NURail Annual Meeting Agenda – August 18 – 19, 2014

Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center
1431 12th Avenue
Altoona, PA 16601

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Theme: Building a Railroad Academic Community

Monday, August 18

7:00am - 5:00pm Registration Aaron Lobby
8:00am - 9:00am Continental Breakfast Aaron Student Lounge
9:00am - 10:00am NURail Kickoff Meeting
     Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
Aaron Room 006
     Penn State Altoona Welcome (Barbara Wiens-Tuers, Head, Division of Business and Engineering, Penn State Altoona)
     TRB Rail Freight Committee (AR040) welcome (Avery Grimes)
     NURail Welcome and Overview of Center Activities (Chris Barkan)
10:00am – 10:15am Break Aaron Student Lounge
10:15am - 12:00am Affiliate Member Program Meeting
     Program Introduction; Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech (Moderator)
Devorris Auditorium
Affiliate Presentations and panel discussion:
     Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina
     Denver Tolliver, North Dakota State University
     Leslie McCarthy, Villanova University
     Steve Dillon, Penn State Altoona
12:00am – 1:00pm Lunch Heritage Discovery Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm Education and Curriculum Development
     Jim McKinney, Rose-Hulman (Moderator/Presenter) with discussion
Devorris Auditorium
Discussion Panelists:
     Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech
     Tyler Dick, UIUC
     Dave Clarke, UTK
2:00pm – 3:15pm Outreach, Workforce Development and Tech Transfer
     Dave Clarke, UTK (Moderator/Presenter)
Mini workshops on Outreach and Workforce Development topics
Devorris Auditorium
3:15pm – 3:30pm Break Aaron Student Lounge
3:30pm - 5:00pm Strategic Development Plan Workshop
1. Vehicle - Track Interaction
     Conrad Ruppert - UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris Auditorium
2. Safety and Risk
     Rapik Saat, UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris Room 001
3. Network Capacity Planning
     Dave Clarke, UTK (Moderator)
Devorris Room 003
4. Urban, Regional and HSR Passenger & Funding and Economic Development
     Steve Schlickman, UIC (Moderator)
Aaron Room 009
5. Multimodal Freight Transport
     Reg Souleyrette, UK (Moderator)
Aaron Room 008
5:00pm Adjourn General Sessions
5:15pm Reception and Student Poster Session Heritage Discovery Center
6:30pm Dinner and Keynote Address
John Tunna, Director, Office of Research and Development, Federal Railroad Administration (Keynote Speaker)
Heritage Discovery Center

Tuesday, August 19

7:00am - 10:00am Registration Aaron Lobby
7:00am - 7:45am Continental Breakfast Aaron Student Lounge
7:50am – 8:00am Welcoming Remarks
     Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
8:00am – 9:45am Research Session Presentations
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris Auditorium
8:00am    Andrew Scheppe, UIUC
"Characterization of Vertical and Lateral Wheel Loads"
8:15am    Mohsen Issa, UIC
"Status of NURail Structural and Materials Testing Progress at UIC"
8:30am    Ibrahim Lofty, UIC
"Experimental Evaluation and Modeling of Fastening Systems for Plastic Composite Crossties"
8:45am    Teng (Alex) Wang, UKY
"Rail Crossing 3D Assessment"
9:00am    Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech
"Rail Embankment Investigation Using Remote Sensing for a Permafrost Region"
9:15am    Maen Farhat, UIC
"Totally Prefabricated Counterfort Substructure System for Highway and Railway Applications"
9:30am    Baoshan Huang, UTK
"Laboratory Investigation into Mechanical and Viscoelastic Properties of Hardened Cement Emulsified Asphalt Mortar"
9:45am – 10:00am Break Aaron Lobby
10:00am – 12:00am Research Session Presentations
     Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris Auditorium
10:00am    M. Rapik Saat, UIUC
"Risk Assessment of Adjacent Track Accidents on Shared-Use Rail Corridors"
10:15am    M. Rapik Saat, UIUC
"Risk Management of Rail Transport of Petroleum Crude Oil"
10:30am    Stephen Schlickman, UIC
"Value Capture Coordination: Case Studies and Best Practices"
10:45am    David Nelson, Michigan Tech
"Rural Freight Rail and Multimodal Transportation (The Upper Peninsula of Michigan Case Study)"
11:00am    Maite Pena Alcaraz, MIT
"Capacity Allocation and Pricing on Shared Rail Infrastructure"
11:15am    Ivan Atanassov, UIUC
"Influence of Infrastructure Characteristics on Expanding Rail Corridor Capacity and Operations"
11:30am    Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech
"Rescheduling/Timetable Optimization of Trains along the U.S. Shared-use Corridors"
11:45am    Bo Zou, UIC
"Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Rail Corridors"
12:00am – 1:30pm Lunch and NURail Partner Student Highlights
     Tyler Dick, UIUC (Moderator)
Heritage Discovery Center
12:15pm AREMA Student Chapter Highlights
1:30pm – 2:15pm Education Overview and Summary Session
     Pasi Lautala, UIUC (Moderator/Presenter) with discussion
Devoris Auditorium
2:15pm - 2:30pm Break Aaron Lobby
2:30pm - 4:00pm Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting
     Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris 001
2:30pm - 4:00pm Student Leadership Council (SLC) Business Meeting
     Tyler Dick, UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris 003
4:00pm - 5:30pm Executive Advisory Board (EAB) (NURail Partners & EAB)
     Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
Aaron Room 006
5:30pm - 6:30pm NURail Partners Meeting and Wrap-Up (NURail Partners)
     Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
Devorris Auditorium
6:30pm Joint NURail/Summerail Reception Railroaders Memorial Museum