October 9-11, 2024 | Chicago, IL

Education

RSI and its educational partners will provide our attendees with the knowledge and expertise they need to stay at the forefront of the railway supply industry. With constant innovation on the horizon, along with other important developments across our world, our education programming can’t be missed. On this page, you’ll find specific session information, including descriptions and speakers.

Stay tuned for more information from RSI and each of its education partners coming soon.

*Note: This page was last updated April 22, 2024. Schedule subject to change.

Railway Supply Institute Railway Supply Institute

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is the largest and only trade association that represents the full supply chain for the railroad system. RSI is dedicated to advancing safety, innovation, technology, and sustainability within the freight and passenger railway supplier industry, both in North America and global markets. As a leading voice of the industry, RSI strategically engages in critical and urgent industry matters by leveraging the technical expertise of our members to advocate in the legislative and regulatory arenas, foster education, host impactful events, and facilitate networking opportunities.

RSI is proud to announce the following speakers are already confirmed to join us at the RSI Expo and Conference. Stay tuned for more details on their sessions and the important topics they will cover.

Speakers


Joe Hinrichs

President and CEO of CSX


Jean Savage

President and CEO of Trinity Rail


Tony Hatch

ABH Consulting


Adriene Bailey

Partner, Oliver Wyman


Ian Jeffries

President and Chief Executive Officer, Association of American Railroads (AAR)


Jeff Lytle

President of CIT Rail and Chairman of RSI Board of Directors


Karl Alexy

Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety & Chief Safety Officer, Federal Railroad Administration


Patrick Fuchs

Member, Surface Transportation Board


Terry McDermott

Director of Supply Chain, N.A. Rail at Bunge


Bill Schoonover

Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Chris Jahn
President and CEO, American Chemistry Council

Passenger Education Track

New this year, RSI will provide tailored education focusing on the passenger rail space. Stay tuned for more details on these sessions and speakers, along with the rest of RSI’s education schedule, coming soon!

Our Educational Partners

RSI is pleased to continue our partnership with the following organizations to help provide unique educational opportunities at the 2024 RSI Expo and Conference. 

Air Brake AssociationAir Brake Association (ABA)

The mission of the ABA is to enlighten, educate, and establish a dialog to advance the safety and success of the rail industry. The ABA provides a forum that allows for the dissemination of knowledge that plays an integral part in the development of technology. The technical presentations provide the industry with a platform to not only discuss pertinent issues, but also offer innovative solutions.

Wednesday, October 9

  • 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, October 10

  • 10:30 – 10:40 a.m.: Presidential Opening Remarks/Safety Briefing
  • 10:40 – 11:05 a.m.: Development of Heritage Rail Alliance RP-001-21 Maintenance, Inspection & Testing of Car Brake Equipment| Presented by: Erich Armpriester, Strassburg Railroad Company
  • 11:05 – 11:15 a.m.: Q&A
  • 11:15 – 11:35 a.m.: Brake System Health | Presented by: Ed Gaughan, Wabtec
  • 11:35 – 11:45 a.m.: Q&A
  • 11:45 – 11:50 a.m.: Short Break
  • 11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Secretary/Treasurer Financial Report and Presidential Salute
  • 12:10 – 12:20 p.m.: Q&A (if any or break for lunch)
  • 12:20 – 1:45 p.m.: LUNCH
  • 1:45 – 1:50 p.m.: Welcome Back
  • 1:50 – 2:10 p.m.: Angularity | Presented by: Max Vanderby, National Steel Car Ltd.
  • 2:10 – 2:20 p.m.: Q&A
  • 2:20 – 2:25 p.m.: Short Break
  • 2:25 – 2:45 p.m.: TBD | Presented by: Mark Michel, Amsted Rail
  • 2:45 – 2:55 p.m.: Q&A
  • 2:55 – 3:00 p.m.: Short Break
  • 3:00 – 3:20 p.m.: TBD | Presented by: Wang, MxV Rail
  • 3:20 – 3:40 p.m.: Q&A
  • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.: Closing Panel Education Seminar

Friday, October 11

  • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m.: Welcome Back/Safety Briefing
  • 10:45 – 11:05 a.m.: Slow & Steady – How to Understand the Brake on BHP | Presented by: Abe Aronian
  • 11:05 – 11:25 a.m.: Q&A
  • 11:25 – 11:45 a.m.: FRA&BSC Updates | Presented by: Steve Zuiderveen, FRA and Mickey Smith, Chairman, BSC
  • 11:45 – 12:05 p.m.: Q&A
  • 12:05 – 12:45 p.m.: Passing of the Gavel, Closing remarks, Drawing

More Details coming soon!

International Association of Railway Operating OfficersInternational Association of Railway Operating Officers (IAROO)

IAROO provides its members with the latest operating and technical information that drives superior railroad management now and in the future. This year, IAROO is proud to partner with the American Association of Railroad Superintendents (AARS) for their joint annual meeting, coinciding with the 2024 RSI Expo & Conference.

