Transportation and Infrastructure

Transportation and Infrastructure

How can we meet the demands of a growing world? What impacts do our expanding infrastructure have on the planet—now and in hundreds of years? How do we best use our resources to minimize environmental impact while maximizing safety and usefulness? These are just a few of the many issues that Michigan Technological University’s transportation and infrastructure researchers have set out to solve.

Our research advances knowledge in many multifaceted civil, environmental, mechanical, and materials engineering areas, and Michigan Tech truly excels in transportation work. Our experts study airports, pavements, railroads, traffic engineering and safety, transportation materials, structures, and life cycle analysis. Their expertise spans environmental and infrastructural sustainability, designing for the developing world, civil materials and structures, construction, environmental engineering education, hydrology and hydraulic structures, and biogeochemistry.

Our research team also has access to many premier laboratories and facilities—like one of only a few facilities in the world equipped to test and evaluate ultrahigh-performance concrete—which allows their projects to have incredible impact locally and abroad, and across disciplinary boundaries.

Graduate Research

At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in transportation and infrastructure and related areas.

Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to transportation and infrastructure through our faculty locator.

Undergraduate Research

Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:

Enterprise Teams

Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines. Active enterprise teams in related categories include:

Senior Design Projects

Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.


Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.

Mind Trekkers

The Mind Trekkers traveling road show revels the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.

Learn more about Mind Trekkers

Summer Youth Programs

Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.

Learn more about SYP

Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education

The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:

  • summer institutes and courses for teachers,
  • Great Lakes education,
  • investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
  • outdoor science field trips, and
  • family forest, science, and engineering nights.

Learn more about WUP Center

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