Synergistic Centers

NUTC’s effective role in educating the Northwestern University community and promoting awareness of transportation-related research needs and opportunities has led to a breadth and depth of activity in transportation-relevant subjects that is unmatched on any university campus. Examples of ongoing research programs and centers with synergistic activities with the Transportation Center are listed below.

Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT)

A center conducting innovation gap research that brings applied transportation research to the point of implementation (the Northwestern University Transportation Center has held administrative responsibility for CCITT since July of 2009)

Infrastructure Technology Institute (ITI)

A USDOT-funded center focusing on the development of structural materials for transportation infrastructure and innovative techniques for non-invasive testing

Initiative for Sustainability and Energy (ISEN)

An umbrella organization designed to create, advance, and communicate new science, technology, and policy for sustainable energy by focusing on supply, demand, and use

Transportation Library

The nation's largest collection of specialty transportation publications, staffed by expert reference librarians

Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems (NICO)

An institution that brings together scholars from across the university to study the complex, emergent behavior of systems of interdependent actors

Institute for Sustainable Practices

A partnership between Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory to facilitate joint research and educational initiatives to achieve sustainability in human ecological systems

Center for Energy Efficient Transportation

A center engaged in fundamental research in the physical sciences aimed at the development of energy-efficient vehicles

Center for Operations & Supply Chain Management (COSCM)

A center designed to study operational research questions in supply change and other business contexts


These programs and centers provide enhanced opportunities for students and faculty to learn about and engage in a wide range of subjects affecting the complex and diverse transportation industry. The activities they generate are open to the campus community, and generally to the transportation community beyond Northwestern, contributing to a rich intellectual and professional experience in virtually all aspects of transportation systems research and education.