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Optimizing Mobility Across Central Florida

The Orlando region has one the fastest-growing job markets and populations in the nation, quickly outpacing many other metros. Its urbanization and population has led to an increased demand in mobility to get from one point to another. As a hub offering connectivity options via road, sea, air, rail and even space, Central Florida has become a transportation gateway for global commerce. Seeing the need for multi-modal, multi-faceted transportation systems, UCF faculty and students are paving the way for cutting-edge innovations that will change the future of transportation.

Orlando’s Transportation Network Infrastructure

A record 75 million people visited Orlando in 2018, making it the most-visited destination in the U.S. It was also ranked the No. 23 worst cities in the nation for traffic, according to a 2019 ranking by international navigation company TomTom. The area boasts seven major highways, three major ports less than 2 hours away, seven international airports within 100 miles, and 68 miles of railroad.

Currently, there are more than $10 billion in transportation infrastructure investments in Orlando. This includes the $2.3 billion, 21-mile long I-4 Ultimate project that will better connect communities, from the northern suburb Altamonte Springs through downtown and ending near the attractions. Another project expands the railroad system, adding 170 miles of new track that will connect Orlando to Miami. These projects, among others, will help tackle transportation issues and build infrastructure that propels our city and state forward.

Developing Solutions for Urban Transportation

Our transportation system is facing a revolution as new technology is being developed to improve our mobility needs. To reduce stress on our current infrastructure, transportation science and technology innovations are necessary in providing communities with a better quality of life. UCF faculty and students are prepared to meet this growing demand by researching and implementing advanced technology into our urban systems.

Degree programs related to transportation science and civil engineering give students first-hand experience in creating safe and sustainable transportation solutions. Coursework looks at the various modes of transportation and focuses on planning and operations, traffic engineering, construction engineering and more. Graduates enter into the workforce helping design, construct and enhance transportation — ensuring the project’s effectiveness and reliability for years to come.


UCF’s smart cities master’s degree track in civil engineering is the nation’s first such degree offered in the engineering field.


The university’s Smart and Safe Transportation Team won a national competition by the U.S. Department of Transportation to make driving safer.


Top Ranked transportation science and technology program in the U.S.
ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023


Articles in top journals have been published by the College of Engineering and Computer Science.


Current transportation infrastructure investments in Orlando for projects, including the I-4 Ultimate project.

Top 20

UCF’s public administration program ranks #17 in the nation.
ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023

“The college’s continued pursuit of research and educational excellence depends on pockets of excellence such as transportation science and technology.”

— Michael Georgiopoulos, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science

Faculty Spotlight: Mohamed A. Abdel-Aty

A Pegasus Professor and Chair of the Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering Department, Mohamed A. Abdel-Aty has a range of expertise in ITS, traffic safety, simulation, CAV and active traffic management. He has published more than 550 papers and was a recipient of nine best paper awards from ASCE, TRB, and WCTR. In addition to his role at UCF, he also serves as the editor-in-chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention — a bimonthly peer-reviewed public health journal covering accident prevention.

Innovating Technologies of Tomorrow

Explore the different ways UCF provides opportunities for students to get their degree and do amazing things along the way. From high-end facilities to impactful research, our students are experiencing what it’s like to work in industry while making a positive mark on the scientific community.

Transportation and Engineering News

Science & Technology
Gold May Be Key Element for Cleaner Drinking Water
UCF researchers are using gold to develop a novel method to remove toxins from drinking water.
Science & Technology
UCF Expertise Tapped to Help Combat Land, Ecological Losses in Mississippi River Delta
Goals for the MissDelta project include collecting data on the coastal water levels and ocean waves inside of the Birdsfoot region of the Mississippi River…
Science & Technology
UCF Research Sets New Funding Record for Fiscal Year 2023
More than $217 million in research awards were received in fiscal year 2023, funding transformative projects ranging from moon missions to community schools.
Science & Technology
New UCF Tech Uses AI, VR to Monitor Safety of Bridges, Buildings
Civil infrastructure systems in developed countries are aging and require monitoring of their structural health.

Transportation Science Degrees

Explore some of UCF’s top ranked programs, driving the progress and success of transportation science and technology.

Rankings and Accreditations


Top Transportation Science and Technology School
ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023 ranked UCF No. 5 in the U.S. for transportation science and technology.

top 20 most innovative university in the nation - U.S. News & World Report 2024

Top 20 Most Innovative University in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF as one of the most innovative in its annual list of best colleges.

Top 20 Public Administration Programs
University of Central Florida civil public administration degrees ranked in the top 20 nationally by ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023.


Best Industrial Engineering Graduate School
University of Central Florida is ranked No. 43 in Best Graduate Schools for Industrial Engineering in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

View all of UCF’s Best Colleges rankings.

Innovation Through Collaboration

As smart cities become increasingly popular nationwide, UCF is collaborating with and listening to a number of transportation science leaders — staying ahead of the curve in producing a strong workforce that is prepared for the high-tech urban landscape.

A founding partner in establishing the Central Florida Automated Vehicles Partnership, we’ve formed an alliance with the Kennedy Space Center, Florida Department of Transportation, Central Florida Expresswtransay Authority, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise, among others to help shape the future of mobility and transportation in Florida.

In 2018, Siemens began working with UCF to implement a smart university infrastructure to improve the performance and efficiency of buildings and energy grids by harnessing the power of data. That summer, the university also hosted planners in academia, industry, the public sector and the community at the Data Science Summit: Smart Cities of the Future conference to address emerging trends in the use of futuristic technology in public spaces.

With the help of key partners and industry leaders, we can recruit and retain top talent in the Central Florida region. We have an opportunity to bring cutting-edge tools and technology to one of the most heavily traveled areas in the state — improving mobility and safety for future generations here and across the nation.

Companies Employing UCF Civil Engineering Graduates

  • HNTB
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • CH2M Hill
  • Wharton-Smith
  • Turner
  • Skanska
  • Hubbard
  • Atkins
  • Kimley-Horn
  • Bowman
  • Kleinfelder
  • Terracon
  • Disney
  • Boeing
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • St. Johns Water Management District

Institutes, Associations and Affiliations

  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • MetroPlan Orlando
  • Siemens
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Central Florida Expressway Authority
  • Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

American Society of Civil Engineers

The UCF student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is the largest engineering organization on campus — giving students an opportunity to join together in the pursuit of enhancing education, community involvement and leadership opportunities. Because of the extensive involvement of members in activities, joining ASCE has become an effective method that allows students to establish contacts within the university and in the engineering profession.

Get involved with UCF’s American Society of Civil Engineers.

Areas of Excellence

Innovation. Access. Impact. Our integrated approach to teaching and learning prepares students for the future of work and lifelong careers, making a difference in their communities and around the world.

Aerospace and Defense
Digital Arts and Entertainment
Hospitality and Tourism
Modeling and Simulation
Transportation Science