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John Riley Edwards

John Riley Edwards

John Riley Edwards

Senior Lecturer and Research Scientist
(217) 244-7417
1243 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

Graduate Advisor

  • Christopher P. L. Barkan (MS)
  • Christopher P. L. Barkan (PHD)

Education

  • B.E. Civil Engineering Vanderbilt University 2004
  • M.S. Civil Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2006
  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2019

Biography

J. Riley Edwards is a Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Railroad Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He obtained his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2004. After obtaining his Bachelors degree, he worked for the Canadian National Railway as a Construction Inspector on their Intermodal Gateway Memphis project. After working at Canadian National, Riley attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to obtain a Masters in Civil Engineering concentrating and completing research in Railroad Engineering. He graduated in May of 2006 and worked for Hanson Professional Services, Inc. as a Construction Engineer on BNSF Railway?s Memphis Intermodal Expansion project in Tennessee. In October of 2007, Riley accepted a position as a Lecturer in the Railroad Engineering Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he oversees research and advises graduate and undergraduate students concentrating in Railway Engineering. In 2012 he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Railway Engineering, and in 2013 he was promoted to Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer. His research interests are concrete railway crosstie and fastener design and performance and the design and performance of railway infrastructure in general.

Academic Positions

  • Research Scientist and Senior Lecturer in Railway Engineering 2013 - Present
  • Senior Lecturer in Railway Engineering 2012 ? 2013
  • Lecturer in Railway Engineering 2007 ? 2012

Other Professional Employment

  • Railroad Construction Engineer, Hanson Professional Services, Inc., Memphis, TN, 2006-2007

Professional Registrations

  • P.E. (Illinois) 2014

Research Statement

Edwards has research interests in the areas of railroad civil engineering, design and performance of railway infrastructure components, and railroad infrastructure maintenance and maintenance planning. He has ongoing research projects with Class I railroads, rail industry suppliers, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Railroad infrastructure engineering research topics.

Research Interests

  • My primary research area is relates to the design and performance of railway infrastructure and its components. Specific emphasis on railway sleeper and fastening system design for passenger and freight applications, with focus on materials that are averse to rail seat deterioration and other common failure modes. Additional research areas include the application of machine vision technology to railroad inspection tasks. Specifically these inspection tasks include inspection of the track structure, the structural integrity of the railcar, loading of intermodal trains, as well as other mechanical railcar components.

