The Ingeniero Rafael del Pino y Moreno Chair in Railway Engineering, which was presented today, is part of the Civil & Transport Engineering Department of the Civil Engineering School (ETSICCP) at Madrid Polytechnical University and has the financial support of Grupo Ferrovial and the Rafael del Pino Foundation.
The Chair's main mission is to promote teaching, knowledge, research and innovation in railway engineering in a situation of leadership within Europe.
The Ingeniero Rafael del Pino y Moreno Chair in Railway Engineering will engage in activities on the basis of a Long-term Strategic Plan, to be reviewed every five years, with short-term activities being determined by a Plan to drawn up by the Commission each year.
The Chair's general fields of activity will be as follows: fostering and maintaining research related directly to railways; supervising Ph.D. dissertations; supervising undergraduate projects; publishing specialised monographs; providing post-graduate teaching, both specialised and ongoing; organising technical seminars and other scientific and technical events; cooperating in the area of railways, under any formula it decides at any given time, with companies and government agencies in Spain that have responsibilities in that area; establishing such prizes and incentives as it sees fit within the Chair's budget.
Forthcoming actions include organising Conferences and International Symposia on Railways (for example, the Japanese model of railways will be analysed, and a comparative analysis will be conducted of the French model, using ballast, with the German model, which uses slab track); research projects (e.g. options for speeds of 400 km/h, and magnetic levitation) and selection of interns; definition of the proposal for a Master's Degree in Railway Engineering; provision of resources to establish a Railway Laboratory at the Engineering School; publications on issues relating to railways.