About Us

What is AREMA?

The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) is a professional association formed on October 1, 1997, when four railway engineering organizations merged into one. These predecessor organizations, each having over 100 years of service to the rail industry, provide a rich history and exemplary legacy in which AREMA has its roots. AREMA’s Mission is “The development and advancement of both technical and practical knowledge and recommended practices pertaining to the design, construction and maintenance of railway infrastructure.”

AREMA Student Chapter at Illinois

The AREMA Student Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was founded in the fall of 2008. The goal of this chapter is to expose students to railroad engineering education and the railway industry in order to foster the development of leaders in railroad engineering in North America and throughout the world.

Benefits for Student Members

  • Exposure to rail industry practices
  • Employment opportunities
  • Opportunities for hands-on education
  • Technical seminars
  • Field trips
  • Travel to the annual AREMA national conference
  • Social activities on campus

Student Chapter Membership Requirements

  1. Membership is open to all students who have taken or are currently taking UIUC courses.
  2. The membership fee is $10 per year.
  3. Only paying members may attend field trips and the national conference.

To inquire about partnering with, speaking to, or joining the AREMA Student Chapter, please contact Jake Branson (jbranso2@illinois.edu)

2018 Executive Board Members:

President: Jake Branson

Vice President: Lee Evans

Treasurer: Ricardo Qurios Orozco

Secretary: Wesley Chen

Engineering Council Representative: Luis Chavez


Faculty Advisor: Tyler Dick (ctdick@illinois.edu)

After receiving his Masters from Illinois in 2001, Tyler spent 11 years as a railway track design engineer with HDR Engineering in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, where he specialized in route and relocation studies, rail operations simulation, and rail design. His rail design experience includes design of mainline alignments, industrial tracks, interchange tracks, highway grade seperations, hump classification yards and intermodal facilities. This rail design experience encompasses projects for a variety of rail clients including Class 1, short line and industrial operations. He was recognized in 2009 as an HDR Professional Associate for technical expertise in the areas of railway alignment studies and classification yard design. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas.

Returning to Illinois in June 2012, Tyler brings his extensive rail design experience to the classroom while co-teaching courses such as railway project planning and design.

 Past Boards:

 President: Nao Nishio
Vice President: Arthur De Oliveira Lima
Treasurer: Chen-Yu Lin
Secretary: Kaila Simpson
Engineering Council Representative: Josue Bastos
Webmaster: Jacob Rajilich

 President: Thomas Roadcap
Vice President: Brandon Wang
Treasurer: Alexander Lovett
Secretary: Bradford Kippen
Engineering Council Representative: Brevel Holder
Webmaster: Sean Lin
 President: Bill Lygiros
Vice President: Manuel Martin Ramos
Treasurer: Darkhan Mussanov
Secretary: Po-Yin Liao
Engineering Council Representative: Zachary Jenkins
Webmaster: Tom Roadcap

President: Matt Greve
Vice President: Gio DiDomenico
Treasurer: Garrett Fullerton
Secretary: Marcelo Suarez
Student Representative: Chen-Yu Lin
Newsletter Committee: Ivan Atanassov