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2014-2015
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RAILROAD ENGINEERING


Telephone:  (302) 831-4863
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Faculty Director:  Dr. Allan M. Zarembski, P.E., FASME, Hon. Mbr. of AREMA
Administrative Contact:  enggoutreach@udel.edu
 
Program Overview

Railroad activity in the United States is flourishing, with expansion across the industry – in freight, passenger (inter-urban and commuter), transit, and emerging high-speed rail.  With increased activity comes the need for highly trained professionals to ensure operating safety, efficiency, and cost-effective use of resources.  Yet many of the most experienced engineers and supervisors are retiring, leaving a gap in knowledge, experience and capability.  This certificate program can help fill that need, as indicated by a market research study conducted in 2013 by the Education Advisory Board, which noted that “Completion of several courses in railroad engineering adequately prepares students to compete for employment in the rail transportation industry.”  This graduate certificate is also designed for engineering professionals working in the area of railroad engineering or for those desiring to expand their knowledge of railroad engineering and related engineering disciplines, to thereby become viable candidates for advancement in the railroad industry. 
 
The certificate program courses are all transferable into a graduate program in civil engineering or mechanical engineering. 
 
Requirements for Admission

Matriculated graduate students in civil or mechanical engineering are eligible to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Railroad Engineering, using their elective course options to focus on the field and earn the certificate.  Students should discuss this with their faculty advisor and notify Engineering Outreach (enggoutreach@udel.edu).  
 
Admissions and enrollment in railroad engineering certificate program courses by those who are not already matriculated in a graduate engineering degree program are managed through the Engineering Outreach Program.  GREs are not required for certificate program admission.  The prospective student is required to submit a copy of his/her undergraduate transcript for review to ensure the necessary technical course background for success in the graduate railroad engineering courses.   Those who hold an undergraduate degree in civil or mechanical engineering should meet the criteria.  Upon approval by the Assistant Dean/Director of Engineering Outreach, the student will be guided through the graduate admissions process to obtain Engineering Outreach/Non-degree matriculation status.  Thereby, courses taken will reside on the graduate transcript (making them applicable to a degree program if/when the student elects to apply/is accepted into a graduate engineering degree program).  Part-time students are self- or industry-funded.  Prospective students should contact Engineering Outreach to begin the admission process:  enggoutreach@udel.edu.
 
Curriculum Specifics

Program Description:  This certificate requires nine (9) credits earned by taking three 3-credit graduate courses as outlined below.  The graduate certificate courses can be taken for credit with standard grading (A, B, etc.) or on a Pass/Fail basis.  Courses in which the student earns a grade of B or better would be transferable as electives into a graduate civil or mechanical engineering degree program.  (At most institutions, including the University of Delaware, a maximum of three courses – 9 credits – taken in non-degree status can be transferred into a graduate degree program.)  If the certificate program participant already holds a graduate degree and does not intend to use the courses toward any future degree program, then the participant may elect to take the courses Pass/Fail, still earning the graduate credits required for the certificate; however, those credits would not be considered transferable into a graduate degree program.

This certificate program will be offered by the University of Delaware’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and will be administered through the Engineering Outreach Program.  Satisfactory completion of the certificate will require the taking of three graduate courses (as detailed below) earning passing grades (P/Pass, or C or better in any course with an overall certificate gpa of 3.0).  (This can be done by students classified EGOR-ND/graduate/non-degree or matriculated in a graduate engineering degree program.)  The certificate completion will be noted on the student’s graduate transcript, and a certificate will be awarded as well, signed by the Director of UD’s Railroad Engineering & Safety Program, the Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, and the Assistant Dean/Director of the Engineering Outreach Program.

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses:
Two courses, selected from the following (additional courses to be added to over time):
CIEG617  Introduction to Railroad Engineering
CIEG618  Railroad Derailment and Safety
CIEG667[1]  Railroad Geotechnical Engineering
 
Note that any of the courses currently listed, or added later to the list of core course options, that are not used to fulfill the required core may be used as an elective course.

Elective Options:
One course from the following CIEG courses.  (Also see the note above.)
CIEG608  Introduction to Bridge Design
CIEG626  Soil Behavior
CIEG628  Ground Improvement Methods
(Additional course options may be added as approved by the CEE graduate committee.)
 
 

[1] Permanent status is being requested in parallel for this experimental course that will be offered for the first time in Spring 2015.
 


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