Barkan Honored for Rail Contributions
The National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP) presented Professor Christopher Barkan with the Association’s Academic Award today, for a career dedicated to promoting the understanding of railroad engineering and advancing rail technology.
Barkan is the Director of the department's Railroad Engineering Program. Under his leadership, the University of Illinois has expanded the rail curriculum from one course to six, making it the largest of any North American university. In 2010, Barkan and his colleagues added a course on High-Speed Rail Engineering—a significant step in the development of an American high-speed rail industry.
“Dr. Barkan has created something special in Urbana-Champaign, and you can see that in the high level of demand for the program’s graduates,” said NARP President
NARP established its Academic Award in 2011, to recognize university and college professors who have excelled in developing and promoting knowledge of passenger train transportation in the
Barkan will be honored at a reception held on Capitol Hill this evening, which will be attended by Congressmen, U.S. Department of Transportation officials, railroad executives, and passenger rail advocates from across the country.
NARP is the largest citizen-based organization advocating for train and rail transit passengers. Since 1967, the organization has worked to expand the quality and quantity of passenger train service in the