COVID-19 UPDATE: Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Illinois recently cancelled all in-person events on campus for the summer.  Consequently, RailTEC must make the unfortunate decision to cancel the 2020 Railway Engineering Short Course originally scheduled for 27-31 July 2020.  We apologize for this inconvenience. The Railway Engineering Short Course will resume again in-person on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana during Summer 2021.

The Rail Transportation and Engineering Center (RailTEC) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites you to attend the RailTEC Short Course in Summer 2021.


This course will engage attendees in interactive lectures, relevant case studies, small group discussions and site visit and lab tour to learn about the practical aspects and science behind railway engineering and transportation concepts throughout the week time frame on the University of Illinois Urbana campus. Key topics include:

  • Track systems and infrastructure components
  • Track structural analysis and design
  • Locomotives, rolling stock, and train performance
  • Rail project design and construction

Who Should Attend

Since the course focuses on three general topic areas (track structure design, track geometry/project design and train resistance/motive power/rolling stock), attendees who have a stronger background in one area can still learn about other aspects of railway engineering and the interrelationships between them. In gaining a greater appreciation for the holistic view of rail transport as a system, attendees can make better engineering decisions in the future. The short course is an excellent networking opportunity to meet others engaged in various facets of the rail industry.

  • Rail Professionals
  • Engineers
  • Planners
  • Decision Makers
  • Consultants
  • Executives with non-engineering backgrounds
  • Academics