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.
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 December 16. 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.