Marcus Dersch, Ph.D., P.E.

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Principal Research Engineer

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1243 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: (217) 333-6232

Marcus Dersch, Ph.D., P.E. joined RailTEC in 2011 and is currently a Principal Research Engineer. He holds a B.S. (2009), M.S. (2010) and Ph.D (2022) in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. While pursuing his degrees, he completed research in Railroad Engineering focusing on fouled railroad ballast performance and ballast performance improvement techniques. Marcus worked for Union Pacific Railroad as an engineering intern in 2008, obtained his Professional Engineer’s License in 2015, and is the Chairman of AREMA Committee 30 (Ties).  Marcus’ current research interests are railway crosstie and fastener design and railroad ballast performance.

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