldwide online open access Institutional document repository.
Eleni Bardaka
Eleni Bardaka has been awarded the Beverley Swaim Staley Leadership Legacy Scholarship by the Greater Chicago Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) for her interest in advancing transportation innovation in the international arena.
Prof. Srinivas Peeta
A paper written by Professors Fred Mannering, Srinivas Peeta, and graduate student Yuntao (Ross) Guo has received the inaugural TRB AT045 Intermodal Freight Award.
Purdue University's Office of Engagement has named Prof. Darcy Bullock and his research team recipients of the Corps of Engagement Award. This award is given to a team of faculty, staff, students and/or community stakeholders for outstanding partnership and achievement in engagement.
JTRP Hosts Indiana Leaders for Research Update
On November 19, 2014, JTRP hosted a joint meeting with Tonya Brothers-Bridge, Lt. Governor Chief of Staff, Steve Abel, Purdue University Associate Vice President for Engagement, INDOT Commissioner Karl Browning and INDOT Deputy Commissioner Jay Wasson.
Yong Hoon Kim
Yong Hoon Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in TIS, received the 2014 Intelligent Transportation Systems Best Presentation Award from the Transportation Science and Logistics Society of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and Management Science).
Ph.D. Graduate Samiul Hasan receives Best Dissertation Award
Samiul Hasan, a 2013 Ph.D. graduate from the Transportation and Infrastructure Systems area, was awarded the 2014 INFORMS Transportation Science and Logistics (TSL) Best Dissertation Award at the INFORMS annual meeting in San Francisco.