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

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

In the news

Participation at 2022 AREMA Conference

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) 2022 Annual Conference & Expo, was held 28-31 August at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Twenty-four RailTEC students and staff attended the conference. During the opening session, Illinois alumni John Cech, Vice President, Engineering at BNSF, was announced as the 2022 recipient of the Engineer of... Read More

William W. Hay speaking about High Speed Rail in Illinois in the 1970's.

Winner of 2022 Hay Award for Excellence Announced

For the past 24 years AREMA has recognized outstanding national and international achievement in railway engineering while honoring the memory and accomplishments of an Illinois faculty member by awarding a Dr. William W. Hay Award for Excellence. This year the award went to CSX and North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for their project, “Carolina... Read More

RailTEC Attends 15th Annual Summerail Conference

Three RailTEC students attended the 15th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Freight Rail Committee AR040 Summerail ’22. This two day conference, which was designed to bring together railroad professionals, government officials, and academics to discuss the past, present, and future of the U.S. railroad industry, was held on 17-18 August in Michigan... 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.