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ART Group and USC will host AREMA-REES 2018 June 26-27

To foster growth of railway engineering education within universities, AREMA is organizing the Railway Engineering and Education Symposium 2018 (REES 2018).  The goal of REES 2018 is to provide engineering professors with railway curriculum materials and a forum for the exchange of effective program content to increase the visibility of our industry in the classroom.

New Faculty in Railway Engineering

Dr Yu Qian joins the Railway Engineering program at USC in Fall 2017.  He has been working on transportation geotechnics and railroad infrastructure related research, mainly focusing on heavy haul and transit track structure, high speed rail, pavement, geosynthetics, discrete element simulation, and image analysis.  He is currently serving as a committee member for three TRB Committees, two AREMA Committees, and the ASCE Rail Transportation Committee.  He received his PhD degree and MSc degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Civil Engineering and Theoretical and Appl

Railroad Engineering Graduate Certificate Program

NEW!!!  Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering

Accepting applications FALL 2017

The 12-credit hour program is offered online allowing traditional students, as well as working professionals from around the country, to enroll.

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Railway Engineering Courses offered through Distance Learning in the FALL 2016

ECIV 580: Railway Engineering I - Infrastructure Planning and Design

ECIV 784: Railway Dynamics

The courses can be taken for continuing education credit, graduate credit for a Civil Engineering Graduate Degree, or credit for the new Graduate Certificate in Railway Engineering starting Fall 2016*.  The course is offered online

ART Group and USC host the JRC 2016 Conference in Columbia

The Joint Rail Conference 2016  (JRC2016) was held in Columbia, SC in April 12-14 2016.  The Advanced Railroad Technology Group, and the University of South Carolina co-Sponsor the event.  Dr. Rizos is the conference chair.

Jack Taylor is the recipient of a 2015 NRC scholarship

Congratulations Jack! 

Jack Taylor is the recipient of the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association, Inc. (NRC) $4,000 NRC scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. He was ranked 2nd out of 42 applicants.

ART Group wins FRA Contract

The A.R.T Group was awarded a contract on the development of High Strength Reduced Modulus High Performance Concrete for Prestressed Concrete Tie Applications.  The project is sponsored by the USDOT - Federal Railroad Administration and our industry partners CSX Transportation and KSA-Koppers.

Technical Merit Award - ASCE SC Section

Dr. Rizos is the winner of the 2013-2014 “Technical Merit Award" of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), South Carolina Section.  The “Technical Merit Award” is a Recognition for outstanding technical innovations or contributions toward the profession of Civil Engineering.  Dr. Rizos received the award for expanding the level of technical excellence in the area of Railroad Engineering in South Carolina and the creation of the Advanced Railroad Technology Group.

Hannah Barrow and Brigitte Shumpert recipients of 2014 AREMA Scholarships

Please join me in congratulating our students, Hannah Barrow and Brigitte Shumpert for receiving the 2014 AREMA Scholarships.  Brigitte is the recipient of the AREMA Presidential Spouse Scholarship and Hannah is the recipient of the CSX Scholarship.  Both Brigitte and Hannah are actively involved in the AREMA Student Chapter at USC and the railroad engineering program at USC, and are both in excellent academic standing.

Congratulations Hannah and Brigitte, keep up the good work!

New Course on Rail Operations and Logistics

A new course on railway logistics and operations (ECIV 582) is introduced in the curriculum and will be taught in the Spring 2014.  The course is offered through the APOGEE program, a distance learning program at USC and is available for degree and non-degree students.  Please contact Dr. Rizos (, or (803) 777-6166) for more information