Transportation Emphasis

Transportation engineering is a multi-modal field that includes highway, transit, aviation, maritime, rail, and pipeline systems.

It considers the user, the vehicle, and the infrastructure required to move people and goods safely and efficiently within and between cities. Advanced monitoring systems are used to collect transportation data and computer simulation models are used to analyze that data.

The graduate program in transportation engineering at the University of Minnesota is an interdisciplinary field that includes both transportation systems and pavement mechanics and materials:

  • Transportation systems includes highway engineering, traffic engineering, pavement design, transit operations, transportation planning and policy, and systems analysis.
  • Pavement mechanics and materials includes pavement design, management and rehabilitation and nondestructive and full-scale testing.

The program has six full-time faculty, two research faculty, and approximately 25 graduate students. There are many research opportunities available for graduate students through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, the MnRoad Program, the Minnesota Traffic Observatory, the Accessibility Observatory, and the Roadway Safety Institute. The Minnesota Transportation Library contains a large collection of research materials that is available to students and researchers.

The department offers a dual-degree program with Industrial and Systems Engineering and a dual-degree program in urban and regional planning and civil engineering (MURP with MSCE) in conjunction with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Transportation Systems Faculty

Pavement Mechanics and Materials Faculty

1 See also Geomechanics