Prairie View A&M University

NCIT is led by Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) founded in 1876. PVAMU is deeply rooted in culture and tradition, and is well-qualified through leadership and experience to shape research and policy in the critically important national priority area of infrastructure. PVAMU is supported by the following consortium partners:

  • Arizona State University
  • Blinn College District
  • Michigan State University
  • Rutgers University
  • Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Texas A&M University

The consortium meets the need for national-tier University Transportation Center (UTC) leadership from the HBCU community. PVAMU hosts a number of federally funded centers sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and others. The other NCIT partners have extensive UTC experience at the national, regional and tier-1 levels. They have collectively provided meaningful contributions in infrastructure design, maintenance and construction methods, and infrastructure planning and policy across transportation modes, with a proven track record of implementable innovations.

The consortium employs highly regarded researchers with proven leadership in the transportation community, a history of effective technology transfer, and strong ties to the transportation industry.


The establishment of the National Center for Infrastructure Transformation (NCIT) presents a transformative vision for America’s transportation infrastructure. This national-tier University Transportation Center (UTC) will focus on improving the durability and extending the life of transportation infrastructure through its research, education, and technology transfer programs.

Equity will be a guiding principle for NCIT and will be addressed through better infrastructure policy and workforce opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations. Environmental stewardship through infrastructure policy and materials recycling will address climate and sustainability, as will the center’s durability and resiliency research in developing the robust transportation infrastructure of the 21st century. Transformation of American infrastructure from both a physical and policy perspective is the ultimate goal of the center.