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.
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
Also Tuesday, the Rail Transportation Program sponsored Rail Night, which included a "Meet the Industry" session, a dinner and a speaker.
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
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
"We've had a kind of upward trend," he
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