Initially serving distinct segments of railroad operating management—AARS targeting Division Superintendents and IAROO focusing on Road Foremen of Engines – both associations now welcome all levels of management professionals from Management Trainee to Chief Operating Officer. Their memberships have evolved, like the railroad industry, to become more diverse in all respects. The quality of the educational experience and the exchange of best practice remain central to these annual meetings. The upcoming meeting in Chicago will continue this tradition, with program topics and discussions including technology applications and management practices.

Upcoming Sessions include:

  • Wireless Onboard Hot Bearing Detection: The Future of Railcar and Locomotive Safety
  • Industry Update
  • Locomotive-to-Everything (L2X) Technologies
  • Remote Control Operations at BNSF Railway
  • AROO/AARS History
  • Regional Perspective-The Belt Railway
  • Talos Train Automation
  • Improving Safety Culture
  • CREATE Update

More Details coming soon!

Locomotive Maintenance Officers AssociationLocomotive Maintenance Officers Association (LMOA)

LMOA represents Railroaders and Rail Suppliers with a mission of driving improvements and recommendations for safer, more reliable rail operations. Its mission includes reducing maintenance costs, improving locomotive productivity and reducing the environmental impact of locomotive operations and maintenance.

Upcoming Sessions include:

Thursday, October 10

  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks & State of the Union Address | Presented by: LMOA President, Keith Mellin, Peaker Services
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Diesel Mechanical Maintenance Committee Presentations
    • Fuel Injector Wear and Replacement | Presented by: Justin Hwang, CARB and Steve Fritz, SwRI
    • Aess Issues and Challenges| Presented by: John Meinhardt, Cummins
    • Analytical Approaches to Validating Railroad Fuel Savings Technology| Presented by: Suzanne Golisz, Innospec Fuel Spec
    • Zero Emissions on Rail… Dream or Reality| Presented by: Rajani Modiyani, Chevron Renewables
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: Facilities, Material and Support Committee Presentations
    • Quality Assurance of Received Goods | Presented by: Andrew Waltz, Mid America Car
    • Best Practices in Tool Management | Presented by: Jason Mann, Enerpac
    • Shipping Trends and Documentation Creation
  • 1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.: Newly Elected President Acceptance Speech
  • 1:40 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.: Fuel, Lubricants and Environmental Committee Presentations
    • Carb In-Use Locomotive Regulations
    • Tier 4 Locomotive Incentive Grant Funding | Presented by: John Meinhardt, Cummins
    • Biofuels Aand Low Temperature Properties | Presented by: Suzanne Golisz, Innospec Fuel Spec
    • Biodiesel Handling & Blending | Presented by: Rajani Modiyani, Chevron Renewables
    • Railroad GHG Emissions Accounting With Biofuels | Presented by: Wayne Kennedy, Kennedy Consulting
  • 3:10 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.: Electrical Maintenance Committee Presentations
    • Battery Electrolyte’s Role In Locomotive Starting | Presented by: Sid Bakker, Transportation Products Sales Company
    • How To Increase Maintenance Intervals From 92 Vs184 Day Inspections | Presented by: Rodney Myers, Wheeling & Lake Erie RR
    • Main Generator Rebuild Qualifications-Guest Speaker | Presented by: Ken Baye, Union Pacific RR
    • Electrical Component Lifecycle | Presented by: Jeremy Jovenall, Cattron Global
    • Railroad Electrification-Refreshed Review | Presented by: Mike Iden, Tier 5 Locomotives, LLC

More details coming soon!

League of Railway WomenLeague of Railway Women (LRW)

Founded in 1997, LRW is committed to improving the rail industry by connecting and cultivating women in rail. The mission is to advance the representation, recognition and opportunities for women, thereby promoting diversity and improving the business results of the railroad industry.

Railway Technical Services AssociationRailcar Technical Services Association (RTSA)

RTSA (formerly MARTS) is the organization dedicated to the freight car maintenance professional. Our mission is to provide a value-added forum for sharing railcar customer maintenance needs through new technology, practical experience and best practices with the purpose of improving profitability. RTSA provides its members with a solid knowledge and understanding of railcar maintenance.

Wednesday, October 9

  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: RTSA Board of Directors Meeting

Thursday, October 10

  • AAR Strategic Research – Bearings, and Industry Panel
  • AAR Strategic Research Overview
  • AAR Strategic Research – Brakes
  • AAR Technical Standards Update
  • Railroad Wheel Manufacturing Process
  • Regulatory Update and RailCAST
  • Energy Management
  • Industry GPS and Telematics Update

Friday, October 11

  • Coatings Session #1
  • Coatings Session #2

More Details coming soon!