The founder and the first head of the Department of Transport was Professor Marian Madeyski, who at that time also headed the Motor Transport Institute (pol. ITS) in Warsaw. Thanks to the position that Professor Marian Madeyski and his newly established team enjoyed in the world of science as well as their scientific and teaching activities, the Department quickly earned a significant position in the academic world.
The second head in the history of the Department of Transport was Professor Romuald Bauer, who held this position between 1977 and 1999. In the years 1999-2001, the Department was headed by Professor Janusz Ostaszewski, and in the years 2002 – 2018 the head of the Department was Professor Bogusław Liberadzki. Since 2018 the Instiute has been headed by Professor Wojciech Paprocki who became the head of the Institute of Infrastructure, Transport and Mobility upon its establishment.