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
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.
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!
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.