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New Jersey Institute of Technology

New Jersey Institute of Technology

National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity

Director: Lazar N. Spasovic, Ph.D.

ph. (973) 642-7214

North Carolina A&T University

North Carolina A&T University

Transportation Institute

Director: Kathryn E. Dobie

ph. (336) 334-7745

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University

Institute for Transportation Research and Education

Director: Nagui M. Rouphail, Ph.D.

ph. (919) 515-1154

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University

Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute: Mountain-Plains Consortium

Director: Denver Tolliver, Ph.D.

ph. (701) 231-7190

Secondary Contact: Jody Bohn Baldock

ph. (701) 231-7938


Primary Research Goals: The Mountain-Plains Consortium (MPC) theme is “Transportation Infrastructure and Operations to Support Sustainable Energy Development and the Safe Movement of People and Goods”. Within the MPC theme, nineteen focus areas have been developed to guide the MPC faculty in developing research and technology transfer projects and to concentrate their efforts in areas of excellence and specialization. These focus areas can be found on the MPC webpage. The MPC consortium includes Colorado State University, South Dakota State University, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Utah, University of Wyoming, Utah State University, and North Dakota State University being the lead University. The vision of the Mountain-Plains Consortium is to be a leader in transportation by promoting its critical importance to the infrastructure, energy development, and the safety through research, interdisciplinary education, workforce development, and technology transfer while serving the unique and critical needs of the Mountain-Plains Region. The educational goals of the MPC program is “a multidisciplinary program of course work and experiential learning that reinforces the transportation theme of the Center.” The MPC educational plan is consistent with national goals to (1) introduce transportation concepts in elementary and secondary education; (2) vocational and technical training; (3) transportation degree programs; international and multidisciplinary; and (4) mid-career transportation training.

Facilities: Mountain-Plains Consortium facilities include Transportation Leadership Network, Advanced Traffic Analysis Center, Agriculture, Energy & Industrial Freight Center, Center for Surface Mobility Applications & Real-Time Simulation Environments, DOT Support Center,ND Local Technical Assistance Program, Small Urban and Rural Transit Center, and a Transportation Safety Systems Center. Utah State University has a 3200 sq ft structural testing facility (SMASH Lab) that includes a full scale strong floor and bidirectional strong wall. A real time traffic operations lab (TIMElab). A quarter mile Electric Vehicle Roadway (EVR) that includes a dedicated research building. Colorado State University has structural, hydraulics and geotechnical laboratories. University of Utah Traffic Lab (, Structures Laboratory (, Bituminous Materials Laboratory, Concrete Laboratory, and Laboratory, and Geotechnical Laboratory.

Northwestern University

Northwestern University

Transportation Center

Director: Hani Mahmassani, Ph.D.

ph. (847) 491-8727

Secondary Contact: Brendan Diamond

ph. (847) 491-2787


Primary Research Goals: 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.


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600 Foster Street
Evanston, IL 60208

Ohio State University, The

Ohio State University, The

Crash Imminent Safety (CrIS) UTC

Director: Ümit Özgüner, Ph.D.

ph. (614) 537-3060

Secondary Contact: Marilyn Roberts, M.A.

ph. (614) 537-3060

Primary Research Goals: Ohio State University’s Crash Imminent Safety (CrIS) University Transportation Center (UTC) is undertaking research aimed at saving lives and reducing the severity of human injuries in auto accidentsby looking closely at what happens in the final seconds before vehicle collisions. Our goal is to improve ground transportation safety through interdisciplinary research and development in the interplay ofautonomous and intelligent vehicle systems, human factors, and injury biomechanics. Research includesthe development of advanced accident simulators, statistical modeling, analysis of past accidents andthe development of autonomous vehicles. The CrIS UTC research team includes over twenty faculty and researchers working at Ohio State and our partner Universities: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), North Carolina A&T (NCA&T), University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW).

Facilities: Collectively, the five universities that constitute the CrIS UTC have outstanding facilities and expertise. Resources include Ohio State’s Control and Intelligent Transportation Research Laboratory (CITR) at which both theoretical and applied research is carried out on various aspects of the control and coordination of autonomous or semi-autonomous cooperative mobile systems; North CarolinaA&T’s Autonomous Control and InformationTechnology (ACIT) Center; Indiana University-PurdueUniversity Indianapolis’ Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI); Ohio State’s Driving Simulation Laboratory (DSL); Ohio State’s Cognitive Systems Engineering Laboratory (CSEL); University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Cognitive Systems Laboratory (CSL); University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s HumanPerformance Laboratory (HPL); and Ohio State’s Injury Biomechanics Research Laboratory (IBRL).

