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

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.
Matthew Volovski
Graduate student researcher Matthew Volovski took top honors in the 2014 International Road Federation (IRF) Student Essay Competition with his essay titled, "Funding for Highway Asset Construction and Maintenance: Sustainable Alternatives to the Traditional Gas Tax."
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.