Monday, October 9, 2017

October 2017 GBM

MTU Rail Members,

TOMORROW is our October General Board Meeting, in Fisher 101 at 7pm

Join us as Robert Pokorski presents his take on a 30-year career in the railroad industry. From a mechanical engineering background to the upper management of large railroad firms, Mr. Pokorski is sure to have plenty of insight into what he terms "the good, the bad, and the ugly" of the Railroad Industry. 

So join us for some sage advice from a 30-year industry veteran. We'll also be discussing our upcoming fall field trip, internship and scholarship application season, and many more items for your consideration and growth within the Rail Program, here at Michigan Tech! 

Oh - it's also Taco Tuesday! So bring your appetite, as we'll have plenty of refreshments for you to enjoy throughout the meeting.  

See you there! 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Rail Night XIII is next week Tuesday, and Registration is open now. Reserve your seat today!
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WHAT: Presented by the Railroad Engineering & Activities Club (REAC), this is our showcase event that brings rail industry companies from all over to our very own Michigan Tech. Interact with a dozen rail industry employers in a casual environment, which also includes a sit-down dinner and an enlightening keynote address! Plus, students will have a chance to win one of many door and raffle prizes during the event - which is covered by our modest $5 registration fee. A detailed schedule is listed at the bottom of this message.
WHEN: October 3rd, 2017 from 5-8:30 pm
WHERE: Memorial Union Building (MUB) Ballroom
WHY: This is the unparalleled opportunity to ask questions of industry people, build out your network, and of course have fun. The Rail Industry is proud to be a "green" transportation solution and is looking to build out their ranks with great young people! Many Tech Alum in the industry increases your chances with hiring on - Tech folk hire Tech people! This is an exciting event which only comes around once per year!
WIN: A certificate for a one-day snowmobile rental from Copper Country Rentals - a $200 value! Other prizes include a $50 and a $25 gift card to the campus bookstore, and many more smaller giveaways. You're automatically entered by signing up, but you must be present to win!
SIGN-UP: Registration can be completed online at the following link - follow the directions to student registration. The $5 registration fee covers our raffle prizes and dinner event. tinyurl.com/z8usd82
Or you can stop by in person and register at our table in Fisher Hall Lobby from 10-2, on September 27 and 28 - that's this Wednesday and Thursday.
Any questions or concerns may be directed at achristm@mtu.edu or dannelso@mtu.edu
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Rail Night Schedule:
5-6pm - Industry Discussion Panel - Here what members of the industry have to say.
6-7pm - Social Hour! Talk to many industry reps in a casual environment.
7-8:30pm - Dinner and Keynote Address! More chances to meet and greet around the table, and hear from Kevin Riddett, the CEO of Railworks, a major player in the engineering side of the railroad industry.
Hope to see you there!



Thursday, April 6, 2017


The Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering and Activites Club (REAC) will be holding our final general business meeting of the year on Tuesday, April 11th at 7pm in Fisher 133. A meal and refreshments will be served. See the attached flyer for details! 

This month's agenda includes our featured presentation by Erik Czarnik, from Canadian National. He'll be presenting "A Journey in Signals and Communications". He will be presenting on numerous projects he has worked on in his 10 year tenure at Canadian National. Be on the lookout for the google calendar invite later today.

Lastly, we'll be offering the last chance to enter our semester-long raffle prize - the winner receives a $50 gift card!


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering and Activites Club (REAC) will be holding our next monthly general business meeting on Tuesday, March 14 at 7pm in Fisher 133. This month's agenda includes our featured presentation by Aaron Lee & Dan Schulte from Quandel and Ryan Hoenshide from MDOT, who will talk about the design of MDOT's Michigan Line. This new line will allow commuter traffic from Ann Arbor to Detroit. 
Another item on our agenda is Officer Elections. All officer positions are open for the 2017-18 academic year and will be available to anyone who wishes to run. If you have not yet had the chance to fill a leadership position, this will be an excellent opportunity for you! Also, employers look for these kinds of leadership roles on resumes. 
As always, Pizza and refreshments will be served! 
See you on Tuesday!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering & Activities Club (REAC) will be holding a Railroad Careers Night at 7PM on Wednesday, February 22nd. This event will bring together all of the rail industry company representatives that will be in attendance at the Michigan Tech Spring Career Fair into one central location so you can get some more one-on-one time with great employers. Join us for a relaxing evening filled with food, information, and casual conversation. 


Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering and Activites Club (REAC) will be holding our next monthly general business meeting on Tuesday, Feb 7 at 7pm in Fisher 133. This month's agenda includes our featured presentation by Dave Thomson, from Engineered Rail Solutions. He'll be presenting "State of the Freight Rail Industry", providing his insights into the current patterns, trends and happenings within the industry. With over 30 years of experience, he's sure to have some fascinating insights to share with us.
In addition to the presentation, we'll also take some time to discuss involvement and job opportunities - the spring career fair is coming up! We also have our spring field trip on the docket for March, so you'll get to hear about some of what we're planning, and have a chance to sign up for that. Subs and refreshments will be served. Lastly, we'll be offering more chances to enter our semester-long raffle prize - the winner receives a $50 gift card in April! 

Have a great day, and we'll see you on Tuesday!

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering and Activites Club (REAC) will be holding our next monthly general business meeting on Tuesday, Jan 17 at 7pm in Fisher 133. This month's agenda includes our featured presentation by Mike Larson, an MTU Grad who now works for BNSF Railway in their locomotive mechanical department. He'll be coming to us live via Web Conference and will discuss topics about maintaining BNSF's expansive motive power fleet.
We're looking for questions you may want to have answered by Mike - if you have any such questions about the topic, send us an email at achristm@mtu.edu and we'll add it to the materials being forwarded on to him.
In addition to the presentation, we'll also take some time to discuss involvement and job opportunities - the spring career fair is coming up. We also have our spring field trip coming up in March, so you'll get to hear about some of what we're planning. Fitting with Mike's presentation, our company highlight will cover BNSF, the nation's second-largest railroad. Lastly, we'll be offering a different sort of raffle prize this semester, so make sure you stop by to find out what that is. Pizza and refreshments will be served. See the attached flyer for more details! 
See you on Tuesday!