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

In the news

Three RailTEC Instructors Ranked Excellent

Congratulations are in store for three RailTEC instructors who taught classes during AY2019‐2020.  (L-R) Tyler Dick (Spring 2020, CEE411‐ Railroad Project Design & Construction), Riley Edwards (Fall 2019, CEE409‐ Railroad Track Engineering) and Conrad Ruppert, Jr. (Fall 2019, CEE409‐ Railroad Track Engineering) were all rated as excellent on the University of Illinois’ “List of Teachers... Read More

RailTEC Student Awarded Inaugural Scholarship

RailTEC graduate research assistant, Lee Evans, is an inaugural recipient of a Railway & Locomotive Historical Society (R&LHS) scholarship. Four awardees received R&LHS scholarships this year, which are named in honor of the R&LHS members who made the scholarships possible. The awardees are graduate and advanced undergraduate university students studying aspects of railroad history and... Read More

Participation at AREMA 2020 Virtual Conference

Faculty, staff, students and alumni participated in the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) 2020 Virtual Conference & Expo on September 13 – 17, 2020. RailTEC was represented by 11 presentations and two alumni served on the Meet the Next Generation Panel Discussion. The National University Rail (NURail) Center, a rail-focused seven university... 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.