Save the dates for a special two week William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar Series presentation. Four NURail Center students, each representing a different partner university, will present their research related to NURail’s theme of shared corridors. On Friday, April 3 the two speakers will be Hamed Pouryousef from Michigan Technological University and Chen-Yu Lin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. On Friday, April 17 Sam Levy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology will speak with along with Ahmadreza Talebian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Please join us at 12:20 (CST) to listen. Login information is available on our Hay Seminar page.
RailTEC invites you this summer to attend three short courses on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. These one week courses are being held on the following subjects: Railway Operations; Railway Engineering; High-Speed Rail Engineering. Click here for more information.
In the News
FRA Final Report Published
April 2015: RailTEC researchers just published their final report for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on “Identification of High-Speed Rail Ballast Flight Risk Factors and Risk Mitigation Strategies”. The purpose of this report is to identify the potential causes and hazard consequences of ballast flight, review potential risk mitigation strategies, and examine relevance of ballast flight risks in the current and planned U.S. passenger rail system. The document is available to the public by clicking on the graphic or title above or by visiting the FRA website.
2015 AREMA Committee 30
RailTEC staff, students and alumni participated in the spring 2015 AREMA Committee 30 meeting in Colorado Springs, CO. Based upon the RailTEC’s current research, the group was able to lead conversations that proposed updates to AREMA Chapter 30’s (Ties) Recommended Practices. Additionally, the group was also able to attend a field visit to the Transportation Technology Center (TTC) in Pueblo, CO where they were able to see standard rail industry testing performed.
Edwards Named “Rising Star”
March 2015: J. Riley Edwards, P.E., RailTEC Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, has been selected by Progressive Railroading Magazine for their "Rising Star” award. The Rising Stars Award program was launched in 2013 to recognize people under the age of 40 who are making a positive difference in railroading through their company, organization, department or team. Rising Stars are viewed by others as up-and-coming leaders in the railroad industry. Congratulations Riley!
RailTEC students win BNSF competition
Two RailTEC students won the 2015 BNSF Railway Company Engineering Design Challenge competition. The team of Tariq Shihadah (CEE, ’15) and Gary Tang (CEE, ‘15 ) will be honored in Chicago on Tuesday, April 21 at an awards banquet followed by a BNSF Engineering project site visit on Wednesday, April 22. The challenge, which was submitted back in October, had two parts. One was related to a Roadmaster Report and the other to Track Inspection Notes. Congratulations to both!
Barkan interviewed by NPR
March 2015: RailTEC Professor and Executive Director, Chris Barkan, was interviewed by Scott Tang of National Public Radio’s Marketplace Morning Report regarding recent regulations issued by Transport Canada for safer tank cars to transport petroleum crude oil. He was asked about the effectiveness of specific design features included in the new regulations and how they improve safety. Dr. Barkan and RailTEC colleague, Dr. Rapik Saat, have been conducting research sponsored by the Association of American Railroads and the Railway Supply Institute for many years on how to improve tank car safety and optimize their safety design.
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.