Fall 2018 Work Days
Engineering Open House 2019
Fall 2018 Work Days
Fall 2018 Field Work


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

What we do


Inspire and sustain student interest in rail through a curriculum in rail engineering and transportation. Place graduates in rewarding industry positions.


Conduct practical and theoretical research in critically important current topics in rail engineering and transportation.


Provide knowledge and expertise to university, industry, government, and public on rail transportation and engineering topics.

Roscoe Receives CEE’s Highest Student Honor

March 2019: Congratulations to RailTEC’s Geordie Roscoe, a 2019 recipient of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department’s Ira O. Baker Prize.  He will receive his first place award at the CEE 2019 Awards Convocation on April 13. Geordie has been helping conduct RailTEC Capacity & Systems Analysis research since... Read More

Cold Weather? Warm Rails.

February 2019: During the deep arctic freeze in late January while people took extra measures to keep warm, railroads did the same. In an article written by David Graham of The Atlantic he discusses the effects of cold, wet weather on rails and switches. The title of the piece, “Frozen Train Tracks? Set ‘Em on Fire” was... Read More

RailTEC White Paper Referenced

January 2019: A white paper prepared by the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) and commissioned by Metra was cited in a newspaper opinion-editorial in the Daily Herald on January 11, 2019. The op-ed was written by three of Chicago Metra’s board of directors addressing their concern for the commuter railroad’s “dire” capital funding crisis... Read More