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American Public Transportation Association

 2017 pREES: Railway Engineering Education Symposium


Los Angeles, CA
July 10-12, 2017: The Los Angeles Trade Technical College

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is pleased to host its second biennial Passenger Railway Engineering Education Symposium (p-REES), July 10-12, 2017, in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. Building on the tremendous success of the inaugural 2015 program in Philadelphi​a, we continue our partnership with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA). This intensive program is aimed at educating engineering faculty from across North America about the public transportation industry so these faculty can tell our story, including its many career opportunities, through their courses, curricula, and degree programs.

APTA will reimburse up to $750 for travel expenses (hotel and transportation) for ALL p-REES participants, and most of the meals during the symposium will be provided. 

Your participation in the 2017 p-REES Symposium will give you the unparalleled opportunity to educate and shape the landscape of our nation’s transit workforce. This symposium will feature presentations, discussions, and lecture materials that you can use and share, including PowerPoint slides, notes, and other materials. Industry speakers will provide an overview of potential rail and transit research opportunities, and highlight the excitement in the industry about new challenges and industry opportunities available to new graduates entering the rail and transit engineering profession.

The 2017 pREES program will provide practical hands-on engineering information and materials and an abundance of round table conversations and working sessions led by leading engineering academics, industry experts, and practitioners. Our goal is to encourage engineering faculty’s interest to add rail and engineering content to their current courses and curricula. This three-day symposium will include a technical tour of one of LA Metro's latest projects. This forum provides attendees with an exceptional opportunity to learn and network with academic peers and leading transit engineering professionals.

Event Program and Schedule:

Monday, July 10, 2017

​7:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast & Registration
8:20 a.m.    Safety Briefing, Welcome, Introductions, and Course Outline
8:45 a.m.    REES/pREES: Past, Present, and Future
9:30 a.m.    Module 1-A: Railroad Operations/Modal Characteristics
10:15 a.m.  Break and Networking
10:45 a.m.  Module 1-B: Organizational Structures
11:30 a.m.  Module 1-C: Systems Design Approach
12:15 p.m.  Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m.    Module 1-D: Yards and Facilities
1:45 p.m.    Module 1-E: Basic Signals
2:30 p.m.    Break and Networking
3:00 p.m.    Module 1-F: Interactive Class Room Demonstrations & Discussions
4:30 p.m.    Wrap Up

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

​7:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast & Registration
​8:30 a.m.    Safety Briefing
8:45 a.m.    Module 2-A: The Geometric Design of Track for Passenger Rail Systems
                   Module 2-B: Locomotive/Vehicle Tutorial
9:30 a.m.    Module 2-C: Vehicle Systems
10:15 a.m.  Break and Networking
10:45 a.m.  Module 2-D: Advanced Signals/PTC Tutorial
                   Module 2-E: Train Performance Tutorial
11:30 a.m.  Module 2-F: Electric Traction Tutorial
                   Module 2-G: Capacity Tutorial
12:15 p.m.  Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m.    LACMTA Technical Tour

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7:30 a.m.    Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.    Safety Briefing
8:45 a.m.    Starting A Program
9:30 a.m.    Growing A Program
10:15 a.m.  Break and Networking
10:45 a.m.  National Syllabus for Associates, Bachelors, and Advanced Degrees
12:15 p.m.  Lunch and Networking
1:00 p.m.    Outreach - STEAM, Women, Minority, and Disadvantaged Groups
2:30 p.m.    Break and Networking
3:00 p.m.    Case Studes
4:30 p.m.    Wrap Up and Adjourn

Download the Registration form: 
Please Mail, Fax, or Scan Registration Form to:
Adam Martin
APTA: 1300 I Street, NW Suite 1200 East
Washington, DC 2005
Phone: 202-496-4833
Fax: 202-496-4331

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