Overview : Transportation Engineering (TRE)

Field Profile

Industrialization and population growth have tremendous impacts in the movement of people and goods. Everyday, movement is hampered by congestion, insufficiency of public transport facilities, traffic accidents, and other conditions. Moreover, as manufacturing expands globally, businesses want to reduce transportation costs by limiting the number of distribution nodes. Concerns over congestion on highways, increasing pollution and hazardous materials all emphasize the need to effectively maximize transportation systems. Thus, the issue of transportation is obviously crucial, not only now but in the future.

The Transportation Engineering field exposes students to the process of alleviating transportation problems. The coursework and research in the area provide advanced knowledge in transportation planning and economics, traffic engineering, and the design of highways/pavements and other transportation facilities. Transportation Engineering students acquire advanced skills concerning the planning, design, operations, maintenance, rehabilitation, performance, and evaluation of transportation systems, including their economic and public policy aspects.

The field imbibes in each student the development of analytic, problem-solving, design, and management skills suitable for public and private sector professional work.

Areas of Specialization

TRE offers two areas of specialization, (a) Planning and Engineering and (b) Highways and Pavements.

Depending upon individual choice and interests, students may freely select courses such that they receive training either in Planning & Engineering or Highways & Pavements. Under Planning & Engineering, students are trained on planning and logistics as well as traffic and safety. Among other topics, they are immersed to issues relating to transportation systems, urban/regional transportation analysis and planning methods, airport planning & design, and traffic engineering.

Students gearing for a specialization in Highways & Pavements take courses in design and operation as well as in management systems and maintenance. They are skilled in geometric design and highway safety, design/performance of highways and airport pavement as well as pavement management systems.

Current researches in Transportation Engineering cover transportation planning and economics, traffic engineering, traffic safety, and design of highways and pavements.

Preferred Background

Master Program:

Undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering; other engineering fields (e.g. urban and regional planning and systems engineering) are also considered

Doctoral Program:

Master degree in Transportation Engineering and other related engineering fields