CEE 410 Field Trip to CN & Metra – 30 April 2022
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In the news

RailTEC Hosts Hanson and Springfield Student Group

RailTEC welcomed Hanson Professional Services Inc. and a group of students from Springfield, IL to Engineering Open House (EOH) on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) campus on Saturday, 9 April 2022. EOH is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exhibits and competitions that showcase the engineering students and is open to the... Read More

2022 Rail Scholarship and Award Recipients Announced

The Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department held its annual Student Awards Convocation on Saturday, 2 April. This event brings together scholarship winners and donors for a luncheon and awards presentation. RailTEC would like to congratulate the following 2022 Illinois rail scholarship and award recipients. They are: Dale Robbenolt – Ira O. Baker Prize Jake... Read More

Dersch Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation

Marcus Dersch, RailTEC Principal Research Engineer, successfully defended his PhD dissertation on Monday, 4 April. His dissertation is titled “Railroad Track Fastening System Demands and Response: Implications for Mechanistic Design”.  The dissertation advances the M-E analysis and design of fastening systems through the deployment of field instrumentation, execution of experiments in the laboratory, and development... 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.