Railroads—Back to the Future

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Monday, September 26, 2022, 6 pm

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Husky Bites presents Special Guest Pasi Lautala

Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute
Michigan Technological University


Eric Peterson ‘70, ‘71


Rail is considered more energy efficient and in many ways more sustainable transportation mode, as compared to highway and air transport. However, in order for rail transportation to keep up with the other modes of transportation, it must keep developing alongside them—and with an equal amount of passion. Some of the challenges (but also opportunities) in the US include long asset lives, non-flexible structures and private ownership. During Husky Bites, Prof. Lautala will share the secrets behind the energy efficiency of rail, guide us from past railroads to what they are today and discuss how railroads are securing their future in the era of rapid technology development. Prof. Lautala directs the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Tech, something he has done for the past 18 years—preparing students to thrive and succeed in the rail industry. Joining in will be Eric Peterson, retired former assistant chief engineer of public projects at CSX, who helped establish the program at Michigan Tech. Read the full blog post here.

Join us early at 5:45 p.m. for conversation and a weather update.

About Husky Bites

Husky Bites are free Interactive Zoom Webinars from the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech. Time after for Q&A.

Series Host

Janet Callahan
Dean of the College of Engineering
Michigan Technological University

Brain Food

Join us for a bite! Grab some dinner with Dean Janet Callahan and a special guest, and learn something new! This family-friendly event is BYOC (bring your own curiosity). 

When: Mondays, 6:00 p.m. starting September 26 and held weekly through November 21.

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