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma State University

Oklahoma Transportation Center

Director: Paul J. Tikalsky, P.E.

ph. (405) 744-5140

Secondary Contact: Kelvin Wang

ph. (405) 744-5189


Primary Research Goals: With the deterioration of our transportation systems, there are significant challenges to improve the safety, quality, and sustainability of our aging transportation infrastructure with limited resources. Furthermore, a high quality and diverse workforce must be created to deal with immediate issues and lead future efforts. The transportation center at OSU has a unique vision to address these issues through research, technology transfer, workforce development, and diversity. The OUS transportation center is committed to produce innovative research, and disseminate that research to the broad transportation workforce to meet current needs. The focus of our transportation center is on delivering high impact research with innovative sensing, materials, design, construction, and management technologies that are implementable, providing sustainable, longer-lived, low maintenance and lower-cost transportation infrastructure systems. The specific center goals are: • Create state-of-the-art sensors and evaluation technologies to monitor transportation infrastructure performance from construction through service life; • Develop improvements in material technologies for the multi-layered pavement systems; • Develop new design, construction, and management tools to improve transportation infrastructure service life, and performance; • Continue existing technology transfer efforts to recruit and retain high quality transportation workforce from a diverse population. It is equally important to disseminate the knowledge and educate others for the future. The OSU transportation center has demonstrated expertise in creating documents, workshops, and presentations that reach over thousands of transportation professionals in many states. Finally, our team is diverse and has provided more Native Americans and African Americans to the transportation workforce than any other institution in the country.

Facilities: 1. 11,500 square feet in the Civil Engineering Laboratory building devoted to concrete materials research 2. 3D laser sensing and imaging lab for measuring runway and pavement defects at 60mph and at 1mm resolution. It is the only facility in the world that has both sensor and software solution platforms at a university setting. The lab also has GPU systems with tens of thousands computing nodes. 3. The new 30,000 square-foot Cooper Laboratory – Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory (SEML) is built as a creative environment for our students and faculty to work with industry to address immediate needs and create the next generation of construction materials and structures.

Oregon State University

Oregon State University

Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation

Director: Jason Weiss, Ph.D.

ph. (541) 737-1885

Secondary Contact: David Hurwitz, Ph.D.

ph. (541) 737-9242


Primary Research Goals: The Kiewit Center for Infrastructure and Transportation was initially established in 1962 as the Transportation Research Institute. The Kiewit Center serves as the umbrella organization for almost all research within the School of Civil and Construction Engineering. The Center is a key component in the College of Engineering’s drive to become a top 25 engineering program, coordinating multi- and inter-disciplinary research projects. In addition to conducting funded and unfunded research, the Center provides a variety of outreach activities to support practicing professionals throughout the Pacific Northwest. Oregon Traffic Safety, through Oregon DOT, has sponsored a traffic safety continuing education program with our Center since 1979. Dr. Robert Layton coordinates 5-7 workshops each year that serves approximately 120 practicing professional, many from local agencies. In addition, Prof. Robert Schultz offers an annual series of geomatics workshops. The Center participates in the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) through the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans), which is a Regional University Transportation Center (UTC) for Federal Region X located at the University of Washington. Our participation provides opportunities to interact with other Northwest universities’ transportation groups to address regional challenges. The available federal funding has also allowed the Center to serve OSU graduate and undergraduate students with over $314,000 in fellowships since 1991.


Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

Director: Martin T. Pietrucha, Ph.D., P.E.

ph. (814) 863-3954

Polytechnic University

Polytechnic University

Director: Kaan Ozbay, Ph.D.

Portland State University

Portland State University

National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC)

Director: Jennifer Dill

ph. (503) 725-5173

Secondary Contact: Hau Hagedorn

ph. (503) 725-2833


Primary Research Goals: The National Institute for Transportation and Communities, or NITC, is a program of the Transportation Research and Education Center, or TREC, at Portland State University. NITC is the U.S. Department of Transportation’s national center for livable communities and one of five U.S. DOT national university transportation centers.

The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and University of South Florida. We pursue our theme – safe, healthy and sustainable transportation choices to foster livable communities – through research, education and technology transfer.