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Edwards, J.R. (2019). Quantification of Prestressed Concrete Railway Crosstie Flexural Response: Implications for Mechanistic Design. Doctoral Thesis. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL. May 2019.
  • Edwards, J.R. (2006). Improving the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Railcar Safety Appliance Inspections Using Machine Vision Technology. Masters Thesis. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, May 2006.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Schlake, B.W., S. Todorovic, J.R. Edwards, J.M. Hart, N. Ahuja and C.P.L Barkan. 2010. Machine vision condition monitoring of heavy-axle load railcar structural underframe components. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 224 (5): 499-511.
  • Schlake, B.W., C.P.L. Barkan and J.R. Edwards. 2011. Train delay and economic impact of in-service failures of railroad rolling stock. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2261: 124-133.
  • Zeman, J.C., J.R. Edwards, D.A. Lange and C.P.L. Barkan. 2012. Hydraulic pressure cracking in rail seats of concrete crossties. ACI Materials Journal. 109 (6): 639-646.
  • Rapp, C.T., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L. Barkan, B. Wilson and J. Mediavilla. 2013. Measuring rail seat pressure distribution in concrete crossties; experiments with matrix-based tactile surface sensors. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2374: 190-200.
  • Shurpali, A., J.R. Edwards, R. Kernes, D. Lange and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Investigation of material improvements to mitigate the effects of abrasion mechanisms of concrete crosstie rail seat deterioration. ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering.140 (2) 04013009.
  • Kernes, R.G., A.A. Shurpali, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, D.A. Lange and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Investigation of the mechanics of rail seat deterioration and methods to improve the abrasion resistance of concrete sleeper rail seats. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. 228 (6): 581-589.
  • Van Dyk, B.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.J. Ruppert, Jr. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2014. Load characterization techniques and overview of loading environment in North America. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2448: 80-86.
  • Chen, Z., M. Shin, B.O. Andrawes and J.R. Edwards. 2014. Parametric study on damage and load demand of prestressed concrete crosstie and fastening systems. Engineering Failure Analysis. 46 (2014) 49-61.
  • Greve, M.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L. Barkan, H. Thompson, T.R. Sussmann, Jr. and M.T. McHenry. 2015.Examination of the effect of concrete crosstie rail seat deterioration on rail seat load distribution. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2476: 1-7.
  • Williams, B.A., D. Holder, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and C.P.L. Barkan. 2015. Quantification of the lateral forces in concrete sleeper fastening systems. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. DOI: 10.1177/0954409715616997.
  • Grasse, J., S. Wei, J.R. Edwards, D. Kuchma, D. Lange. 2015. Field Study of Load Path in Rail and Concrete Crosstie System. Electronic Journal of Structural Engineering (EJSE), Vol 14, Issue 5, 2015.
  • Van Dyk, B.J., A.J. Scheppe, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and C.P.L. Barkan. 2015. Methods for quantifying rail seat loads and a review of previous experimentation. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. DOI: 0954409715569862.
  • Chen, Z., B. Andrawes, and J.R. Edwards. 2014. Finite Element Modeling and Field Validation of Prestressed Concrete Sleepers and Fastening Systems, Structure and Infrastructure Engineering. Vol. 12, n 5, p. 631-646.
  • Zhang, A., B. Andrawes, and J.R. Edwards. 2015. Parametric Study on the Distribution of Longitudinal Load in Railway Track under Dynamic Wheel Loading Using Finite Element Analysis. SSRG International Journal of Civil Engineering. Vol 2, Issue 5.
  • Zhu, K., J.R. Edwards, Y. Qian and B. Andrawes. 2016. Finite element analysis of the effects of bolt condition on bolted rail joint stresses. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2545: 36?45. DOI: 10.3141/2545-05.
  • Holder, D.E., M.V. Csenge, Y. Qian, M.S. Dersch and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Laboratory investigation of the Skl-style fastening system's lateral load performance under heavy haul freight railroad loads. Engineering Structures.139 (2017) 71-80.
  • Zhang, A., S. Wei, B. Andrawes, D.A. Kuchma, and J.R. Edwards. 2016. Numerical and experimental study on dynamic behaviour of concrete sleeper track caused by wheel flat. International Journal of Rail Transportation. Vol 4, Issue 1, 1-19.
  • Van Dyk, B.J., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, C.J. Ruppert and C.P.L. Barkan. 2016. Evaluation of dynamic and impact wheel load factors and their application in design processes. Online, Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. DOI: 10.1177/0954409715619454.
  • Greve, M.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L. Barkan, J. Mediavilla and B. Wilson. 2016. Effect of particle intrusion on rail seat load distributions on heavy haul freight railroads. International Journal of Rail Transportation. DOI: 10.1080/23248378.2016.1157048.
