The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC) will be held at UIUC on July 12 – 14, 2016 to build on synergy between the AREMA Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) event and National University Rail (NURail) Center education and workforce development initiatives.
RailTEC 2016 Short Course
Please mark your calendars now for RailTEC’s 2016 Short Course. This week-long session on track engineering will be held August 8 – 11, 2016 on the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign campus. Key topics include: Track Systems and Infrastructure Components; Locomotives, Rolling Stock and Mechanical Components; and Rail Project Design and Construction. The preliminary schedule can be viewed here.
18th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for RREC 2016 are November 1-2, 2016. We hope to see you there!
In the News
July 2016: Congratulations to RailTEC graduate student, Darkhan Mussanov, on being selected as a recipient for one of CN’s 2016 scholarships. CN’s scholarship program offers grants to support the post-secondary education of best-in-class students in the United States. Darkhan completed his undergraduate degree in CEE at UIUC in May 2016 and will be returning to campus this fall to continue his studies and pursue research related to railway operational schedule flexibility and capacity.
RailTEC Alumni Honored
July 2016: The third RailTEC alumni to receive this award, M. Rapik Saat, a former RailTEC Research Assistant Professor who is currently working for the Association of American Railroads as their Director of Operations Analysis, was honored on Sunday, July 24, as one of the railroad industry’s “Rising Stars” by Progressive Railroading magazine. This award recognizes people under the age of 40 who are making a positive difference in the North American railroad industry. Rapik was chosen as one of 20 award winners out of nearly 140 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. Rapik received the recognition during the annual conference of the American Association of Railroad Superintendents in Pittsburgh. To read the ProgressiveRailroading.com article click here.
TRAC Conference a Hit
The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC) was held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on July 12 – 14, 2016. Eighty attendees participated in this three-day event, with REES activities and the NURail Annual Meeting each comprising half of the program. Building on similar goals and objectives, TRAC further informed educators, industry professionals, and students about current developments in railroad engineering education, workforce development and outreach programs.
2016 Int'l Crosstie Symposium
June 2016: The 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium on June 14 – 16, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was a huge success. Over 130 attendees represented 8 countries and 25 states. The objective of the symposium was to further international communication and collaboration on design and performance challenges and solutions for crossties and fastening systems. The symposium included technical presentations, research discussion topics and technical tours. Click here to see the presentations.
June 2016: Three UIUC faculty and staff and two alumni attended the 11th World Congress on Railway Research in Milan, Italy to present papers, posters and chair sessions. From left to right are Ken Laine (alumnus) - Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Chris Barkan – UIUC, Matt Csenge – UIUC, Marcus Dersch – UIUC and Yung-Cheng (Rex) Lai (alumnus) - National Taiwan University.