Transportation Engineering

Understand relationships within & between transportation and other systems, including environment, energy, and advanced technologies


Research Groups

Air Quality Research
Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis)

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.
Harvey, John

Asphalt and concrete pavements, including design, materials, rehabilitation, life cycle, maintenance, reconstruction and performance modeling

Jaller, Miguel

Industrial and Transportation Engineering • Sustainable Transportation Systems • Humanitarian Logistics • Supply Chain Management • Operations Research.

Kendall, Alissa
Life cycle assessment applied to energy, infrastructure, and production systems
Niemeier, Debbie A. Transportation-air quality modeling • Transportation planning and policy analysis
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

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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.

  • TTP 200 Transportation Survey Methods
  • ECI 251 Transportation Demand Analysis
  • ECI 252 Sustainable Transportation Technology and Policy
  • ECI 254 Discrete Choice Analysis of Travel Demand
  • ECI 256 Urban Traffic Management Control
  • ECI 257 Flows in Transportation Networks
  • ECI 258 Transportation Planning in Developing Countries
  • ECI 259 Advanced Highway Technology and Automation
  • ECI 268 Infrastructure Economics
  • ECI 269 Transportation-Air Quality: Theory and Practice
  • ECI 282 Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
  • ECI 290 Seminar

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Graduate Program in Transportation Engineering

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.

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