Available Now: Rail K-12 STEM Activities Guide
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Welcome to the University of Illinois Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC)

In the news

RailTEC Students Awarded Scholarships

Five RailTEC students were named winners of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation 2021 scholarships. Congratulations go out to Matt Parkes, Lee Evans, Geordie Roscoe, Brevel Holder and Jiaxi Zhao. These five students represent over a third of AREMA’s award recipients this year. Over the past 19 years the AREMA Educational Foundation... Read More

December Graduates

Congratulations go out to two of RailTEC’s graduate students. Leonel (Lee) Evans and Matheus Trizotto Silva both completed the necessary requirements to obtain their Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in December 2020. While with RailTEC both students participated in innovative rail research giving them an edge when starting their... Read More

Railway-themed K-12 STEM Outreach Activities

A new Guidebook for Railway-themed K-12 STEM Outreach Activities is now available. It contains descriptions of educational activities designed to introduce students to the railroad transportation mode through the lens of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts. The activities in the guidebook cover a wide variety of railroad topics and the hands-on activities are... 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.