Transportation Systems Engineering

Our graduate program in Transportation Systems Engineering (TSE) 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 (ITS-Irvine). Detailed information about our graduate degree programs, faculty and recent research can be found at the ITS-Irvine Web site.

The TSE program focuses on the planning, design, operation, and management of modern transportation 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.

In addition to M.S.C.E. and Ph.D. degrees in TSE, a concurrent MSCE/MURP degree program is offered that allows students to jointly enroll in graduate programs in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  and the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design  to earn both Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degrees, in one year less time than it would normally take to complete each degree separately.

Featured Student

Sarah Hernandez, Third-year Ph.D. Candidate
AdvisorStephen Ritchie, Ph.D.
"My research interest is in the area of transportation systems engineering and intelligent transportation systems technologies. I am interested in applying advanced technology to solve today’s transportation congestion problem."


Transportation Systems Engineering Faculty

R. (Jay) Jayakrishnan: Urban transportation network modeling, traffic flow theory, traffic and advanced transit systems control, real time traffic control, large scale traffic simulation

Wenlong Jin:  Intelligent transportation systems, traffic flow theory, and transportation network analysis

Michael G. McNally: Travel behavior, transportation systems analysis, transportation planning and policy

Wilfred W. Recker: Transportation modeling, traffic control, and urban systems analysis

Stephen G. Ritchie: Transportation engineering advanced traffic management and control systems, development and application of emerging technologies

Jean-Daniel Saphores: Transportation systems; transportation and urban economics; sustainability; green materials; energy and the environment; environmental economics and policy

More Information

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

R. (Jay) Jayakrishnan, Ph.D.
Professor & Graduate Advisor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2175

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

April Heath
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering 
University of California, Irvine 
Irvine, CA 92697-2175 (Email) 
(949) 824-0584 (Phone) 
(949) 824-2117 (Fax)