NUTC 60th Anniversary Celebration

The Northwestern University Transportation Center 60th Anniversary Celebration was held November 13-14, 2014. The NUTC was established in 1954 to address the need for a multidisciplinary academic institute to study the complex challenges faced by the transportation sector. It has since provided a forum that brings together industry leaders, researchers, students, and all those interested in traffic, transportation, logistics, supply chain, and distribution systems.

The Transportation Center was founded 60 years ago by Northwestern University president J. Roscoe Miller to fill the growing need for a broad and imaginative program of transportation education and research at the university level. A joint undertaking of the Northwestern School of Commerce, the Technological Institute, and the Traffic Institute, the Transportation Center at Northwestern University—the first of its kind in the nation—was expected to offer an expanded program of research to help solve major problems in the highway, rail, air, pipeline, and water divisions of the national transportation industry. From the outset, the NUTC's goal was clear: 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, 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 an 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.


NUTC 60th Anniversary Technical Symposium     NUTC 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner     NUTC 60th Anniversary Transportation Summit