NURail Annual Meeting Agenda - August 18 - 19, 2014

Penn State Altoona Devorris Downtown Center

1431 12th Avenue

Altoona, PA 16601

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      Theme: Building a Railroad Academic Community

Monday, August 18
7:00am - 5:00pm Registration (Aaron Lobby)

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast (Aaron Student Lounge)  
9:00 - 10:00 NURail Kickoff Meeting (Aaron Room 006)
Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)

    Penn State Altoona Welcome (Barbara Wiens-Tuers, Head, Division of
    Business and Engineering, Penn State Altoona)
    TRB Rail Freight Committee (AR040) welcome (Avery Grimes)
    NURail Welcome and Overview of Center Activities (Chris Barkan)

10:00 - 10:15 Break (Aaron Student Lounge)

10:15 - 12:00             Affiliate Member Program Meeting (Devorris Auditorium)
Program Introduction; Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech (Moderator)
  Affiliate Presentations and panel discussion:
    Dimitris Rizos, University of South Carolina
    Denver Tolliver, North Dakota State University
    Leslie McCarthy, Villanova University
    Steve Dillon, Penn State Altoona

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (Heritage Discovery Center)

1:00 - 2:00 Education and Curriculum Development (Devorris Auditorium)
Jim McKinney, Rose-Hulman (Moderator/Presenter) with discussion
  Discussion Panelists:
    Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech
    Tyler Dick, UIUC
    Dave Clarke, UTK

2:00 - 3:15 Outreach, Workforce Development and Tech Transfer (Devorris Auditorium)
Dave Clarke, UTK (Moderator/Presenter)

      Mini workshops on Outreach and Workforce Development topics

3:15 - 3:30 Break (Aaron Student Lounge)

3:30 - 5:00     Strategic Development Plan Workshop  
  1.  Vehicle - Track Interaction - Devorris Auditorium
        Conrad Ruppert - UIUC (Moderator)
2.  Safety and Risk - Devorris Room 001
        Rapik Saat, UIUC (Moderator)
3.  Network Capacity Planning - Devorris Room 003
        Dave Clarke, UTK (Moderator)
4.  Urban, Regional and HSR Passenger &
     Funding and Economic Development - Aaron Room 009
        Steve Schlickman, UIC (Moderator)
5.  Multimodal Freight Transport - Aaron Room 008
        Reg Souleyrette, UK (Moderator)

5:00     Adjourn General Sessions

5:15 Reception and Student Poster Session (Heritage Discovery Center) 

6:30 Dinner and Keynote Address (Heritage Discovery Center)
John Tunna, Director, Office of Research and Development, Federal Railroad Administration (Keynote Speaker)

Tuesday, August 19    
7:00 - 10:00am Registration (Aaron Lobby)

7:00 - 7:45 Continental Breakfast (Aaron Student Lounge)

7:50 - 8:00    Welcoming Remarks
Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)

8:00 - 9:45 Research Session Presentations (Devorris Auditorium)
Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
  8:00    Andrew Scheppe, UIUC, Characterization of Vertical and Lateral
          Wheel Loads
Mohsen Issa, UIC, Status of NURail Structural and Materials
          Testing Progress at UIC
    Ibrahim Lofty, UIC, Experimental Evaluation and Modeling of
          Fastening Systems for Plastic Composite Crossties 
8:45    Teng (Alex) Wang, UKY, Rail Crossing 3D Assessment
9:00    Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech, Rail Embankment Investigation                  Using Remote Sensing for a Permafrost Region
9:15    Maen Farhat, UIC, Totally Prefabricated Counterfort Substructure
          System for Highway and Railway Applications
9:30    Baoshan Huang, UTK, Laboratory Investigation into Mechanical              and Viscoelastic Properties of Hardened Cement Emulsified                      Asphalt Mortar






9:45 - 10:00 Break (Aaron Lobby)

10:00 - 12:00 Research Session Presentations (Devorris Auditorium)
Conrad Ruppert, UIUC (Moderator)
  10:00    M. Rapik Saat, UIUC, Risk Assessment of Adjacent Track                        Accidents on Shared-Use Rail Corridors
10:15    M. Rapik Saat, UIUC, Risk Management of Rail Transport of 
            Petroleum Crude Oil
10:30    Stephen Schlickman, UIC, Value Capture Coordination: Case 
            Studies and Best Practices
10:45    David Nelson, Michigan Tech, Rural Freight Rail and Multimodal
            Transportation (The Upper Peninsula of Michigan Case Study)
11:00    Maite Pena Alcaraz, MIT, Capacity Allocation and Pricing on 
            Shared Rail Infrastructure
11:15    Ivan Atanassov, UIUC, Influence of Infrastructure                                     Characteristics on Expanding Rail Corridor Capacity and                            Operations
11:30    Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech, Rescheduling/Timetable
            Optimization of Trains along the U.S. Shared-use Corridors
11:45    Bo Zou, UIC, Integrated Modeling of High Performance Passenger
            and Freight Train Operation Planning on Shared Use Rail 








12:00 - 1:30     Lunch and NURail Partner Student Highlights (Heritage Discovery Center)
Tyler Dick, UIUC (Moderator)

      12:15    AREMA Student Chapter Highlights

1:30 - 2:15 Education Overview and Summary Session (Devoris Auditorium)
Pasi Lautala, UIUC (Moderator/Presenter) with discussion

2:15 - 2:30 Break (Aaron Lobby)

2:30 - 4:00 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Meeting (Devorris 001)
Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)

2:30 - 4:00 Student Leadership Council (SLC) Business Meeting (Devorris 003)
Tyler Dick, UIUC (Moderator) 

4:00 - 5:30 Executive Advisory Board (EAB) (NURail Partners & EAB)(Aaron Room 006)
Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator) 

5:30 - 6:30  NURail Partners Meeting and Wrap-Up (NURail Partners) (Devorris Auditorium)
Chris Barkan, NURail Center Director, UIUC (Moderator)
6:30 Joint NURail/Summerail Reception (Railroaders Memorial Museum)  

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