Research Centers

Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials (ACBM)

Established in 1989, ACBM is now the world's preeminent research consortium on cement and concrete. ACBM conducts basic research for a better understanding of the materials science of cement and concrete. It has contributed major advances in the knowledge of these materials and their behavior. By focusing on research, education, and technology transfer, ACBM has contributed major advances in the knowledge of cement and concrete materials and their behavior. Hundreds of students and visiting scholars have participated in research at ACBM and have gone on to careers in industry and academia to continue this important work. ACBM conducts annual workshops for faculty from colleges and universities nationwide on state-of-the-art cement and concrete technology. ACBM has established a strong interaction with companies, associations and government agencies. Many companies have adopted and optimized new technologies based on expertise developed through collaborative efforts with ACBM.

Center for Road Safety (CRS)

The Center for Road Safety (CRS) conducts research and develops engineering tools in the area of road safety including those relating to the driver, vehicle, and roadway characteristics. The Center has extensive expertise in identifying factors that affect safety, in the development and design of safety databases, and in developing and implementing computer-based tools to assist in all aspects of safety management and planning. The Center utilizes the latest methodological techniques and can deliver decision support systems in user-friendly computer tools customized to end-user conditions and needs. The Center provides service to a wide variety of local, state and federal agencies including counties, cities, the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, the Federal Highway Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carriers Association.

Joint Transportation Research Program (JTRP)

JTRP is one of the oldest transportation research programs in the U.S. Established in 1937, JTRP is a partnership between the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University and has become a national model for the successful partnership of government, academia, and the private sector, combining their efforts in a mutually rewarding research program. Their function is to make basic studies of materials used in highways; facilitate economical design, construction, and maintenance of county and state highways; investigate traffic, safety, and other items as desired and agreed upon; provide advanced instruction in the fundamentals of highway engineering and related research; and provide practical experience in construction and maintenance procedures in the use of highway materials. JTRP's major outreach activity is the Annual Purdue Road School, which is held annually on the Purdue West Lafayette campus in conjunction with the Indiana LTAP.

Indiana Local Technical Assistance Program (IN LTAP)

IN LTAP supports a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system by improving the skills and knowledge of local transportation providers through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer.

NEXTRANS U.S. Department of Transportation's Region 5 University Transportation Center

The NEXTRANS Center's vision is to foster a new generation of paradigms and a highly qualified workforce that can develop innovative and integrated solutions for mobility, safety, and infrastructure renewal with a special emphasis on intermodal freight transportation to address regional needs and economic opportunities.

North Central Superpave Center (NCSC)

The NCSC is one of five Superpave Regional Centers established to assist with implementation of he Superpave performance-based system for designing asphalt pavements.