Michael McNamara, P.E., president of Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems, has been named to Penn State Altoona's Rail Transportation Engineering (RTE) Advisory Board.
Formed in October of 2013, the mission of the RTE Board is to stimulate and nurture the university’s new four-year degree program that prepares students for careers in railroad management and engineering. With the worldwide resurgence of rail transportation, the RTE program provides students with a multi-disciplinary experience that emphasizes the study, development and application of new and emerging technologies impacting the rail industry. It is the first specialized railroad engineering degree program offered in the U.S. in more than 50 years.
“Gannett Fleming is proud to collaborate on the development of this landmark curriculum. This program specifically targets undergraduates who want to make railroads and rail transit their career. These specialized engineers will be needed as we plan and design the infrastructure of the future,” McNamara said.
With more than 35 years of experience, McNamara has an extensive background in the design, construction and maintenance of railroads and transit systems. He specializes in train control, traction power and communications systems for rail transportation.