99th TRB in Washington, D.C.
Congratulations December Graduates!
2019 Railroad Environmental Conference
Horseshoe Curve Site of RailTEC Field Test
Systems Group models railway performance

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

In the news

RailTEC participation at 99th Annual TRB Meeting

RailTEC students, faculty and alumni had an impressive showing at the 99th Annual Transportation Research Board meeting on January 12 – 16, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. They were referenced over 50 times in the TRB schedule, including 26 authors. Click here for a guide to RailTEC contributions at TRB... Read More

FRA Director Allahyar Hosted by RailTEC

RailTEC hosted Dr. Maryam Allahyar, Director, Office of Research, Development & Technology, Federal Railroad Administration on December 5, 2019. Dr. Allahyar received an overview of both RailTEC and the National University Rail (NURail) Center, visited the graduate students office to learn about their individual research, and was briefed on RailTEC and affiliated faculty research. In... Read More

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

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.