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Special Summer Hay Seminar Speaker
May 29, 2015

There will be a special summer William W. Hay Seminar presentation on Friday, May 29 at 2:00 pm. Please note the different time. The speaker will be Professor NIE Lei who is a Professor and Dean of the School of Traffic and Transportation in Beijing Jiaotong University in Beijing, China. Professor Nie will be speaking on “The Development of High Speed Railway in China and its Economic and Social Benefits.” To join us remotely please see the Hay Seminar page for login details.

NURail Center Faculty Interviewed
May 14, 2015

Faculty from two NURail partners were interviewed on Marketplace on Wednesday, May 13. Marketplace programs focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets. Professors Joseph Sussman, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Mark Burton, Director of Transportation Economics at University of Tennessee at Knoxville, briefly discussed Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. Click here for the story.

NURail Annual Meeting registration open
April 15, 2015

Registration is open for the 2015 NURail Annual Meeting. The meeting will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago Student Center West. It starts on Wednesday, June 3 at 1:00 PM and ends at 3:30 PM on Thursday, June 4. Click here to register. A hotel block has been arranged at the Club Quarters – Chicago at Central Loop on West Adams Street. The cut-off date for making reservations is May 3. See the annual meeting page for additional details.

Engineering Open House visitors
March 14, 2015

Youth Summer Rail Program

The NURail Center welcomed Hanson Professional Services Inc. and a group of high school students from Springfield, IL to Engineering Open House on the Illinois campus on Saturday, March 15. This is the second year that NURail has sponsored a group.

Youth Summer Rail Program
March 5, 2015

Youth Summer Rail Program

NURail Partner, Michigan Technological University, is gearing up to host the 6th Annual Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program on July 26 – August 1 in Houghton, MI. This program is sponsored by the NURail Center and is a weeklong investigation designed to create awareness and stimulate interest in the areas of rail and intermodal transportation. Student in grades 9 – 11 are encouraged to apply and scholarships are available. Applications are due by May 2.

NURail Principal Investigator named Fulbright Scholar
March 3, 2015

Congratulations to Civil and Materials Engineering Professor Craig Foster at the University of Illinois at Chicago for being named a 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Professor Foster's work is to study earthen buildings in India. Click here to read the UIC News Bureau article for additional information. For the NURail Center, Professor Foster is the principal investigator for the project titled “Modeling of Rail Track Substructure and Rail Vehicle Energy Dissipation”. Congratulations to all!

NURail Students Awarded AREMA Scholarships
February 20, 2015

On February 20, 2015 the AREMA Educational Foundation announced its 2015 Scholarship Winners. Of the 34 scholarships given over half went to students attending NURail Center partner schools. For a complete list of all 18 names and their awarded scholarships, click here. Congratulations to all!

Featured Project

Summer Youth Program in Rail and Intermodal Transportation

Concrete Crosstie Fastener project

Since 2010, Michigan Technological University has offered a Summer Youth Program (SYP) in Rail and Intermodal Transportation. The program hosts a diverse group of students in grades 9-11 representing 17 states. The structure of the program consists of classwork, tours, and hands-on activities. The mission statement of the program is "a collaboration to attract a new generation." Click here to read the detailed brief.

Railroad Engineering Education Symposium (REES) 2012

Concrete Crosstie Fastener project

The Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) is intended to foster the participation of university faculty in railway engineering with the goal of encouraging and supporting their interest in adding railway engineering content to their engineering courses and curricula. REES 2012 was held June 11-13, 2012 in Overland Park, KS at the Johnson County Community College (JCCC). REES 2012 presented basic railway education materials, but also added more advanced material targeted toward professors who returned to REES to deepen their understanding of the railroad industry. Click here to read the detailed brief.

Railroad Projects at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Concrete Crosstie Fastener project

Three rail related projects were taken on as part of the year-long Senior Design Capstone class. Two rail projects were also part of the Freshman Design class. During the spring of 2014 students in the Railroad Engineering class designed and constructed a 60 foot section of track at the Wabash Valley Railroaders Museum. The track is used to display a WWII Pullman Troop Sleeper car. Click here to read the detailed brief.

Rail Highway Grade Crossing Roughness Quantitative Measurement Using 3D Technology

Concrete Crosstie Fastener project

This research reports on the development of an accurate, low cost and readily deployable sensor capable of rapidly collecting a 3D surface model of a rail crossing in its present state. This is seen as a first step towards automating the crossing inspection process, ultimately leading to the quantification and estimation of future performance of rail crossing. Click here to read the detailed brief.

Quantifying Rail-Highway Grade Crossing Roughness: Accelerations and Dynamic Modeling

Concrete Crosstie Fastener project

Quality of surface is an important aspect affecting both the safety and performance of rail-highway grade crossings. No quantitative method currently exists to assess the condition of rail crossings in order to evaluate the performance of crossings and set a quantitative trigger for their rehabilitation. This research reports on the use of LiDAR to collect a 3D surface point cloud as input to a customized vehicle dynamic model. Click here to read the detailed brief.

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Upcoming Events

May 29 2015

2:00p.m. Urbana, IL
William W. Hay Seminar speaker Professor NIE Lei

Jun 3 2015

1:00p.m. Chicago, IL
NURail Annual Meeting begins

Jun 4 2015

8:00a.m. Chicago, IL
NURail Annual Meeting

Aug 19 - 20 2015
Oct 20 2015

11:00a.m. Houghton, MI
Michigan Tech Rail Day

Oct 20 2015

6:00p.m. Houghton, MI
Michigan Tech Railroad Night

Who We Are

The NURail Center is a rail-focused seven-university consortium led by the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

We are a Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC) under the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology (OST) program working to improve and expand rail education, research, workforce development, and technology transfer.

Members of the consortium are:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
    College of Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michigan Technological University
University of Kentucky
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


NURail Center
1239B Newmark Engineering Laboratory, MC-250
205 N. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

Tel: (217) 244-4999
Fax: (217) 333-9464