RailTEC Students and Faculty Welcome Fall 2021
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Welcome to the University of Illinois Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC)

In the news

Barkan Discusses Illinois HSR on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

Chris Barkan, Professor and George Krambles Director of RailTEC, appeared on Chicago Tonight on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to discuss the economic impacts of establishing high-speed rail connecting Chicago and St. Louis. Chicago Tonight is a television news program broadcast weeknights on WTTW in Chicago. He was interviewed by Nick Blumburg, a reporter and producer... Read More

Come See What Rail Engineering Is All About

The most highly respected rail engineering program in North America is right here at the University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign. An incredible five rail transportation and engineering courses will be offered in the Fall 2021 semester. These courses are approved options for advanced technical electives for a Primary or Secondary in Transportation Engineering. Did... Read More

2021 RailTEC Virtual Short Course a Success

Attendees for RailTEC’s virtual Railroad Engineering Short Course this summer exceeded the numbers from previous years. Week one, which focused on Track Engineering Fundamentals, had 66 registrants while week two, Railroad Project Design, had 53. Students were from 41 companies and participated from seven different countries (US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Australia, India). Participants earned... 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.