Events

Date Description
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Hosted by AREMA Student Chapter, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) at University of Nevada Las Vegas -Main Campus The seminar on railroad dynamics was held on campus of the university of Nevada Las Vegas on October 18, 2018. The seminar was delivered by Mr. Marco Santoro, a Friction Management Applications Manager at LB Foster Rail Technologies Corp.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
The UNLV RailTeam is hosting a two-day railroad infrastructure symposium with various expert guest speakers following the Rail Dynamic seminar on October 15. Join us as we discuss the practice and state of the art in railroad infrastructure diagnosis and prognosis. Professionals will present new technologies and methods in monitoring and maintaining railroad infrastructure that includes both the track and rolling stocks. The event will include an open discussion with a panel of experts and participating professionals to discuss issues with current and proposed technologies and methods. By attending the symposium, you are entitled to 2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 12 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Spaces are limited, so fill out the registration form today and send to the contact below. Schedule October 16 Symposium - 7:30 AM - 3:50 PM    Reception -  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM October 17 Symposium - 7:30AM - 11:00AM
Monday, October 15, 2018
The seminar on railroad dynamics was held on campus of the university of Nevada Las Vegas on October 15, 2018. The seminar was delivered by Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, a Professor and Director of Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety and Center for Railway Technologies Laboratory at Virginia Tech. The topics covered in the seminar include Wheel-Rail Dynamics, Track Dynamics, Suspension Dynamics, Train Dynamics - Tangent Track, Train Dynamics - Curved Track, and Ride Analysis.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Rail Transportation Engineering and Advance Maintenance (RailTEAM), which is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center on Improving Rail Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability organized a seminar on Seminar in Railroad Infrastructure. The seminar was attended by over 20 people from academia and industry. Four following presentations were covered during this seminar.  Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am Presentation: Development and Validation of a New Generation Rail Wear Model Using Emerging Big-Data Analytic Techniques Speaker: Allan M Zarembski, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware Time:10:30 am – 11:00 am Presentation: Mobile 3D Printing of Rail Track Surface for Rapid Repairment Speaker: Z.Y. Wang, Mechanical Engineering, UNLV Time: 11: 00 am – 11:30 am Presentation: UAV Applications to Track Inspection of Irregularity Measurement Speaker: Yingtao Jiang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNLV Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 am Presentation: Non-Propriety Ultra High-Performance Concrete for Ballast-Track High Speed Railroad Sleepers. Speaker: Nader Ghafoori, Civil and Environ. Engineering and Construction, UNLV Similar seminars will be organized for the coming year.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Our Railroad University Transportation Center will hold the annual meeting and railroad seminar on June 26th 2018.  During this seminar faculty from University of Delaware, Virginia Tech and UNLV will present their research. The seminar will take place in Science & Engineering Building (SEB), Room 2212. The list of presentations is shown below Time: 9:30 am - 10:30 am Presentation: Development and Validation of a New Generation Rail Wear Model Using Emerging Big-Data Analytic Techniques Speaker: Allan M Zarembski, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware Time:10:30 am – 11:00 am Presentation: Mobile 3D Printing of Rail Track Surface for Rapid Repairment Speaker: Z.Y. Wang, Mechanical Engineering, UNLV Time: 11: 00 am – 11:30 am Presentation: UAV Applications to Track Inspection of Irregularity Measurement Speaker: Yingtao Jiang, Electrical and Computer Engineering, UNLV Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 am Presentation: Non-Propriety Ultra High-Performance Concrete for Ballast-Track High Speed Railroad Sleepers. Speaker: Nader Ghafoori, Civil and Environ. Engineering and Construction, UNLV Light refreshments will be provided.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Rail Transportation Engineering and Advance Maintenance (RailTEAM), which is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center on Improving Rail Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability organized the advisory board meeting during the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting, January 8, 2018. The Grant Manager, advisory board members, and different professors engaged in researches under RailTEAM attended the advisory board meeting. During board meeting, directors from each of the three centers presented the brief report of the ongoing research activities and the plan for the next year. Board members were then given time to provide their comments on the delivered presentation by center directors. In general, board members had positive comments on the research progress.
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Rail Transportation Engineering and Advance Maintenance (RailTEAM), which is a Tier-1 University Transportation Center on Improving Rail Transportation Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability organized a reception during the 97th Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Meeting, January 7, 2018. The RailTEAM constitutes of three universities: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University of Delaware, and Virginia Tech. During reception, different research activities performed by the center were displayed through posters and power points. University of Nevada, Las Vegas had four posters showing the research on High-Speed rail, University of Delaware had five posters displaying the research on railroad substructure and big data, while Virginia tech displayed their research on Top of Rail (TOR). People from various profession with interest in railroad and high-speed rail joined the reception.
