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Transportation Research

Nebraska Transportation Center

About Impact

We do Transportation Research

The Nebraska Transportation Center (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. The Mid-America Transportation Center and Midwest Roadside Safety Facility operate under NTC.

Discover Transportation Engineering

May 29-31, 2024

Discover Transportation Engineering Summer Program For all rising 10th and 11th graders with an interest in transportation engineering Students will spend 2.5 days and 2 nights at UNL where they will meet industry professionals and tour their workplaces, and compete to create solutions to transportation engineering problems. Students will experience what it's like to live on campus and get a head start on scholarship applications All expenses will be covered by the Nebraska Transportation Center, except for a $25 registration fee.

Deadline to apply is April 14th.

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Tracks to the Future

Railroad Transportation and Engineering Program
June 10 - 14, 2024

Railroads are the high-tech and environmentally sensitive transportation mode! Don't believe us? Come and learn why railroads remain the most energy-efficient mode of transportation. Engage with faculty from Universities across the country as you uncover what forms modern railroad track, explore equipment from around the globe and analyze communications/control systems. This hybrid program entails virtual classroom sessions at your home on Monday and Tuesday, travel to the host site on Wednesday, and in-person activities on Thursday and Friday of your assigned session.

Open to high school students (who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 in Fall 2024), and there are 20 full scholarships are available at each site!

Registration Deadline is March 15, 2024 or until filled.

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2024 MOVITE Spring Meeting

Hop into the Multimodal-Verse in the 2024 Spring MOVITE Conference set for April 17-19 in Omaha!
Transportation students, faculty, and industry professionals are welcome to join for a multitude of events hosted by the Missouri Valley District of ITE. The conference will include 2 days of information and technical sessions, multiple keynote speakers, breakfast, break snacks, and lunch each day, social events on Wednesday and Thursday, networking opportunities, and Professional Development Hours.

Tentative Schedule

Job Opportunities


Civil & Environmental Engineering - Omaha

Administrative Coordinator

The Administrative Coordinator will serve as the liaison to the college administrative unit and university functional offices. The primary responsibilities will be to provide wide-ranging service to the faculty and students of the department. This position will be expected to provide solutions to complex problems, answer a variety of questions, coordinate and execute department events, and manage space. Position will be responsible for coordinating the hiring of student workers for the college.This position also serves the Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC) and is expected to work with NTC staff in coordinating events (e.g., seminars, webinars, conferences, workshops, career fairs, and educational outreach activities) at both Lincoln and Omaha campuses under the direction of the NTC Director.


Civil & Environmental Engineering - Lincoln

Research Assistant Professor

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a Research Assistant Professor in Transportation Engineering who will be closely affiliated with the Nebraska Transportation Center (NTC), a College of Engineering research entity. This position is a non-tenure track, 12-month appointment. Successful applicants will have the requisite experience in NTC’s core research areas (https://unlcms.unl.edu/engineering/nebraska-transportation-center/research-areas.php) and a demonstrable research capability that will enable them to develop proposals and secure funding in these areas. The successful candidate should be prepared to collaborate with colleagues, develop new research initiatives, and participate in ongoing research projects.


Midwest Roadside Safety Facility

Assistant Director of Business Operations

As a leader within the Business division of MwRSF, the function and responsibilities of this position are to advise and assist the MwRSF Director on business and program-related activities to maintain high productivity and improve the efficiency of operations within the facility. Complete rate studies, as needed, to update MwRSF Service Center charge rates and work with appropriate offices to update approved charge rates. Liaison between other University departments and offices, State and Federal agencies as well as private corporations and business. Serve as a point of contact to MwRSF for prospective research sponsors. Advise, assist, prepare, coordinate and monitor final preparation, submission and awarded research proposals. Plan, organize and coordinate conferences and workshops. Manage and maintain department operational and financial activities. Coordinate and complete all business-related activities within MwRSF including record maintenance and retention. Prepare special reports concerning MwRSF activities, supervise administrative staff, monitor and prepare reports for awarded research proposals. Position will be responsible for strategic decision-making, center improvement, and growth. Maintain and complete HR records and activities; new hire paperwork, onboarding, offboarding, payroll entries, unanet timesheet and project time distribution, etc.


Explore Our Research Areas

Bicycles & Pedestrians

Safely and comfortably integrating pedestrians and cyclists.


Reliable, efficient transportation ensures the vitality of the economy.


Sustainability and environmental consciousness are overarching concerns.


Safe and efficient movement of freight across the nation.


Addressing modern challenges of today's highways.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

One of the most dynamic and fast-growing areas of research.


Optimizing the flow of goods across the nation.

Multimodal Transportation

Transportation utilizing multiple different modes of transportation.


Best ways to extend the life of existing pavements and optimize the surface.


A key mover of freight across Nebraska, the Midwest, and North America.


Safer for both drivers and pedestrians.


Exploring how to design, build, and maintain integral transportation structures.

Work Zones

Construction and maintenance sites is safer for workers and drivers.

Information For
Elected Officials & Staff

NTC's expert faculty members conduct research in various areas of surface transportation. To locate an expert in a particular area, or to find information on a research project, please contact:

Janet Renoe

News Media

Media representatives are welcome to contact us with questions about current research projects or to request background information on one of our many research areas. For information, please contact:

Janet Renoe