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
Chadwick named 2016 NURail Student of the Year
December 2016: Two students were selected as the 2016 NURail Student of the Year. Samantha Chadwick, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) PhD student, received this award for Grant DTRT12-G-UTC18, and Steven Landry, a Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) PhD student, was the winner under Grant DTRT13-G-UTC52. As recipients of this award, they will receive an honorarium from NURail in recognition of their outstanding technical research, record of publications and presentation, academic performance, and professional leadership plus the cost of attendance to the 96th TRB Annual Meeting, two free registrations to the CUTC Banquet, and a certificate from US DOT. To read more about Sam and Steve, click here.
IDOT Secretary Visits RAIL
Left to Right, Chris Barkan, Professor and Executive Director of RailTEC; Randy Blankenhorn, IDOT Secretary; Francesco Jacobini, IDOT Rail Project Manager; Riley Edwards, RailTEC Research Scientist; and Yu Qian, RailTEC Research Engineer.
December 2016: Mr. Randy Blankenhorn, Secretary of Transportation for the State of Illinois, was the guest speaker for the UIUC Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers on Thursday, December 1, 2016. In addition to speaking to the students, Mr. Blankenhorn took the time to visit RailTEC’s Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL). Riley Edwards, RailTEC Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, said, “We were excited and honored to have Secretary Blankenhorn visit RAIL. We had a very productive conversation, and he seemed very interested in the types of research questions that we are answering at RAIL. As a part of our tour, we also discussed rail-related challenges and research needs going forward specific to the state of Illinois.”
November 2016: RailTEC Senior Research Engineer, C. Tyler Dick, is co-editor of the latest issue of the INFORMS Railway Applications Section (RAS) Newsletter. RAS helps advance the application of operations research and analytics to railroad problems. In addition to an update from RAS, an agenda for the Nashville meeting and a problem solving competition, the 2016 newsletter contains articles Tyler wrote about the National University Rail (NURail) Center, K-12 STEM Outreach and Local Versus Global Optimums. Click here to read the newsletter.
Record Numbers For RREC
Matt Coffing, CSX Transportation, Inc., giving his plenary talk Tuesday morning on “The Benefits of a Rails to Trails Program”.
November 2016: The 18th Annual Railroad Environmental Conference, held November 1–2 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus, was a resounding success. This two day conference had over 70 presentations and 542 people registered – a new conference record! The participants that came the farthest to attend travelled from Germany. Among the changes this year was a new conference mobile app. Almost half of the attendees signed up and used the app which allowed them to view the conference agenda, create their own agenda of sessions to attend, post photos and messages to the conference bulletin board, and exchange business card information electronically. Mark your calendars now for the 19th Annual conference which will be held on October 24 – 25, 2017.
RISEN Newsletter Discusses Visit
November 2016: Page 2 of the Rail Infrastructure Systems Engineering Network (RISEN) newsletter discusses University of Birmingham Senior Lecturer in Railway and Civil Engineering, Dr. Sakdirat Kaewunruen, visit to RailTEC in August. Dr. Kaewunruen was quoted as saying “From my own experience at UIUC, I am extremely impressed at their willingness to help and their laboratory facilities. I am very sure you will be impressed too.” More information on RailTEC’s expertise and research interests will be highlighted on the RISEN website in coming weeks. RISEN is a four year project that aims to produce the next generation of engineers and scientists needed to meet the challenge of providing sustainable, smart and resilient railway infrastructure systems critical for maintaining European competitiveness through research exchange, joint research supervision, summer courses, international training and workshops, and joint development of innovative inventions.
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