Prospective Students

“RailTEC has served as an incubator for my passions. Not only does the program function as a collective of students, alumni and faculty sharing a common interest, it also finds purpose in being a beginning point for growing one’s personal and professional networks. I came to RailTEC looking to grow personally, and I ended up finding a community.” – M.S. Candidate

For a brief introduction to RailTEC, watch our short video.


Add your story to the over 100-year legacy of railroad engineering at Illinois! Alumni of the railroad engineering program at the University of Illinois have a long tradition of occupying senior engineering positions at major railroads, consulting firms, government agencies and research organizations. Our current generation of graduates are rapidly progressing to positions of increasing responsibility and have been identified as rising stars by railway industry publications. RailTEC is constantly on the lookout for motivated students become the railroad engineers of the future. Besides our course offerings in rail transportation, RailTEC provides opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to expand their knowledge of railway engineering concepts through involvement in RailTEC research activities. Active student participation in research facilitates experiential learning and the development of skills directly applicable to successful future careers in the rail industry.There are a variety of RailTEC research opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students at Illinois in the laboratory, field and office environment.

Interested in Attending Illinois?

More information on the application and admissions process for Prospective Students can be found here.

Learn how women in the rail industry are solving today’s challenges and why you should join them by visiting our Illinois Alumnae page.