Transportation has been a major factor in the growth of the United States, continues as a key driver for U.S. economic growth, and provides a commuter system and access to recreation facilities that Americans have come to expect and enjoy.
Teachers, students, and parents nationwide are gaining an invaluable STEM education resource with the public unveiling of the Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Education Program Clearinghouse in May 2016.
Transportation is an industry often taken for granted. Moving goods and people is essential to our economy. It takes a lot of resources, a lot of people, and a lot of organizations to get that done.
Political candidates. Celebrity gossip. Criminal cases. The kind of fascinating stuff that usually makes news headlines and Twitter feeds. But have you ever heard of the federal transportation initiative that could prevent millions of roadway fatalities, help put the kibosh on traffic jams, make a huge dent in the greenhouse effect, and save billions in American taxpayer dollars?
Imagine planning the street layout for an entire downtown in a big city. Or, redesigning the layout of a dangerous intersection to make it less prone to accidents. How about planning and building safe roads in a developing third-world county?
Were you ever fascinated by a psychology class? Are you interested in the way people think and behave? Or, have you ever wanted to design or invent things that people would use on a daily basis? If any of these questions apply, you might have a blast as a transportation human factors engineer.
One of the coolest things about being a transportation engineer has got to be looking up at a towering, multi-million-dollar construction project and saying, “Yeah, I built that.”
Asphalt! It’s gooey. It’s black. It’s one of America’s most common road paving materials. But it turns out that there’s more we all should know about asphalt than meets the eye.
How is one university transportation engineering student with a knack for science trying to save the environment? And why are states like Texas reimagining the way we create highways and bridges? This story is about infrastructure. It’s a hot topic in transportation today—but it’ll become even more important in years to come.
Got an analytical mind? Like developing theories and solving problems? Then do yourself a favor and check out a career in transportation engineering. Transportation engineers use their minds and imaginations to solve problems and create life-changing innovations.