The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC) will be held at UIUC on July 12 – 14, 2016 to build on synergy between the AREMA Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) event and National University Rail (NURail) Center education and workforce development initiatives.
RailTEC 2016 Short Course
Please mark your calendars now for RailTEC’s 2016 Short Course. This week-long session on track engineering will be held August 8 – 11, 2016 on the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign campus. Key topics include: Track Systems and Infrastructure Components; Locomotives, Rolling Stock and Mechanical Components; and Rail Project Design and Construction. The preliminary schedule can be viewed here.
18th Railroad Environmental Conference
The dates for RREC 2016 are November 1-2, 2016. We hope to see you there!
In the News
TRAC Conference a Hit
The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC) was held on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus on July 12 – 14, 2016. Eighty attendees participated in this three-day event, with REES activities and the NURail Annual Meeting each comprising half of the program. Building on similar goals and objectives, TRAC further informed educators, industry professionals, and students about current developments in railroad engineering education, workforce development and outreach programs.
2016 Int'l Crosstie Symposium
June 2016: The 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium on June 14 – 16, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was a huge success. Over 130 attendees represented 8 countries and 25 states. The objective of the symposium was to further international communication and collaboration on design and performance challenges and solutions for crossties and fastening systems. The symposium included technical presentations, research discussion topics and technical tours. Click here to see the presentations.
June 2016: Three UIUC faculty and staff and two alumni attended the 11th World Congress on Railway Research in Milan, Italy to present papers, posters and chair sessions. From left to right are Ken Laine (alumnus) - Transportation Technology Center, Inc., Chris Barkan – UIUC, Matt Csenge – UIUC, Marcus Dersch – UIUC and Yung-Cheng (Rex) Lai (alumnus) - National Taiwan University.
CEE410 Field Visit
May 2016: On Saturday, April 30 the CEE410 class (Railway Signaling and Control) visited the Norfolk Southern RR Illinois Division HQ and train dispatching center. Students had the opportunity to meet train dispatchers and observe the dispatching hardware and software Norfolk Southern uses to control train movements safely and efficiently through much of the Midwest. For additional pictures, click here.
RailTEC Alumni Reunite
April 2016: Three RailTEC alumni, each employed by Vossloh Fastening Systems but working in three different continents, were in Werhohl, Germany for an international training and innovation workshop. From left to right are Brandon Van Dyk (May ’14), Amogh Shurpali (December ’12) and Thiago Bizarria do Carmo (May ’14). This photo was taken during a mountain hike near their training site.
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.