The 2015 Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) will be held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on October 27 – 28. RREC 2015 will feature presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. Registration for the conference opens soon. Click here for the conference website.
TRB Summerail ‘15
TRB Rail Freight Committee AR040 is hosting the 9th Annual Summerail Conference on August 12-13, 2015 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The conference is designed to bring together railroad professionals, government officials, and academics to discuss the past, present, and future of the U.S. railroad industry. Forrest Van Schwartz is organizing the conference and registration. He can be reached for questions at email@example.com. Additional information and a registration form can be found here.
RailTEC invites you this summer to attend a short course on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This one week course is being held on the following subject: Railway Engineering. Click here for more information.
In the News
Riley Edwards Honored
July 2015: J. Riley Edwards, RailTEC Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, was honored on Sunday, July 19 as one of the railroad industry’s “Rising Stars” by Progressive Railroading magazine. He was chosen as one of 20 award winners out of nearly 200 nominees. This year's honorees were chosen based on their contributions to the railroad industry, career achievements, demonstrated leadership, professional association activity or community involvement. Riley received the recognition during the annual conference of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents in Baltimore, Md. To read the ProgressiveRailroading.com article on Riley click here.
RailTEC faculty present at p-REES
C. Tyler Dick
July 2015: Built on the success of AREMA’s original Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) program, the inaugural Passenger Railway Engineering Education Symposium (p-REES) program was held July 8 – 10, 2015 in Philadelphia. RailTEC faculty participated in this symposium and provided practical, hands-on engineering information and materials, with the goal of encouraging engineering faculty interest in adding rail and transit engineering content to their current courses and curricula.
School Students Focus on Rail
July 2015: On Friday, July 3 RailTEC and the NURail Center hosted eleven students from the Next Generation School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Summer Camp. This innovative summer program provides real-world experiences for students in grades 4-6 in the Champaign-Urbana area. Camp the week of June 29 was titled "Zoom Zoom Invent" and focused on transportation and scientific inventions of transportation technology. The day the students spent at the university they focused on railroad planning, construction and safety, as well as investigating the physics of rail transportation.
Hanson’s CEO Joins NURail Board
Sergio “Satch” Pecori, P.E., president and chief executive officer at Hanson Professional Services Inc., has joined NURail’s Executive Advisory Board (EAB). Pecori started his career at Hanson in 1974 and has worked on a wide variety of projects in the U.S. and overseas, including railroads. “Satch’s experience and commitment to advancing railway engineering education is a great asset to NURail, and he also brings the perspective of the consulting engineering community to the EAB, which is important to our rail workforce development mission,” Chris Barkan, RailTEC Executive Director and NURail Center Director, said. Click here to read the news release.
Sam Chadwick Wins 3-Minute Award
June 8, 2015: Samantha Chadwick, a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was the winner of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the 2015 NURail Annual Meeting. Four student researchers, each from a different NURail university, delivered brief overviews of their research to a panel of judges and meeting attendees during the evening reception on Wednesday, June 3. Each student presenter was allowed to speak a maximum of 3 minutes using a single PowerPoint slide. The winner was selected based on their presentation’s comprehension, content, engagement and communication.
For over a century the University of Illinois has been a leader in railway engineering research and education. Beginning with Talbot's fundamental work on railroad track design, and Schmidt & Tuthill's work on train energy and power requirements, through Hay's textbook on railroad engineering, The U of I has a distinguished record of accomplishment and remains highly respected by today's railroad engineering community.
What we do:Education
Inspire and sustain students and faculty interest in rail engineering and transport. Teach courses and offer a curriculum in rail engineering and transportation. Place Graduates in rewarding positions in rail engineering, transportation planning, and operations. Understand the critical educational issues in rail transportation, and develop practical, effective solutions.
Understand the critical research issues in rail transportation, and develop practical, effective solutions. Conduct practical and theoretical research in critically important current topics in rail engineering and transportation. Communicate the results of this research to the rail transportation community.
Provide knowledge and expertise to university, industry, government, and public on rail transportation and engineering topics.