Our society is highly mobile and increasingly dependent on transportation facilities
for its economic, social and recreational well-being. From shipments of raw materials
and finished goods to personal travel, our national transportation system exerts significant
influence on our quality of life. Civil engineers respond to this need through the
planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities for all modes of transportation,
including highway, rail, air, water and mass transit.
Diverse career challenges range from the design of a new highway to planning an airport
facility, from developing computerized traffic surveillance and control systems to
investigating the feasibility of mass transit for urban areas, and from directing
the rehabilitation of an urban freeway to implementing a high-speed rail line.