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
Excellent RailTEC Teachers
March 2018: Congratulations are in store for the three RailTEC instructors who taught classes in Fall 2017. Chris Barkan (CEE 408 – Railroad Transportation Engineering), Tyler Dick (CEE 598 – Railway Terminal Design and Operations) and Conrad Ruppert, Jr. (CEE 409 – Railroad Track Engineering) were all rated as excellent or outstanding on the University of Illinois' "List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students". These lists are compiled on a semester basis and reflect student ratings of instruction. The ratings are based on Instructor and Course Evaluation (ICES) questionnaire forms maintained by Measurement and Evaluation, Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning.
RailTEC Visiting Scholar
Chris Barkan (L) with visiting scholar Hiroto Sunahara (R)
March 2018: RailTEC is honored to have Hiroto Sunahara, an employee of Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), as a visiting scholar for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. Mr. Sunahara is an Assistant Manager with the Construction Department, Civil Engineering Section, in their Tokyo office. JRC has a plan to construct a new HSR line between Tokyo and Osaka, and to introduce a superconducting maglev system as a passenger line. In an effort to reduce construction and operation costs, JRC is developing a new method of maintaining this huge infrastructure while still securing soundness and boosting efficiency. While in the United States, Hiroto is researching ICT (Information and Communication Technology) and IoT (Internet of Things) for potential use of this technology at JRC.
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.
Historic Gathering of Presidents
February 2018: On February 1, in conjunction with a visit by BNSF, five AREMA Student Chapter presidents were in attendance at the first student chapter meeting of the year. Flanked by AREMA Student Chapter Advisor, Tyler Dick and Professor Chris Barkan, shown in order of their presidency from left to right: Brennan Caughron, Bill Lygiros (both now with BNSF), Tom Roadcap, outgoing president Nao Nishio, and incoming president Jake Branson. Jake was sworn in according to tradition by taking the oath of office with his hand on William Hay’s textbook, Railroad Engineering (also in photo).
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.