2019 Railroad Environmental Conference
AREMA 2019
Horseshoe Curve Site of RailTEC Field Test
Systems Group models railway performance

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Former RailTEC Student Selected for Young Alumnus Achievement Award

RailTEC is pleased to announce that Dr. Xiang Liu, a RailTEC alumnus, has been selected to receive the 2020 Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association Young Alumnus Achievement Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize professional accomplishments or unique contributions to society of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Civil and Environmental Engineering graduates... Read More

Successful PhD Defense

Brandon Wang, a RailTEC graduate student, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Friday, 8 November. It was titled “Quantitative Analyses of Freight Train Derailments”. Brandon was advised by Professor and George Krambles Faculty Fellow Dr. Christopher Barkan. Also on his committee were Dr. Ray Benekohal (Illinois/CEE), Dr. Rapik Saat (American Association of Railroads) and... Read More

21st Railroad Environmental Conference

Thursday, October 31, 2019 The 21st Railroad Environmental Conference (RREC) was held on October 22-23, 2019 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Over 500 registered attendees had the opportunity to hear 65 thought-provoking presentations by railroaders, consulting engineers, academics and others involved in all aspects of railroad environmental topics. There were also 25... 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.