Education Sessions

Education Sessions

 

ASLRRA's 2024 Conference will offer 12 educational tracks. Click on a track name below to see the sessions affiliated with each track (topics, speakers and times are subject to change):

 


ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE OF WAY

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

The FAMES committee has analyzed past fatalities involving Roadway Maintenance Machine Safety (RMMS). Those findings will be discussed including RMM qualifications and safety requirements.

MODERATOR:

Kyle Kellem, Roadmaster/Emergency Manager, Tacoma Rail

SPEAKER(S):

Lance Hawks, Human Performance Specialist with the Safety Partnerships Divsion, FRA; Cory Johnson, Railroad Technical Specialist, Human Performance, FRA

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Gain the perspetive of a project engineer regarding the steps and process of a CRISI project including pitfalls, government requirments and overcoming challenges for a succeful project.

MODERATOR:

Michael Atzert, Rail Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell

SPEAKER(S):

Lucus Brewer, Geographic Discipline Leader/Rail, Colliers Engineering and Design; Kevin Keller, Vice President, HDR

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Learn the required steps from preplanning to conclusion of a successful cut and slide project, including the flash butt welding process.

MODERATOR:

Kyle Kellem, Roadmaster/Emergency Manager, Tacoma Rail

SPEAKER(S):

Carl Belke, Railroad Consultant, Livonia, Avon & Lakeville RR

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Learn about alternative project delivery methods beyond the traditional design-bid-build format.

MODERATOR:

Lucus Brewer, Geographic Discipline Leader/Rail, Colliers Engineering and Design

SPEAKER(S):

Austin Holub, Project Manager, PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.; Brett Harding, Const. Project Manager, Burns & McDonnell; Jo Meyer, Staff Civil Engineer, Burns & McDonnell

Sponsored by:

NRSS


FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Since the pandemic there have been several disruptions to the U.S. economy: tight labor market, supply chain delays, inflation, fiscal and monetary policy and more. In this presentation, Dan Heckman, National Investment Consultant for U.S. Bank, will provide an overview of the current state of the economy and the outlook for 2024. He will also discuss the Federal Reserve’s policy actions and guidance in response to recent inflation and subsequent disinflation. Finally, he will highlight some of the potential risks and opportunities that investors may face in the “new normal” environment.

SPEAKER(S):

Dan Heckman, National Investment Consultant, US Bank

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

This session will cover the most current, pressing financial issues impacting the short line railroad industry.

SPEAKER(S):

TBD

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

TBD

SPEAKER(S):

Robert Auditore, Principal/Financial Advisor, CapTrust; John Peterson, CapTrust

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

This presentation is a beginner's guide to AI, covering the basics in three key sections. First, it introduces AI concepts like machine learning and deep learning. Second, it outlines typical use cases for various industries. Finally, it provides practical tips and resources to kickstart your journey into the exciting world of artificial intelligence.

SPEAKER(S):

George Casey, Principal, Data Scientist, Advanced Analytics, RSM US LLP

Sponsored by:

Bowers


HUMAN RESOURCES

Sponsored by:

Stinson


LEGAL

Sponsored by:

Fletcher & Sippel LLC


LEGISLATIVE & REGULATORY

Sponsored by:

Mullins Law


MARKETING

Sponsored by:

Trinity Rail


MECHANICAL

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

This session will consist of multiple presentations regarding options to reduce locomotive emissions. An expert panel will provide details of their solution followed by a Q&A session.

MODERATOR:

Joe Bentrup, Mechanical Superinendent, Terminal Railroad Association

SPEAKER(S):

Glen Rees, Director, Rail Business Development, Cummins Sales and Service; Ryan Mueller, Director, Low HP Product Management, Progress Rail, Caterpillar Co.; Ross Parisi, VP - Product Management, Wabtec; Samir Nirula, Director and Board Member, Medha

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

In this session, presenters will discuss the status of the new 4-port single-car testing, discuss the car maintenance and repair process, and provide updates on AAR billing.

MODERATOR:

Christine Benson, Director, Customer Relations & Operational Support, Harbor Rail Services Company

SPEAKER(S):

Bill Ritter, Quality Assurance Manager, Harbor Rail Services Company; Thom Cathcart, Founder & President, Cathcart Rail; Hannah McGary, Vice President of Continous Improvement, Cathcart Rail

Sponsored by:

Cathcart Rail


SAFETY & OPERATIONS

Sponsored by:

MaxAccel


TECHNOLOGY

Sponsored by:

PST


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Join ASLRRA's Young Professionals Committee as they host an in-person Operation Lifesaver (OLI) Training. Pre-registration is required and individuals will need to complete some pre-work. Attendees who complete this training will be an authorized volunteer.

SPEAKER(S):

Moriah Whiteman, Manager, Education, Training & Volunteer Support, Operation Lifesaver

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Come meet with legends in the industry to discuss your career goals. We will have mentors stationed around the room and attendees will have an opportunity to meet with each mentor.

SPEAKER(S):

Roger Fuehring, CMO, Lake State Railway; Jim Bowers, Founder (Retired), Bowers CPAs & Advisors; Katie Inouye, President, Spark TS; Shea McLaughlin, Sr. Director of Sales, PS Technologies

Sponsored by:

SDS


ENVIRONMENTAL

Date/Time TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Best practices and innovation in Environmental Sustainability and response for climate change resiliency.

SPEAKER(S):

TBD

Date/TIme TBD

DESCRIPTION:

Learn about a new engine replacement grant opportunity.

SPEAKER(S):

Mark Frank, President, Burke Porter

Sponsored by:

TranSystems


PROCUREMENT

Sponsored by:

Pointer Smith


BONUS SESSIONS