Presentation: Railroad Engineering Education


Nov. 14, 2017, 11am to 12pm

Office/Remote Location

Room 3265


Presentation: Railroad Engineering Education

Speaker: Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta Professor, PhD, FSAE, FASME, AFAIAA

ABSTRACTRailroad Engineering Research: From Torch and Hammer to Super Sensitive LIDAR systems
Some of the contemporary topics related to railroad engineering is addressed. The presentation will concentrate on a review of how the rail industry’s need can be met while meeting the educational and research mission of academic institutions. It is mentioned that while the needs of the academia and industry can be vastly different, it is possible to craft programs that can meet both. To this end, examples are drawn from the Association of American Railroads (AA) affiliated lab program at Virginia Tech. The discussions are further extended to include
suggestions on how the rail tanker car safety may be improved through an industry-academia affiliated program.

Speaker's Bio:  Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Railway Technologies Laboratory (RTL). He has published more than 400 papers on various transportation topics, including advanced railroad systems. He has served as Editor and Editor-in-Chief for some of the most prestigious journals in the area of vehicle dynamics, vibrations, and control. Dr. Ahmadian is an internationally known scholar with more than 25 years of experience in railroad research. He received his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1984, and has served in various capacities in industry and academia for the past 33 years, including working at Virginia Tech since 1995

This seminar is jointly sponsored by USDOT University Transportation Center (UTC) Railroad Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability and AREMA Student Chapter at UNLV

RSVP: By 5:00 PM, Friday, November 10, 2017 to Boniphace Kutela by e-mail:

Refreshment: pizza and light refreshments

Admission Information

This event is free and open to students, faculty and staff.

Contact Information

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering University of Nevada, Las Vegas 4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 454015 Las Vegas, NV 89154-4015
Boniphace Kutela

External Sponsor

  • USDOT University Transportation Center (UTC) Railroad Infrastructure Sustainability and Durability and
  • AREMA Student Chapter at UNLV