Monday, December 18, 2017
The Railroad University Transportation Center at University of Nevada, Las Vegas which is part of the three-university consortium working under Rail Transportation Engineering and Advance Maintenance (RailTEAM) organized a three-day High-Speed Rail system seminar between December 18-20, 2017. The seminar covered a wide range of topics, from evolution and growth of high-speed rail, design, operation to maintenance.  The seminar materials were delivered by seven presenters with different High-Speed Rail backgrounds, from industry to academia. More than 40 people with different high-speed rail experience attended the seminar. Speaking after the seminar, most of the attendants were very satisfied with the coverage and the materials provided. Similar seminars on High-Speed Rail will be offered by RailTEAM every year.
Monday, December 18, 2017
The Railroad University Transportation Center at University of Nevada, Las Vegas which is part of the three-university consortium working under Rail Transportation Engineering and Advance Maintenance (RailTEAM) organized a three-day High-Speed Rail system seminar between December 18-20, 2017. The seminar covered a wide range of topics, from evolution and growth of high-speed rail, design, operation to maintenance.  The seminar materials were delivered by seven presenters with different High-Speed Rail backgrounds, from industry to academia. More than 40 people with different high-speed rail experience attended the seminar. Speaking after the seminar, most of the attendants were very satisfied with the coverage and the materials provided. Similar seminars on High-Speed Rail will be offered by RailTEAM every year.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Presentation: Railroad Engineering Education Speaker: Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta Professor, PhD, FSAE, FASME, AFAIAA ABSTRACT: Railroad Engineering Research: From Torch and Hammer to Super Sensitive LIDAR systems Some of the contemporary topics related to railroad engineering is addressed. The presentation will concentrate on a review of how the rail industry’s need can be met while meeting the educational and research mission of academic institutions. It is mentioned that while the needs of the academia and industry can be vastly different, it is possible to craft programs that can meet both. To this end, examples are drawn from the Association of American Railroads (AA) affiliated lab program at Virginia Tech. The discussions are further extended to include suggestions on how the rail tanker car safety may be improved through an industry-academia affiliated program. Speaker's Bio:  Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He has published more than 400 papers on various transportation topics, including advanced railroad systems. He has served as Editor and Editor-in-Chief for some of the most prestigious journals in the area of vehicle dynamics, vibrations, and control. Dr. Ahmadian is an internationally known scholar with more than 25 years of experience in railroad research. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984, and has served in various capacities in industry and academia for the past 33 years, including working at Virginia Tech since 1995 This seminar is jointly sponsored by USDOT University Transportation Center (UTC) Railroad Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability and AREMA Student Chapter at UNLV RSVP: By 5:00 PM, Friday, November 10, 2017 to Boniphace Kutela by e-mail: boniphace.kutela@unlv.edu Refreshment: pizza and light refreshments
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Four UNLV professors who are working on the UTC sponsored projects presented their projects during Fall Transportation Conference which is the annual conference  held in Las Vegas co sponsored by  Nevada Chapter of ITE along with ITS Nevada, ASCE Southern Nevada Branch, UNLV College of Engineering and WTS Nevada Chapter.  It is a two day conference with transportation professionals and students from Nevada and neighboring states in attendance. The presented projects with their respective project investigators (PIs) are; 1. High Speed Rail Access Charge for Xpress West of Nevada, Dr. Jin Ouk Choi and Dr. Hualiang Teng 2. Developing Acoustic Technology to Detect Transverse Defects in Rail at High Speed, Dr. Ryan Sherman 3. Development of a Platform to Enable Real Time, Non-Disruptive Testing and Early Fault Detection of Critical High Voltage Transformers and Switchgears in High Speed Rail, Dr. Yingtao Jiang 4. Mobile 3D Printing of Rail Track Surface for Rapid Repairment, Dr. Zhiyong Wang
Friday, September 15, 2017
  The USDOT University Transportation Center (UTC) on Railroad Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability at UNLV invited Dr. Anthony Perl, Professor of Urban Studies & Political Science to present his study's findings regarding high-speed rail in a series of Distinguished Seminar in Railroad Infrastructure.   Presentation Title: Lessons for the United States from High-Speed Rail’s Urban Impact in China. Abstract: High-speed rail (HSR) is enabling new form of urban and regional development across China. This presentation examines the increasing urban accessibility that has been created by HSR across China and draws lessons for how HSR development impacts could affect mobility and spatial dynamics in the United States. Attendance: A total of 19 participants including students, faculty and people from industry attended the seminar.