Transportation System Engineering

Program coordinator:Dr. Suren Chen

A transportation system consists of traffic and critical transportation infrastructures, such as roadways, bridges and tunnels. Such a system interacts with millions of people and the natural and societal environments every day. Safety, security and efficiency of the transportation system are pivotal to both the preservation and quality of life in any modern society. Transportation System Engineering (TSE) program aims at promoting interdisciplinary research and education at CSU through investigating how to develop more resilient transportation infrastructure, maintain safe and smart traffic operation and protect the lives of millions of drivers. The program helps students develop a thorough understanding of transportation infrastructure, environmental impacts on transportation systems, traffic safety and efficiency in system-based perspective. Through integrating transportation-related structural analysis and design, hazard mitigation, traffic safety assessment, management, accident and injury prevention, students gain an in-depth understanding of statistical methods, numerical simulation and experimental techniques. As an interdisciplinary program, TSE tries to break the traditional barriers between structural engineering, transportation engineering, hazard mitigation and infrastructure management by promoting critical thinking and outreach among students, researchers and stakeholders.

Graduate research and projects in TSE include topics such as:

  • Asset management of transportation infrastructure systems
  • Public-private partnerships and finance of transportation systems
  • Assessment, design and protection of vital bridges subjected to multiple hazards
  • Performance-based design and management of bridges and highway systems
  • Lifetime bridge assessment, renovation and management
  • Health monitoring and protection of bridge systems with advanced sensing technology
  • Multi-scale traffic accident and injury risk prediction and mitigation
  • Multi-scale traffic accident and injury risk prediction and mitigation
  • Intelligence-based traffic management and law enforcement strategies
  • Security of bridges and tunnels
  • System-level optimization of transportation infrastructure

More detailed information about the research activities of TSE can be found at the Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSITS).

Faculty members from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering:


Affiliate members from other departments:

  • Mehmet E. Ozbek, Dept. of Construction Management
  • Stephen J. Reynolds, Dept. of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences
  • Lorann Stallones, Department of Psychology