TRB Summerail ‘15
TRB is hosting the 9th Annual Summerail Conference on August 12-13, 2015 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. The conference is designed to bring together railroad professionals, government officials, and academics to discuss the past, present, and future of the U.S. railroad industry. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.
RailTEC invites you this summer to attend a short course on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This one week course is being held on the following subject: Railway Engineering. Click here for more information.
In the News
Sam Chadwick Wins 3-Minute Award
June 8, 2015: Samantha Chadwick, a PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was the winner of the 3-Minute Thesis Competition at the 2015 NURail Annual Meeting. Four student researchers, each from a different NURail university, delivered brief overviews of their research to a panel of judges and meeting attendees during the evening reception on Wednesday, June 3. Each student presenter was allowed to speak a maximum of 3 minutes using a single PowerPoint slide. The winner was selected based on their presentation’s comprehension, content, engagement and communication.
RailTEC/BJTU Joint Laboratory
May 28, 2015: RailTEC’s Executive Director, Chris Barkan, signed a memorandum of understanding with ZHANG Xingchen, Vice President of Beijing Jiaotong University (BJTU), and agreed to support the BJTU application to setup an international joint laboratory at the BJTU campus. A formal announcement will be made in June by our Chancellor and BJTU's President. As part of the support, one to two of the RailTEC faculty will soon start working on joint research projects at the BJTU campus.
Chicago Tribune Quotes Barkan
May 2015: A Chicago Tribune article on rail tank car safety was published in the May 14, 2015 issue and includes insights from RailTEC Executive Director, Christopher P.L. Barkan. Click here to read the article.
RailTEC Students Receive CEE Awards
May 2015: Darkan Mussanov and Samantha Chadwick both received CEE student scholarship awards. Darkan received the Norman Carlson Scholarship for students in railroad or transportation engineering while Samantha received the C.E. DeLeuw Travel Award. The DeLeuw Travel Award is for senior or graduate CEE transportation students and finances a foreign inspection trip for a student that has a special interest in public transportation in general and in urban and suburban rapid transit in particular.
CEE 410/CEE 411 Field Visit
April 2015: Both CEE 410 and CEE 411 participated in field visits this month. CEE 410 (Railway Signaling and Control) visited Norfolk Southern’s Illinois Division Headquarters. They met train dispatchers and observed the dispatching hardware and software that Norfolk Southern uses to control train movements safely and efficiently throughout much of the Midwest. CEE 411 (Railroad Project Design and Construction) traveled to Chicago to visit the CREATE GS15a capital project at 130th and Torrence Avenue and CSX’s Bedford Park Intermodal Facility. The field visit provided the opportunity to see a railway capital project that is under construction as well as an operational intermodal facility that is among the largest in the United States.
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.