Rail Transportation Engineering - Penn State Altoona

My Penn State Altoona


Shelby Stigers, '15

  • Rail Transportation Engineering major
  • Sidman, PA

"Being part of the RTE program is one of the best decisions I’ve made. I’ve had the opportunity to conduct research, present my paper at a conference in Colorado, have it published, and meet leaders in the industry. The future looks very promising for me and my fellow RTE grads."


Rail Transportation Engineering

Penn State Altoona is now offering the nation’s first and only Bachelor’s of Science in Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE). In this program, students gain the in-depth engineering and mathematics education required to meet the challenges facing today’s railroad industry. With cutting-edge training in civil infrastructure, signaling, mechanical design/maintenance, and railway operations, RTE graduates are poised to become the leaders of tomorrow’s railroads. With a worldwide resurgence in rail transportation over the last several decades, there is now a great need to train and educate the next generation of railroad engineering professionals. Graduates can expect to work in management and/or engineering roles in either the private or public sector. Countless rail industry companies and organizations are seeking trained engineering professionals, including: Class I railroad companies, shortline railroads, engineering consulting firms, railway suppliers, federal agencies, and various research institutions.

The RTE program is intended for the serious engineering-minded student interested in leading tomorrow’s railroads!

For more information:

Stephen Dillen

Mr. Stephen L. Dillen

Instructor in Electrical Engineering
Business, Engineering, and Information Sciences and Technology

Office: 216A Penn Building
Phone: 814-940-3331
Email: @psu.edu

View/Hide More Information