Transportation research at the University of Minnesota covers the spectrum from basic to applied research, drawing on the many transportation-related disciplines within the University. The Center actively supports the formation of multidisciplinary research teams.

Heat map of accessibility of the Twin Cities

Bicycle commuting improves public health, reduces medical costs

A new study by U of M researchers shows that bicycle commuting in the Twin Cities metro area reduces chronic illness and preventable deaths, saving millions of dollars annually in medical costs.

Read more


Meet a Researcher

Assistant Professor, Richard and Barbara Nelson, Professor, Mcknight Land-Grant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Will Northrop’s research interests are in the area of internal combustion engines and energy conversion. His work involves fundamental combustion research, emissions characterization, novel engine cycle development, and alternative fuel use. He is leading projects to characterize and reduce harmful emissions from combustion-powered devices and to reduce fuel consumption from engines used primarily in transportation applications.