National University Rail Transportation Center - Tier 1

The primary objective of the National University Rail Transportation Center (NURail Center) is to improve and expand rail education, research, workforce development, and technology transfer in the United States. Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech), in collaboration with its academic, industry and state partners, will work to identify important rail knowledge areas for inclusion in these activities. Under the center, the Michigan Tech team is expanding its multidisciplinary research activities from the previous NURail award in various areas, such as rural freight rail and multimodal transportation improvements, human factors and rail safety, infrastructure evaluation and assessment, high performance materials for railroad infrastructure preservation and renewal, and improved materials for the rail industry. Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program (RTP) director also serves as the Associate Director of Education for the consortium. Educational activities are a high priority with focus on expansion of undergraduate level funded projects and internships among other activities. On technology transfer, the main objective is to continue the development of Michigan Rail Conference.


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    • Status: Active
    • Contract Numbers:

      2013-0067 Z11


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Michigan Department of Transportation

      Van Wagoner Building
      425 W. Ottawa Street
      Lansing, MI  United States  48909
    • Project Managers:

      Johnson, Nikkie

    • Performing Organizations:

      Michigan Technological University, Houghton

      1400 Townsend Drive
      Houghton, MI  United States  49931
    • Principal Investigators:

      Lautala, Pasi

    • Start Date: 20150101
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20161231
    • Source Data: RiP Project 39184

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01556298
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 2013-0067 Z11, OR14-056
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Mar 4 2015 1:00AM