The NURail Center is a new rail-focused, Tier-1 University Transportation Center (UTC) under the US Department of Transportation (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) 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

LEXINGTON, KY (April 16, 2014) – NURail partners from the University of Kentucky will be hosting a NURail sponsored technical workshop in San Francisco, CA on Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The topic is “When Rail Meets Soil”. Speakers include both academic and industry experts. Click here for more information.

URBANA, IL (April 16, 2014) – Registration for the 2014 NURail Annual Meeting is open. Click here to go to the meeting website. The annual meeting will be held August 18 – 19 in Altoona, PA and is sponsored by Penn State University, a NURail Affiliate member. This will be a joint meeting with TRB Summerail.

HOUGHTON, MI (April 2, 2014) - NURail partner, Michigan Technological University, announces its 5th Annual Summer Youth Program on Rail and Intermodal Transportation on July 24 - August 2, 2014. Click here to see the flyer.

URBANA, IL (March 11, 2014) – The 2014 NURail Annual Meeting will be held August 18 – 19 in Altoona, PA sponsored by Penn State University, a NURail Affiliate member. This will be a joint meeting with TRB Summerail. Their program starts on August 20 and the two groups will combine for a joint reception the evening of August 19 at the Railroader’s Memorial Museum in downtown Altoona. Check back for registration information.

URBANA, IL (December 1, 2013) -  NURail is proud to be a supporter of the 2014 Global Level Crossing Safety & Trespass Prevention Symposium. Mark your calendars now for August 3 – 8, 2014 in Urbana, IL. Abstracts are due by February 10. Click here for more information.

URBANA, IL (November 20, 2013) -  Martin B. Hamper, a PhD student in the Dynamic Simulation Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the 2013 NURail Student of the Year. Martin’s research is primarily focused in the area of multibody contact problems with applications to vehicle/track interaction in railroad vehicle dynamic simulations. He will receive a $1,000.00 honorarium plus the cost of attendance to the 93rd TRB Annual Meeting, two free registrations to the CUTC Banquet, and a certificate from USDOT. Congratulations Martin!

URBANA, IL (September 26, 2013) - 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.

URBANA, IL (September 9, 2013) – The NURail Center published its inaugural annual report detailing, among others, activities and accomplishments of the center in 2012.

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