Northwestern University Transportation Center


The Transportation Center serves industry, government, and the public through its research, through Northwestern's graduate-level degree programs, and through other educational and outreach programs.

The Center works with an affiliated faculty group of over 20 members, drawn from diverse departments of the University - economics, engineering, marketing, finance, logistics, operations, information systems, management, the social sciences, and law.

The Center benefits from the expertise and insight of more than seventy transportation executives who form its Business Advisory Committee (BAC). These include senior-level executives from shipper and carrier firms, freight forwarders, trade associations, financial organizations, and consulting firms who meet semi-annually on campus. Since the inception of the Center, BAC has been a major force behind the Center's programs.

The Center is housed in Chambers Hall, located at the heart of Northwestern's Evanston campus and close to the Transportation Library, the nation's largest specialty collection of transportation books, periodicals, and transportation agency publications.

The Center is supported significantly by the Patterson Endowment, named for the founding chairman of United Air Lines and one of the original organziers of the Transportation Center, William "Pat" Patterson. The Patterson endowment provides for the annual Patterson Lecture and other research support.