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
20th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for the next Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) have been announced. Please join us on October 23-24, 2018 for the 20th Railroad Environmental Conference. Stay tuned for more details on how we plan to celebrate this milestone.
In the News
FRA Project Final Report Published
December 2017: FRA recently published the two-volume final report on RailTEC’s research project titled: Improved Concrete Crosstie and Fastening Systems for US High Speed Passenger Rail and Joint Corridors. This project included field and laboratory experimentation and finite element modeling (FEM) to quantify the performance of crossties and fastening systems and facilitated the proposal of design practice improvements for concrete crossties in North America, some of which have been included recent versions of the AREMA Manual for Railway Engineering. To read Volume 1, click here and for Volume 2, click here.
Monticello Railway Museum Work Days
Group photo from October 7, 2017
Group photo from November 11, 2017
November 2017: Approximately 50 civil engineering students and faculty from CEE 408 (Railway Transportation Engineering) and CEE 409 (Railroad Track Engineering) participated in two work days at the Monticello Railway Museum (MRM) in Monticello, Illinois. On both days the team spent time replacing ties at the museum. Thanks to MRM for the opportunity to provide hands on track work experience for RailTEC students. To see other field trips our students have participated in, click here.
Railroad Environmental Conference
October 2017: The 19th Annual Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC), held October 24 – 25 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, was a success. Almost 500 participants attended two full days of thought-provoking presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. An article about the conference was featured in the local newspaper, The News-Gazette. To read the article, click here. The 20th RREC dates are October 23-24, 2018. Check back for more details on how this milestone will be celebrated.
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.
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.