Located at the nexus of research, technology, and innovation, the Transportation Engineering program at the University of Texas at Austin is advancing the field of civil engineering by educating the next generation of transportation leaders.

zhangwebFINALMessage from the Graduate Coordinator

Dear Prospective Students:

Each semester, one of the most exciting moments for our program is welcoming the new graduate students we admitted, as we know it is a moment that will bring changes, not only to those who are joining our program, but also in turn to the lives of people around the globe.

The graduate program in Transportation Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin is home to more than 50 graduate students representing more than 16 countries. As one of the biggest transportation programs in the nation, we have 9 full-time faculty members. Our program is characterized by its interdisciplinary nature and integrated knowledge base. The research interests of our faculty range from transportation policy to infrastructure design, from travel demands forecast to material science, and from network modeling to infrastructure investment and management. In addition to the traditional transportation science and engineering, our faculty members are also fully engaged with emerging transportation issues, such as Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV), Public-Private-Partnerships (PPPs), and Sustainable Transportation and Infrastructure.

The core value of our program is to inspire, nurture, and produce the next generation of transportation leaders through performing dedicated mentoring and conducting cutting-edge research. While many of our former graduate students hold academic positions in major universities in the U.S. and around the world, many others have become leaders in the transportation industry worldwide. We are proud of the transforming impacts our program, through our graduates, has made on people’s daily lives and the general well-being of our society.

We have rich research programs through the Center for Transportation Research (CTR), where our faculty members conduct a wide range of research sponsored by various funding sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and many others. These research programs not only allow our graduate students to work on intriguing real-world problems, but also provide financial support in the form of research assistantships to many of them.

Our program offers a challenging and rigorous academic environment, while also providing personal guidance and close interactions with faculty members. We also have two primary student organizations, ITE Student Chapter and ITS-America Student Chapter, which meet on a regular basis and hold both professional and social activities, providing the opportunity for students in the program to interact with each other.

I encourage you to learn more about our program by exploring this website, communicating with our faculty and students, and/or visiting our campus in person. Should you have any questions regarding our program at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me or my assistant, Ms. Caitlan McCollum, via email at cmccollum@utexas.edu or by phone at 512-232-2573.


Dr. Zhanmin Zhang
Graduate Coordinator for Transportation Engineering
Clyde E. Lee Endowed Professor in Transportation Engineering


Contact Us

Assistant to the Graduate Coordinator: Caitlan McCollum

The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
301 E. Dean Keeton St. Stop C1761
Austin, Texas 78712

Phone: (512) 232 2573
Email: cmccollum@utexas.edu