2016 Crosstie Symposium
Registration for the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium is now open. See the symposium website for more details on registration and general conference details. The symposium will be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on June 14 – 16, 2016.
The Railway Academic Conference (TRAC)
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
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.
RailTEC Alumni Interviewed
April 2016: The Winter 2016 issue of the Penn State Altoona magazine, Ivy Leaf, features an eight page article about their new Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) program. Established in 2011, the program graduated its first class in May 2015. One of the RTE instructors is Bryan Schlake who was a RailTEC grad student and graduated from UIUC in December 2010. Hai Huang, who received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from UIUC in 2009, is one of RTE’s Co-Coordinators. Penn State Altoona is a NURail Affiliate Member and is the first and only college in the country to offer a bachelor of science degree in rail transportation engineering. Click here to read the article.
UP’s RR Engineering Field Day
April 2016: Union Pacific Railroad hosted a railroad engineering field day on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at the UP Railyard in Villa Grove, IL. The theme was "Big machines. Bigger projects. Unlimited opportunity.” RailTEC students learned about career opportunities in railway engineering and met the people and machines that keep the rail network running.
CEE411 Field Visit
April 2016: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s CEE 411 class (titled Railroad Project Planning and Design) traveled to Chicago on Saturday April 9, 2016 to visit CSX’s Bedford Park facility. This class focuses on the planning, design, and construction management of large capital projects. As a part of the field visit they toured Bedford Park to see what a large capital project looks like once it is constructed and operational. This provided a firsthand close up loop at an operational project and allowed the students to ask questions that were fielded by Matt Hiller of CSX Intermodal.
Rapik Saat named "Rising Star"
March 2016: RailTEC Research Assistant Professor, Rapik Saat, has been selected by Progressive Railroading Magazine for their Rising Stars" award . The Rising Stars program recognizes people under the age of 40 who are making a positive difference in railroading through their company, organization, department or team. Rising Stars are viewed by others as up-and-coming leaders in the railroad industry. Rapik will be honored on July 24, 2016 at the AAR Superintendents' 2016 Annual Meeting. This is the second year in a row where a RailTEC faculty member has received this honor. Last year Riley Edwards, RailTEC Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer, received the award.