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Marcus S. Dersch, PE

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Marcus Dersch is a Principal Research Engineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Civil Engineering from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2009 and 2010 respectively, during which time he completed research in Railroad Engineering focusing on fouled railroad ballast performance and ballast performance improvement techniques.  Marcus worked for Union Pacific Railroad as an engineering intern in 2008 and has worked for the Rail Transportation and Engineering Center since 2011.  He obtained his Professional Engineer’s License in 2015 and is the Chairman of AREMA Committee 30 (Ties).  Marcus’ current research interests are railway crosstie and fastener design and railroad ballast performance.