Transportation Engineering MS/PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering

1. Introduction

Among leading centers for transportation research, the UCI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers a graduate program which is distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary urban transportation issues, and by its unique relationship with the UC Irvine Institute of Transportation Studies.Our program focuses on the planning, design, operation, and management of modern transportation and logistics systems.Emphasis is on the development of fundamental skills and knowledge in engineering, systems analysis, modeling, and planning, combined with advanced computational techniques, to address transportation problems affecting urban travel and goods movement.

The program affords a variety of outstanding opportunities for well-qualified and motivated students to contribute to important research as well as gain valuable experience as professional transportation engineers and planners.Financial support through research or teaching assistantships and a variety of fellowships and scholarships is available to qualified students.

2. Transportation Engineering Faculty

The following constitute the faculty in the graduate program in Transportation Systems Engineering:

R. (Jay) Jayakrishnan

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

 

PhD, University of Texas, Austin

 

Transportation Systems Analysis, Operational Research, Traffic Theory and Simulation, Transit Modeling

   

Michael McNally

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Transportation Science

 

PhD, University of California , Irvine

 

Transportation Systems Analysis, Travel Behavior, Advanced Transportation Management System

   

Will Recker

Professor of Civil Engineering

 

PhD, Carnegie-Mellon University

 

Transportation Modeling, Travel Behavior, Traffic Engineering, Advanced Transportation Management Systems

   

Amelia Regan

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

 

PhD , University of Texas at Austin

 

Freight Network Analysis, Logistics, Information Technologies, Operations Research

   

Stephen Ritchie

Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, Institute of Transportation Studies

 

PhD, Cornell University

 

Transportation Engineering, Advanced Traffic Management and Control Systems, Emerging Technology Applications


 

The following UCI Faculty from other departments are active in transportation research and teaching:

Victoria Basolo

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

 

PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

 

Urban politics, Regionalism; Public choice, Interorganizational Relationships

   

Marlon G. Boarnet

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

 

PhD, Princeton University

 

Urban Economics, Urban Planning, Urban Economic Development

   

David Brownstone

Professor of Economics

 

PhD, University of California , Berkeley

 

Econometrics

   

G.J. (Pete) Fielding

Professor of Social Sciences

 

PhD, University of California , Los Angeles

 

Urban Theory, Transportation Policy

   

Amihai Glazer

Professor of Economics

 

PhD, Yale University

 

Consumer Behavior, Transportation

   

Sandra Irani

Associate Professor of Information and Computer Science

 

PhD, University of California , Berkeley

 

On-line Algorithms

   

K.H.(Kane) Kim

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

PhD, University of California , Berkeley

 

Parallel and Distributive Computing, Real-time Systems Engineering

   

Jean-Daniel Saphores

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 

PhD, Cornell University

 

Transportation and Environmental Economics

   

Kenneth Small

Professor of Economics

 

PhD, University of California , Berkeley

 

Transportation Economics, Urban Economics

   

Wei K. Tsai

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Ph.D , Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Data Communication Networks, Parallel Algorithms and Architectures

3. The Institute of Transportation Studies

The Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS), a University of California Organized Research Unit , was established to foster research, education, and training in the field of transportation.A fundamental goal of the Institute is the stimulation of interdisciplinary research on contemporary transportation issues.ITS research at UCI involves faculty and students from the School of Engineering , the School of Social Sciences , the Graduate School of Management, the School of Social Ecology , and the Department of Information and Computer Science.The Institute also hosts visiting scholars from the U.S. and abroad to facilitate collaborative research and information exchange, and sponsors conferences and colloquia to disseminate research results.

Research at ITS covers a broad spectrum of transportation issues.įįRecent funded research projects at ITS Irvine focus upon:

The Institute is part of the University of California Transportation Center, one of ten federally designated centers for transportation research, the ITS Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ATMS) Laboratories provide facilities for the teaching, research, and development of ATMS strategies, and includes dedicated workstations tied directly to the City of AnaheimĘs Traffic Management Center (TMC), the Irvine Traffic Research and Analysis Center (ITRAC) and the CALTRANS District 12 Traffic Operations Center (TOC).The labs feature state of the art computer systems, a video teleconferencing center, and large screen displays of real-time traffic conditions throughout Southern California .įThe ATMS Lab also contains hardware and software dedicated to research projects in the area of Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems in Transportation Engineering and Control.įThe ATMS Lab also provides video cameras, recorders, monitors, and accessories for research in traffic detection, monitoring, and analysis, in addition to traffic signal controllers and a variety of traffic data collection devices.