  • Wolf, H.E., Y. Qian, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and D.A. Lange. 2016. Temperature-induced curl behavior of prestressed concrete and its effect on railroad crossties. Construction and Building Materials. 115:319?326.
  • Lin, X., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, T.A. Roadcap and C.J. Ruppert, Jr. 2017. Load quantification of the wheel-rail interface of rail vehicles for the infrastructure of light rail, heavy rail, and commuter rail transit. Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. DOI: 10.1177/0954409716684266.
  • Zhengboyang, G., Y. Qian, M.S. Dersch, and Edwards, J.R. 2017. Compressive Stress Distribution in Precast Concrete and its Effect on Concrete Crosstie Design. Construction and Building Materials, 151 (2017) 147-157.
  • Shurpali, A.A., J.R. Edwards, R.G. Kernes, D.A. Lange and C.P.L. Barkan. 2017. Improving the Abrasion Resistance of Concrete to Mitigate Concrete Crosstie Rail Seat Deterioration (RSD). Materials Performance and Characterization, 6(1): 20170051.
  • Zhu, K., J.R. Edwards, Y. Qian and B. Andrawes. 2017. Finite Element Analysis of Rail-End Bolt Hole and Fillet Stress on Bolted Rail Joints. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2607: 33?42. DOI: 10.3141/2607-06.
  • J.C. Bastos, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, B. Andrawes. 2017. Flexural Behavior of Concrete Crossties under Different Support Conditions. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, 143(12): 04017064.
  • Edwards, J.R., G. Zhengboyang, H.E. Wolf, M.S. Dersch and Y. Qian. 2017. Quantification of concrete railway sleeper bending moments using surface strain gauges. Measurement - Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 111: 197?207.
  • Edwards, J.R., A.E. Canga Ruiz, A.A. Cook, M.S. Dersch and Y. Qian. 2018. Quantifying Bending Moments in Rail Transit Concrete Sleepers. Journal of Transportation Engineering, Part A: Systems, 144(3): 04018003.
  • Yin, H., Y. Qian, J.R. Edwards and K. Zhu. 2018. Investigation of Relationship between Train Speed and Bolted Rail Joint Fatigue Life Using Finite Element Analysis. In Press: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Quiros Orozco, R.J., J.R. Edwards, Y. Qian and M.S. Dersch. 2018. Quantification of Loading Environment and Flexural Demand of Prestressed Concrete Crossties under Shared Corridor Operating Conditions. In Press: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Lima, A. de O., M.S. Dersch, E. Tutumluer, J.R. Edwards and Y. Qian. 2018. Support Condition and Traffic Loading Patterns Influencing Laboratory Determination of Under Ballast Mat Bedding Modulus and Insertion Loss. In Press: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
  • Bastos, J.C., A. Alvarez Reyes, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, and C.P.L. Barkan. 2018. Laboratory Characterization of Structural Capacity of North American Heavy Haul Concrete Crossties. Accepted: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, In Press.
  • Edwards, J.R., A.A. Cook, M.S. Dersch, and Y. Qian. 2018. Quantification of Rail Transit Wheel Loads and Development of Improved Dynamic and Impact Loading Factors for Design. In Press: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit, Part F.
  • Lima, A.O., M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian, E. Tutumluer, and J.R. Edwards. 2018. Laboratory comparison of mechanical fatigue performance of under-ballast mats under varying loading and support condition. In Press: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit.
  • Bastos, J.C., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and B. Andrawes. 2018. Laboratory analysis of track gauge restraining capacity of center cracked railway concrete sleepers with various support conditions. Engineering Failure Analysis, 94:354-363.
  • Canga Ruiz, A.E., Y. Qian, Edwards, J.R, and M.S. Dersch. 2018. Analysis of the Temperature Effect on Concrete Crosstie Flexural Behavior. Construction and Building Materials, 196:362-374.
  • Qian Y., G. Zhengbouyang, M.S. Dersch, and J.R. Edwards. 2019. Railroad infrastructure 4.0: Development and application of an automatic ballast support condition assessment system. Transportation Geotechnics, 19:19-34.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Williams, B., Edwards, J.R., Kernes, R.G. and Barkan, C.P.L. 2014. Analysis of the Lateral Load Path in Concrete Crosstie Fastening Systems. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Joint Rail Conference, Colorado Springs, USA, April 2014.
  • Greve, M., Dersch, M.S., Edwards, J.R., Barkan, C.P.L., Mediavilla, J. and Wilson, B.M. 2014. Analysis of the Relationship Between Rail Seat Load Distribution and Rail Seat Deterioration in Concrete Crossties. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Joint Rail Conference, Colorado Springs, USA, April 2014.
  • do Carmo, T.B., Edwards, J.R., Kernes, R.G., Andrawes, B.O. and Barkan, C.P.L. 2014. Laboratory and Field Investigation of the Rail Pad Assembly Mechanistic Behavior. In: Proceedings of the 2014 Joint Rail Conference, Colorado Springs, USA, April 2014.
  • Williams, B.A., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, C.P.L. Barkan, R.G. Kernes. 2014. Experimental Field Investigation of the Effects of Lateral Load Distribution on Concrete Crosstie Track. AREMA 2014 Annual Conference, September 28 ? October 1, 2014, Chicago, IL, USA.
