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The NURail Center is a rail-focused, Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC) under the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research & Technology (OST) program. A seven-university consortium led by the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), the NURail Center is hosted at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UIUC. The central theme of our proposed research program is shared rail corridors.

News & Announcements

URBANA, IL (March 17, 2015) - 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.


HOUGHTON, MI (March 6, 2015) – 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. 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.

CHICAGO, IL (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 andRail Vehicle Energy Dissipation”.

URBANA, IL (February 20, 2015) – This morning 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!

URBANA, IL (January 7, 2015) - The first William W. Hay Seminar series presentation was Friday, January 30 at 12:00 p.m. The speaker was Tim Stark, Civil and Environment Engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A link to the recording of his presentation is available on the Hay Seminar page.

URBANA, IL (December 15, 2014) - Congratulations to James O’Shea, the 2014 NURail Center Student of the Year. James is currently pursuing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in Mechanical Engineering. His research activities focus on railroad vehicle stability and the analysis of vehicle derailment criteria.

James hopes to investigate the consequences of using inadequate derailment criteria in order to promote safety in the rail community. As the recipient of this award James will receive an honorarium from NURail in recognition of his outstanding technical research, record of publications and presentation, academic performance, and professional leadership. He will receive his Student of the Year award at the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) Annual Winter Banquet as part of the 2015 Annual TRB meeting in Washington, D.C on January 10, 2015.


URBANA, IL (December 8, 2014) - University of Kentucky professor Jerry G. Rose wrapped up the William W. Hay Seminar series in December. Professor Rose’s presentation, as well as all the other speakers for the semester, can be found on our Hay Seminar page. A big thank you to all the presenters who shared their time and knowledge with us this semester.
Hay Seminar presenter Jerry Rose

URBANA, IL (November 17, 2014) – Join us on Friday, December 5 at 12:00 for our next William W. Hay Seminar. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jerry Rose, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky. His presentation is titled “Maintaining Adequate Trackbed Support – An Important Railway Infrastructure Issue”.  The presentation will cover a broad range of issues, so may be of interest to a wide range of viewers.  A substantial portion will be devoted to long-term performance measures and data – enhancing operations and reducing costs. See the  Hay Seminar page for more details on how to join us.

URBANA, IL (November 11, 2014) – The next William W. Hay Seminar is scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2014. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Professor Ray Benekohal and Postdoctoral Research Associate Juan Medina will be discussing "Railroad Grade Crossing Accident Analysis at Microscopic and Macroscopic Levels".  

URBANA, IL (October 20, 2014) - The NURail Center welcomed Dr. Bo Zou, Assistant Professor of Civil and Materials Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as the Hay Seminar guest speaker on Friday, October 17 at noon. His presentation was titled: Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Rail Corridors. 

Dr. Bo Zou giving his Hay Seminar presentation

URBANA, IL (October 7, 2014) - Over 60 NURail students from the partner universities attended the 2014 AREMA Conference in Chicago in September. In addition to attending sessions and giving poster presentations, many worked the NURail booth in the exhibition hall.
NURail students attending the 2014 AREMA Conference

URBANA, IL (September 30, 2014) – Join us on Friday, October 3 when University of Illinois Professor Erol Tutumluer gives the William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar. Professor Tutumluer’s presentation on “Instrumentation and Performance Monitoring of Railroad Track Transitions Using Multidepth Deflectometers and Strain Gauges” will start at 12:15.  See the Hay Seminar page for more details on how to join us.

URBANA, IL (September 2, 2014) – The second William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar is scheduled for Friday, September 12 at noon. Dr.  Pauli Kolisoja, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering at Tampere University of Technology (TUT) in Finland, will be speaking. You may listen to the first seminar’s guest speakers, Eric Pachman and Mark Dingler of CSX, here. The title of their presentation was “Railroad Capacity Analytics at CSX”.

URBANA, IL (September 2, 2014) – The second William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 12 at noon. You may listen to the first seminar’s guest speakers, Eric Pachman and Mark Dingler of CSX, here. The title of their presentation was “Railroad Capacity Analytics at CSX”.

                 


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