Rail-safety center opens at UTPA - Valley Morning Star : Local News

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Rail-safety center opens at UTPA

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, February 10, 2014 10:46 pm

EDINBURG — The University of Texas-Pan American celebrated the opening of its new Transportation Center for Railway Safety on Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an emphasis on applied research.

In a joint venture with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Texas A&M University, the center will conduct research on how to advance the performance and safety of railways and their component parts, according to a news release from the university.

Calling the research center’s opening both a personal and shared “dream come true,” Constantine Tarawneh, director of UTPA’s mechanical engineering graduate program, said he hopes the center will become one of the nation’s trendsetters for railway safety.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for us,” said UTPA President Robert Nelson, who highlighted the center’s focus on applied research.

Mechanical engineering professor Arturo Fuentes also said the center focuses on hands-on analysis and study.

“The first goal is we’re solving real-life problems,” he said. “We do a lot of testing.”

Fuentes said that the center will be able to engage in collaborative and multidisciplinary work with different companies and additional schools.

While the center currently counts on the work of 32 undergraduate and graduate students, Fuentes aspires for more.

“I hope that at some point we can double that,” he said.

Mechanical engineering senior Joseph Montalvo, said with applied research and learning, “you really get to put those skills to use.”

Online poll

Did you enjoy the game?

Total Votes: 37


Pet Central


Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>



Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>



Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>



Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>