MNTRC Newsletter Vol 20, Issue 1: Spring 2013

AREMA holds seminar on practical railway engineering

Hualiang “Harry” Teng, PhD, Associate Professor, Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering

AREMA seminar attendees.

From left, Edward Neumann (professor at UNLV), Kondala Rao Mantri (UNLV alumnus), and John Green (UNLV alumnus, now with CH2M Hill) attended the AREMA conference.

UNLV News – For the second year, UNLV was happy to host the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-way Association (AREMA) on March 13-15 for its seminar, “Introduction to Practical Railway Engineering,” in the Stan Fulton Building. In total, 29 students attended the seminar, which also attracted professionals from several states across the US.

Senior professionals who wanted to come back to the railway area also attended. For example, Edward Neumann, PhD, a senior professor in transportation engineering at UNLV, taught railway engineering many years ago at West Virginia University. He has an interest in railway- related projects and wanted to refresh his knowledge in railway engineering.

Ms. Julie Longo, a technical writer in the College of Engineering, worked for New Jersey Transit some time ago. Although she has a busy schedule, Ms. Longo attended the first several sections of the seminar. She plans to attend the remaining sessions if the seminar returns to Las Vegas next year.

A letter from AREMA said, “The facilities at the Stan Fulton Building were the best we have ever had for the three-day railroading seminar.”

Rod Diridon discusses high-speed rail

Rod Diridon discusses high-speed rail.

Rod Diridon discusses the status of high-speed rail in California and globally.

Rod Diridon, Executive Director of the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium and the Mineta Transportation Institute, delivered a distinguished seminar for UNLV on March 21. “High Speed Rail, Internationally and in California” attracted more than 40 attendees from private and public agencies and the university in Las Vegas.

His opening remark about the transportation systems at the Las Vegas airport connected very well with the theme of economic development in Las Vegas. He said that he quickly found that there was a long line of taxis when he arrived at the airport. So he took a shuttle bus to the seminar location, which involved nearly a two-hour trip.  This is normally a 10-minute trip when there is no traffic.