“Tracks to the Future” High School Summer Camp
RailTEC Participates in 13th WCRR
Congrats May 2022 RailTEC Grads
RailTEC Graduates Working Around The World

Welcome to the University of Illinois Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC)

In the news

2022 Railway Engineering Short Course

Since its first class in 2015, RailTEC’s Railway Engineering Short Course has grown by leaps and bounds. The initial in-person one-week class of nine students has grown into a virtual format with over 125 participants. This year students participated from Canada, the Philippines, the UK, and twenty different U.S. states. On 18-21 July 2022, lead... Read More

“Tracks to the Future” Summer Camp a Success

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Michigan Tech and Penn State Altoona teamed up this summer to offer nearly 50 high school students across the U.S. an exciting opportunity to learn about rail in a Summer 2022 program titled “Tracks to the Future: Railroad Transportation and Engineering”. Illinois hosted 16 campers from Illinois, Michigan and New... Read More

Seven RailTEC Presentations Given at WCRR 2022

Eight RailTEC faculty, staff, and students traveled to Birmingham, UK for the 13th World Congress on Railway Research (WCRR). WCRR was held 6 – 10 June 2022 and is a major gathering for the global railway research and innovation community to exchange state-of-the-art ideas and develop connections with other research institutions. The theme for the... Read More

What we do


RailTEC inspires and engages students by offering the most extensive curriculum in railway engineering and transportation in North America. We offer multiple courses on rail topics and are committed to placing our graduates in rewarding public and private sector positions.  RailTEC also supports continuing education of rail professionals through seminars, short courses and conferences.


RailTEC is a global leader in practical and theoretical research advancing the field in a broad range of important and timely railroad and rail transit engineering and transportation topics. Advanced research investigations are underway in railway safety, systems, and infrastructure, addressing dozens of topics that are essential to maintaining the safety, efficiency, reliability, sustainability and resiliency of railroad freight and passenger transportation.


RailTEC shares its expertise with industry, government, academia, and the public helping to interpret and apply knowledge and implement solutions to advance rail transport and engineering. Our faculty and staff are well engaged as leaders and members of AREMA, TRB, AAR, ASCE, INFORMS, and IAROR committees.