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

In the news

RailTEC Presentations at 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting

Three members from the RailTEC Systems Group participated in the 2020 Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) annual meeting, which was held on Saturday, 07 November – Friday, 13 November.  RailTEC Lecturer and Principal Railway Research Engineer, C. Tyler Dick was a session chair for the Yards and Terminals session on Monday and also... Read More

Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar Wrap-up

The Virtual Railroad Environmental Seminar (vRRES) on 27 – 28 October 2020 was a resounding success with over 450 registrants from 14 countries and five continents. In addition to the outstanding technical presentations, it was noted that the seminar showcased the growing number of women in the field and provided them with an outreach and networking... Read More

Riley Edwards ASLRRA Webinar Speaker

One of the guest speakers for the Thursday, 29 October 2020 American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) webinar was J. Riley Edwards, RailTEC Senior Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer. Riley presented on the topic “Using 3D Lasers & AI Innovations in Track Inspection” with Cam Stuart, Program Manager, Office of Research, Development, and Technology... 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.