Hay Seminar Announced
Eric Gehringer, Assistant Vice President of Track Programs, from Union Pacific Railroad will be presenting the next William W. Hay Seminar. It will be at 12:15 pm (Central) on Friday, April 28 in room 2311 Yeh Center. The title of his presentation is 7 Disciplines of Engineering at Union Pacific Railroad. See the Hay Seminar page for login information.
RIVIT Registration Open
Registration is open and the preliminary program available for the new Rail Infrastructure and Vehicle Inspection Technology (RIVIT) Conference to be held on the UIUC campus. This two day conference will be held on 20-21 June 2017. Conference objectives include improving the effectiveness of existing technologies, development and implementation of new technologies, and presenting research on emerging technologies with the potential to be applied to rail transportation. Click here to register.
Short Course Registration Open
Registration is open and space is limited in RailTEC’s short course this summer. 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. Click style="color: #3908DD">here to register.
19th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for RREC 2017 are October 24 - 25, 2017. Please mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more information.
In the News
RailTEC Award Winners
Tom Roadcap with his parents, Janet and George Roadcap.
Brendan Schmit with his family.
Jasmine Munoz with her family.
April 2017: Congratulations go out to three RailTEC students who have been awarded University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Civil and Environmental Engineering honors this year at the CEE Awards Convocation on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the I-Hotel & conference Center. The winners are:
Thomas Roadcap – both the Ira O. Baker Prize and the Carroll C. Wiley Traveling Award
Brendan Schmit – orman Carlson Scholarship
Jasmine Munoz - Road Builders Charities Scholarship
AAR Research Review
March 2017: RailTEC staff, alumni and students attended the AAR Research Review in Colorado Springs, CO on 21 – 22 March 2017. Shown above are a group of RailTEC students and research engineers touring the EVRAZ Pueblo Facility on Monday, 20 March. They visited both the Steelmaking and Rail Mills parts of the facility.
Engineering Open House Visitors
March 2017: The NURail Center and RailTEC welcomed Hanson Professional Services Inc. and a group of middle and high school students from Springfield, IL to Engineering Open House (EOH) on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on Saturday, March 11. EOH is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exhibits and competitions that showcase the engineering students and is open to the public at no cost. Hanson’s group of 50 students and adults spent the day examining a portion of the over 250 interactive exhibits on display. For more photos of the Hanson visit, click here.
Illinois Students Awarded AREMA Scholarships
March 2017: The AREMA Educational Foundation announced its 2017 Scholarship Winners and eleven Illinois students are recipients. The winners this year are: Josue Bastos, Weixi Li, Chen-Yu Lin, Alexander Lovett, Darkhan Mussanov, Sean Pengelly, Alejandro Reyes, Tom Roadcap, Scott Schmidt, Luv Seghal and Brandon Wang. The AREMA Educational Foundation provides scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession. For a complete list of names and their awarded scholarships, click here. Congratulations to all!
Roadcap Wins CEE’s Baker Award
February 2017: Congratulations to Tom Roadcap, a 2017 recipient of the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department’s Baker Award. Tom started working for RailTEC four years ago as a freshman and his interest in research allowed him to shift from administrative tasks to research activities. The purpose of the Baker award is to recognize outstanding seniors. In addition to superior scholastic achievement, CEE faculty select winners based on a student’s activities in organizations and on personal characteristics that include initiative, reliability, and potential. The Baker Award has been awarded to the top-ranking seniors in civil engineering every spring since 1924. The award is named after Ira O. Baker, a civil engineering faculty member from 1875 to 1925, and Department Head for 39 of the 50 years.
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.