Our research program helps communities across the nation implement transportation programs and policies to enhance livability. We provide data, analytical tools and performance measures to allow communities make better decisions with limited transportation resources. Research deployment drives our technology transfer efforts. We consider the end users our research could benefit and use strategic communication approaches to reach those users.

Facilities: NITC is housed at TREC, the transportation research and education center at Portland State University, and incorporates transportation research from laboratories and centers across campus. We also tap the resources of our partner campuses, University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and University of South Florida. We use a multidisciplinary approach to address transportation issues.

Purdue University

Purdue University

Director: Srinivas Peeta

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Center for Infrastructure Transportation and the Environment

Director: Jose Holguin-Veras, Ph.D.

ph. (518) 276-6221

Secondary Contact: Jeffrey Wojtowicz

ph. (518) 276-2759

Primary Research Goals: The vision of the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation and the Environment (CITE) is to become a national and international leader in research, education, outreach and technology transfer in the areas of infrastructure, transportation, and their linkages to the environment. CITE emphasizes the use of multidisciplinary approaches, as they provide the only way to deal with the complexity of the challenges faced by mankind at this particular moment in history. CITE works with engineers, scientists, policy makers, and community leaders to find research-based solutions to relevant problems impacting infrastructure, transportation and the environment.

Facilities: The Traffic Lab at RPI has a complete suite of traffic data collection devices such as traffic counters and detectors for traffic speeds, GPS loggers and mobile phones for collecting mobile sensor data, and high-resolution video cameras. These resources played a key role in the team’s previous research, such as the off-hour-delivery (OHD) project. Within CITE there is also the VREF Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems which produces world-class freight research. The world class geotechnical research facilities at RPI, which has one of the largest centrifuges in the world for civilian use.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)

Director: Ali Maher, Ph.D.

ph. (848) 445-2951

Secondary Contact: Patrick Szary, Ph.D.

ph. (848) 445-2999


Primary Research Goals: Research, education, and technology transfer initiatives at Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) focus on meeting the USDOT strategic goal to maintain state of good repair and the interrelated goals of safety and economic competitiveness.

CAIT addresses critical infrastructure issues such as evaluating and monitoring the health of bridges, roads, and pipelines; developing new materials and rehabilitation strategies; advancing asset management and risk assessment systems; and promoting mobility and safety.

The center partners with government, industry, and other universities to solve mounting transportation challenges, create and promote state-of-the-art technologies and materials, and prepare a knowledgeable professional workforce.

CAIT is one of the five National University Transportation Centers (UTC), and leads a consortium of eight elite academic research institutions: Columbia University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Delaware, University of South Florida, University of Texas at El Paso, Utah State University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Rutgers University—home to CAIT—is located in central New Jersey, the most densely populated and heavily traveled region in the United States. Taking advantage of its proximity to a complex and varied roadway network, the country’s third largest port system, busiest rail lines, and four major international airports, CAIT uses the region as an in situ laboratory and test bed for real-world solutions, especially those that can be applied in high-volume multimodal transportation corridors.

Across all modes of transportation, CAIT supports safe, economically efficient, and environmentally sound ways to move people and goods by preserving and improving U.S. infrastructure.

Facilities: Research Labs: Pavement Resource Program (AMRL accredited testing facility); Soil and Sediment Management Lab; Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Labs Physical Facilities at Rutgers: 15,000 sq-ft CAIT Building dedicated in 2006; 18,900 sq ft Research & support offices; 4,066 sq ft Workforce development and training space; 22,100 sq ft Laboratories Consortium partner laboratories include, but are not limited to: Columbia University: National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity; New Jersey Institute of Technology: Freight Infrastructure Research Lab; Princeton University: Structural Health Monitoring Lab; Mechanics, Materials, and Structures Labs; University of Delaware: Resiliency of Transportation Corridors Program; Center for Innovative Bridge Engineering; University of Texas at El Paso: Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems; Utah State University: Systems, Materials and Structural Health Lab (SMASH Lab); Virginia Polytechnic Institute: Virginia Cooperative Center for Bridge Engineering

San Jose State University

San Jose State University

Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

Director: Karen E. Philbrick, Ph.D.

ph. (408) 924-7562

Secondary Contact: Rod Diridon, Sr.

ph. (408) 924-7561


Primary Research Goals: The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) conducts research, education, and information and technology transfer focused on policy and technical matters to deliver solutions that improve public transportation. MTI includes three national research centers: MTI’s National Transportation Safety and Security Center, MTI’s National Transportation Finance Center; and MTI’s National High-Speed Rail Connectivity Center. MTI conducts research that meets the US DOT strategic goals of Safety, Economic Competiveness, Livable Communities, and Environmental Sustainability.

