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Dr. Pasi T. Lautala

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Assistant Professor and Director,...

Phone: (906) ***-****  
Email: p***@***.edu
Michigan Tech University
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton , Michigan 49931
United States

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Employment History


  • bachelor's degree , civil engineering
    Tampere University of Technology
  • doctorate , civil engineering
    Michigan Technological University
  • master's degree , civil engineering
    Michigan Technological University
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Pasi Lautala (Co-PI)
Pasi T. Lautala, Ph.D., P.E., is an Assistant Professor and Director, Rail Transportation Program at the Michigan Tech University. Prior to his academic career, he has several years of railroad and railroad consulting experience related to survey, design and construction of railway track in the United States and Finland. His research includes various topics aspects related to railroads and rail transportation, such as multimodal transportation systems, asset infrastructure management for railroads, railroads in cold climates and railroad transportation/engineering education. Dr. Lautala served as principal investigator on a cold climate related research project, titled "Synthesis of Railroad Engineering Best Practices in Areas of Deep Seasonal Frost and Permafrost" and has completed numerous conference papers and presentations in the topic. Dr. Lautala also serves as Associate Director of Education for National University Rail Center (NURail) and is actively involved in international research and educational activities related to rail transportation / engineering.
Moreover, the department is developing a ..., 24 Oct 2014 [cached]
Moreover, the department is developing a new certificate program in rail that would be offered to undergraduate and graduate students, says Pasi Lautala, Michigan Tech's RTP director and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering.
"We're definitely seeing an increase in students who are interested in rail," says Lautala, adding that not all those students are enrolled in the engineering program.
When the RTP was launched seven years ago, about 10 to 15 students took a course or were involved in a rail project or extracurricular activity through the school's American Railway Engineering and Maintenance Association (AREMA) chapter; today, that number is closer to 75, Lautala says.
Through NURail grants and matching funding from the rail industry, Michigan Tech students completed senior design and enterprise projects over the past two to three years, Lautala says.
Also under NURail, the coalition has worked to share rail course content online with other colleges and universities, now known as "NURail affiliate" campuses. About 14 universities are involved in the program, resulting in more campuses offering a full course in rail engineering or at least integrating a few sessions on rail into their basic transportation programs, Lautala says.
"There's no doubt there are many more universities interested in the rail field" as a result, he says.
Another way to gauge the interest: the increase in AREMA student chapters. Michigan Tech was among the first schools to establish one.
"There's been an explosion in interest in forming AREMA chapters over the last three or four years. And starting a new chapter requires more than just student interest; you have to find a faculty member who's interested in advising the chapter," says Lautala.
Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration | MEDC, 5 Jan 2016 [cached]
Dr. Pasi Lautala Assistant Professor and Director of the Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Technological University
Les Brand, CEO, appointed to the Michigan Commission for Logistics Collaboration | Supply Chain Solutions, 6 Nov 2013 [cached]
Dr. Pasi Lautala, of Hancock, is an assistant professor and director of the Rail Transportation Program at Michigan Technological University, where he has worked for 10 years. He previously worked as a transportation engineer with CH2MHill in Chicago, as a design engineer with CTE Engineers and as an engineering trainee with VR Track Ltd, in Finland. He has a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Tampere University of Technology in Finland, and both a master's degree and doctorate in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.
Pasi Lautala, director of ..., 15 Oct 2014 [cached]
Pasi Lautala, director of the Rail Transportation Program at Tech, said Rail Day was created for students like Owen to get a better understanding of what the industry is about.
Lautala said he began to put the idea of the Rail Transportation Program together about 10 years ago, and the university began to offer it to students seven years ago.
The Rail Transportation Program is not a degree program, Lautala said, but rather it is a preparatory program for students interested in the rail transportation industry. The program also provides some research for the industry.
For nine years, Lautala said Rail Night was part of other events at Tech.
"This is the first time we split for our own event," he said.
Also Tuesday, the Rail Transportation Program sponsored Rail Night, which included a "Meet the Industry" session, a dinner and a speaker.
Lautala said the rail industry is growing, in both freight and passenger aspects.
"There's more traffic that wants to be moved on rail than there is capacity to move it," he said.
Although passenger rail is also growing, Lautala said it's not at as great a pace as freight.
The number of Tech students interested in the Rail Transportation Program is increasing, Lautala said.
"We've had a kind of upward trend," he said.
Since the program started, Lautala said about 100 Tech students have been placed in rail industry positions, either as interns or full-time employees.
"We've been pretty steady putting students into the industry," he said.
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