The transportation program in Civil and Environmental Engineering is closely tied to the Institute of Transportation Studies on the Davis campus. The Institute includes faculty members from across the campus who are interested in advanced vehicle and highway systems, travel behavior and analysis, energy and environmental aspects, and pavements
|Fan, Yueyue||Network optimization and control • Stochastic system modeling and analysis • Risk management of transportation networks subject to seismic or other natural hazards|
|Handy, Susan||Travel behavior research • Transportation-land use interactions • Bicycling behavior and planning • Transportation policy and planning.|
Asphalt and concrete pavements, including design, materials, rehabilitation, life cycle, maintenance, reconstruction and performance modeling
Industrial and Transportation Engineering • Sustainable Transportation Systems • Humanitarian Logistics • Supply Chain Management • Operations Research.
||Life cycle assessment applied to energy, infrastructure, and production systems|
|Niemeier, Debbie A.||Transportation-air quality modeling • Transportation planning and policy analysis|
|Ogden, Joan||Technical and economic assessment of new energy technologies, especially in the areas of alternative fuels • Fuel cells • Renewable energy and energy conservation • Hydrogen as an energy carrier • Hydrogen infrastructure strategies • Applications of fuel cell technology in transportation and stationary power production • Scenarios for sustainable transportation futures and transitions|
|Sperling, Daniel||Transportation planning and policy analysis • Environmental impact of motor vehicles|
|Zhang, Michael||Transportation systems operations • Traffic flow theory • Traffic control • Dynamic traffic assignment • Intelligent transportation systems|
Beyond the departmental courses listed below, the recommended program of study incorporates a broad range of disciplines including agriculture economics, economics, statistics, computer science, and environmental studies.
Transportation plays a vital role in the growth of the economy and the quality of life of individuals. If transportation is to meet calls for greatly reduced oil use and greenhouse gas emissions, transportation systems will need to be transformed. Because transportation systems are interrelated with many other activities, these challenges must be addressed in an interdisciplinary manner. The Transportation Program at UC Davis emphasizes basic analytical skills in systems analysis, planning, and policy analysis and an understanding of fundamental relationships within and between transportation and other systems, including advanced technologies. Beyond a set of core courses providing key fundamentals, students can draw from courses taught in a variety of departments to customize their program of study. Transportation research facilities at UC Davis include computer labs for analyzing traffic, travel behavior, and air quality; a pavements laboratory; a laboratory to conduct experiments on fuel cell and other electric vehicle propulsion systems; and a fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles used for field testing. Proximity to Sacramento, the state capital, provides opportunity for employment, research, and policy engagement with state agencies such as the Department of Transportation (CALTRANS), Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board. Faculty are integrally involved in major national initiatives such as climate change legislation, characterizing energy in the built environment, life cycle analysis, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), zero and low emission vehicle programs and sustainable transportation infrastructure and policy.