Faculty Profile

Conrad J Ruppert, Jr

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Conrad J Ruppert, Jr
Conrad J Ruppert, Jr
Senior Research Engineer
1245 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801

Primary Research Area

  • Transportation Engineering


Ruppert holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Princeton University (1977) and a master of science in Technology Management from the University of Pennsylvania (1999).

After graduating from Princeton in 1977, he began his railroad career at Amtrak as a Junior Engineer on the Northeast Corridor. Over the course of the next 35 years he held positions covering most aspects of railway track engineering, maintenance operations and track research. In his last assignment at Amtrak he was responsible for managing and directing all aspects of track design, surveying, track standards and specifications, and engineering systems development.

As a part of the University of Illinois’ RailTEC staff he will use his experience to direct research programs, develop the curriculum for and ultimately teach a course on Advanced Track Engineering, and help mentor civil engineering students who are interested in pursuing careers in railroad engineering.

Research Statement

Ruppert's research interests include improving the performance of railroad infrastructure, optimizing railroad maintenance operations and advancing the use of asset management systems.