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Transportation Engineering (TRE)

Industrialization and population growth have tremendous impacts on the movement of people and goods. Every day, 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 in issues relating to transportation systems, urban/regional transportation analysis and planning methods, airport planning & design, and traffic engineering.

Students gearing for 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 research in Transportation Engineering covers transportation planning and economics, traffic engineering, traffic safety, and the design of highways and pavements.

Preferred Background

  • Master Program

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

  • Doctoral Program

Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and other related engineering fields

TRE field gives students an opportunity to explore the technological, safety, political/economic, and energy/environment dimensions of Transportation Engineering. In enhancing a holistic approach, they undertake courses such as Urban/Regional Transportation Analysis and Planning Methods, Airport Planning & Design, Design and Performance of Highway and Airport Pavement, Transportation Policy and Environmental Limits, and Planning for Traffic Safety and Injury Prevention. Coursework in other fields broadens students’ knowledge. Highly recommended are engineering mathematics, fundamentals of soil engineering, geographic information systems in civil engineering, and construction planning and scheduling.

In offering opportunity and choice, students can design their own study programs according to their inclinations and future career objectives. In addition to the courses specified below, students, under the guidance of their academic advisors, can select courses from a wide range of electives from other fields/schools as part of an approved study plan.

Course Structure

JanuarySemesterChoiceCredits
CE73.17Airport Planning and DesignElective3 (3-0)
CE73.22Planning for Traffic Safety and Injury PreventionElective3 (3-0)
CE73.24Intelligent Transportation SystemsElective3 (3-0)
CE73.32Design and Performance of Highway and Airport PavementElective3 (3-0)
CE73.33Pavement Management SystemsElective3 (3-0)
CE73.38Transportation LogisticsElective3 (3-0)
CE73.39Traffic EngineeringElective3 (3-0)
CE73.40Advanced Geometric Design and Highway SafetyElective3 (3-0)
CE73.9005Selected Topic: Logistics SystemsElective2 (2-0)
CE73.9006Selected Topic: Rail System Administration and ManagementElectivec3 (3-0)
Inter SemesterChoiceCredits
Institute-wide course/English or Computer-based courseElective2
AugustThird SemesterChoiceCredits
Thesis OptionThesis proposal preparation/defense and data/information collection22
Research OptionResearch Study Option plus Coursework ContinuedElective(s)12
AugustSemesterChoiceCredits
CE73.11Transportation SystemsRequired3 (3-0)
CE73.14Transportation Economics and Project EvaluationElective3 (3-0)
CE73.15Public Transportation SystemsElective3 (3-0)
CE73.35Sustainable TransportationElective3 (3-0)
CE73.36Transportation Planning Methods and AnalysisRequired3 (3-0)
CE73.37Transportation Demand Modeling and ForecastingRequired3 (3-0)
JanuaryFourth SemesterChoiceCredits
Thesis OptionThesis preparation and final thesis report defenseconitnued
Research OptionResearch study preparation and final research report defense10
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