Last month, the University of Kentucky Department of Civil Engineering received visitors from South Korea who were in the United States for reviewing advances in railroad engineering research in the U.S. Civil engineering professor Jerry Rose arranged for presentations, conducted a tour of the College of Engineering and drove the group to the University of Tennessee—Knoxville, where a portion of UK’s railroad engineering projects are located.
The primary purposes for the group’s visit were to discuss and share common research interests and accomplishments by the University of Kentucky and the Korean Railway Research Institute relative to developing innovative railway trackbed structural designs and concurrent in-track construction techniques.
The visiting group included: Seung-Hyeok Lee, Korea Railway Research Institute; In-Se Lee, Korea Railroad Technical Corporation; Il-Ho Na, Korea Petroleum Industry; Hyeok-Jung Kim, Kumho Petrochemical R&D Center and Daewook Park, Kunsan National University. They gave presentations on asphalt mixture and performance testing for asphalt trackbeds, the Korean Railway Institute and the Korea High Speed Railway System.
UK is one of only about a dozen universities in the United States to offer courses in railroad engineering and conduct railway research studies. These activities have been on-going since the early 1980s. U.K. has been a leader in the re-activation of University Railway research during the intervening years.