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.
Associate Professor Samuel Labi has been selected by the Transportation and Development Institute to receive the 2014 Frank M. Masters Award for his outstanding and innovative work in advancing the area of transportation infrastructure asset management systems.
News and Events
A joint report published by INDOT traffic engineers and Purdue University researchers shows significant improvements statewide. The 2012 Indiana Mobility Report also ranks congestion on Indiana's interstates, including increases or reductions in travel time.