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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!

Dr. Bo Zou next Hay Seminar Speaker
October 17, 2014

NURail Center welcomes 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. His presentation is titled: Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Rail Corridors. See the Hay Seminar page for details.

Featured Project

Concrete Crosstie Fastener
Sub-System Testing and Modeling

Concrete Crosstie Fastener project

The primary objective of this project is to identify methods of improving concrete railroad crosstie fastening system design and performance by conducting a thorough investigation of the behavior of the fastening system using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and fundamental laboratory experiments.

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.

Upcoming Events

May 1 2015

12:20 p.m. Urbana, IL
William W. Hay Seminar Series Presentation - Mike Martino

Jun 3 2015

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

Jun 4 2015

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

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