Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2nd Midwest Rail Conference has shifted to a virtual platform. This event will be held on August 11 - 12 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Central Time) and registration is now open. Regular registration before the end of July is only $25 and late registration is $50. The theme for this year's conference is "Sustaining Midwest Rail". The conference features two days of presentations on all things rail, and will include keynote presentations by Mike McClellan, VP Strategic Planning for NS and Joe McHugh, VP State Supported Business Development for Amtrak. A draft program and registration information can be found at at the conference web site here.
The winners of the 2020 American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation scholarships were recently announced. Fifteen of the 34 AREMA scholarships awarded went to students attending NURail Center partner schools and an additional four went to NURail affiliate members. For a complete list of names and their awarded scholarships, click here. The AREMA Educational Foundation provides scholarships to engineering students who are specializing in the railway industry and supports other educational and training endeavors that help to ensure the future of the profession. Congratulations to all!
National University Rail Center (NURail) Center partners met during the 99th Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2020. Meeting participants discussed plans for current and future education, research, workforce development and outreach activities in addition to discussing remaining project funds, timelines and reporting requirements. Five NURail partner universities were represented at TRB with numerous types of involvement with the conference.
Two NURail partner schools are recipients of the 2019 National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association's (NRC) Education grant. Tyler Dick, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and David Nelson, Michigan Technological University, were invited to attend the 2020 NRC conference in San Diego on January 5-8 to discuss their respective programs and how they plan to utilize the grand funds.
Illinois’ Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) provides academic and research programs in engineering and transport. RailTEC plans to use the grant funds for outreach and recruiting of K-12 students that demonstrate key learning points related to railway transportation. By introducing students to railway engineering concepts at an earlier age, RailTEC hopes that these programs help increase interest in railroad-related jobs throughout the industry.
The Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program plans to use their grant funds for outreach and recruiting of pre-university students, which includes a rail tour with pre-K and Kindergarten students, as well as for making the Rail and Intermodal Summer Youth Program accessible for underprivileged students in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Click here to read the NRC grant announcement.
Graduate student Lee Evans talks with Dr. Maryam Allahyar about his research while postdoctoral research associate Chen-Yu Lin looks on.
Dr. Allahyar and the RailTEC Infrastructure group discuss their research out at the RAIL facility.
On December 5, 2019 RailTEC hosted Dr. Maryam Allahyar, Director, Office of Research, Development & Technology, Federal Railroad Administration. Dr. Allahyar received an overview of both the National University Rail (NURail) Center and RailTEC and was briefed on research and education projects. She also toured the Research and Innovation Laboratory (RAIL) and discussed infrastructure research being conducted there. In addition, she visited the graduate students office to talk with students and learn about their specific projects.
Midwest Rail Conference
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-R) program working to improve and expand rail education, research, workforce development, and technology transfer.
Members of the consortium are:
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
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