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Bret JohnsonAssociate Director of NU Transportation Center

Since July 2009, Bret has been the Associate Director at the Northwestern University Transportation Center (NUTC). Since 1954, the Center has been recognized as a leading interdisciplinary education and research institution dedicated to the long-term improvement of domestic and international systems for the movements of materials, people, energy, and information. At NUTC, Bret also manages the Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technology. (CCITT) ( 

CCITT is a USDOT-funded University Transportation Center operated within the Transportation Center in the McCormick School of Engineering. CCITT’s mission is to foster the commercialization or implementation of innovative technologies for multiple modes of surface transportation including, but not limited to, railways, mass transit, highways and waterways. To accomplish this mission, CCITT awards funding to Northwestern faculty to conduct translational "innovation gap" research projects that push existing research outcomes closer to the point of adoption and implementation by transportation practitioners.

Just prior to joining NUTC, Bret managed the Homeland Security Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (HSIEC) at NU. 

Bret joined Northwestern in 2000 and helped launch Illinois' first Illinois Technology Enterprise Center (ITEC) and served as assistant director until 2005. Prior to joining NU, Bret completed an MA in Science, Technology and Public Policy at The George Washington University. 

Bret's other work experiences include engineering and management positions at GE Astrospace, Northrop-Grumman, 3COM and Grayhill Inc. He also have two engineering degrees, including an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Bret live in Evanston, IL with my wife, Kendra, two boys, Alex and Trevor, and two cats, Yuri and Gus.

Classes Taught

NUvention: Transportation

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