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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.

2018 NURail Annual Meeting
August 14, 2018

NURail held its annual meeting in conjunction with TRB's Summerail at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga, TN on August 1-3, 2018. Travis Watts, a graduate research assistant at the University of Kentucky – Lexington, presented his work on "Crosstie/Ballast Interfacial Pressure Measurement and Analyses" on Wednesday afternoon while Tyler Dick, RailTEC's Senior Research Engineer and Director of Education, gave his presentation Friday morning on "Influence of Traffic Complexity on Railway Hump Classification Yard Capacity". The meeting included a technical tour on Thursday.

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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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205 N. Mathews Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801

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