Transportation is an industry that, as a whole, is estimated to comprise 16% of the gross domestic product and effects the lives of every citizen. Professional opportunities for those with the skills to plan, develop, and implement transportation planning operations have never been greater and are expanding rapidly. The Transportation Engineering Master’s Degree offered by Civil Engineering Department of The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) has been developed to prepare participants to tackle transportation engineering problems in both the public and private sector.
Completion of the Transportation Engineering Program can support activities or careers in:
- Transportation Policy Analysis
- Transit Planning and Operations
- Urban and State-wide Transportation Planning
- Carrier and Shipper Transportation Analysis
- Transportation and Development Economic Analysis
- Federal and State Transportation Strategic Planning
- Transportation Planning and Engineering Consulting
- Transportation Systems Management
Though a joint teaching commitment between the University of Alabama in Huntsville, The University of Alabama, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, students interested in transportation have the ability to take courses through a variety of distance learning methods, including video tapping and interactive television. The following list of courses represent an idea of the course offering available to students - additional courses may be offered as needs arise.
- Surveying I
- Introduction to Transportation Engineering
- Surveying II
Undergraduate and Graduate:
- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- Urban Transportation Planning
- Traffic Engineering
- Highway Design and Construction
- GIS in Civil Engineering
- Traffic Modeling
- Traffic Flow Analysis
- Traffic Simulation
- Public Transportation
- Intelligent Transportation System
- Transportation Lab
The transportation engineering program at the University of Alabama in Huntsville has a wide variety of research interests and activities in which students can become involved. Some recently completed project in the transportation engineering area are:
- External Trip Rate Analysis for Small Urban Areas
- TRANPLAN Modeling Support for Alabama
- Trip Generation and Travel Rate Indices for Alabama's Urban Areas
- Feasibility of a Rocket Based Combined Cycle (RBCC) Engine
- Design of a Mobility Information Management System
- Examination of Small Urban Area Trip Modeling Using a Single Internal Trip Purpose
- Inventory Control Project: A Review of State Rolling Stock
- Technology Transfer of Travel Model and GIS Environments
- Quick-Response Impact Analysis
In addition, the transportation engineering program also works as the sponsor for the University of Alabama in Huntsville MAGLEV research and is strongly connected to the University Transportation Center for Alabama.
The following is a list of recently completed thesis/dissertations within the transportation engineering area:
- Analysis of Trip Generation for Medium Sized Urban Areas.
- Evaluation of network Pre-loads on Medium Sized Urban Travel Models.
- Comparison of Urban Modeling with Trend Line Forecasting for Intermediate Term Transportation analysis.
- A Serviceability Index to Evaluate Rural Public Transportation.
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