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Because the quality of a community is directly related to the quality of its transportation system, your function as a transportation engineer will be to move people, goods, and materials safely and efficiently. Your challenge will be to find ways to meet the increasing travel demand in both urban and rural areas. You will design, construct and maintain all types of facilities including highways, traffic signals, transit systems, airports and seaports. For example, you will be involved in:

  • performing geometric design of highways
  • optimizing traffic signals
  • analyzing traffic flow
  • simulating transportation networks with computers
  • applying safety and traffic crash statistics
  • planning land-use and transportation
  • accommodating all modes including bicycles and pedestrians
    designing airports



Transportation Engineering Emphasis Areas

The active areas of transportation research include the following:

  • traffic engineering
  • intelligent transportation systems
  • geographic information systems
  • infrastructure management
  • transportation planning
  • traffic flow theory
  • innovative geometric design, e.g. diverging diamonds, median U-turns, and roundabouts
  • traffic signals and operations
  • transportation safety and statistics
  • bicycle and pedestrian facilities
  • advanced computing applications in transportation
  • simulation and modeling
  • highway work zones
  • transportation security
  • emergency and evacuations
  • management of river ports

Transportation Laboratory

The transportation laboratories have capabilities for advanced surveillance, video image processing, traffic management and control, driver behavior, micro-simulation, Geographic Information Systems and several other advanced computer modeling and optimization packages. The physical laboratories include the Translab computing facility, the Traffic Management Center and a shared-use, 10,000 square foot Remote Testing Facility.

Transportation & Infrastructure Center (TIC)

The center is a hub for multi-disciplinary collaboration in Transportation Engineering research and education. There are over 25 faculty affiliated with the center that belong to several home departments including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Rural Sociology, Harry S. Truman School of Public Policy, Geography and Information Science and Learning Technologies.

Graduate Course in Transportation Engineering

  • A list of courses in transportation engineering can be obtained from the university registrar.
    • The transportation courses are those numbered 71xx and 81xx.