Hay Seminar Announced
The next William W. Hay Seminar of the Spring 2017 semester will be at 12:15 pm (Central) on Friday, February 17. The guest speakers will be Nick Chodorow, Chris Murphy and Aneet Shourie of the Belt Railway Company of Chicago. The title of their presentation is “Implementation of Positive Train Control at the Belt Railway of Chicago and other non-Class I Railroads: Challenges and Solutions”. See the Hay Seminar page for login information.
Call for Abstracts - Date Extended!
Announcing the call for abstracts for the new Rail Infrastructure and Vehicle Inspection Technology (RIVIT) Conference to be held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus in Urbana, IL. This two day conference will be held on 20-21 June 2017. Abstracts are due by 20 Feb 2017. Registration opening soon.
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.
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
Illinois Students Awarded AREMA Scholarships
March 2016: 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.
BBC Show Spotlights RAIL Visit
February 2017: The BBC show, “Great American Railroad Journeys”, that RailTEC took part in taping during the fall of 2016, aired on Wednesday, 15 February 2017 on BBC2. Series host Michael Portillo used an 1879 copy of Appleton's Guidebook to the railroads of the United States and Canada, and travelled across the U.S. by train, making stops at important historical sites and learning about influential historical events and famous Americans. Portillo and his production crew visited local railroad sites including RailTEC’s Research & Innovation Laboratory (RAIL). While at RAIL, Portillo was filmed learning how to apply a rail strain gauge to capture the loads from trains that are being imparted into the track, first by cleaning the rail and then by tack welding the gauge onto the rail. Click here to see the RailTEC portion of the show. Click here to see photos from their visit.
In the fall of 2016 RailTEC hosted the production crew of the BBC show, “Great American Railroad Journeys”. Their visit , which aired on Wednesday, 15 February 2017, spotlights their Rail
RailTEC student, Luv Sehgal (L), with conference organizers.
February 2017: Last month RailTEC student, Luv Sehgal, presented a paper at the 2017 International Technical Seminar organized by the Institution of Permanent Way Engineers (IPWE). The seminar was held in Mumbai, India on 12 – 13 January 2017 and the title of his paper was “Hot Mix Asphalt in Ballasted Railway Track: International Experiences and Inferences”. During the seminar Luv was recognized as the youngest presenter. One of his co-authors, Amit Garg, is a RailTEC alumni.
Meeting and RAIL Tour Mentioned
January 2017: RailTEC’s Research And Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) was mentioned in the November-December 2016 issue of TR News. In the Technical Activities section on page 23, the Rail Group Committee mentions a joint meeting of the Rail Group and the Freight Rail Transportation Committee on the UIUC campus and touring RAIL. Click here to see the photo and text.
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