Next Hay Seminars
David Ferryman, Vice-President of System Engineering at CN, is the speaker for the next William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar on Friday, November 20th at 12:15 pm. "CN's Steelton Hill Double Track Project" is the title of his presentation. Next on December 4 at 12:15 pm, TC Kao, RailTEC’s Director of High Speed Rail Systems, will give a talk on "The Current Status of Taiwan High Speed Rail Privatization". Click here to go to the Hay Seminar page and login information.
2016 Crosstie Symposium
The dates for the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium are June 14 – 16, 2016. Registration for the Crosstie Symposium will open in soon. Please email email@example.com to be added to the mailing list.
The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC)
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 Stocks and Mechanical Components; and Rail Project Design and Construction. More details will be forthcoming. Registration begins in December!
18th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for RREC 2016 are November 1-2, 2016. We hope to see you there!
In the News
The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC)
November 2015: 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. TRAC will be a three-day event, with REES activities and the NURail Annual Meeting each comprising half of the program. Building on similar goals and objectives, TRAC will further inform educators, industry professionals, and students about current developments in railroad engineerin education, workforce development and outreach programs. Through the REES component, TRAC will facilitate sharing of education materials designed to introduce students to railway infrastructure, operations, engineering, and design concepts. By combining these activities, TRAC aims to strengthen collaboration between academia and industry to meet the challenge of developing the next generation of railroad professionals.
First Place at INFORMS Competition
November 2015: Congratulations to the Illinois team of Negin Alemazkoor, Hadi Meidani and Conrad Ruppert for their first place finish in the 2015 INFORMS Railway Applications Section Problem Solving Competition. It was a very close decision between the University of Illinois team and the other two finalists from India and Columbia. The deciding factor was that the Illinois approach yielded the best solution results while using a simpler model formulation than the other two finalists. The judges also felt that in selecting their approach the Illinois team carefully considered the physical track degradation process from an engineering perspective instead of randomly trying exotic OR techniques.
BNSF-UP Tower 55 Hay Seminar
Mark Martin, HDR Engineering, gave a William W. Hay Seminar on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is presentation, titled “Design and Construction of the BSNF-UP Tower 55 project in Fort Worth, Texas”, was well received. There were over 90 online participants, almost doubling a typical seminar. To listen to a recording of the presentation, click here.
Monticello Railway Museum Work Days
October 10, 2015
October 24, 2015
On October 10 and 24, 2015, 56 engineering students from CEE 408 (Railway Transportation Engineering) and CEE 409 (Railroad Track Engineering) participated in two work days at the Monticello Railway Museum (MRM) in Monticello, Illinois. On both days the team spent the time replacing ties at the museum. Thanks again to MRM for the opportunity to provide hands on track work experience for RailTEC students.
AAR Environmental Award given at RREC
October 2015: CSX’s Raghu Chatrathi received the AAR Environmental Award at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s 17th Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) on Tuesday, October 17. This award is for professional environmental excellence and is the highest honor for environmental professionals in the railroad industry. Click here for the entire Railway Age article.