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Project Title: Review of the Federal Railroad Administration Research and Development Program

PIN: SASP-P-07-02-A        

Major Unit:
Transportation Research Board

Sub Unit: Transportation Research Board Consensus and Advisory Studies Division


King, Elaine

Subject/Focus Area: 

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   10/17/2007

Dr. Robert E. Gallamore - (Chair)
The Gallamore Group, LLC

Robert E. Gallamore retired in 2006 as Director of the Transportation Center and Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences in the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Prior to joining the university in August 2001, he was an executive on loan from Union Pacific Railroad to the Transportation Technology Center in Pueblo, Colorado, where he was Assistant Vice President of Communications Technologies and General Manager of the North American Joint Positive Train Control Program, with responsibility for technology development. He has also served in several positions with the federal government, including Deputy Federal Railroad Administrator and Associate Administrator for Planning of the Urban Mass Transportation Administration. Dr. Gallamore recently served as chairman of the prior committee, as chairman of the TRB Committee on Freight Transportation Information Systems Security, and as a member of the TRB Committee for a Review of the National Transportation Science and Technology Strategy. He also served on the Transportation Panel of the Committee on Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism. He received a doctorate in political economy and government from Harvard University.

Dr. Christopher P.L. Barkan
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Christopher P. L. Barkan is Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois, where he is responsible for the university’s railroad engineering research and academic programs. He also serves as the director of the Association of American Railroads' (AAR) Affiliated Laboratory at the university. His research focuses on railroad safety and risk analyses with a particular emphasis on derailment prevention, tank car design, and hazardous materials. He directs the AAR project that is developing a North American standard for a spill-proof fuel delivery system for railroad locomotives. He is a member of the TRB Committee on the Review of the USDOT Strategic Plan for R&D. He previously served as chair of the TRB Rail Group and as a member of the committees on Transportation of Hazardous Materials, Railroad Track Structure System Design, and a Study of the Feasibility of a Hazardous Materials Transportation Cooperative Research Program. Prior to joining the university in 1999, he was Director of Risk Engineering in the Safety and Operations Division of the AAR. He continues as Deputy Project Director of the Railway Progress Institute-AAR Railroad Tank Car Safety Research and Test Project, a cooperative program of the tank car and railroad industries studying ways to improve tank car safety. He has a Ph.D. degree in biology from the State University of New York, Albany. He served on the prior committee.

Mr. Vernon W. Graham
Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad

Vernon Graham is currently Vice President of Engineering Operations for the Canadian Pacific Railway. He has held this position since 2003. Previously he was Assistant Vice President of Engineering Operations and has held progressive positions with Canadian Pacific Railway since he started in Engineering Services in 1973. He was a member of the Federal Railway Administration’s Safety Advisory Committee from 1995 to 1999. He participated in the University of Michigan Executive Program’s Managing Critical Issues in 1993 and the Ivey School of Business of McGill University’s program in Leadership Development in 1998. He has a B.S. degree from Montana State University in government and pre-law. He served on the prior committee.

Mr. Craig Hill
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation

Craig Hill is currently Vice President, Chief Systems Maintenance Officer, with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. In this capacity he directs maintenance of locomotives and freight cars, maintenance of physical plant, material management and logistics, and quality system. Mr. Hill has expertise in transportation, operations management, quality, engineering, and lean manufacturing implementation. He holds B.S. (engineering and education) and M.E. (management) degrees from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. degree from Xavier University. He served on the prior committee.

Mr. Anson C.R. Jack
Rail Safety and Standards Board

Anson C.R. Jack is currently Director of Policy, Research and Risk, and Deputy Chief Executive of the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) of the United Kingdom. He was previously the Director of Standards from 2004 to 2007, after holding the position of Head of European Affairs from 2003 to 2004. RSSB is an industry-owned body that undertakes work in the areas of safety and standards to support all of the industry operators in Great Britain in fulfilling their legal responsibilities and also to facilitate the resolution of cross-industry technical and economic issues. RSSB undertakes a program of research and development on behalf of the industry. Previous to RSSB, he worked as Head of Strategy and Europe for Network Rail from 2002 to 2003. From 1993 to 2002 Mr. Jack was with Railtrack; his last position was Head of Strategy. From 1979 to 1993 he held various positions with British Rail, including National Business Manager. He also worked between 1995 and 1999 with the World Bank and governments of Pakistan and Sri Lanka to explore and develop railway reform programs. Mr. Jack holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University. He served on the prior committee.

Mr. Charles R. Lynch
Gannett Fleming Transit and Rail Systems

Charles R. Lynch became Vice President and Operations Manager South for Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, a consulting engineering firm, in early 2008. From 1999 to early 2008, he had responsible charge of all system-related transportation functions including network operations, train dispatching, crew dispatching, train scheduling, service design, and operating rules as Vice President of Transportation for the Florida East Coast Railway. Previously, he was Vice President of Maintenance from 1993 to 1999 with responsibility for three departments—Communications and Signals, Maintenance of Way, and Maintenance of Equipment—as well as two subsidiary companies, Railroad Concrete Crosstie Corporation and Railroad Track Construction Company. He served as Chief Engineer of Communications and Signals prior to his appointment as Vice President in September 1993. His railroad career began in 1975 with the Penn Central Transportation Company (which later became Consolidated Rail Corporation). He has A.S. and B.S. degrees in electronics engineering technology from Franklin University and an M.S. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He served on the prior committee.

