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: <liu94> at illinois.edu
2013 PhD (expected), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2011 MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2008 BS, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Xiang Liu's PhD dissertation research dealt with train safety analysis, risk analysis of railroad hazardous materials transportation and the identification, evaluation and integration of various strategies to reduce rail transportation risk in the most costefficient manner. Some of his research results have been used by railroads in their risk management decisions and by the Association of American railroads (AAR) in developing and evaluating safety and risk policy.
• AREMA Educational Foundation Scholarship, 2013
• Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship, 2012
• Society of Risk Analysis Travel Scholarship, 2012
• AREMA Committee 12 Rail Transit Scholarship, 2010
• American Association of Railroad Superintendents Frank J. Richter Scholarship, 2010
• Scholarship for Excellence in Study, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2006-2008
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, X. Qin, C.P.L. Barkan, 2013. Analysis of U.S. Freight-Train Derailment Severity using Zero-Truncated Negative Binomial Regression and Quantile Regression. Accident Analysis and Prevention 59: 8793.
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan, 2013. Integrated Risk Reduction Framework to Improve Railway Hazardous Materials Transportation Safety. Journal of Hazardous Materials 260: 131-140.
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan, 2013. Safety Effectiveness of Integrated Risk Reduction Strategies for the Transportation of Hazardous Materials by Rail. Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan, 2012. Analysis of Causes of Major Train Derailment and Their Effect on Accident Rates. Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2289: 154-163.
Liu, X, C.P.L. Barkan, M.R. Saat, 2011. Analysis of Derailments by Accident Cause: Evaluating Railroad Track Upgrades to Reduce Transportation Risk. Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2261: 178-185.
Selected Conference Proceedings Papers
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan, 2013. Safety Effectiveness of Integrated Accident Prevention Strategies. Proceedings of the ASME Joint Rail Conference. Knoxville, TN (April 2013).
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan, 2013. Analysis of Major Derailment Causes on Heavy Haul Railways in the United States. Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference. New Delhi, India (February 2013).
Liu, X., M.R. Saat, C.P.L. Barkan, 2011.�Benefit-Cost Analysis of Heavy Haul Railway Track Upgrade for Safety and Efficiency. Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference. Calgary, Canada (June 2011).
Liu, X., M.R Saat and C.P.L. Barkan, 2010.�Benefit-Cost Analysis of Infrastructure Improvement for Derailment Prevention.�ASME Conf. Proc. 2010, 399. (March 2010)