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

In the news

RailTEC Awarded BRIDGE Grant

RailTEC Professor and George Krambles Director Christopher P.L. Barkan and Postdoctoral Research Associate Chen-Yu Lin were recently awarded a BRIDGE Seed Fund initiation grant for their project titled “Creation of An International Benchmark and Index for Railway Safety”.  The main objective of this project is to develop a common safety evaluation index for different railway... Read More

RailTEC Alumnus Named to THSRC Board

RailTEC alumnus, Yung-Cheng (Rex) Lai, was recently invited to be an Independent Director for the Board of Directors at Taiwan High Speed Rail Company (THSRC).  Rex received his MS (Civil Engineering, 2004) and his PhD (Civil Engineering, 2008) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after earning his BS from National Taiwan University. He is... Read More

RailTEC Alums Publish Article in Trains Magazine

Three RailTEC alumni, Tom Roadcap, Jake Branson and Zezhou Wang, have collaborated on their first Trains magazine article. The article discusses the world’s last revenue steam railroad operation, which is dedicated to hauling coal out of deep pit mines in the Gobi Desert. It is found in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, outside... 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.