2018 RailTEC Short Course


Christopher P. L. Barkan
Christopher P. L. Barkan is Professor, Executive Director of the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC), and George Krambles Faculty Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UIUC where he has been on the faculty for over 14 years. As Director of RailTEC he is responsible for railroad engineering research and academic activities at UIUC and supports research on a wide range of topics to improve rail safety, reliability and efficiency. Prior to joining UIUC he directed the railroad industry's risk engineering research in the AAR's Research & Test and Safety & Operations Departments. He has been actively involved in positions of leadership at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Dr. Barkan is the author or editor of more than 100 railroad-engineering papers, reports, chapters or books on a range of topics. He has been an invited or keynote speaker at conferences, universities and corporations around the globe.

C. Tyler Dick
C. Tyler Dick, P.E. joined RailTEC in June 2012 as a Senior Research Engineer and to serve as NURail Assistant Director for Education. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Manitoba (1999) and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the railroad engineering program at UIUC (2001). Mr. Dick spent 11 years as a railway track design engineer with HDR Engineering in Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX where he specialized in route and relocation studies; rail operations simulation; and rail design of mainline alignments, industrial tracks, highway grade separations, hump classification yards and intermodal facilities. He brings his extensive rail design experience to the class room while co-teaching a course on railway project planning and a course on railway operations and terminal design. Mr. Dick's research interests focus on railway operations and efficiency; line capacity and network planning; and yard and terminal design.

Conrad Ruppert Jr.
Conrad Ruppert Jr. joined RailTEC in May 2012 as a Senior Research Engineer and to serve as the NURail Center's Associate Director for Research. Mr. Ruppert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Princeton University (1977) and a Master of Science degree in technology management from the University of Pennsylvania (1999). Over the course of his 35-year career with Amtrak on the Northeast Corridor, he held positions covering most aspects of railway track engineering, maintenance operations and track research. This experience is used to direct research programs and help mentor civil engineering students who are interested in pursuing careers in railroad engineering. Mr. Ruppert's research interests include improving the performance of railroad infrastructure, optimizing railroad maintenance operations and advancing the use of asset management systems.

RailTEC Short Course
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