Alexander Lovett

Graduate Research Assistant

Rail Transportation and Engineering Center - RailTEC
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B-118 Newmark Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: (217) 244-6063

Email: <alovett2> at


2013 MS (Civil Engineering) University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2010 BS (Civil Engineering) Brigham Young University

Professional Interests

Alexander Lovett is a doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) working in the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC). His research interests are in the areas of track maintenance economics and optimization. He is currently developing a model to understand the potential costs and benefits associated with various track maintenance activities and then compare various projects to select those that provide the best return to the railroad. Key parts of this are understanding the relationship between track improvement and risk reduction as well as determining the monetary cost associated with delayed trains. To augment his research, Mr. Lovett is concurrently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration.


2012-2014 Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship recipient



Lovett, A.H., C.P.L. Barkan, C. T. Dick, 2013. An Integrated Model for the Evaluation and Planning of Railroad Track Maintenance. Proceedings of the 2013 Annual Conference, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA), Indianapolis, Indiana. (in press)