About the Institute

The Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute is Penn State’s transportation research center, a major multidisciplinary unit within the College of Engineering.  Since its inception in 1968, the Larson Institute has maintained a threefold mission of research, education, and service. The Larson Institute is the locus for transportation-related research conducted by Penn State faculty from more than 14 colleges and research centers, with areas of specialization ranging from civil, computer, electrical, architectural, industrial and mechanical engineering to agriculture, information sciences and technology, supply chain management, economics, geography, psychology and statistics. The institute provides a unique focal point of collaboration for expert faculty and enterprising students from across the University together with public and private stakeholders to address critical transportation-related needs of the individual user and the world at large.

The Larson Institute’s energies are organized into three key program areas with supporting centers:

Transportation Infrastructure Program (TIP)
Bus Research and Testing Center (BRTC)

Transportation Operations Program (TOP)
Center for Dirt and Gravel Roads Studies (CDGRS)
Vehicle Systems and Safety Program (VS&S)
Mid-Atlantic Universities Transportation Center (MAUTC)
Northeast Center of Excellence for Pavement Technology (NECEPT)