The Institute of transportation Engineers (1987) defines transportation engineering as: Transportation engineering is the application of technology and scientific principles to the planning, functional design, operation and management of facilities for any mode of transportation in order to provide for the safe, efficient, rapid, comfortable, convenient, economical, and environmentally compatible movement of people and goods transportation and Traffic Engineering is a relatively new subject under the field of Civil Engineering, and covers aspects of the highway engineering, traffic engineering, transportation and travelling in general.


Leadership and excellence in transportation and traffic engineering academia and research for sustainability of transport network locally and regionally.


Graduate engineers capable of providing safety,  sustainability and appropriate solution to the transport systems and environment, incorporating research and community services.


The educational objectives developed by the Department for its undergraduate program reflect our commitment to providing a program that produces graduates who, within five years of graduation, will:

  • Provide solutions to transportation engineering problems that account for economical, environmental, ethical, and societal considerations by applying acquired engineering knowledge and strong communication skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and innovative thinking in project work and serve the community as ethical and responsible professionals
  • engage in life-long learning in transportation systems including graduate studies to enhance technical, personal and professional growth

Student Outcomes

     a. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
     b. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
     c. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
     d. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
     e. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
     f. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
     g. An ability to communicate effectively;
     h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
     i. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
     j. A knowledge of contemporary issues; and
     k. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Contact Transportation and Traffic Engineering Department

Dr. Sami Abdalla Osman
Head Department of TTENG
Phone: 00966 13 3331691
Email: CE.TTHD@iau.edu.sa
Office: IAFU, Eastern Camp, College of engineering building, 3rd floors
Address: P.O.Box 1982 - Dammam 31451, Saudi Arabia

Published on: 30 March 2015
Last update on: 05 April 2022