Fall 2013 Hay Seminar Series
The last Hay Seminar for Fall 2013 will be on Friday, December 6 at noon with Dr. Anthony Perl, Director of the Urban Studies Program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His presentation is titled â€śGlobal lessons in High-Speed Rail and their relevance for North Americaâ€ť. For information on participating remotely, click here.
Railroad Environmental Conference
Thanks to all of you who made our 15th Annual Railroad Environmental Conference a success. We had over 500 attendees this year. Mark your calendars now for 28 â€“ 29 October 2014 for the 16th annual conference. Please join us!
Be sure to register for the International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium 3-5 June 2014 to further international communication and collaboration on design and performance challenges and solutions for crossties and fastening systems. The symposium will include technical and poster presentation topics, research discussion topics and technical tours.
Please attend the 2014 Global level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium (GLXS) on 3 â€“ 8 August 2014 on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. GLXS is a biennial event that brings together engineering, safety and security professionals from highway, rail, law enforcement and regulatory authorities around the world. The symposium provides an opportunity to exchange information and share best practices to improve the safety of the at-grade interface between highway and rail systems.
In the News
Ruppert appointed to Blue Ribbon Panel
Conrad Ruppert, Jr., Senior Research Engineer and Director of Research with RailTEC, was appointed to a Blue Ribbon Panel to assist the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He is part of a distinguished group of rail engineering and transportation experts, politicians and former US DOT Secretaries of Transportation. The panel was formed to assist MTA in a broad-ranging investigation into how they can improve their rail engineering and safety practices following several accidents this past summer. Click here to read the article in the rail industry's leading trade magazine, Railway Age.
Wireless Monitoring of RR bridges
In a new project for the Federal Railroad Administration led by Professor Bill Spencer, two CEE research centers, the Smart Structures Technology Laboratory (SSTL) and RailTEC, are working together to develop a portable, cost-effective and practical wireless structural health monitoring system for railroad bridges in North America. Click here to read the article.
NURail Center Receives Funding
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has awarded a grant of $1.4 million to the National University Rail (NURail) Center, a multi-university rail transportation and engineering research center led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The NURail Center was established in 2012 with funding from the USDOT as the nation's first rail-specific UTC. This new grant emphasizes work toward the USDOT's strategic goal of economic competitiveness and will address rail issues related to infrastructure and vehicle engineering, capacity planning and optimization, operational safety and risk mitigation, systems integration and finance and policy. Click here to read more. Click here to read the RT&S article.
University of Illinois High-Speed Rail Study Released
The University of Illinois released the final report of a preliminary feasibility study for a 220-mph high-speed rail (HSR) passenger service between Chicago, Champaign-Urbana and beyond. More...
RailTEC Faculty Interviewed about Concrete Ties
September 2013: RailTEC Senior Lecturer, J. Riley Edwards, is quoted in a November 2013 Trains magazine article discussing his research on concrete ties. Click here to read the article.
For over a century the University of Illinois has been a leader in railway engineering research and education. Beginning with Talbot's fundamental work on railroad track design, and Schmidt & Tuthill's work on train energy and power requirements, through Hay's textbook on railroad engineering, The U of I has a distinguished record of accomplishment and remains highly respected by today's railroad engineering community.
What we do:Education
Inspire and sustain students and faculty interest in rail engineering and transport. Teach courses and offer a curriculum in rail engineering and transportation. Place Graduates in rewarding positions in rail engineering, transportation planning, and operations. Understand the critical educational issues in rail transportation, and develop practical, effective solutions.
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