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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.


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

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


TC to Host SIAM4

The 4th International Symposium on Infrastructure Asset Management (SIAM4) will be held August 20 & 21 at Northwestern...


NUTC Seminar - Sida Luo, Northwestern - "Will ride-pooling change...

April 9
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Sandhouse / Seminar - Fritz Plous - "Federal Transportation ...

April 16
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Seminar - Cinzia Cirillo, University of Maryland - "A decade...

April 23
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

NUTC Icarus / Seminar - Captain Curtis Brunjes - "United Airlines...

April 30
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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