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 were unimaginable a few years back. Before long, it may be common to have vehicles 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.
Transportation and Infrastructure Systems Engineering Concentration (12 Credits)