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Established in 1954 by industry representatives, Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) was the first US-based university transportation center and has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution serving industry, government and the public ever since. Housed within the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, NUTC aims to influence national and international transportation policy, management, operations, and technological developments.



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Ann Drake Stresses Pandemic Lessons During Patterson Lecture

Introduced by Hani Mahmassani, director of the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) and the William A. Patterson Distinguished Chair in Transportation and professor of civil and environmental engineering and (by courtesy) industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern Engineering, and Kellogg School of Management Dean Francesca Cornelli, Ann Drake, president and founder of Lincoln Road Enterprises, delivered the 39th William A. Patterson Transportation Lecture held November 17 at the Kellogg Global Hub.

NUTC Director Hani Mahmassani Awarded Roy W. Crum Award

Prof. Hani Mahmassani, William L. Patterson Distinguished Professor and Director of Northwestern’s Transportation Center, has been awarded the Transportation Research Board’s 2021 Roy W. Crum Award for outstanding achievement in transportation research.

2nd annual Coyote Logistics Digital Summit

NUTC Director Hani Mahmassani speaking at Coyote Logistics' virtual event of 14 webinars, also featuring industry leaders from UPS, CSCMP, Coca-Cola, Upwork, Coyote and more. The Summit starts on on September 29th.


Fall Classes resume 8 a.m.

November 29
All Day

Fall classes end

December 4
All Day

NUTC Seminar | Modeling, estimation, and control of mixed autonom...

December 9
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Northwestern Engineering PhD Hooding and Master’s Recognition Cer...

December 11
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Asynchronous Virtual Roundtables

Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19

NUTC is pleased to announce a series of Asynchronous Virtual Roundtables open to the public on Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Networks under COVID-19. This new AVR series, moderated by NUTC director Professor Hani S. Mahmassani, debuted Thursday, April 2nd.

May 14, 2020
  • Andrew Boyle, Boyle Transportation

  • Bill Matheson, Schneider

  • Ben McLean, Ruan Transportation

May 21, 2020
  • David Arganbright, OmniTRAX

  • John Friedmann, Norfolk Southern
  • Eric Marchetto, Trinity Industries, Inc.

May 28, 2020
  • Sean Barbour, Macy's

  • Suresh Krishna, Northern Tool & Equipment

  • Saman Saiy, DHL Supply Chain


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Business Advisory Council

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.

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