Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson

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Senior Research Engineer, Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • MS, Teaching, University of Maine
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
  • BS, Civil Engineering, University of Illinois

Biography

Dave Nelson has over 30 years of experience in engineering and teaching, including a career in the US Air Force that included a tour as the NATO program manager for construction of US Air Force/NATO facilities in the northern part of Europe (Norway, Denmark, northern Germany and the UK) and culminated in a position as an Assistant Professor in the AF Academy Civil Engineering Department and head of the Construction Practices Track. Dave Nelson has also worked with the Maine Department of Transportation where he was involved in the Downeaster project to re-introduce passenger rail service from Portland ME to Boston and numerous other projects dealing with re-use and preservation of the rail network in Maine. He has also worked as a high school teacher of math, physics and physical sciences.

In his current position he conducts and supports research and educational activities for the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute’s (MTTI) Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and multi-disciplinary rail education through the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. The primary functions of his position include developing research and educational proposals, managing research projects and educational activities, supervising a diverse group of students involved in rail educational activities and research projects, publishing research results, developing rail educational materials and teaching rail courses. He is an active member of AREMA Committee 24 and TRB AHB60.

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Research Interests

  • Rail Activities
  • Railroad Crossing Research

Teaching Interests

  • Railroad Engineering
  • Rail Seminar
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Senior Design

Select Publications

  • Lautala, P., Jeon, M, Landry, S., Nelson, D., Dean, A., Driver Behavior at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings Using Naturalistic Driving Study Data and Driving Simulators, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) 2016 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 28-31, 2016
  • Nelson, D., Lautala, P., Dean, A., Harnessing Undergraduate Students as Rail Industry Technology Developers/Problem-Solvers, American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) 2016 Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, August 28- 31, 2016
  • Landry, S., Jeon, M., Lautala, P., Nelson, D., Design and Evaluation of In-Vehicle Auditory Alerts for Railroad Crossings, Global Level Crossing Safety and Trespass Symposium (GLXS), Helsinki, Finland, June 12-16, 2016
  • Nelson, D., Lautala, P., Jeon, M., Driver Behavior at Level Crossings Using Naturalistic Driving Study Data, Global Level Crossing Safety and Trespass Symposium (GLXS), Helsinki, Finland, June 12-16, 2016
  • Lautala, P., Graman, G., Pentti, F., Nelson, D., Rasul, I., Pengelly, S., Kalluri, S., Rural Freight Rail and Multimodal Transportation Improvements – the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, July 18, 2014 Prepared for Michigan Dept of Transportation, Contract 2010-0295
  • Naber, J., Johnson, J., Lautala, P., Nelson, D., Vedam, V., Karrameddy, V., Nagupalli, V., Independent Review of High Pressure Heat Exchanger Locomotive Test and Thermodynamic Simulation Data, July 18, 2014, Prepared for Federal Railroad Administration

Professional

  • Colorado Professional Engineers License
  • American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association

Recent Activity

  • Attended and presented two papers at the AREMA 2016 Conference
  • Coordinated academic content for and attended the Railway Engineering and Education Symposium – 2016
  • Attended AREMA Annual Conference 2015
  • Attended Grade Level Crossing Symposium 2014
  • Attended APTA Rail Conference 2014
  • Attended and presented one session for Railway Engineering and Education Symposium – 2014