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Mid-America Transportation Center

MATC's vision is to become a nationally recognized center of transportation excellence focused on developing new knowledge, innovative solutions, and the next generation of transportation professionals necessary to sustain the U.S. transportation system in a manner that is safer, more effective, more efficient, environmentally friendly, and sustainable.

MATC is designed as a true partnership between the Iowa Department of Transportation (IaDOT), the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT), the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), private and public sector transportation representatives, and the member institutions of the Region VII UTC consortium. MATC is a cooperative effort among the major transportation sector partners in Region VII.

About MATC & Theme:

The Mid-America Transportation Center was designated as the Region VII United States Department of Transportation Center during the 2006 competition. Region VII is comprised of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska and MATC is a consortium of nine universities within the region.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln serves as the lead institution of the consortium and MATC has its headquarters on University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.

By the Numbers:

While numbers alone don't tell the full story of MATC's impact, they do demonstrate our significant impact on students and the emphasis on collaboration and interdisciplinary research. MATC is proud to be able to support innovative research, the education of the next generation of transportation professionals, and outreach to current professionals and members of our communities throughout Region VII.

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Member Institutions:

Each consortium member brings unique expertise and resources to MATC. These complementary components create a collective program that is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, the five state flagship universities – UNL, KSU, KU, MS&T and UI – have all established nationally recognized transportation programs and facilities. MATC faculty are committed to increasing the diversity of the nation's transportation workforce and MATC is proud to partner with LU, the leading minority-serving institution in Region VII.

Faculty from each consortium member university are nationally and internationally known for their research related to the multimodal transportation system. This unique combination of resources and faculty allows MATC to succeed in meeting the programs and goals envisioned in the SAFETEA-LU UTC legislation.

Institutional Resources:

The member institutions that comprise the consortium, and in particular, the five state flagship universities (KSU, KU, UI, MST and UNL) have excellent facilities and significant resources that are essential to completing our research and education goals. The combined resources of the MATC consortium members include major research libraries, state-of-the art computer facilities, laboratories and office space. In addition, university staff members help efficiently administer MATC projects and activities across the consortium.

MATC has access to a unique, comprehensive set of multi-modal research and testing facilities. A wide range of research has been conducted with these facilities, sponsored by various public and private agencies. Below is a listing of each of our facilities.

Contact Us & Maps:

MATC's headquarters are located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the Whittier Research Center. Visitors are welcome. To get to our office, enter through the South door of the Whittier Research Center. Walk straight up the steps, turn right, go straight down the hallway, and our offices will be directly ahead in suite 262. Please call ahead if you would like a parking permit.


The innovative research at MATC would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities include providing financial support, internship opportunities, donations of research equipment, and donations of time or other resources that support MATC's mission.