Rail Industry Scholarships

2017 Rail Industry Scholarship Winners!

All of our scholarship winners for 2017.

 

Below are the recipients of the 2017 CN Railroad Scholarships. Congratulations!

Derek Owen

My particular interest lies in the design and construction of railroad infrastructure, more specifically, higher speed rail and transit operations. I had the extraordinary opportunity to intern at an engineering firm last summer dealing specifically with light rail transit projects. With that in mind, I am excited to find a career in what I believe is the future of American Transportation.

Haylee Lakenen

My interest in the rail industry truly began when I joined REAC two years ago, since then it has turned into my passion. I gained experience this past summer with an internship for RailWorks Track Systems. I spent my time in the field, doing hands-on work at two major projects and two smaller projects. I learned the basics of constructing track in various situations. This experience gave me the proof I needed to know that I will be continuing with a career in the rail industry

Congratulations to the AREMA Scholarship winners for 2017!

Derek Owen

My particular interest lies in the design and construction of railroad infrastructure, more specifically, higher speed rail and transit operations. I had the extraordinary opportunity to intern at an engineering firm last summer dealing specifically with light rail transit projects. With that in mind, I am excited to find a career in what I believe is the future of American Transportation.

- Committee 24 - Education & Training Scholarship

Aaron Dean

Since I started my educational career in 2014, I have been an active member of the Railroad Engineering & Activities Club (REAC), the AREMA Charter Student Chapter at Michigan Tech, and the club’s president for the 2016-17 school year. Being involved in REAC has truly opened my eyes to all that the rail industry has to offer. This past summer I worked my first internship with Canadian National Railway. Having been exposed to rail industry research very early in my university career has nurtured my passion and interest for pursuing a career in the rail industry.

I have been involved in numerous research projects, but more recently I have started to perform my own individual research. This past summer, I was selected by the Michigan Tech Pavlis Honors College for the 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). My proposal titled The Effectiveness of Using Naturalistic Driving Study Data to Study Driver Behavior at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings, was awarded funding to be completed over the summer.

- Michigan Tech Alumni Scholarship

Alexandra Lakenen

Throughout my years at tech I have actively pursued out of the classroom, hands-on education in order to further my knowledge and experience in the rail industry. Through my interest in railroad engineering I have become actively involved in our campuses AREMA student chapter where I have held both positions as president and the marketing chair in the past, and currently am an active member. Being involved in this organization throughout my past four years here at Michigan Tech has allowed me to expand my education through field trips to various Class I and shortline railroads, volunteer experience laying rail at a local museum, and hosting/attending networking events across the United States. During the summer of 2015 I had the opportunity to intern with Engineered Rail Solutions (ERS), a railroad engineering firm in McHenry, Illinois, where I worked with engineers on various rail terminal and transload facility projects. My time with ERS was extremely valuable and I was able to gain knowledge in rail and terminal design and look forward to being able to re-join the railroad industry upon my spring 2017 graduation.

Michigan Tech Alumni Scholarship

Alyssa Leach

Over the summer of 2016, I worked in the field for RailWorks on the MDOT High Speed Rail Program. In the field I gained valuable hands on experience, along with some new friends and great industry connections. I feel that both my internship and officer positions speak a lot about my character. In addition, I participated in the COC internship for this 2016 AREMA Conference in Orlando. Throughout the conference I assisted at the registration tables and helped answer questions from the attendees. Working as a COC intern was a great experience. I met a lot of tremendous people, who made working during the conference my favorite part. All of these experiences have lead me to realize that I want to continue working in the rail industry. I have already accepted a rail internship with Union Pacific for the upcoming summer.

- Michigan Tech Alumni Scholarship

 

 

Modeste Muhire

Currently, as a graduate student at Michigan Technological University pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering, I am working on a FRA sponsored research project that aims at improving safety at highway-rail crossings through the understanding of driver behavior using Naturalistic Driving Study data. This research contribution will be of a great significance because safety is of the utmost importance in the industry.

At first, I gained an opportunity to learn about the freight and structure side of the rail while pursuing a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University. In that time, I took courses in track design and railroad engineering. Afterwards, I was able to apply the knowledge in the professional world for two years as a design engineer with Bergmann Associates. In that capacity, I worked on over 70 projects performing either track design, quantity estimate calculation or construction monitoring. I have already made a contribution towards the positive advancement of the rail industry, as attested by my supervisor.

- Committee 12 - Rail Transit Scholarship

 

   Click Here to see all of our Rail Scholarship Winners from the past!

**The application deadline for 2017 Rail Industry Scholarships is now closed. Please check back in the Fall of 2017 for the 2018 scholarship application. 

     

        Click Here for AREMA 2017 Scholarship Application Form

       Click Here for Michigan Tech/Canadian National Internal Application Form

 
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