CTS Councils provide a forum for transportation professionals and researchers to exchange information on current transportation issues and trends. They bring together University faculty and staff with practitioners from the public and private sectors to recommend direction and participate in improving the Center's research, education, and engagement programs.

Four councils support the Center's activities in transportation research, and a fifth council supports educational and engagement efforts.

Research Councils

Activities of the four CTS Research Councils include providing advice during research project activities, identifying and advancing emerging research needs and opportunities, participating in seminars and other mechanisms to disseminate research results, and assisting in planning the annual CTS Research Conference.

Education and Engagement Council

The CTS Transportation Education and Engagement Council provides advice that helps the Center improve undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education opportunities in transportation. Members also examine how the Center can better disseminate information and provide public services that link University resources and user organizations. Activities include:


Council members are appointed by the CTS director on behalf of the CTS Executive Committee, following nomination by the Council chair. If you are interested in becoming a member or friend of one or more of the councils, please contact Kaydee Kirk, CTS program coordinator, at 612-626-5854 or, or return the Council interest form (PDF).