The next William W. Hay Seminar is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014. University of Kentucky Professor Jerry Rose will be discussing "Maintaining Adequate Trackbed Support – An Important Railway Infrastructure Issue". The presentation will cover a broad range of issues, so may be of interest to a wide range of viewers. A substantial portion will be devoted to long-term performance measures and data – enhancing operations and reducing costs. See the Hay Seminar page for details.
The dates for the 17th Annual Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) have been announced. RREC will be held on October 27 – 28, 2015 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Mark your calendars now! If you were not able to attend the 2014 RREC, click here to see conference presentations.
In the News
Hay Seminar Recordings Available
November 2014: A recording of the William W. Hay Seminar presentation by University of Illinois Professor Ray Benekohal and Postdoctoral Research Associate Juan Medina on Friday, November 14 is now available on our Hay Seminar page. In addition, all the seminars this semester are available there too.
UI Prof. Studies Hong Kong HSR Delay
UI RailTEC Research Professor TC Kao and Professor Bent Flyvberg of the Said Business School of Oxford University were invited by Hong Kong MTRCL (Hong Kong Railway Corporation) to undertake an Independent Experts study on the delay of the multi-billion-dollar Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) project connecting Hong Kong with mainland China. The report, published on October 28, 2014, contains their analysis and recommendations regarding timely delivery, costs, and management procedures for the XRL project. Special attention was given to how to deal with unknown events and their impacts on project delivery. Click here to read the report.
Monticello Railway Museum Work Days
October 11, 2014
October 25, 2014
On October 11 and 25, 2014, nearly 70 civil engineering students and faculty from the CEE 408 and 409 classes participated in two “work days” at the Monticello Railway Museum (MRM) in Monticello, Illinois. The projects consisted of assisting MRM volunteers installing ties, gaging, surfacing and aligning track, placing ballast and repairing washouts which included the installation of drainage pipes under the track. More than 100 ties were installed and approximately 1,000 feet of track were restored to Class 1 conditions. A safe, productive and enjoyable time was had by all. Thanks again to MRM for the opportunity to provide “hands on” track work experience for RailTEC students.
Graduate Education Opportunities
October 2014: RailTEC has graduate research assistantship (RA) positions available for qualified applicants who are seeking to grow while working on exciting projects related to rail transportation and engineering. If you or someone you know may be interested in pursuing a MS or PhD degree with a focus in Rail Transportation and Engineering, please see our flyer.
Joint RailTEC/KTH Courses
October 2014: RailTEC has partnered with the rail research group at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden to offer joint courses. Starting in the 2014-15 academic year, UIUC students may enroll as online students in the following rail courses taught by KTH faculty: Click here to continue reading.
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.
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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.
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