Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Chinese-American Railway Transportation Joint Research Center!


As the world’s population continues to grow and concentrate in urban areas, it is critical to ensure efficiency, sustainability and safety of the transportation systems for current and future generations. Railway transportation, especially high-speed and urban rail transportation, is widely known to provide mobility in an economical, efficient, dependable, safe, and environmentally-friendly manner.


The Chinese-American Railway Transportation Joint Research Center was established on May 12, 2016, as a long-term partnership between the CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC), China, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), USA. Our mission is to engage world-class faculty and researchers at Illinois and state-of-art technologies and practice at CRRC to promote basic and advanced research and development in railway transportation, with a specific focus on engineering technologies for high-speed railway, intercity and urban rail transportation, and freight rail transportation in China and the United States. We also support CRRC with business consulting, academic exchange and technical training.


CRRC Corporation Limited, a Fortune-500 company, is the world’s largest supplier of rail transportation equipment with the most complete product lines and leading technologies. Headquartered in Beijing, CRRC has 46 wholly-owned & majority-owned subsidiaries and over 180,000 employees. Its main businesses cover the R&D, design, manufacture, repair, sale, lease and technical services for rolling stock, urban rail transit vehicles, engineering machinery, all types of electrical equipment, electronic equipment and parts, electric products and environmental protection equipment, consulting services, industrial investment and management, asset management, import and export. The CRRC Institute is a strategic support department directly under the CRRC. It mainly functions as the technical economy research center, science and technology resource , as well as the strategic and development research center of CRRC.


The Center has its headquarters in UIUC’s College of Engineering. The University of Illinois has, through an established collaborative, inter- and multi-disciplinary environment, enjoyed its reputation as a world leader in engineering research and development. The College of Engineering is regularly listed among the top engineering programs in the United States and worldwide, both overall and in a number of specific disciplines. Aiming to solve the world’s greatest challenges and introduce revolutionary ideas, our faculty, students and alumni conduct the most innovative and cutting-edge research in not only engineering but also many other scientific domains.


Within the past two years, the Center has successfully developed and applied a range of new technologies such as new generation of train communication and control systems, high-efficiency but small-scale permanent magnet traction motors, fluid mechanics near high-speed trains in a complex environment, air conditioning within trains, new energy-efficient and durable materials in rail systems. Building upon strong partnership with CRRC, we continue to promote innovation and excellence to help solve the most pressing challenges associated with sustainable and efficient railroad transportation.


Yanfeng Ouyang, Ph.D.
George Krambles Endowed Professor, and Director
Chinese-American Railway Transportation Joint Research Center
Paul F. Kent Endowed Faculty Scholar, Donald B. Willett Faculty Scholar