Urban transportation is a dynamic, always evolving industry. To provide a forum for current transportation issues and trends, the Urban Transportation Center (UTC) regularly hosts a wide range of provocative and informative industry lectures and discussions.  Recognized national and local leaders have been brought in to share insight on public transit, the role of transportation in urban planning and policy, prospects for new high-speed passenger rail, developments in freight and aviation, supply chain management and other topics.

Compressed students 5The Seminar Series events are held monthly during the school year. Private sector experts and government officials in transportation research, operations and policy provide timely perspectives on current developments.  The more casual Diversity Lunch Series is a monthly brown-bag luncheon that features a guest speaker, often from the UIC community, who shares insight on a topic related to diversity and transportation.

Guest Lectures feature presentations by leading transportation thought leaders, and some have had national significance.  In early 2013, UTC faculty researchers and staff learned about the state of public transit from Mike Melaniphy, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association. In late 2012, Ray LaHood, Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, addressed funding and other issues in a candid conversation with UTC Executive Director Steve Schlickman. And, in fall of 2011, Keith Creel, Executive Vice President and Chief Operation officer of CN Railway, outlined CN’s strategic position and ability to support innovation, collaboration and productivity in Canadian-U.S. economic relations during “Rebuilding the North American Economy Together,” a two-day conference hosted by the UTC and Dalhousie University.

Most UTC-sponsored events are open to the UIC community and any individual or group interested in transportation; most are held at CUPPA Hall, 412 S. Peoria St., unless noted otherwise. Would you like to deliver a presentation sponsored by the UTC? Please direct questions to Edward Bury at 312-413-1967.