Northwestern University has a 40+ year history of education and research in transportation, focused on planning and operations, including problem analysis, modeling and forecasting, location and logistics, and policy evaluation. The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers both Master of Science and Ph.D. programs, which have prepared hundreds of key practitioners in transportation planning and management and many scholars who teach at academic institutions around the world. Today we are pursuing many exciting research endeavors in transportation and the allied fields of logistics, communications and information systems. Our research is an integral part of the educational environment and is closely linked to classroom instruction.
Our objective is to prepare our students to identify, analyze, and solve complex transportation problems, and to communicate those solutions toward their successful implementation. and supportive relationships between our faculty and students, which help make the Northwestern transportation program an effective community environment for research and professional and personal development.
Transportation is an important area of study and research for students and faculty in Economics, Industrial Engineering and Management Science, Northwestern's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Transportation faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and other departments are affiliated with Northwestern's Transportation Center, which is the focal point for interdisciplinary research, academic studies, and executive training. The Center sponsors the Master of Science in Transportation Program, a one year degree experience which prepares quantitatively-oriented people from all disciplines for careers in transportation analysis, operations, and management. The Center's Business Advisory Committee of more than 75 senior executives from US and international transportation companies provides guidance to all transportation programs at Northwestern and constitutes an important resource upon which students and faculty may draw.