Transportation engineering research focuses on applications of new technologies and advanced modeling techniques to solving existing and emerging transportation problems and developments of new methodologies for characterizing and optimizing physical and cyber transportation systems. Research interests include modeling and simulation of transportation systems, emergency transportation operations and transportation resilience, intermodal transportation, connected vehicle applications, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation and related network infrastructure, traffic flow characteristics, and human mobility and activity patterns.

Recent and current research projects include development of integrated corridor management system, real time transit evacuation systems, active traffic control system to reduce emission and fuel consumption, intermodal freight transportation planning, microscopic traffic simulation and modeling, development of trustworthy intermodal traffic measures, study of traffic flow in freeway work zones, infrastructure network reliability and resilience, logistics transportation systems planning, bio-fuel supply chain design, multimodal urban transportation systems.

The transportation engineering program offers opportunities in study and research in phases of planning, design, construction, operation, and management of transportation systems. At Mississippi State University we teach students fundamental knowledge as well as advanced concepts to face challenges of current and future problems of all types of transportation facilities, with an emphasis on highway and streets.