June 2019 – IHHA and IAROR Conferences
Systems Group models railway performance
Congratulations to our May 2019 graduates

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In the news

RailTEC Research Featured in RT&S

Railway Track and Structures (RT&S) magazine published an article in its July 2019 issue detailing research done by RailTEC researchers Marcus Dersch, Tom Roadcap and Riley Edwards. This article discusses the completed first phase of an investigation into timber crosstie spike fastener failures on North American railroads. The research included a review of derailment reports... Read More

Summer Conferences

June was a busy month for conferences and meetings for RailTEC faculty, staff and students. Representatives attended the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) meeting in Narvik, Norway from 10-14 June and the International Association of Railway Operations Research (IAROR) conference in Norrkoping, Sweden from 17-20 June. RailTEC faculty also took advantage of the opportunity to... Read More

RailTEC Postdoc Featured in Local Magazine

RailTEC postdoctoral research associate, Chen-Yu Lin, was recently featured in Champaign-Urbana’s online culture magazine, Smile Politely. Entering its 12th year of publishing, Smile Politely provides the community with informed points of view on a variety of topics that are locally-focused: arts, culture, food and drink, music, politics, and more. In this article Chen-Yu talks about... Read More

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.