Transportation Research Board (TRB)
7-11 January 2018
Joint Rail Conference (JRC)
18-21 April 2018
International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium
15 – 17 May 2018
RailTEC Short Course
6-10 August 2018
20th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for the next Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) have been announced. Please join us on October 23-24, 2018 for the 20th Railroad Environmental Conference. Stay tuned for more details on how we plan to celebrate this milestone.
In the News
Apply now - Master of Railway Engineering Degree Program
January 2018: Apply by February 15 (international applicants) or May 15 (domestic applicants) for the Engineering Department's new Master of Engineering in Railway Engineering program. This non-thesis master's degree can be earned in 3 semesters and includes an international exchange semester with KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. This degree helps address growth in the rail industry which has led to a substantial demand for a new generation of professionals educated in the principles of railway engineering. It provides a broad interdisciplinary education in railway engineering for a variety of professional career-track students. For more program details, click here.
Barkan Receives Hochman Lifetime Achievement Award
January 2018: On Monday, January 8, 2018 Professor and RailTEC Executive Director Dr. Christopher Barkan was awarded the Charles H. Hochman Lifetime Achievement Award by the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on the Transport of Hazardous Materials (TRB AT040). The award was presented at the 97th TRB Annual Meeting held in Washington, D.C. on January 7-11, 2018. The award was created to formally recognize outstanding lifetime achievements in hazardous materials transportation research, innovation, regulation, or management. Dr. Barkan is the fourth recipient to receive this award. In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2015 Dr. Barkan was recognized by TRB AT040 with an Outstanding Paper of the Year Award for the research paper titled "Probability Analysis of Multiple-Tank-Car Release Incidents in Railway Hazardous Materials Transportation". The co-authors of the paper are RailTEC alumni, Dr. Xiang Liu and Dr. Rapik Saat.
RailTEC at TRB
January 2018: RailTEC students, faculty and alumni will have a strong showing next week at the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 7 - 11, 2018. Overall there are over 40 separate entries, including 28 presentations, 10 session leaders and 3 committee chairs. Click here for a guide to RailTEC presentations or session chairs.
CN Geometry Car Tour
December 2017: AREMA student chapter members braved the cold on Saturday, December 16, 2017 and toured CN's Geometry Car as it passed through Champaign, IL. The students were treated to detailed explanations of the workings both inside and outside the car. For more photos, see our field trips page.
Distinguished Visitors Tour RAIL
Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth
University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones
December 2017: Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth and UI Chancellor Robert Jones met with RailTEC members and toured the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) on Friday, December 15, 2017. In the top photo, Senator Duckworth, right, listens to UI graduate student Tom Roadcap explain how stresses around the bolt-holes at rail joints can lead to cracking while Marcus Dersch, RailTEC Senior Research Engineer, looks on. In the bottom photograph Chancellor Jones poses with members of the RailTEC Infrastructure Group. Click here to see additional photos from the visit as well as see local press coverage.
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.