Chancellor Phyllis Wise was among speakers at the kickoff meeting May 17 in Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory for the new National University Rail (NURail) Center, headquartered in the department. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the center will focus on rail research and education to improve railroad safety, efficiency and reliability. A particular focus will be corridors in which high-speed passenger trains will share infrastructure with freight trains.
CEE Professor and Head Amr S. Elnashai
and Professor Christopher Barkan
, head of the railroad engineering program and Directory of NURail, both also addressed the meeting of representatives from DOT and the various universities that make up the center’s consortium. These include the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan Technological University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the University of Kentucky, and the University of Tennessee.
Attendees of the NURail kickoff meeting pose for a group photo in front of the Yeh Student Center in Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory.