18th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for RREC 2016 are November 1-2, 2016. We hope to see you there!
In the News
Fostering Future Railroaders
Aug 2016: In the August 2016 issue of Railway Track & Structures (RT&S), AREMA President Brian A. Lindamood discusses in his monthly column the importance of viewing employees as a company asset and making the investment of time to foster the development of the generation of future railroaders. Brian also mentions attending The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC), a combination of the Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) and the NURail Annual Meeting, held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in July. Click here to read the article.
RailTEC Welcomes K-12 Students
Aug 2016: On Wednesday, August 3 RailTEC faculty and students welcomed 21 students from the Next Generation School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Summer Camp. This innovative summer program provides real-world experiences for students in grades 3-5 in the Champaign-Urbana area. Camp the week of August 1 was titled "STEAMventions" and focused on some of the most important inventions of the past century from steam engine trains to nanotechnology. On the day the students spent on campus, they focused on railroad planning, construction and safety, as well as investigating the physics of rail transportation. Click here for more pictures. For companion articles about this event please click here:
RailTEC Students Visit MetroLink
July 2016: On 29 July 2016 the RailTEC Infrastructure Research Group visited St. Louis for meetings with St. Louis MetroLink – the St. Louis area rail transit provider. The visit included a ride on MetroLink from Belleville, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri, and a tour of the MetroLink control center and mechanical repair facility. As a part of the visit, MetroLink’s Chief of Operations presented an update on their system, and RailTEC researchers presented the latest findings related to the design and performance of rail transit infrastructure, work funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).
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.
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.