Illinois Participation at p-REES

The third biennial Passenger Railway Engineering Education Symposium (p-REES) was held July 22-24, 2019 at the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Headquarters in downtown Chicago, IL.  Attendees at this three day event learned about current research and development in railroad engineering education programs and this year seven instructors, students and alumni from the University of Illinois system participated. Students were provided practical, hands-on engineering information and materials, with the goal of encouraging engineering faculty interest in adding rail and transit engineering content to their current courses and curricula. The symposium also included a field visit to CTA’s Control Center and an introduction to CTA’s Red and Purple Modernization Program. p-REES is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) in cooperation with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).

Riley Edwards giving his portion of the Vehicles Track unit.
Chris Barkan (left) and Mark Walbrun (U of I alumnus) taught the Railroad Operations / Modal Characteristics module.
Jon Roma teaching a section on Basic Signals.