Tuesday, March 18, 2014

9th Annual Railroad Night Completed!

Dear Colleagues, 

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and the Rail Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) thank you for your participation in our 9th Annual Railroad Night and related Rail Day activities. 

The 9th Annual Railroad Night and related Rail Day activities on February 18th, 2014 created a successful and exciting event. Railroad Night brought together a diverse range of participants including rail industry, students, the community, and Michigan Tech faculty, staff, and administration.  Over 150 participants made for a full house and an exciting evening. The event, sponsored by RTP program partners Norfolk Southern, Union Pacific and CN, drew in 15 industry companies. 
The Rail Transportation Program has been founded on a multi-disciplinary approach and this year’s Railroad Night demonstrated the interest across the university. Students and faculty from a diverse cross section of campus attended the event. Faculty and students from ten departments were represented, as well as the administration, including Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Max Seel, Board of Control member Paul Ollila, and Vice President for Governmental Relations, Dale Tahtinen.

Railroad Night included poster presentations of rail related faculty and student research, industry sponsor tables, food, door prizes, and special events.  Keynote speaker Lisa Stabler, President of the Transportation Technology Center Inc.(TTCI) of Pueblo, CO, and one of the leading female executives in the industry gave a presentation on rail industry research and outlook from TTCI. Tom Bartlett (EE, 2008), from Union Pacific was awarded an Honorary REAC membership for his contributions to advance the RTP and REAC.  Over 80 students signed up to participate in the event and were provided the opportunity to socialize, network, and dine with industry and faculty. The event this year was a great success and yet another step to strengthen ties between faculty researchers, rail industry representatives, local technology companies, and students from Michigan Tech.
Thank you again for your participation in this important and memorable event and please stay in touch with upcoming RTP and REAC events. 
Please visit our website for photos and follow up information. http://www.rail.mtu.edu/Railroad_Night/index2014.htm