Established in 2006, the Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC) is the umbrella organization for transportation research at the University of Nebraska and represents a unique partnership between university researchers, industry leaders, and government entities. NTC integrates transportation research, education, and technology transfer programs across the four NU campuses, making it one of the largest university transportation centers in the region.
More than 70 faculty researchers representing over a dozen disciplines across the NU system are affiliated with NTC, conducting millions of dollars' worth of research. In addition, NTC has provided funding for nearly 80 graduate student research assistants and almost 90 undergraduate students and interns to date. NTC takes pride in the research and educational opportunities it offers to students in higher education and the outstanding research contributions made by our students.
NTC also seeks to educate K-12 students in Nebraska about the many aspects of transportation engineering. Students are introduced to engineering through opportunities that include field trips to NTC research labs, presentations from University of Nebraska-Lincoln students, hands-on activities, and professional development opportunities for K-12 math and science teachers.
Technology transfer activities help keep the transportation workforce updated on the developments made by NTC research faculty and students. This includes workshops, webinars, and short courses on the latest transportation advances and technology. The Nebraska Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) assists in facilitating many of these endeavors.
Intelligent Transportation Systems Laboratory
The Nebraska Transportation Center houses the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Laboratory. With more than 2,000 square feet, it has become one of the center's core research facilities.
The laboratory is connected to the City of Lincoln fiber optic network, which allows real-time viewing of the railway, arterial roadway, and highway “test beds” of NTC's ongoing transportation research as well as all city and Nebraska Department of Transportation traffic sensors.