The first William W. Hay Seminar series presentation will be on Friday, January 30 at 12:00 p.m. The speaker will be Tim Stark, Civil and Environment Engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The title of Professor Stark’s presentation is Measuring and Modeling Differential Movement at Railroad Track Transitions.
Recordings from all the fall 2014 speakers are available on our Hay Seminar page.
RailTEC invites you this summer to attend three short courses on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. These one week courses are being held on the following subjects: Railway Operations; Railway Engineering; High-Speed Rail Engineering. Click here for more information.
Engineering Open House (EOH) is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exhibits and competitions that showcase the engineering students at the University of Illinois. The event is open to the public at no cost. Families, students, and community members are invited on March 13 – March 14 for the 95th EOH.
Abstracts are being submitted through March 1, 2015 for the 17th Railroad Environmental Conference. Click here for more details. RREC will be held on October 27 – 28, 2015 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Mark your calendars now!
In the News
NURail Center Student of the Year
January 2015: Congratulations to James O’Shea, the NURail Center Student of the Year. James is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at UIC in Mechanical Engineering. His research activities focus on railroad vehicle stability and the analysis of vehicle derailment criteria. As the recipient of this award James will receive an honorarium from NURail in recognition of his outstanding technical research, record of publications and presentation, academic performance, and professional leadership.
Professional and Educational Milestones
December 2014: Members of RailTEC's railroad infrastructure research team recently achieved significant professional and educational milestones. Riley Edwards and Marcus Dersch both passed their Professional Engineering exam. Meanwhile, the newest addition to RailTEC staff, Research Engineer Yu Qian, deposited his Ph.D. dissertation thus completing his degree. Welcome to Yu and Congratulations to all!
Hay Seminar Recordings Available
December 2014: University of Kentucky professor Jerry G. Rose wrapped up the William W. Hay Seminar series in December. Professor Rose’s presentation, as well as all the other speakers for the semester, can be found on our Hay Seminar page. A big thank you to all the presenters who shared their time and knowledge with us this semester.
UI Prof. Studies Hong Kong HSR Delay
UI RailTEC Research Professor TC Kao and Professor Bent Flyvberg of the Said Business School of Oxford University were invited by Hong Kong MTRCL (Hong Kong Railway Corporation) to undertake an Independent Experts study on the delay of the multi-billion-dollar Hong Kong Express Rail Link (XRL) project connecting Hong Kong with mainland China. The report, published on October 28, 2014, contains their analysis and recommendations regarding timely delivery, costs, and management procedures for the XRL project. Special attention was given to how to deal with unknown events and their impacts on project delivery. Click here to read the report.
Monticello Railway Museum Work Days
October 11, 2014
October 25, 2014
On October 11 and 25, 2014, nearly 70 civil engineering students and faculty from the CEE 408 and 409 classes participated in two “work days” at the Monticello Railway Museum (MRM) in Monticello, Illinois. The projects consisted of assisting MRM volunteers installing ties, gaging, surfacing and aligning track, placing ballast and repairing washouts which included the installation of drainage pipes under the track. More than 100 ties were installed and approximately 1,000 feet of track were restored to Class 1 conditions. A safe, productive and enjoyable time was had by all. Thanks again to MRM for the opportunity to provide “hands on” track work experience for RailTEC students.
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.
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