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

In the news

Registration Open for One-Week Virtual Short Courses

RailTEC invites you to attend one or both of our one-week virtual railway engineering short courses. Each course will run Monday – Thursday from noon – 4:00pm (Central) and participants will earn 14 professional development hours. Week One focuses on Track Engineering Fundamentals while Week Two focuses on Railroad Project Design. Past attendees include rail... Read More

EOH 2023, Pecori Alumni Award

The 101st in-person Engineering Open House (EOH), with its theme of “The Future, Today”, was held on Friday 31 March – Saturday 01 April 2023. There were over 200 student-led exhibits and this year there was an exhibit for every major. Each year this event draws thousands of students, families, teachers, and science-lovers to campus... Read More

RailTEC/MRS Logistica Research Collaboration Agreement

RailTEC is excited to share the news that Professor Riley Edwards has established a formal research collaboration agreement with MRS Logística S.A. in Brazil. The two entities share many areas of common research interests and there are similarities with North American rail research needs.  MRS Logística is a freight rail company that controls, operates and... 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.