Civil Engineering Program Covered in Railway Track and Structures Magazine

November 7, 2016

The University of New Mexico’s civil engineering program has been covered in the November issue of Railway Track and Structures (RT&S). This article outlines the new efforts nationwide to educate tomorrow’s railway engineers. In the three-page article entitled, “Rail Engineering’s Educated Effort,” RT&S editor Wanek-Leibman describes the addition of the railroad engineering teaching and research initiatives offered in our department. Other universities listed in the article are Michigan Tech, Penn State, University of Delaware, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

The RT&S November 2016 article describes UNM’s teaching offerings in structural bridge design and structural dynamics as well as the collaborations with STEM classes, connecting laboratory experiments over the internet, smart monitoring using new sensing technologies, summer research programs shared with Sandia National Laboratories, and research with Los Alamos National Laboratory related to UAS’s remote inspection of railroad bridges. The article also echoes the first smart management of infrastructure summer camp offered last summer, where two high schoolers from Albuquerque conducted experiments on smart monitoring of bridges and structures.  Led by graduate students of the Smart Management of Infrastructure (SMILab), it is part of the department’s ongoing efforts and investment in new technologies and innovation.