RREC Registration Extended!
Registration for the 19th Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) has been extended to noon on Monday, October 16. Register now and save $125 compared to onsite registration. The conference will be held 24 – 25 October, 2017 on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. RREC 2017 will feature presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. Check out the preliminary program for details. Click here to register.
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
In the News
High Speed Rail Academic Alliance
TC Kao, third from right, pictured with colleagues at the conference.
September 2017: TC Kao, RailTEC Research Professor and Director – High Speed Rail System, represented RailTEC at the International Union of Railways (UIC) High-Speed Rail Academic Alliance Workshop in London on September 21 – 22, 2017. The conference was organized by Professor Roderick Smith and UIC and was held at Imperial College. TC gave a presentation on the UIUC RailTEC program (as well as NTUs) and participated in the discussions.
Undergraduate Research Fair
Brandon Wang, a RailTEC Ph.D. student, talks with a UIUC undergrad.
September 2017: Eight RailTEC students volunteered to work at the Fall Undergraduate Research Resource Fair on Monday, September 25, 2017 in the Illini Union. This was a great way to spread awareness of the research RailTEC is doing and potentially recruit new students. The resource fair helps engineering undergraduate students gather information on how to get involved in research, meet people from different research laboratories and undergraduate research programs, and listen to their peers talk about their undergraduate research experiences.
September 2017: Congratulations to the 2017 AREMA Quiz Bowl Championship-winning team from the University of Illinois! This is the fourth straight year the UIUC student chapter has won first place. Left to right: Stan Chang, Darkhan Mussanov, Jacob Rajlich, Zezhou Wang, and Wesley Chen. Of the top five winners this year, two were NURail member teams and two were NURail affiliates.
New Master of Engineering in Railway Engineering Degree
September 2017: The Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is offering a 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.
RailTEC Attending IHHA
August 2017: Two RailTEC faculty and four students are travelling to attend the 11th International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) Conference in Cape Town South Africa on September 2 – 6, 2017. RailTEC has a total of 11 faculty and student papers and presentations at the conference. To see our IHHA conference booklet, click here. The IHHA conference includes presentations of technical papers in research and development areas such as Rolling Stock and Railway Infrastructure and Operations, and aims to address recent the market downturn characterized by low commodity prices, low GDP growth rates, and slowdown in demand for freight bulk commodities such as coal and iron ore.
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.