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.

SET Transportation Engineering TRE

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

Course Structure

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.

August Semester Choice Credits
CE73.11 Transportation Systems Required 3 (3-0)
CE73.14 Transportation Economics and Project Evaluation Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.15 Public Transportation Systems Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.35 Sustainable Transportation Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.36 Transportation Planning Methods and Analysis Required 3 (3-0)
CE73.37 Transportation Demand Modeling and Forecasting Required 3 (3-0)
January Semester Choice Credits
CE73.17 Airport Planning and Design Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.22 Planning for Traffic Safety and Injury Prevention Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.24 Intelligent Transportation Systems Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.32 Design and Performance of Highway and Airport Pavement Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.33 Pavement Management Systems Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.38 Transportation Logistics Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.39 Traffic Engineering Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.40 Advanced Geometric Design and Highway Safety Elective 3 (3-0)
CE73.9005 Selected Topic: Logistics Systems Elective 2 (2-0)
CE73.9006 Selected Topic: Rail System Administration and Management Elective 3 (3-0)
Inter Semester Choice Credits
Institute-wide course/English or Computer-based course Elective 2
August Third Semester Choice Credits
Thesis Option Thesis proposal preparation/defense and data/information collection 22
Research Option Research Study Option plus Coursework Continued Elective(s) 12
January Fourth Semester Choice Credits
Thesis Option Thesis preparation and final thesis report defense conitnued
Research Option Research study preparation and final research report defense 10