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New Jersey Institute of Technology

National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity

Director: Lazar N. Spasovic, Ph.D.
ph. (973) 642-7214

A critical mass of transportation teaching and research faculty, staff and students unparalleled in the nation is brought together at NJIT through the existence of three research centers; the National Center for Transportation and Industrial Productivity, the International Intermodal Transportation Center, and Transportation Economic Land Use System as well as the interdisciplinary program in transportation. In addition, NJIT is host agency to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Multidisciplinary, cross-cutting and extensive both in the level of funding and number and profile of personnel, the centers have a combined annual funding level exceeding $1.5 million.

The convergence of so much talent enables NJIT to respond effectively and dynamically to state and regional transportation issues including educational, research and technology transfer needs. NCTIP is about to embark on the creation of a Intelligent Transportation System Resource Center with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. This center will investigate cutting-edge technologies and evaluate transportation modeling tools to improve the efficiency of our roadway network.

The research centers support faculty from all five NJIT Schools and Colleges as well as other New Jersey regional colleges and universities (faculty from Region II and from universities as far afield as Northwestern University in Chicago are also involved in NCTIP research). The centers not only provide support to students pursuing graduate degree programs in transportation, civil engineering, infrastructure, management, computer science, and logistics, but also serve as places for undergraduate students to interact with their more senior colleagues in solving real-world problems.

NCTIP continues its close collegial relationship with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). CEE transportation research focuses on materials, structures, environment and advanced technologies. Please see our list of associated faculty for our researchers specializing in these fields.

As NCTIP Director Dr.Spasovic have been invited to join the 10-member Board/Executive Committee of CUTC that represents the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States; public awareness of NCTIP has greatly increased; and a firm relationship with the New Jersey School of Architecture as they focus on comprehensive issues involving transportation, land use, commercial/housing development and the environment has been established. NCTIP has become more involved in public policy research, attracted superior graduate students, and, in general, become known as a solid, successful entity.

North Carolina A&T University

Transportation Institute

Director: Marada McBride, Ph.D.
ph. (336) 285-3359

Secondary Contact: Deborah Underwood
ph. (336) 334-7745

Welcome to the Transportation Institute in the College of Business and Economics at North Carolina A&T State University. The Transportation Institute is an interdisciplinary research, training, and technology transfer unit that draws faculty, staff, and students from various departments within the School of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and throughout the entire University.

North Carolina State University

Institute for Transportation Research and Education

Director: E. Downey Brill
ph. (919) 515-7627

Secondary Contact: James B. Martin, P.E.
ph. (919) 515-8620


The Institute for Transportation Research and Education (ITRE) is an institutional center located at NC State University. Chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1978, ITRE conducts surface and air transportation research, training, and technical support activities for municipal, state, federal, and international clients in order to address critical transportation issues. ITRE is committed to developing leadership in its study of transportation issues through fostering analytical thinking, integrating technology in education and research, serving as a catalyst for problem solving, and cultivating professionals and students dedicated to excellence in transportation.
ITRE’s strategic plan sets forth five major institute-wide goals:

  • Increase national visibility;
  • Conduct and disseminate research that impacts the transportation community;
  • Sustain and enhance educational opportunities to improve the knowledge and skills of transportation professionals;
  • Strengthen the relationship with, and gain recognition within, the University system; and
  • Provide superior technical assistance.

These goals are being achieved through various objectives such as increasing the Institute’s national exposure through conference presentations, published research and outreach efforts, and through increased national project awards. Additionally, ITRE continually expands its training efforts across North Carolina, the United States, and the globe, while promoting collaboration with faculty in the department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University and at other UNC system institutions.

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


The mission of the Transportation Institute is to serve as a national, regional and local clearinghouse for transportation education, research and outreach; offering seminars, workshops, lectures, publications, and other information for public and private transportation practitioners, decision-makers and the general public.

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

Transportation Center

Director: Hani Mahmassani, Ph.D.
ph. (847) 491-8727

Secondary Contact: Diana Marek
ph. (847) 491-2787


The Institute educates students and professionals from diverse populations to provide qualified transportation professions in the workforce. The programs and activities conducted by the Institute are designed to provide ongoing initiatives in the areas of education, research, and workforce development. The Institute is a multidisciplinary unit that is dedicated to:


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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

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 Transportation Center

Director: Paul J. Tikalsky, P.E.
ph. (405) 744-5140

Secondary Contact: Kelvin Wang
ph. (405) 744-5189


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.

Old Dominion University

Transportation Research Institute (TRI)

Director: Mecit Cetin, Ph.D.
ph. (757) 683-6700

Secondary Contact: Rajesh Paleti, Ph.D.
ph. (757) 683-5874

The Transportation Research Institute (TRI) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at Old Dominion University is focused on developing innovative solutions to address congestion, safety, and environmental impacts of surface transportation systems. The research activities of the Institute include the following areas:


Pennsylvania State University

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

Director: Martin T. Pietrucha, Ph.D., P.E.
ph. (814) 863-3954


The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center. Since its founding in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Institute brings together top faculty, world-class facilities and enterprising students from across the University in partnership with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related problems.

Polytechnic University

Director: Kaan Ozbay, Ph.D.

  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Connected Vehicles

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

  • Transportation safety
  • 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

Director: Srinivas Peeta

  • Transportation planning

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

  • Modeling freight systems
  • 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.

Rowan University

Center for Research & Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs)

Director: Yusef Mehta, Ph.D.
ph. (856) 256-5327

Secondary Contact: Parth Bhavsar
ph. (856) 256-2399

Welcome to the Center for Research and Education in Advanced Transportation Engineering Systems (CREATEs) of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering at Rowan University. CREATEs, housed in the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University’s West Campus, is the only center in the northeast region of the United States that has the facilities to conduct state-of-the-art accelerated pavement testing. These facilities include a fully instrumented accelerated pavement testing facility (RUAPTF) and a Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) that allows for applying accelerated loading that simulates 20 years of traffic in as few as 3 to 6 months, and an American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Materials Reference Laboratory (AMRL) accredited laboratory (RUCOM).

Our mission is to find innovative solutions to current and future challenges related to pavement materials and transportation engineering. These solutions will benefit, among others, the pavement and construction materials industry, local and state agencies across the nation, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Department of Defense (DoD).

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

  • Environment, energy, and sustainable transport
  • 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

Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI)

Director: Karen E. Philbrick, Ph.D.
ph. (408) 924-7562

Secondary Contact: Hilary Nixon, Ph.D.
ph. (408) 924 – 5852

  • Transport policies and tolling

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.

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

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.