  • Williams, B., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, and C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Quantification of Lateral Forces in Concrete Crosstie Fastening Systems. Proceedings of Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. (January 2015).
  • Scheppe, A.J., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Quantifying Lateral Wheel Loading Variation Using Truck Performance Detectors. Proceedings of Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. (January 2015).
  • Wolf, H.E, S. Mattson, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Flexural Analysis of Prestressed Concrete Monoblock Crossties: Comparison of Current Methodologies and Sensitivity to Support Conditions. Proceedings of Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. (January 2015).
  • Greve, M.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L Barkan, H. Thompson, T. Sussmann, and M. McHenry. 2015. Examination of the Effect of Concrete Crosstie Rail Seat Deterioration on Rail Seat Load Distribution. Proceedings of Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. (January 2015).
  • Csenge, M.V., H.E. Wolf, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, R.G. Kernes and M.G. Romero. 2015. Exploration of Alternatives for Prestressed Concrete Monoblock Crosstie Design Based on Flexural Capacity. In: Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 2015.
  • Greve, M.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L Barkan, H. Thompson, T. Sussmann, and M. McHenry. 2015. Evaluation of Laboratory and Field Experimentation Characterizing Concrete Crosstie Rail Seat Load Distributions. In: Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, USA, March 2015.
  • Wolf, H., M. Csenge, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Exploration of alternatives for prestressed concrete monoblock crosstie design based on flexural capacity. In: Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, USA, March 2015.
  • Wolf, H.E, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Flexural Analysis of Prestressed Concrete Monoblock Crossties for Heavy-Haul Applications: Comparison of Current Methodologies and Sensitivity to Support Conditions. In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Austrailia. June 2015).
  • Holder, D., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Quantification of Lateral Forces in Concrete Sleeper Fastening Systems Under Heavy Haul Freight Loads. In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Austrailia. June 2015.
  • Scheppe, A.J., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and C.P.L Barkan. 2015. Quantifying Lateral Wheel Loading Variation Using Truck Performance Detectors. In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Austrailia. June 2015).
  • Greve, M.J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, C.P.L Barkan. 2015. The effect of particle intrusion on rail seat load distribution on heavy haul freight railroads. In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Austrailia. June 2015).
  • Wei, S., D. Kuchma, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, D.A. Lange. 2015. Laboratory and field investigation of concrete sleeper load path and support conditions. In: Proceedings of the 2015 International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Austrailia. June 2015).
  • Csenge, M.V., X. Lin, H.E. Wolf, M.S. Dersch and J.R. Edwards. 2015. Mechanistic Design of Concrete Monoblock Crossties for Rail Transit Loading Conditions. Accepted, American Public Transportation Association 2015 Rail Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 2015.
  • Zhu, Z., J.R. Edwards, Y. Qian and B.O. Andrawes. 2016. Fatigue Analysis of Rail-Head-to-Web Fillet at Bolted Rail Joint under Various Impact Wheel Load Factors and Support Configurations. In: Proceedings of the 2016 Joint Rail Conference, Columbia, SC, April 2016.
  • Ghosh, A., J.R. Edwards and M.S. Dersch. 2016. Effect of Design Rail Cant on Concrete Crosstie Rail Seat Pressure Distribution. In: Proceedings of the 2016 Joint Rail Conference, Columbia, SC, April 2016.
  • Wolf, H.E., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian and D.A. Lange. 2016. Field Measurement of Bending Moments in Prestressed Concrete Monoblock Sleepers. In: Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Railway Research, Milan, Italy, June 2016.
  • Lin, X., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and C.J. Ruppert Jr. 2016. Load Quantification for Light Rail, Heavy Rail, and Commuter Rail Transit Infrastructure. In: Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Railway Research, Milan, Italy, June 2016.
  • Ghosh, A., M.J. Greve, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards and C.P.L. Barkan. 2016. Analyzing Rail Seat Load Distributions on Concrete Sleepers using Matrix Based Tactile Surface Sensors. In: Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Railway Research, Milan, Italy, June 2016.
  • Csenge, M.V., Y. Qian, M.S. Dersch and J.R. Edwards. 2016. Resilient Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Designs for Light Rail, Heavy Rail, and Commuter Rail Transit Infrastructure. In: Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Railway Research, Milan, Italy, June 2016.
