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NURail Student Wins Outstanding Student Award
May 1, 2019

Ethan Russell, UK master’s student

Ethan Russell, a University of Kentucky (UK) master’s student, was recently selected to receive the UK College of Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding Master’s Student. This award was given at the awards reception on Monday, April 15 in the Hilary J. Boone Center. Ethan is continuing UK research initiated with NURail funds. This research involves classifying the structural behavior of track, particularly at the Tie/Ballast Interface. To date, his work has been presented or will be presented at seven conferences related to railway construction, maintenance, and management. In addition, his research poster received 2nd place at the 2018 American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Associate Annual Meeting. Ethan is currently the president of the UK RailCats student organization and will graduate in December with his BSCE.

Twelve NURail Students Awarded AREMA Scholarships
March 25, 2019

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Educational Foundation recently announced the winners of their 2019 scholarships. Twelve of the 28 AREMA scholarships awarded went to students attending NURail Center partner schools and an additional five went to NURail affiliate members. 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. For a complete list of names and their awarded scholarships, click here. Congratulations to all!

NURail Supports Engineering Open House Visitors
March 13, 2019

For the sixth year in a row the NURail Center and RailTEC have welcomed Hanson Professional Services Inc. and a group of middle and high school students from Springfield, IL to Engineering Open House (EOH) on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. This year’s event was on Saturday, March 9, 2019. EOH is an annual student-led event featuring two days of exhibits and competitions that showcase the engineering students and is open to the public at no cost. Hanson’s group of 36 students and adults spent the day examining a portion of the over 250 interactive exhibits on display spread throughout 17 different University buildings.

NURail Partners Meet in D.C.
January 15, 2019

NURail colleagues from the University of Kentucky with their poster presentation at TRB. (L-R) Professor Jerry Rose, visiting scholar Qingjie Liu and students Travis Watts and Ethan Russell.

NURail Center partners met on January 13, 2019 during the 98th Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) meeting in Washington, D.C. In addition to discussing remaining project funds, timelines and reporting requirements, meeting participants also discussed plans for future education, workforce development and outreach activities. During the meeting it was noted that at the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) 2019 Annual Awards Banquet, U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen acknowledged the NURail program in comments made as part of the keynote speech. Four NURail partner universities were represented at TRB with either posters or presentations at the conference.

University of Kentucky Poster Winners
September 28, 2018

Left to Right: Ethan Russell, Aaron Cole, Liam Dancey, Brent Thompson, and Travis Watts; before departing to the AREMA Meeting

Five University of Kentucky (UK) RailCats attended the Annual American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) meeting in Chicago in September 2018. RailCats is the UK AREMA Student Chapter. Their poster received second place from among numerous submittals from schools all over the country. Civil engineering alumnus and current graduate student Travis Watts’s research on mechanistic track design served as the focus for the poster.

Click here to see their poster.

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Who We Are

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:

University 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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