Events

Date Description
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Dr. Samual Labi, Professor at Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University was invited to give a presentation in a series of Distinguished Seminar in Railroad Infrastructure at UNLV. Presentation: Rail Infrastructure Deterioration Modeling – The Factor Moment Approach Total of 17 participants including students, faculty and people from industry attended the presentation.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Dr.Allan M Zarembski, PE, FASME, Hon Mbr AREMA,Professor and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program at the University of Delaware was a guest speaker in a series of Distinguished Seminar in Railroad Infrastructure at UNLV. Presentation: Fundamentals and Selected Technical Issues for High Speed and Heavy Axle Railroad Engineering Abstract This lecture addresses the engineering issues associated with heavy axle load and high speed railway track to include the load environment, the modes of failure, factors that drive engineering design and maintenance considerations, as well as a discussion of several selected track engineering problems to include rail fatigue and track buckling. Attendance: UNLV faculty and students attended this presentation.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
UNLV professors working on the Railroad UTC sponsored projects presented their projects to faculty and students at UNLV. The presented projects and their respective speakers are listed below. Presentation:  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. Speakers:  Dr. Yingtao Jiang and Dr. Ruixue Sun Presentation:  Mobile 3D Printing of Rail Track Surface for Rapid Repairment Speakers:       Dr. Z.Y. Wang Presentation:  Developing Acoustic Technology to Detect Transverse Defects in Rail at High Speed (220 mph) Speakers:       Dr. Ryan Sharman, Dr. Bingyin Hu, Dr. Yingtao Jiang and Dr. Ying Tian Presentation:  High speed rail access charge for the XpressWest of Nevada Speakers:        Dr. Jin Choi, Dr. Mohamed Kaseko, Dr. Hualiang (Harry) Teng Total of 12 participants who include students and faculty attended the presentations
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.
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
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.