These laboratories form the backbone of the State of CaliforniaĘs research initiative in ATMS The Caltrans UCI Advanced ATMS Testbed, together with the associated detector and surveillance subsystem and the large network traffic simulation software suite, provide unparalleled opportunities for research and development of applications of advanced technology in the management of transportation systems.

The transportation research program at Irvine is supported by the UCI campus libraries and by the ITS Transportation Library at UC Berkeley.In addition to the resources available from the ITS Berkeley Library, ITS Irvine subscribes to all transpiration research journals, and offers a variety of computer-based information retrieval services.ITS maintains a regular publication series which documents research conducted within its programs.The Institute is also the editorial headquarter of four international journals:

Transportation Research, Part A: Policy and Practice
Transportation Research, Part B: Methodological
Transportation Research, Part C: Emerging Technologies
Accident Analysis and Prevention

These journals are among the premier research journals in the field of transportation and are received by over 2,000 subscribes throughout the world.

4. Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of civil Engineering offers both the Master of Science (M.S) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees with a concentration in Transportation Systems Engineering.

M.S. Program

The Master of Science in Civil Engineering degree reflects in advanced levels of competence for professional practice as demonstrated by the achievements of greater breadth than the bachelorĘs degree and by the development of some depth in a specific area of transportation and urban systems engineering.Students may select between two alternative courses of study:įįa Thesis or an All-course Option.

The Thesis Option requires completion of a Master research thesis, the purpose of which is to demonstrate critical judgment, intellectual synthesis, and skill in written communication.The program requires successful completion of minimum of 36 units (quarter system), comprising required and elective formal courses and thesis research.This total includes successful completion of 21 units of core graduate transportation courses (listed in Section 5), other graduate academic unites (selected from courses numbered 200 through 289 in the UCI general catalog), and a maximum of 8 units for the thesis.All graduate students must enroll in the Transportation Engineering Research Seminar each quarter.The MS candidate must meet with an assigned faculty advisor to prepare a plan of study and to select a thesis topic (a sample MS Plan of Study form is attached).Students can normally expect to complete the degree in from one to two academic years.

The All-course Option also requires 36 units, of which at least 30 units must be from graduate-level courses, including the MS Core.No research thesis or comprehensive examination is required.This option allows for the degree to be achieved on a part-time basis.All other requirements are the same as for the Thesis Option.

Ph.D Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering indicates attainment of a breadth of scholarship, the ability to communicate advanced concepts, and the capacity for independent, innovative research.The doctoral program is tailored to the individual needs of each student, with a detailed program of study (a sample Program of Study form is attached) being formulated in consultation with an advisory committee in consideration of the objectives and preparation of the candidate.The program of study must be approved by the faculty of the School of Engineering.There are several PhD program milestones to be passed:

Admission to the program by the faculty of the School;
Satisfactory completion within one year of entrance of a preliminary examination to assess the studentĘs background and potential for success in the program;
Advancement to candidacy through a formal qualifying examination;
Completion of a significant, independent research investigation and dissertation;
An oral defense of the dissertation.

It is expected that all PhD students satisfy the core course program of the MS Degree Program or its equivalent.Each student must also complete a sequence of three approved courses in mathematics and a minimum of three advanced Transportation courses.PhD degrees are typically earned within two to four year after the MS degree, and within a maximum of seven years.įįįA detailed description of the formal requirements of the Civil Engineering PhD in Transportation systems Engineering is available.

UC Irvine also offers interdisciplinary graduate degrees in Transportation Science.This program is directed toward those individuals who do not have a formal background in either Civil Engineering or Economics but who desire to pursue advanced studies in transportation.

