Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering
As a branch of civil engineering, transportation engineering has a history that is long and illustrious and a future that is full of promise. The National Academy of Engineering has identified restoring urban infrastructure and implementing smart mobility as grand challenges. We need coordinated approaches to tackle transportation issues by integrating car, rail, bus, truck, walking and bicycling to meet sustainability goals. Currently, we see how smartphones have enabled ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft, while taxis and GPS-equipped cars and trucks are providing massive amounts of data that was unimaginable a few years back. Before long, it may be common to have vehicles are talking to infrastructure (V2I) and vehicles talking to each other (V2V). Traffic flow with automated vehicles is expected to be much safer and more efficient than with human drivers.
The journey to that future will be fascinating and challenging. The safe and efficient movement of people and goods relies on infrastructure. Highways, airports, railroads, waterways and pipelines need to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained. Purdue's Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering faculty offer a wide range of classes, research facilities, and experiences. Their efforts will have noticeable impacts on challenges such as:
- Asset management
- Data acquisition and analytics
- Emergency response
- Freight Transportation and Logistics
- Smart Mobility
- Urban infrastructure
The award-winning Purdue Student Chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers introduces students to the transportation profession and fosters a close association of students with practicing engineers, educators from other institutions, and local and national chapters of ITE.
August 25, 2023
Congratulations to the Purdue University Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for being selected to receive the 2023 Student Chapter Award. The Student Chapter award recognizes a chapter that has provided an exemplary experience for its members with robust programming and outstanding administration.
August 21, 2023
Konstantina (Nadia) Gkritza, Professor at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, Director of the Sustainable Transportation Systems Research Group, and the Campus Director of the NSF ASPIRE Engineering Research Center (ERC), has been named a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Directors.
August 11, 2023
Ph.D. candidate Jiawei Xue received the Best Poster Award for his presentation at the First Research Summit of Urban Science in Beijing on August 5-6, 2023. The title of his poster is, "Predicting Individual Irregular Mobility via Web Search-Driven Bipartite Graph Neural Networks."
August 3, 2023
Purdue University has been named a major partner, with Reilly Professor of Civil Engineering Satish Ukkusuri at the helm, in the first U.S. DOT-funded national security center.
May 16, 2023
Kumares C. Sinha, Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, presented his lecture titled "Next Generation Urban Transportation, Urban Living, and the Role of Tall Buildings" as part of Lehigh University's Fazlur Rahman Khan Distinguished Lecture Series.
May 3, 2023
The Department of Energy has awarded a Purdue University team and Cummins, Inc., a $1.25-million grant to develop two action plans for zero-emission infrastructure along the I-80 Midwest corridor.
April 18, 2023
Nadia Gkritza, Professor of Civil Engineering and Agricultural and Biological Engineering, has been appointed to the Transportation Energy Committee (AMS30) of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
April 7, 2023
A team of researchers at Purdue University's Joint Transportation Research Program, including Director and engineering professor Darcy Bullock, investigated which rural areas would be the best candidates for electric vehicle chargers.
March 23, 2023
Purdue University researchers, led by Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering Darcy Bullock, have developed techniques to harness big data from connected vehicles to monitor congestion caused by crashes, weather and construction.
March 16, 2023
Gov. Eric J. Holcomb was a featured guest at the 109th Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo on March 14-15 at Purdue.
March 9, 2023
Governor Eric J. Holcomb will be a featured guest at the 109th Purdue Road School Transportation Conference and Expo March 14-15.
March 3, 2023
Graduate student Zainab Saka has been selected by the Indianapolis Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Chapter as the winner of the Helene M. Overly Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to inspire and support women who aspire to pursue a career path in transportation.
February 27, 2023
Purdue University, led by Prof. Satish Ukkusuri, will partner with a consortium led by Clemson University funded by a $4 million/year grant with a focus on transportation cybersecurity and resilience. The center will develop foundational tools and methods to test and mitigate cybersecurity risks in infrastructure systems.
February 16, 2023
Professor Samuel Labi and a group of engineering/technology students represented Purdue University as AV racing Team Black & Gold at the international Autonomous Challenge @ CES held at the Las Vegas Speedway on January 7, 2023.
February 6, 2023
Kumares C. Sinha, the Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, has been honored by ASCE with the 2023 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for demonstrated excellence in furthering civil engineering education.
January 27, 2023
In the "Crossroads of America," Purdue University engineers — including Lyles School of Civil Engineering Professors John Haddock and Nadia Gkritza — and their Indiana-based partners are making it possible for electric cars to charge on roads while driving.
September 13, 2022
Satish V. Ukkusuri, Reilly Professor of Civil Engineering and director of the Urban Mobility Networks and Intelligence (UMNI) Lab at Purdue, has been named a fellow by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Board of Directors.
September 9, 2022
A joint project between the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and Purdue University to develop one of the world's first dynamic wireless power transfer highway segments has earned a place in the 2022 Top 100 Strategic U.S. Infrastructure Project Report.
August 4, 2022
Congratulations to the Purdue University Student Chapter of Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) for being selected to receive the 2022 Student Chapter Award. The Student Chapter award recognizes a chapter that has provided an exemplary experience for its members with robust programming and outstanding administration.
August 4, 2022
Darcy Bullock, Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP), has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Wilbur S. Smith Distinguished Transportation Educator Award by the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).