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

In the news

Registration Open for 2023 Summer High School Program

Building on the success of last year’s Tracks to the Future: Railroad Transportation and Engineering summer camp, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is funding an even bigger program this year. Six universities (Michigan Tech, Penn State Altoona, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the University of South Carolina, the University of New Mexico, and California State... Read More

RailTEC Contributions to 102nd TRB

RailTEC faculty, staff, students, and alumni had a strong showing in the rail section at the 102nd Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, D.C. on 8-12 January 2023. In total there were over 75 separate references, including 49 authors, 20 Committee Members, 7 session chairs and 3 committee meeting chairs. Click here for... Read More

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

Illinois Alumni Fill William W. Hay Seminar Schedule

RailTEC was delighted to welcome back four University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign alumni as William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar Series speakers for the Fall 2022 semester. Over 130 participants attended the seminars in-person while 450 people participated online. Links to their presentations can be found listed below, on our William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar... Read More

What we do

Education

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.

Research

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.

Service

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.