CN Donates $500,000 to Rail Transportation Program
by Jenn Donovan, public relations director
CN, North America’s Railroad, has announced it has donated $500,000 to Michigan Tech's Rail Transportation Program to create the CN Endowed Fellowship in Rail Transportation. This brings CN’s total funding to the program to $750,000.
Building on the CN Rail Transportation Education Center that opened in 2010, the endowment will support rail transportation-related projects and research, as well as hardware and software resources for students, and provide student scholarships.
"This is not only a generous gift from CN, but a strategic one," said Bill Worek, dean of Michigan Tech's College of Engineering. "Our students are highly sought after by industry, and the combination of hands-on, discovery-based education, technical backgrounds, and leadership abilities make them ideal for the challenges in the rail industry. CN is a valued partner, and we greatly appreciate their support."
"We are proud that our support of the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program helps today's students become tomorrow's railroaders," said Jim Vena, CN senior vice president, southern region. "The university provides its engineering students with a strong knowledge of railroading, and the talented graduates and interns we have hired from this program in recent years have proven to be valuable assets to our company."
The Rail Transportation Program (RTP), directed by Pasi Lautala, has been tightly integrated with the rail industry since its formal inception more than five years ago. Read more.