Engineering Open House – 2016
Engineering Open House (EOH) is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exhibits and competitions that showcase the engineering students at the University of Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited on March 11 – 12 for the 96th EOH.
2016 Crosstie Symposium
Registration for the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium is now open. See the symposium website for more details on registration and general conference details. The symposium will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on June 14 – 16, 2016.
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 Stock and Mechanical Components; and Rail Project Design and Construction. The preliminary schedule can be viewed here.
18th Railroad Environmental Conference
Abstract submission for the 2016 RREC is now open. Submit your abstract on various railroad environmental topics by 4 March 2016 for consideration. Learn more about abstract considerations here. The dates for RREC 2016 are November 1-2, 2016. We hope to see you there!
In the News
RailTEC at TRB
January 2016: RailTEC students, faculty and alumni had a strong showing at the 95th Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, DC on January 10-14, 2016. They were referenced over 80 times in the session schedule. Click here for a guide to RailTEC presentations or session chairs. In addition, RailTEC received two awards. Alexander Lovett, a graduate research assistant, received the NURail Center 2015 Student of the Year award at the CUTC Awards Banquet while Dr. Chris Barkan and Dr. Rapik Saat received an Outstanding Contribution Award for their article on Probability analysis of multiple-tank-car release in railway hazardous materials transportation.
RailTEC/NURail Highlighted by DOT Assistant Secretary Winfree
Gregory Winfree, Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology for the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT), acknowledged RailTEC and the NURail Center when he reflected on 2015’s transportation research and educational accomplishments in his December 31 Fastlane blog post. He described four examples of how USDOT is having an impact advancing safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability through new opportunities for cooperative transportation research and innovation. Among these were the USDOT-supported University Transportation Center program in general and RailTEC and the NURail Center in particular, citing their role educating the next generation of transportation professionals through world-class research and facilities. Earlier this year, Assistant Secretary Winfree participated in the grand opening of RailTEC’s new Research and Innovation Lab (RAIL). Railway Track and Structures also published an article about Winfree’s DOT Fastlane blog.
RailTEC Energy Efficiency Research Published
The final report of the National Cooperative Rail Research Program (NCRRP) Project 02-01, Comparison of Passenger Rail Energy Consumption with Competing Modes, has been published by TRB. RailTEC played a key role in this research as a subcontractor to TranSys Research Ltd. NCRRP Report 3 provides tools that can be used to compare energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of intercity and commuter passenger rail with those of competing travel modes for door-to-door trips within a corridor. The report also summarizes the research conducted to develop the model and presents a set of case study applications covering various passenger rail corridors in the United States. The project report, supporting files and a brief summary description can be found here.
CN Research Fellowship Recipients
From left to right: David Ferryman - CN, M. Rapik Saat (past CN Fellow receiving for Manual Martin), Samantha Chadwick, Aaron Cook, Alexander Lovett, Kevin Day - CN, Marie Penuel - CN
December 2015: David Ferryman, Vice President - Engineering for CN visited the UIUC campus on November 20 to tour the new RailTEC Research
and Innovation Lab (RAIL), present the William Hay Seminar on CN’s Steelton Hill double-track capacity expansion project, and to acknowledge
and congratulate the latest recipients of CN Research Fellowships at UIUC. He was accompanied by UIUC CEE alumnus Kevin Day, who is
Assistant Chief Engineer with CN’s Engineering Department, and Marie Penuel who is a Recruiter with CN Human Resources.
UIUC CN Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students engaged in rail transportation and engineering research. They are intended to encourage and support graduate student research to advance rail safety, efficiency and reliability. These fellowships are supported by an endowment provided to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by the CN Foundation in 2003 and matched by the University.
Fall 2015 Hay Seminars
December 2015: The last two Hay Seminar Series presentations of the semester were given by David Ferryman, Vice-President System Engineering at CN, and Dr. TC Kao, Research Professor & Director - High Speed Rail System with RailTEC. Mr. Ferryman’s presentation, on Friday, November 20, 2015, was titled “CN’s Steelton Hill Double Track Project”. Before his presentation, Mr. Ferryman presented CN Fellowship Awards to four RailTEC students. Dr. Kao gave an update on the current status of Taiwan’s high speed rail privatization on December 4. To listen to a recording of either presentation, click here .
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.