  • Bastos, J.C., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards and B.O. Andrawes. 2016. Determination of the Influences of Deteriorated Track Conditions on Gauge Widening in Concrete Sleeper Track. In: Proceedings of the 11th World Congress on Railway Research, Milan, Italy, June 2016.
  • Holder, D.E., Y. Qian, M.V. Csenge, J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch and B.J. Van Dyk. 2016. Comparison of Lateral Load Performance of Concrete Crosstie Heavy Haul Fastening Systems. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2016.
  • Gao, Z., H.E. Wolf, M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian and J.R. Edwards. 2016. Field Measurements and Proposed Analysis of Concrete Crosstie Bending Moments. In: Proceedings of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 2016.
  • Canga Ruiz, A.E., M.V. Csenge, J.R. Edwards, Y. Qian and M.S. Dersch. 2017. Quantification of Rail Displacements Under Light Rail Transit Field Loading Conditions. In: Proceedings of the 2017 Joint Rail Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 2017.
  • Lima, A. de O., M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian, E. Tutumluer and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Laboratory Evaluation of Under-ballast Mat Effectiveness to Mitigate Differential Movement Problem in Railway Transition Zones. In: 10th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields, Athens, Greece, June 2017.
  • Z. Gao, M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian, M.V. Csenge and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Use of Ballast Support Condition Back-Calculator for Quantification of Ballast Pressure Distribution Under Concrete Sleepers. In: Railways and Airfields, 10th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, June 2017.
  • Gao, Z., M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Effect of Track Conditions on the Flexural Performance of Concrete Sleepers on Heavy-haul Freight Railroads. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2017.
  • Holder, B.G.J., Y. Qian, M.S. Dersch and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Lateral Load Performance of Concrete Sleeper Fastening Systems Under Non-ideal Conditions. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2017.
  • Lima, A. de O., M.S. Dersch, Y. Qian, E. Tutumluer and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Laboratory Mechanical Fatigue Performance of Under-ballast Mats Subjected to North American loading Conditions. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2017.
  • Bastos, J.C., A. Alvarez-Reyes, M.S. Dersch and J.R. Edwards. 2017. Development of a New Load-deflection Method for Characterization of North American Heavy Haul Concrete Sleepers. In: Proceedings of the 11th International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, September 2017.
  • Lima, A. de O., M.S. Dersch, E. Tutumluer, J.R. Edwards and Y. Qian. 2018. Support Condition and Traffic Loading Patterns Influencing Laboratory Determination of Under Ballast Mat Bedding Modulus and Insertion Loss. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, January 2018.
  • Quiros Orozco, R.J., J.R. Edwards, Y. Qian and M.S. Dersch. 2018. Quantification of Loading Environment and Flexural Demand of Prestressed Concrete Crossties under Shared Corridor Operating Conditions. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, 2018.
  • Yin, H., Y. Qian, J.R. Edwards and K. Zhu. 2018. Investigation of Relationship between Train Speed and Bolted Rail Joint Fatigue Life Using Finite Element Analysis. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, January 2018.
  • Bastos, J.C., A. Alvarez Reyes, M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards and C.P.L. Barkan. 2018. Laboratory Characterization of Structural Capacity of North American Heavy Haul Concrete Crossties. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 97th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, 2018.
  • Qian, Y., K. Zhu, A.de O. Lima, M.S. Dersch, and J.R. Edwards. 2018. Comparison Of Under Ballast Mat Performance With Different Support Conditions Through Laboratory Experiment And Numerical Simulation. In: Proceedings of the 2018 Joint Rail Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 2018.
  • Bastos, J.C., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and C.P.L. Barkan. 2019. Prediction of Center Flexural Performance of Pretensioned Concrete Railroad Crossties. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, 2019.
  • Liang, Y., J.R. Edwards, and M.S. Dersch. 2018. Causes of Concrete Crosstie Rail Seat Negative Bending Moment. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, 2019.
  • Dersch, M.S., T. Roadcap, J.R. Edwards, and Y. Qian. 2019. Investigation into the Effect of Lateral and Longitudinal Loads on Railroad Spike Stress Magnitude and Location using Finite Element Analysis. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, 2019.
  • Branson, J., M.S. Dersch, J.R. Edwards, A.de O. Lima, and J-Y. Kim. 2019. Analysis of Geometric Ballast Plate for Laboratory Testing of Resilient Track Components. In: Proceedings of Transportation Research Board 98th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C, 2019.
  • Bastos, J.C., J.R. Edwards, M.S. Dersch, and C.P.L. Barkan. 2019. Water damage in cracked prestressed concrete sleepers. Accepted: Proceedings of the International Heavy Haul Association Conference (IHHA), Narvik, Norway.

