EOH 2017 Coming Soon
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 10 – 11, 2017 for the 97th EOH.
Hay Seminar Announced
The next William W. Hay Seminar of the Spring 2017 semester will be at 12:15 pm (Central) on Friday, February 17. The guest speakers will be Nick Chodorow, Chris Murphy and Aneet Shourie of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago. The title of their presentation is “Implementation of Positive Train Control at the Belt Railway of Chicago and other non-Class I Railroads: Challenges and Solutions”. See the Hay Seminar page for login information.
Call for Abstracts - Date Extended!
Announcing the call for abstracts for the new Rail Infrastructure and Vehicle Inspection Technology (RIVIT) Conference to be held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in Urbana, IL. This two day conference will be held on 20-21 June 2017. Abstracts are due by 20 Feb 2017. Registration opening soon.
RailTEC Short Course Announced
The dates of RailTEC’s short course have been announced. This one week course focusing on Track Systems and Infrastructure Components; Locomotives, Rolling Stock and Mechanical Components; Rail Project Design and Construction will be held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s campus on August 7 – 11, 2017. Additional details will be forthcoming.
The dates for RREC 2017 are October 24 - 25, 2017. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information.
In the News
Roadcap Wins CEE’s Baker Award
February 2017: Congratulations to Tom Roadcap, a 2017 recipient of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department’s Baker Award. Tom started working for RailTEC four years ago as a freshman and his interest in research allowed him to shift from administrative tasks to research activities. The purpose of the Baker award is to recognize outstanding seniors. In addition to superior scholastic achievement, CEE faculty select winners based on a student’s activities in organizations and on personal characteristics that include initiative, reliability, and potential. The Baker Award has been awarded to the top-ranking seniors in civil engineering every spring since 1924. The award is named after Ira O. Baker, a civil engineering faculty member from 1875 to 1925, and Department Head for 39 of the 50 years.
BBC Show Spotlights RAIL Visit
February 2017: The BBC show, “Great American Railroad Journeys”, that RailTEC took part in taping during the fall of 2016, aired on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 on BBC2. Series host Michael Portillo used an 1879 copy of Appleton's Guidebook to the railroads of the United States and Canada, and travelled across the U.S. by train, making stops at important historical sites and learning about influential historical events and famous Americans. Portillo and his production crew visited local railroad sites including RailTEC’s Research & Innovation Laboratory (RAIL). While at RAIL, Portillo was filmed learning how to apply a rail strain gauge to capture the loads from trains that are being imparted into the track, first by cleaning the rail and then by tack welding the gauge onto the rail. Click here to see the RailTEC portion of the show. Click here to see photos from their visit.
In the fall of 2016 RailTEC hosted the production crew of the BBC show, “Great American Railroad Journeys”. Their visit , which aired on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, spotlights their Rail
RailTEC student, Luv Sehgal (L), with conference organizers.
February 2017: Last month RailTEC student, Luv Sehgal, presented a paper at the 2017 International Technical Seminar organized by the Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (IPWE). The seminar was held in Mumbai, India on 12 – 13 January 2017 and the title of his paper was “Hot Mix Asphalt in Ballasted Railway Track: International Experiences and Inferences”. During the seminar Luv was recognized as the youngest presenter. One of his co-authors, Amit Garg, is a RailTEC alumni.
RailTEC at TRB
January 2017: RailTEC students, faculty and alumni had a strong showing at the 96th Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, DC on January 8-12, 2017. Overall RailTEC had 41 separate entries, including 30 presentations, 18 session leaders and 3 committee chairs. Click here for a guide to RailTEC presentations or session chairs. In addition Samantha Chadwick, a graduate research assistant, received the NURail Center 2016 Student of the Year award for Grant DTRT12-G-UTC18 at the CUTC Awards Banquet. For additional pictures, see here.
Rail Infrastructure and Vehicle Inspection Technology Conference Announced
December 2016: A new Rail Infrastructure and Vehicle Inspection Technology (RIVIT) Conference will be held on 20-21 June 2017 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Its objectives include improving the effectiveness of existing technologies, development and implementation of new technologies, and presenting research on emerging technologies with the potential to be applied to rail transportation. Topic areas include: Infrastructure, Rolling Stock, Technologies, Analytics including both Freight and Passenger & Transit. Technical tours for attendees will include viewing inspection vehicles, tour test laboratories and visit rail-related manufacturing facilities. The conference will provide ample time to meet and engage in discussions with experts in the field. Exhibitor and supporter opportunities will be available. The call for abstracts has been announced and are due by 3 February 2017.
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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