Mr. James W. McClellan
Woodside Consulting

James W. McClellan is now a Vice President with Woodside Consulting Group. He was formerly Senior Vice President, Planning, Norfolk Southern Corporation. He has also worked with the Association of American Railroads, Federal Railroad Administration, and Amtrak. Mr. McClellan has been a member of the TRB Committee for the High-Speed Rail Innovations Deserving Exploratory Analysis (IDEA) Program and the Committee for the Study of Freight Capacity for the 21st Century. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He served on the prior committee.

Ms. Audrey L. Milroy
QTEC, Inc.

Audrey L. Milroy is System Engineer at QTEC, Inc. In this position, which she has held since July 2004, she provides Command and Control Systems oversight functions to the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) and is technical liaison for the Greenbush Project with Amtrak, Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company (MBCR), and MBTA. Before joining QTEC she was the Manager of the Engineering Department at Lockheed Martin Space Operations from October 1999 to July 2004. Previously she was with the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), where she was Senior Director of Centralized Electric and Traffic Control (CETC) from February 1998 to October 1999 and Director of CETC from September 1995 to February 1998. As Senior Director of CETC her duties included directing a comprehensive range of control center operations in Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, including strategic planning, operations planning, and budget and capital projections. Ms. Milroy has also worked at Science Applications International Corp. as a Project Manager/QA Systems Engineer from 1993 to 1995 and as Director of Transportation Systems from 1991 to 1993. She served on the prior committee.

Dr. Richard W. Pew
BBN Technologies

Richard W. Pew is currently working part-time as a Principal Scientist at BBN Technologies, where he has been since 1974. From 1976 to 1997 he served as Manager of the Cognitive Sciences and Systems Department. He has 45 years of experience in human performance and experimental psychology as they relate to systems development. Throughout his career he has been involved in the development and utilization of human performance models and in the conduct of experimental and field studies of human performance in applied settings. Before BBN, he spent 11 years on the faculty of the Psychology Department at the University of Michigan. In 2001, the University created a Collegiate Chair in his name. He has been President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and of Division 21 of the American Psychological Association. In 1999 he was awarded the Arnold M. Small Distinguished Service Award of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society for career contributions to the field and to the Society. He serves on the NRC Committee on Human Factors, was chair of the NRC Committee on Human-System Design Support for Changing Technology, and has served on numerous other NRC committees. Dr. Pew holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University (1956), an M.A. degree in psychology from Harvard University (1960), and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan (1963).

Dr. Ian P. Savage
Northwestern University

Ian P. Savage is Assistant Chair, Department of Economics, and Assistant Professor of Economics and Transportation at Northwestern University, where he has held various positions since 1986. During 1988-89, he was a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. From 1984 to 1986, he was an associate economic consultant with Booz, Allen, Hamilton International (UK) Ltd. His principal area of research is transportation safety, including rail safety, with an emphasis on analysis of safety regulation and safety performance. His numerous publications include the book, The Economics of Railroad Safety. Dr. Savage serves on the program committee of the World Conference on Transport Research with responsibilities for sessions on safety analysis and policy, and on the national committee of the Transportation Research Forum. He holds a B.A. degree (Honors) in economics from the University of Sheffield, and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Leeds.

Mr. Patrick B. Simmons
North Carolina Department of Transportation

Patrick B. Simmons is the Director, Rail Division, for the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), a position he has held since 1994. The Rail Division is responsible for intercity rail passenger, rail freight, and rail grade crossing and safety programs, and is considered a national leader in state rail program innovation and development. From 1992-1994, he was a partner in Easy Street Software, which developed integrated routing and scheduling software for transit. He previously served NCDOT as Assistant Director, Public Transportation Division (1983-1992). From 1978 to 1983, he worked for several local government agencies. He holds a B.A. degree (psychology) and a B.S. degree (marine biology) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Mr. James A. Stem, Jr.
United Transportation Union

James A. Stem, Jr., is Alternate National Legislative Director of the United Transportation Union (UTU). Mr. Stem began his railroad career in 1966 as a trainman for the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in Raleigh and joined the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He currently holds seniority as a locomotive engineer on CSX between Richmond, Va., and Abbeville, S.C. He worked part-time as a special UTU organizer from 1973 through 1976 and was elected secretary-treasurer of Local 1129 in 1975. He has also held the elected positions of local chairman and legislative representative and has served as a delegate to five UTU International Conventions from 1979 to 1995. Mr. Stem was elected North Carolina State Legislative Director in 1984 and served in that position through September 1999. He was appointed Alternate National Legislative Director in April 1998 and was reelected to that position at the UTU Conventions in 1999, 2003, and 2007. He served on the prior committee, and is a member of the TRB Committee on Railroad Operating Technologies.

Mr. Gerhard A. Thelen
Norfolk Southern Corporation

Gerhard A. Thelen is currently Vice President, Operations Planning and Support, for Norfolk Southern (NS) Corporation. He is responsible for operations planning, policies, budgets, research and tests, and quality management functions. His previous positions with NS included Vice President, Mechanical, responsible for maintenance operations of locomotives and freight cars; Assistant Vice President, Mechanical; and Assistant Vice President, Research and Tests. Mr. Thelen has worked as Assistant Vice President, Engineering, Consolidated Rail Corporation, where he was responsible for design and construction of new track and facilities and managed R&D, including the company's effort in advanced train control. He is a member of the Association of American Railroads Research Committee. Mr. Thelen holds an M.E. degree (industrial engineering, 1979) from Pennsylvania State University. He served on the prior committee.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
3-12-08: Updated Charles Lynch's biography to include his new position.