Invited Lectures

  • Infrastructure Design for High Speed Passenger and Heavy Haul Freight Railroads Overview of RailTEC Infrastructure Research
  • Sustainability of Concrete Railway Crossties and Current Research Needs
  • A Mechanistic Approach to Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Design
  • Concrete Railroad Crosstie Design and Performance
  • Concrete Crossties and Fastening Systems:Previous Experiences, Current Research, and Future Advances
  • Concrete Crossties and Fastening Systems ? Quantifying Loads and Developing Mechanistic Design Practices
  • Concrete Railroad Crosstie Design and Performance
  • Rail Transportation's Role in a Balanced Freight and Passenger Transportation System
  • US Passenger and Freight Rail Capacity Expansion Projects
  • US Passenger and Freight Rail Capacity Expansion Projects
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Chapter Meeting
  • High Speed Rail in North America

Magazine Articles

Professional Societies

  • Steering Committee for University of South Carolina Concrete Tie Research Project (FRA Funded)
  • Student Chapter Coordinator for the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA). As a part of my duties on Committee 24, I oversaw student chapter relations and development throughout the U.S. During my time, we started 6 new student chapters, with additional ones in the planning stages. (2009-2012)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2007-Present)
  • Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) (2002-2006)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Member 2002-Present Member of Rail Transportation Committee (2007-Present)
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association Member (2004-Present) Member of Committee 24 ? Education and Training (2007-2013) Member of Committee 30 - Ties (2008-Present) Member of Committee 5 - Track (2013-Present)
  • Chair - TRB's Standing Committee on Railroad Track Structure System Design (AR050), 2015-Present
  • Transportation Research Board, Member 2004-Present, Member of TRB's Standing Committee on Railroad Track Structure System Design (AR050), Member of Railway Maintenance Committee (AR060)

Service on University Committees

  • CEE Administrative Forum - 2011-2012

Service on Campus Committees

  • Principal organizer for the 2018 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium. This event was attended by over 150 industry experts from around the world who came together for technical discussions on design and performance issues relating to crossties and fastening systems. The event was held on May 15 - 17, 2018 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Principal organizer for the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium. This event was attended by approximately 150 industry experts from around the world who came together for technical discussions on design and performance issues relating to crossties and fastening systems. The event was held on June 14 - 16, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Principal organizer for the 2014 International Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium. This event was attended by approximately 150 industry experts from around the world to come together for technical discussions on design and performance issues relating to crossties and fastening systems. The event was held at UIUC June 3-5th, 2014.
  • Principal organizer for the 2012 International Concrete Crosstie and Fastening System Symposium. This event was attended by approximately 90 industry experts from around the world to come together for technical discussions on design and performance issues relating to concrete crossties and fastening systems. The event was held at UIUC June 6-8th, 2012.
  • Additional leadership and planning experience was gained through work as the ASCE Conference Co-Chair for the 2010 ASCE/ASME/IEEE/TRB/AREMA Joint Rail Conference, held on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign April 27-29, 2010
  • Acted in the principle organizational role for the Railway Engineering Education Symposium, held from June 8-11, 2008 in which over 30 professors from other Civil Engineering schools were invited to the University of Illinois to gain a greater understanding of railroad engineering fundamentals and will be provided with railroad engineering material to take back to their respective universities. REES was extremely successful, and stimulated interest in Railroad Engineering education at many schools throughout North America. I also worked as the academic coordinator for the REES 2010 event in Overland Park, KS, which was made up of another 25 interested faculty to teach them the basics of railroad engineering for inclusion into their courses.

Service to Federal and State Government

  • Lead organizer for 4 August 2014 visit of Honorable Joseph Szabo, FRA Administrator. Visit to CEE and to CERL Schnabel Facility
  • Provide guidance to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) on their use of concrete crossties and fastening systems for higher speed passenger rail systems in the State of ILlinois. (2010-Present)

Honors

  • Progressive Railroading Rising Star Award (2015) (23 March 2015)

Teaching Honors

  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 409) (Fall 2018)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2018)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2016)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2015)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2014)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2013)
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (Spring 2013)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2012)
  • Engineering Council Award for Excellence in Advising (Spring 2011)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 411) (Spring 2011)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 498RD) (Spring 2010)
  • List of Professors Named as Excellent (CEE 498RD) (Spring 2009)

Other Honors

  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) (2007-Present)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Member of Rail Transportation Committee, Part of T&DI Joint Rail Conference Planning Committee (2009 and 2010)
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) (2004-Present) Member of Ties Committee (C-30), Concrete Tie Technology Subcommittee (Sub-4) Member of Education and Training Committee (C-24), University Relations Subcommittee, Student Chapter Coordinator (2011-2013) Member of Track Committee (C-5) (2013 - Present) Member of Tie Committee (C-30), Member of Concrete Tie Subcommittee (S-4)
  • Transportation Research Board Member (2008-Present) Member of Railway Design Committee (AR050) Member of Railway Maintenance Committee (AR060) Chair of Railway Track Structure Design Committee (AR050) (2015-Present)

Courses Taught

  • CEE 409 - Railroad Track Engineering
  • CEE 411 - RR Project Design & Constr