Hay Seminar Series
The next William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12:15 om (Central). The guest speaker is TC Kao, UIUC Research Professor and Director – High Speed Rail System. Click here for the Hay Seminar page and information on how to access the event.
International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium
Registration is open for the 2018 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium. The symposium will be held on 15 – 17 May on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. For conference details, click here. For registration, click here.
RailTEC Short Course
6-10 August 2018
20th Railroad Environmental Conference
Abstract submittals are open! 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
RailTEC Student Wins Gold Spike
February 2018: Bryan Sooter, an online RailTEC MS student, received a 2017 Gold Spike as part of a team award presented to Alaska Railroad Corporation (ARRC) train dispatchers. The press release from ARRC stated the dispatchers received the award for their "sustained level of excellent performance and team-driven professional development". These annual awards recognize ARRC's top employees who demonstrate the railroad's values of safety, service excellence, integrity, sustainability, teamwork and leadership.
RailTEC Welcomes New Employee
February 2018: RailTEC is excited to announce that Arthur de Oliveira Lima has joined their staff. As an Experimentation Engineer, Arthur will be managing laboratory and field experimentation relating to ballast mats, under tie pads, crossties and fasteners, and other track infrastructure related components. He has his BS in Civil Engineering from Federal University of Vicosa in Brazil and received his MS in Civil Engineering from Illinois in December 2017.
97th Annual TRB
January 2018: In the above photo, RailTEC students attend one of the many sessions at the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 7 - 11, 2018. RailTEC faculty, students and alumni were responsible for over 40 separate entries, including 28 presentations, 10 session leaders and 3 committee chairs. Click here for a guide to RailTEC presentations or session chairs. For more photos of the event, please see our conferences attended page.
RailTEC Student Awarded Scholarship
January 2018: Weixi Li, a RailTEC graduate student, has received the WTS Greater Chicago President's Scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year. WTS is an international organization dedicated to the professional advancement of women in transportation. Scholarships are given annually to women pursuing careers in the area of transportation. In the photo Weixi Li, left, is pictured with WTS Greater Chicago Chapter Scholarship Chair and RailTEC alumna, Carrie Desmond.
Apply now - Master of Railway Engineering Degree Program
January 2018: Apply by April 15 (international applicants) or May 15 (domestic applicants) for the Engineering Department's new Master of Engineering in Railway Engineering program. This non-thesis master's degree can be earned in 3 semesters. This degree helps address growth in the rail industry which has led to a substantial demand for a new generation of professionals educated in the principles of railway engineering. It provides a broad interdisciplinary education in railway engineering for a variety of professional career-track students. For more program details, click here.
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.