NTC is the umbrella organization for transportation research at the University of Nebraska and represents a unique partnership between the University of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Roads (NDOR), other state government agencies, and the private sector. Investments from NDOR, the Federal Highway Administration, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and private companies allow NTC faculty and students to conduct research that impacts the state and regional economy by improving transportation systems.
More than 70 faculty researchers across the NU system, representing over a dozen disciplines, are affiliated with NTC. Currently, $17 million dollars in transportation research is underway at NTC. 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 UNL 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.