Alumni

Michigan Tech has decades long tradition of placing graduates to rail industry careers. Since Rail Transportation Program was established more than 100 Michigan Tech graduates have started their employment in the industry.RTP alumni work for various industry companies, including Class I and smaller freight railroads, passenger railroads, engineering consultants and rail contractors, manufacturers, and DOTS. Our alumni often participate by supporting our programming. Examples for how Alumni can continue to be involved in RTP programming: organizing on-site field trip visits, providing student research project ideas and involvement, providing scholarship support, giving presentations.

We welcome our alumni to keep in touch! Let us know what you are doing. Please fill the Alumni Feedback Form or send an email to rtp@mtu.edu. We can share your news!

RTP Alumni in Rail Industry

Staff Engineer, Engineered Rail Solutions, LLC - MS Graduate (2014), Civil Engineering
Irfan Rasul was an International student from Bangladesh, where he finished his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Irfan completed his MS in Civil Engineering at Michigan Tech, with an emphasis in transportation. His course work included rail, modeling and GIS related courses.
AECOM
Brandon graduated in December, 2010 with a BS in Civil Engineering and is a Transit Engineer with AECOM in Minneapolis, MN. Brandon has been working on track design for the $1.8 Billion Southwest Light Rail project in the Twin Cities for the past three years.
CSX Transportation
Steffanie graduated in May 2010 with a BS in Civil Engineering. She has been working with CSX Transportation since May of 2011. “This job is my first experience in the rail industry. I learned of this position at the MTU 2011 Spring Career Fair. I was looking for a job related to bridges, but I didn’t want to work for a consulting firm. I didn’t realize I could pursue a career in bridges while working in the rail industry until I spoke with the CSX representative at MTU."
Norfolk Southern Railway
Andy Manty graduated in May 2010 with a BS in Civil Engineering. He has been working with Norfolk Southern Railway since July of 2010. “Growing up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there wasn’t much railroad activity, but I did grow up around the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad (LS &I) which services the CCI iron mines in the Ishpeming area. At Michigan Tech I started to get involved with REAC and my interest in the rail industry grew."
Manager of Mechanical Maintenence, UPRR
Victoria is a 2012 graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In June of 2012 she began work for Union Pacific Railroad as an Operations Management Trainee (OMT). When her training is complete Victoria will become a Manager of Mechanical Maintenance. “I had not thought about working for the railroad until visiting the Career Fair at Michigan Tech. After talking to the representative from Union Pacific and looking into their program, my interest grew."
CMMS Coordinator, Loram
Beau is a 2011 graduate with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. In 2010 he worked for a summer with Loram and decided to pursue a full time position after graduation. In 2011 he was hired at Loram and currently holds a position as a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) Coordinator for the domestic fleet. “I started at Loram originally as a general laborer for a summer on a ballast cleaner; there is where my official interest in rail began in 2010. I needed a summer job and ended up enjoying my work so much that I began working for Loram full time in July of 2011."
EMH&T
Dave graduated in May, 2012 with a BS in Civil Engineering and has since been working with EMH&T (Evans, Mechwart, Hambleton & Tilton, Inc.). “My great grandfather worked as a conductor and I have always enjoyed travel by train. One of the highlights of my youth is traveling via Amtrak from Chicago to San Francisco, so I have always had somewhat of a sleeping interest in the industry. The unique program at Michigan Tech helped renew that interest, and with the exposure and education I received it became apparent that the rail industry was for me."
Project Manager - Public Projects, CSX Transportation
I had no knowledge of the rail industry at all when I graduated from Michigan Tech in 2007 (BS in Construction Management, AAS in Civil Engineering Technology). I began working for CSX Transportation in July of 2007 in the Design and Construction department as a Management Trainee. During the Management Trainee program, I spent time at CSX’s training facility in Atlanta, GA. I learned to drive a spike, stringline a curve, change a knuckle, throw a switch, and, most importantly, how to live the safety culture that surrounds CSX and the railroad industry.
Design Engineer, CSX Transportation
I graduated with an associate’s degree in Civil Engineering Technology in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management in 2007. I’m currently a Design Engineer in the Design and Construction department with CSX Transportation in Jacksonville, FL, but I started my railroad career with a CSX engineering internship the summer of 2006. I was hired as a full time manager in the Design and Construction department July of 2007. CSX attends both job fairs that are held at Michigan Tech. It was during one of the job fairs that I was recruited. The internship with CSX provided insight into the railroad industry and peeked interest in developing my knowledge in the field.
Supervisor of Quality Assurance- Signals and Communications Dept., CN
Matt is a 2012 graduate with a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology. He has worked full time for CN Railway since June 2012 as a Supervisor of Quality Assurance for the Signals and Communications Department. “In the summer of 2011 I was on an internship with CN in the Quality Assurance for the Signals and Communications Department. Before speaking with CN at the Career Fair, I had never really thought about working for a railroad, but after my internship I realized it was for me.

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