Quotes from Prior Attendees of Meet the Next Generation Events

"I think that it was great to hear from those in the industry. It actually helped me gain a better understanding of what I would like to do with my future in rail."

"I think the panel discussion portion of the "Meet The Next Generation" is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the industry. I think the representatives on the panel are great."

"I strongly believe the best way to make an informed decision as a student entering the workforce regarding employment is to listen to people who have already navigated the waters. I found this setup very helpful."


Meet The Next Generation

The 12th Annual Meet the Next Generation Event
Hosted by AREMA and Committee 24 – Education & Training

The Meet The Next Generation Event has been extremely successful in years past and continues to grow each year with more attendees and companies hosting tables at the networking reception. We hope to make the 12th Annual Event even better!

This Event will provide:

  • Prospective employees and students the opportunity to learn about the railway industry and meet industry representatives.

  • Industry representatives a chance to establish relationships with potential employees.

Monday | September 18

2:00 – 3:00 pm

Panel Discussion

Five pre-selected panelists from various areas of the railway industry, with various years of experience will present the types of projects they have worked on in their job and answer questions (for prospective railroaders).

  • Welcome by AREMA President, David A. Becker, PE
  • Introduction of Panel Members
  • Presentations
  • Q&A

Panelists Include:

Justin AndersonJustin Anderson, Project Development Engineer, GeoStabilization International

Justin Anderson has been involved in the geotechnical aspects of transportation, water and power projects as a business development leader, technical practice group leader, project manager, engineer, and construction observer. His experience covers the analysis, design and construction of deep foundations for bridges, retaining walls, building structures, embankment fills, earth dams, flood control levees, railroad track-beds and bridge approaches, pavements, rock-fall catchments, subgrade stabilization, slope and excavation stability, mine and coal seam location, management of field and laboratory investigations, preparation of geotechnical reports, project specifications, construction plans and cost estimates. Justin currently serves as a project development engineer representing GeoStabilization International across the United States and Canada for Railroad Services. GeoStabilization is a Design-Build Specialty Geotechnical Contractor that operates across North America.

Kyle BakerKyle Baker, Director of Bridge Design and Planning, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services, Inc.

Kyle Baker started with Bergmann Associates, a consultant engineering firm located in Jacksonville Florida that specializes in structural/geotechnical projects for the Department of Transportation, Army Corp of Engineer, and several waterfront/heavy civil contractors. During this time, he was employed as a junior structural engineer working on several projects throughout Florida while pursuing his Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering through the University of North Florida. In 2013, he joined Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Services where he worked for two years as a senior structural design engineer then assumed the role of director of bridge design and planning. In this role his responsibilities include development of structural plans, structural bridge inspections, load rating analysis, and miscellaneous structural/geotechnical analysis.

William MikulaWilliam Mikula, Mechanical Project Engineer, Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District

Bill Mikula is a Mechanical Project Engineer for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, where he is responsible for improvements and maintenance on the rolling stock. He was first introduced to the prospect of working for NICTD during the completion of his senior design project; during which he took on the role of civil engineer to bid an upgrade of NICTD's power systems. This familiarity with NICTD proved useful when he was hired into his current position. Since his hiring, his projects have been much more mechanical in nature. These projects include; the installation of bicycle racks and Wifi routers, replacement of antiquated components, the refurbishing of several 60+ year old machines, and the repair and ongoing maintenance of a car wash facility. All this is in addition to solving problems that arise during the maintenance of 35 year old rail cars.

Blanca ObregonBlanca Obregon, PE, Rail Team Leader, TranSystems

Blanca Obregón graduated from Texas A&M University in 2004 with a BS in Civil Engineering. Blanca has 13 years of experience in the analysis, design, and estimating of railway, highway, and roadway projects. In working at TranSystems for the past 6 years, she has worked on various projects including capacity improvement, industry track, yard and terminal, and commuter rail projects. Blanca leads the rail team in TranSystems’ Houston office. She is a member of AREMA's Committee 24 and is an instructor for the Track Alignment Design Seminar.

Jonathan WarlofJonathan Warlof, Signal Supervisor, BNSF Railway

Jonathan Warlof is a Signal Supervisor who works for BNSF Railway to provide a safe and reliable signal system. While working at BNSF, Jonathan has in-serviced multiple subdivisions with Positive Train Control (PTC) and installed signals for Union Depot in St. Paul, MN. Jonathan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Networking Reception

TWO HOUR Networking Reception to welcome prospective railroaders, student participants and those who are new to the industry. This event is a great opportunity to network with industry representatives!

Thank You 'Meet The Next Generation' Sponsors!