About Us

The Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) is a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government, and the public. The NUTC was founded in 1954 to make substantive and enduring contributions to the movement of materials, people, energy, and information. In so doing, the Center aims to influence national and international transportation policy, management, operations, and technological developments.

In pursuit of this mission, the NUTC relies on an interdisciplinary approach to transportation and logistics education and research. The Center’s strength lies in the quality and productivity of its faculty affiliates, its focus on both scholarly and applied research, and an awareness of and responsiveness to the continual changes impacting the transportation and logistics industry. Through its comprehensive research agenda, short courses in executive education, and array of outreach activities, the NUTC stands at the forefront of transportation and logistics research and education. In order to develop and share improved understanding of the economics and science of transportation and logistics systems, the NUTC brings together academic researchers, students, business affiliates, and others in open exploration of the ways to make transportation and supply chain operations more productive, efficient, safe, secure, environmentally friendly, and socially beneficial.