Northwestern University Transportation Center News

36th Annual Patterson Lecturer:
Lance Fritz, Union Pacific

Lance M. Fritz is the Union Pacific chairman, president and chief executive officer. He became chairman of the board effective October 1, 2015. Fritz became president and chief executive officer February 5, 2015, when he also was elected to the corporation’s board of directors. Fritz will be the 36th featured Patterson Lecture speaker on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Data. Changes. Everything.
Making Mobility Great Again!

On Friday, February 10, NUTC Director Hani Mahmassani presented at the Workshop on Urban Mobility in the Era of Smart and Connected Communities, co-organized by the Chicago Department of Transportation, the Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology, and The Array of Things (AoT).
This workshop, organized by Chicago DOT and Dr. Dan Work of UIUC, is focused on new opportunities for linking growing data streams in the City of Chicago to critical challenges faced by those providing safe and efficient mobility services. Mahmassani’s presentation—Data. Changes. Everything: Making Mobility Great Again!—discussed ongoing work on data-driven predictive approaches to network management, and outlined major trends affecting the future of urban mobility. He suggested that major opportunity for Smart Cities and Connected vehicle systems lies in the facilitation of data sharing, access and transparency across apps. Mahmassani also emphasized the need for strong, visionary leadership and civic-minded entities for any cities in the vanguard of development.
Hani Mahmassani's presentation
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NUTC Faculty & Alum to Co-Host 58th Annual TRF Meeting in Chicago

Transportation Research Forum (TRF) is an independent organization of transportation professionals that provides an impartial meeting ground for carriers, shippers, government officials, consultants, university researchers, suppliers, and others seeking an exchange of information and ideas related to both passenger and freight transportation.

APRIL 20 - 21 | 58th Annual TRF Meeting

This year’s 58th TRF Meeting will take place April 20 - 21 at University of Illinois, Chicago. The local organizing committee is headed by NUTC faculty member Ian Savage and NUTC alum Joe Schwieterman, and this year’s keynote speaker will be Samuel K. Skinner, United States Secretary of Transportation (1989-1991) and White House Chief of Staff under President George H.W. Bush.

Registration is now open. 
Reduced early bird rates available until March 17, 2017

Navigating the Growing Challenges from the First Mile to the Last Mile in Transportation

The global transportation and logistics market is changing before our eyes and the playbooks of the past for higher productivity, lower costs and cheaper rates in transportation for shippers no longer apply. Time to change our thinking and our approach—starting this May with Northwestern University Transportation Center’s (NUTC) Freight & Logistics Executive Education Program for Spring 2017.

MAY 22 – 24, 2017 @ Northwestern University 

Professional tools and expert advice to help you change your tomorrow…


NUTC to Host 22nd International Symposium on Transportation & Traffic Theory (ISTTT22)

Northwestern University will host ISTTT22 July 24 - 26, 2017. The ISTTT annual event series offers a premier gathering platform for the world’s leading transportation and traffic theorists to meet  others interested in contributing to,  and gaining better understanding of, transportation and traffic research.

JULY 24 - 26, 2017 | ISTTT22

ISTTT22 will cover all scientific aspects of transportation and traffic, spanning all modes of transport—public and private—including freight, air, and maritime modes.

Learn more about ISTTT22   

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Upcoming Events
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Exploring Millennials' Adoption of Shared Mobility & Attitudes Towards Vehicle Ownership in California
Giovanni Circella, UC Davis & Georgia Tech


Transportation & Highway Engineering (T.H.E.) Conference
(pre-conference activities - Feb. 27)

More info...


The Right to Travel—Little Recognized Aspects & Impediments
Richard Sobel Northwestern University

58th Transportation Research Forum Annual Conference
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MAY 22 - 24: EXEC ED
Freight Transportation & Logistics - NUTC's 2017 Executive Education
Register today!

JULY 24 - 26: ISTTT22
NUTC hosts the 22nd International Symposium on Transportation & Traffic Theory
Learn more & get involved!
Established in 1954 by industry representatives, the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC) was the first US, university-based transportation center & has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education & research institution since.

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