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

URBANA, IL (August 25, 2014) - The first William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminar is scheduled for Friday, August 29 at noon. The guest speakers will be Eric Pachman and Mark Dingler of CSX. The title of their presentation is “Railroad Capacity Analytics at CSX”. See the Hay Seminar page for more details.

URBANA, IL (August 25, 2014) - The NURail annual meeting, held this year in Altoona, PA on August 18 – 19, was hosted by NURail Affiliate Member Penn State Altoona. The two day meeting provided the opportunity to recap highlights of the previous year and discuss plans for 2015. In addition, a variety of presentations on education, outreach, workforce development, and research were given. To see copies of the presentations, click here.

                         Dinner Keynote Speaker John Tunna                                              Presentation by Maen Farhat                   

URBANA, IL (June 23, 2014) - Professors from around the country attended the Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) on June 23-25, 2014 in Overland Park, Kansas. NuRail helped sponsor the event. The objective of the symposium was to further inform the professors of the workforce crisis and give them materials to educate students about railway infrastructure, performance, engineering, and design at their respective universities. It also included trips to BNSF Railway’s Freight Yard and the Kansas City Intermodal Facility. Click here to see additional pictures from REES.

REES 2014 attendees

URBANA, IL (June 18, 2014) – Professor Christopher P.L. Barkan, Executive Director of RailTEC and Director, National University Rail (NURail) Center, testified in front of the U.S. House Committee on Science Space and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Technology.  He and several other witnesses testified to the Subcommittee about the “Future of Surface Transportation”.  As part of his testimony Dr. Barkan made several references to the ongoing activities of the NURail UTC.  Click here to read his testimony or view an archive of the webcast.

URBANA, IL (May 8, 2014) - NURail MIT partner, Joseph Sussman, the JR East Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Systems, became the 30th recipient of the Transportation Research forum's Distinguished Researcher Award. This award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers as research scholars in transportation. Click here for more information.

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.

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