MTI works closely with US DOT’s FTA and the California DOT to meet identified transit research needs. Research includes both basic and applied studies; the basic research helps understand the nature of the problems, and the applied research provides solutions for implementation. MTI has created an ongoing, comprehensive and objective process for research selection that includes the following steps:

  1. Identify priority transit research needs through a formal, annual needs assessment;
  2. Develop and prioritize candidate research proposals to address these needs; and
  3. Select those projects that best achieve FTA, regional, and local transit objectives.

The MTI education program offers the Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM), plus three professional certificates: Transportation Management, Transportation Security Management, and High-Speed Rail Connectivity Management.

Outreach programs include a continuously updated web site which achieved 4.2 million uses and 1.8 million downloads in 2013, electronic newsletters, social media, transportation policy summits, and a long list of media interviews and story placements.

Facilities: SJSU/MTI offers a rich array of specialized facilities and laboratories, including NASA Ames Research Facility which houses state-of-the-art, large-scale simulation labs used to study human interactions with automated systems, Engineering Labs which offer state-of-the-art equipment that enables students to practice lessons learned in the classroom, and the Center for Accessible Technology (CAT), with 30 accessible stations using the latest adaptive hardware and software. This is one of the largest adaptive computing centers in the US.

MTI also has a complete suite of office space, computers, software resources (e.g., Geographic Information Systems, statistical software, transportation planning packages, etc.), and a state-of-the-art videoconference broadcast facility to support MTI’s distance-learning programs.

South Carolina State University

Texas A&M University System

Texas A&M University System

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

Director: Melissa Tooley, Ph.D., P.E.

ph. (979) 845-8545

Secondary Contact: Barbara Lorenz

ph. (979) 845-5815


Primary Research Goals: The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 600 research projects annually with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers.

Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. TTI research is widely known as an excellent value with a proven impact of saving lives, time and resources.

TTI’s mission is to identify and solve transportation problems through research; to transfer technology and knowledge; and to develop diverse human resources to meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. The transportation system connects all aspects of life—home, work, education, commerce and recreation. TTI’s research and development improves all aspects of the system and creates new ideas and innovations that save lives, time and resources. Our focus areas include: economics and policy; environment; freight movement; human and behavioral factors; infrastructure; mobility; safety; security; and workforce development.

Facilities: TTI’s headquarters is located on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station. The Institute maintains a full-service safety proving grounds facility; environmental and emissions facility; and sediment and erosion control laboratory in Bryan, Texas, as well as many other laboratories and facilities on the Texas A&M campus. TTI has eight offices in Texas—Arlington, Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Galveston, Houston, San Antonio and Waco—and offices in Ann Arbor, MI; Washington, D.C.; and Mexico City. TTI also has a presence in Doha, Qatar, at Texas A&M University at Qatar.

Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University

Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation (TechMRT)

Director: Sanjaya Senadheera

ph. (806) 834-5815

Secondary Contact: Kim Harris

ph. (806) 834-8136

Primary Research Goals: Serve as the focal point for multidisciplinary transportation research with local, state and federal partners, as well as the private sector. Promote and conduct transportation research, education and outreach activities at Texas Tech, specifically in areas of: • Environmental Engineering • Freight Transportation and Logistics • Geotechnical Engineering • Human Factors • Hydrology • Intelligent Transportation Systems • Pavement Engineering • Structural Engineering • Traffic and Highway Engineering • Transportation Planning Partner with stakeholders to promote transportation education, training and outreach at the university, K-12 and industry levels.

Facilities: High Performance Concrete Laboratory; Bituminous/Superpave Laboratory; Aggregate Research Laboratory; Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel; Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Test Box; Materials Characterization Center; Environmental Sciences Laboratory; Structures Laboratory; Geotechnical Laboratory; Cloud & Autonomic Computer Center Geographic Information Systems Research Laboratory; Trans Tech Traffic Engineering Laboratory; Water Research Center/USGS Research Laboratory; Earl Survey Research Laboratory.