Development of Transportation Engineering Research, Education, and Practice in a Changing Civil Engineering World

by Kumares C. Sinha,
Darcy Bullock,
Chris T. Hendrickson,
Herbert S. Levinson,
Richard W. Lyles,
A. Essam Radwan,
Zongzhi Li,

Part of: Perspectives in Civil Engineering: Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the American Society of Civil Engineers


Transportation has been one of the essential areas within civil engineering since its early days. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of ASCE, this paper presents a review of developments in research, education, and practice in transportation engineering. The review is based primarily on the issues of the Journal of Transportation Engineering over the past several decades. Main topics include transportation engineering practice, airport and highway pavements and materials, design and safety, planning and operations, pipelines, technology, and education. Historical appraisals and the current state-of-the-art for these topics are discussed. In conclusion, future directions in transportation engineering as a result of advances in technology and the attendant changing need of the transportation engineering profession in the 21st century are addressed.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Transportation engineering | Engineering profession | Pipe materials | Pavement design | Highway engineering | Highway and road design


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