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Solving tomorrow's biggest transportation challenges today

Established in 1954 by industry representatives, Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) was the first US-based university transportation center and, ever since, has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government, and the public.


NUTC studies the complex issues affecting the movement of materials, people, energy, and information, as well as the policies and economics that govern such movements. Our research is driven by an integrated and interdisciplinary perspective on transportation systems focusing on the efficient and productive operations and management of transportation and logistics organizations in the public and private sector.

Transportation Library



NUTC is committed to engaging industry, notably the companies represented in the Business Advisory Council (BAC), in relevant, innovative research. The opportunity to conduct such research requires effective communication with industry partners through proactive outreach, critical listening, innovative thinking, patience, trust, and relationship building, among other factors.



Beyond its world-class research and education, NUTC is first and foremost about community—a community of students and faculty, researchers and dedicated staff, loyal alums, industry partners and transportation professionals. Each year, NUTC fosters this community by means of networking events, speaker forums, clubs, and social gatherings.


Business Advisory Council (BAC)

NUTC's Business Advisory Council (BAC) is comprised of senior-level executives representing all modes of transportation including shipper and carrier firms, freight forwarders and third party logistics providers, financial institutions, consulting firms, and trade associations. BAC members serve as advisers to NUTC, providing important real-world insights into the issues and problems they face in their businesses.

News & Events


Fund Honors Diana Marek

The Diana Marek Student Experience Fund will commemorate Marek's service to NUTC by supporting undergraduate and graduate transportation students in education and research.

Compass News: December 2017

Newsletter: Diana Marek Retires After 40+ Years with NUTC; Diana Marek Student Experience Fund; PhD Candidate Michael Hyland Awarded Eisenhower Fellowship; NUTC at TRB Annual Meeting; TRB Reception / NUTC Alumni Reunion; McCormick Tech Expo; TC Fall 2017 Seminar & Sandhouse Recap

IN MEMORIAM: Donald P. Jacobs [1927-2017]

Donald P. Jacobs, dean of Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management from 1975 until 2001 and professor of finance since 1957, died October 30, surrounded by his children. He was 90.

BAC MEMBER: John Larkin (Stifel) on Trucking/Tech

“It occurred to me, while listening to all the experts … that it appears as though the transportation industry is endeavoring to catch up to other industries that generally have been earlier adopters of technology.” (full story on FleetOwner)


Winter Examinations Begin

March 19
All Day

NUTC Sandhouse: "South Shore Railroad" - Andrew Fox & Eric Jakubo...

March 20
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Spring Break Begins

March 24
All Day

ETOPiA: Copenhagen

March 30
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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