Transportation Engineering

Transportation Engineering

Transportation systems are highly complex, and continue to present significant challenges in our everyday lives.

Overview

Transportation engineers continue to pursue innovative solutions to meet urban and regional mobility needs.

Current research initiatives focus on autonomous and connected vehicles, big data in transportation, safety analysis, and infrastructure. The University of Florida Transportation Institute (UFTI) provides extensive and transdisciplinary research opportunities related to transportation.

For additional information, visit transportation.institute.ufl.edu.

ADMISSIONS AND FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

About

The Department of Civil Engineering offers Doctoral and Masters programs in Transportation Engineering. The UFTI offers students exciting opportunities to work on cutting-edge technologies such as connected/automated vehicles, big data and data analytics, the theory of traffic flow, simulation and optimization of transportation systems, traveler behavior, infrastructure design and monitoring, dynamic traveler information systems, and safety and sustainability of multi-modal transportation systems.

The UFTI is home to the Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE).  STRIDE is a U.S. DOT Regional University Transportation Center (UTC). STRIDE represents the member institutions of Region IV of the USDOT’s University Transportation Centers UTC) program.

We are looking for students with strong analytical capabilities (one or more of statistics, big data analytics, optimization, simulation modeling, programming, GIS) and excellent written and oral communication skills interested in addressing various current and future transportation problems. Students from a variety of undergraduate/masters disciplines including Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, or Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Urban Planning, and Economics will be considered based on interests and expertise.

People

Photo of Nithin Agarwal Nithin Agarwal Adjunct Faculty and Director for T2 Center
(352) 273-1674

Office
516 Weil Hall

Photo of Behzad Aghdashi Behzad Aghdashi Director of the McTrans Center
352-294-3095

Office
3225 East Campus, Suite 3221

Photo of Lili Du Lili Du Associate Professor
352-294-7805

Office
512 Weil Hall

Photo of Lily Elefteriadou Lily Elefteriadou Barbara Goldsby Professor
(352) 294 7802

Office
512B Weil Hall

Photo of Rui Guo Rui Guo Lecturer
352-294-7816

Office
515 Weil Hall

Photo of Pruthvi Manjunatha Pruthvi Manjunatha Research Assistant Professor

Office
508 Weil Hall

Photo of Sivaramakrishnan (Siva) Srinivasan Sivaramakrishnan (Siva) Srinivasan Associate Professor
(352) 294-7807

Office
513A Weil Hall

Photo of Scott Washburn Scott Washburn Professor
352-294-7806

Office
580A Weil Hall

Photo of Xilei Zhao Xilei Zhao Assistant Professor
352-294-7159

Office
504 Weil Hall

To view a full listing of each person’s profile, visit the Transportation Engineering category in our directory.

Student Chapters

INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERS (ITE)

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international educational and scientific association of transportation professionals who are responsible for meeting mobility and safety needs. The ITE student chapter at the UF organizes activities throughout the year to advance the transportation field, facilitate travel to professional conferences, and promote fellowship among its student members. Membership to the ITE student chapter at UF is free and open to all UF students.

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WOMEN’S TRANSPORTATION SEMINAR (WTS)

As the first official WTS Student Chapter, WTS at UF has the goal of establishing a college based student community focusing on advancing women in transportation through professional workshops, networking, and community service. As an active student and young professionals group, their goal is to continue serving the community and reaching out to UF students and professionals with an interest in transportation.

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Graduate Study Program

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science (MS) Degree

Introduction

Master of Engineering (ME) or Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with Specialization in Transportation Engineering

Within the transportation engineering field, employers often seek out our graduates with master’s degrees. They have high expectations regarding the skills and capabilities that our graduates bring with them into industry. Consequently, we offer a specialization in transportation engineering within the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. The following requirements, in addition to the minimum requirements imposed by the UF Graduate School, must be met for graduation.

Course Requirements

Master’s students specializing in Transportation Engineering (TTE) are expected to satisfy the following minimum coursework requirements and procedures. Upon admission, a TTE faculty member is assigned as your advisor.

Regardless of whether you are pursuing a Thesis or Non-Thesis degree, you must complete the Master’s Program Plan of Study (PPS), which is posted on the ESSIE website.  You must request the use of transfer credits toward your degree program on the PPS and obtain approval, as indicated by the advisor’s signature on the PPS. You will have an advising hold until your first PPS has been submitted based on these timeframes:  Masters non-thesis submission is required by midterm of the first semester; Master’s thesis by midterm of the second semester.  Before the registration periods of subsequent semesters, contact your advisor for approval of your proposed course selection for the upcoming semester, along with any changes in your PPS. You or your advisor need to  submit your PPS (original or revised) to gradforms@essie.ufl.edu for processing.

Additional requirements may be imposed by the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering or the University of Florida Graduate School; therefore, the student should consult the Civil and Coastal Engineering Graduate Student Handbook for additional information.

Non-thesis Master’s degree

Non-thesis students obtaining a Master’s of Science degree must satisfy the final exam requirements by submitting a completed term project that earned a grade of B or better from any of the TTE courses (ore or elective) listed in the coursework requirements. Projects from outside the curriculum will not be considered. Projects are to be submitted to the student’s advisor for approval and must be comprehensive in nature. Master of Engineering students are not required to complete the final examination per the Graduate Catalog.

Thesis Master’s degree-seeking students:

A thesis master’s degree-seeking student is required to have a supervisory committee. That committee must consist of a minimum of two members, a chair (usually the advisor) and at least one additional member. The full committee should be formed by the mid-term of the second semester. If a minor is designated, the committee must include a graduate faculty member from the minor department.

Grades & Graduation

Per the University of Florida Graduate School Policy, students must have an overall GPA of 3.00 and an overall 3.00 gpa within the departmental courses to be eligible for graduation.

Coursework Requirements

Courses are selected to ensure students obtain a minimum level of competency in transportation engineering. After the core and elective course requirements are met for transportation, electives must be chosen in consultation with advisors.

MS or ME with Thesis

A minimum of 30 credit hours with a minimum of 24 hours of course work and 6 hours Masters Research (CGN 6971) with a written master’s thesis and final oral defense. Enrollment of 3 credit hours (Fall/Spring) or 2 credit hours (Summer) of Masters Research (CGN 6971) is required during the final/graduating semester. Coursework should satisfy the core, transportation electives, and other electives criteria indicated below.

MS or ME with Coursework Only (non-thesis)

Minimum 30 total semester hours of coursework. Coursework should satisfy the core, transportation electives, and other electives criteria indicated below.

Core Courses (min 9 credits)

TTE 5305 Advanced Transportation Systems Analysis
TTE 5106 Advanced Urban Transportation Planning
TTE 6267 Traffic Flow Theory
TTE 6315 Highway Safety Analysis
TTE 5256 Traffic Engineering

 

Transportation Electives (min of 9 credits)

TTE 6606 Urban Transportation Models
TTE 5805 Geometric Design of Transportation Facilities
TTE 6259 Urban Streets Simulation and Control
TTE 6505 Discrete Choice Analysis
TTE 6205 Freeway Operations and Simulation
CGN 6905 Machine Learning
CGN 6905 Transportation Data Analytics
CGN 6905 Advanced Traffic Simulation

Other Electives (max of 12 credits)

As transportation engineering is highly interdisciplinary, the graduate students are encouraged to choose electives from other branches of civil engineering and a variety of other disciplines including but not limited to: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, and Statistics. Students must choose electives in consultation with their advisors.

Non availability of courses:

If any of the transportation courses are not available for reasons such as faculty members’ sabbatical the TTE faculty will recommend appropriate alternatives on a case-by-case basis.

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