As part of their program of study, students enrolled in the Ph.D program must complete at least three advanced transportation courses (selected from CE 220b, CE221b, CE223b, CE224b, CE225b, CE226b, and CE229b) and three advanced mathematics and statistics courses selected from the following:

Math 112 A, B, C

Mathematical Methods for Engineering and Science

Math 114 A, B

Applied Complex Analysis

Math 171 A, B, C

Mathematical Methods of Operations Research (ECE 181 a ,b,c )

Math 201 A, B, C

Mathematical Statistics/Regression/Experimental Design

Math 292 A, B, C

Applied Mathematics

ME 201 A, B

Engineering Analysis I,II

SS 220 A, B, C, D

Statistics and Econometrics I,II,III,IV

5. Transportation Systems Engineering Courses

The following courses are taught by transportation and other Civil Engineering faculty.All undergraduate transportation courses are offer each academic year.All MS Core transportation courses are taught annually; other courses typically are taught in alternating years.Courses are identified with the associate faculty and quarter offered.

Undergraduate Transportation Courses

CEE 121

Transportation Systems I: Design and Analysis

Ritchie

Fall

CEE 123

Transportation Systems III: Planning and Forecasting

McNally

Spring

CEE 122

Transportation Systems II: Operations and Control

Recker

Winter

Graduate Transportation Courses

MS Core courses (shown in bold) are typically taught annually; other courses typically are taught in alternating years.

CEE 220A

Transporation

Demand Analysis I

Recker

Fall

CEE 220B

Transportation Demand Analysis II

Staff

Spring

CEE 220C

Transportation Demand Analysis III

staff

Spring

CEE 221A

Transportation Systems Analysis I

Jayakrishnan

Fall

CEE 221B

Transportation Systems Analysis II

Staff

Spring

CEE 222

Transit Systems Planning

Jayakrishnan

Spring

CEE 223A

AI Techniques in Transportation I

Ritchie

Winter

CEE 223B

AI Techniques in Transportation II

Ritchie

Spring

CEE 224A

Transportation Data Analysis I

Staff

Winter

CEE 224B

Transportation Data Analysis II

Staff

Spring

CEE 225A

Transportation Planning Models I

McNally

Winter

CEE 225B

Transportation Planning Models II

McNally

Spring

CEE 226A

Traffic Flow Theory I

Jayakrishnan

Fall

CEE 226B

Traffic Flow Theory II

Recker

Spring

CEE 227A

Transportation Logistics I

Regan

Winter

CEE 227B

Transportation Logistics II

Regan

Winter

CEE 227C

Transportation Logistics III

Regan

Spring

CEE 228A

Transportation Network Analysis I

McNally

Winter

CEE 228B

Transportation Network Analysis II

Jayakrishnan

Spring

CEE 229A

Traffic Systems Operation & Control I

Ritchie

Spring

CEE 229B

Traffic Systems Operation & Control II

Jayakrishnan

Spring

CEE282

Stochastic Modeling and Simulation

Regan

Spring

CEE 295C

Transportation Engineering Seminar

Staff

All quarters

Other Selected Graduate Courses

CEE 280

Computational Methods & Software

Staff

Fall

CEE 283

Math. Methods in Engineering Analysis

Staff

Fall

CEE 284

Engineering Decision and Risk Analysis

Staff

Fall

CEE 285,6

Reliability of Engineering Systems I,II

Staff

Winter

SS 223A

Discrete Chice Econometrics

Small

Fall

SS 281A-B

Urban Economics I,II

Staff

Fall

SS 282A-B

Transportation Economics I,II

Small

Winter, Spring

6. Further Information

For further information on the Transportation Systems Engineering program, contact:

Dr. Stephen G. Ritchie
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California , Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2175
sritchie@uci.edu

For further information on the program in Transportation Science, please contact:

Dr Jean-Daniel Saphores
Institute of Transportation Studies
University of California , Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3600
saphores@uci.edu

ITS Homepage:
http://www.its.uci.edu

CEE Homepage:
http://www.eng.uci.edu/dept/cee/

For a graduate application and financial aid information, please contact:

Lorrie Aguirre
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California , Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2175
llaguirr@uci.edu
949-824-2120