Tracks to the Future 2024 Summer Camp
May 29, 2024 – Launch of NURail CoE
Congratulations to RailTEC’s May 2024 graduates
Secretary Buttigieg with RailTEC Faculty and Staff
RailTEC Graduates Working Around The World

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

In the news

Successful 2024 Summer High School Rail Program

Approximately 120 high school students from around the globe had the opportunity to learn about railroad operations and engineering during the Summer 2024 program, “Tracks to the Future: Railroad Transportation and Engineering,” which took place at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and nine other university campuses. The week of 24-29 June, the University of Illinois... Read More

National University Rail Center of Excellence Kickoff Event

Distinguished guests, university leaders, NURail CoE partners and students came together to celebrate the launch of the National University Rail Center of Excellence on Wednesday 29 May 2024. NURail CoE is the first academic rail research and education center of excellence to be supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Railroad Administration... Read More

Grainger College of Engineering Features RailTEC

RailTEC was recently featured by the UI’s Grainger College of Engineering in the Engineering News. The article discusses both the upcoming launch of the new National University Rail Center of Excellence (NURail CoE) as well as the twenty-five year history of RailTEC itself. Click here to read the story. Also included is a Q&A piece... 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.