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Jeff Silver Delivers 35th Patterson Lecture

On April 20, 2016, NUTC's 35th Annual William A Patterson Transportation Lecture proudly featured Jeff Silver the co-founder and CEO of Chicago-based Coyote Logistics—one of the fastest-growing, most innovative third-party logistics (3PL) service providers in North America. In 2015, Crain’s Chicago Business named Silver among the Who’s Who in Chicago Business for the 4th consecutive year, and Supply Chain Executives presented Silver with his 3rd consecutive Pros to Know Award.

Watch the 35th Patterson Lecture video
View photos from the Patterson Lecture

Experts Discuss Infrastructure Future

By Amanda Morris

From autonomous vehicles to a diversity of ride-sharing forms, US transportation is guaranteed to change within the next 30 years. These changes will require adaptation of current infrastructure—but in what way? And how can we help encourage these changes?

A new Northwestern-led study attempts to answer these questions by exploring how future trends and opportunities will influence US transportation infrastructure by the year 2050. The comprehensive study was unveiled May 24, 2016 at “Mobility 2050: A Vision for Transportation Infrastructure and How We Can Get There,” a symposium that featured scholars, policymakers, and industry leaders.

Northwestern University’s Transportation Center conducted the interdisciplinary study at the request of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Northwestern Engineering professors who participated in the study include Fabian Bustamante, Gianluca Cusatis, Kimberly Gray, Hani Mahmassani, and Joseph Schofer.

Download the Mobility 2050 Report


New Grain Industry/Rail Service Report

NUTC recently partnered with BSNF to investigate grain industry dynamics in relation to rail service in the Upper Midwestern United States. The three comprehensive reports that NUTC generated from the findings are listed and linked below.

Analytical Models of Rail Service Operations
Trends in Grain and Soybean Economics
Econometric Analysis of Rail Transport Rates


South Shore & Metra Look Ahead

On June 8, 2016, NUTC’s Sandhouse Rail Group & DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute invited Michael Noland of NICTD, and Donald Orseno of Metra to discuss rail service on the South Shore Line and the possible impact changes might have on the economic development of The Calumet Region. NICTD is looking at significant strategic advances including reducing travel time on the historic railroad between South Bend and Chicago and a new railroad to serve Hammond, Munster and Dyer. A major project is double-tracking the railroad between Gary and Michigan City. Working in concert with Metra, the strategic needs of the Metra Electric from Kensington North are being studied.

Media coverage & Sandhouse event details

Workshop Attendees Talk BioLogistics

On April 20, 2016, NUTC and the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology (CCITT) co-hosted Biologistics in a Changing Healthcare World. This technical workshop examined changes occurring across the supply chain in the biologistics industry, including impacts from: the change in landscape of and with the healthcare providers; the establishment of group buying organizations forming distribution centers to service affiliated hospitals; communication protocols, or lack thereof, across the healthcare supply chain; evolving cold chain supply chain management requirements; and the use of analytics to better stage (store) products for deliveries to the right location at the right time.
Event details & presentation slides
View photos from the Spring Workshop


Remembering Aaron J. Gellman

Aaron J. Gellman
Aaron J. Gellman
, transportation scholar, aviation expert and former NUTC Director,  passed away on January 11, 2016. To honor his memory, NUTC hosted a Memorial Tribute to Gellman on April 21st in the Vail Chapel on Northwestern's campus. A full audio recording of the event is linked below.

Audio recording of Gellman's Memorial Tribute

Northwestern University Obituary

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Honors & Awards
Hani Mahmassani, NUTC Director, named to 2016 Class of National Associates by National Research Council

Jeff Silver, CEO of Coyote, A UPS Company, accepted nomination to serve as new Business Advisory Council Chair

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