LTK to Support Utah Transit Authority in Future of FrontRunner Study

LTK Engineering Services has started work for the Utah Transit Authority on its wide-ranging visioning study to improve the FrontRunner commuter rail service. LTK will provide UTA with long-range strategic planning, focused on improved service reliability and greater ridership demand.

UTA’s FrontRunner service represents an innovative, cost-effective component of Utah’s rich multimodal transportation network. Spanning 88 miles of service, FrontRunner is centered on Salt Lake City and connects 15 stations between Provo and Ogden with half-hourly peak and hourly off-peak service. FrontRunner’s single-track infrastructure with passing siding locations requires precise operations to maintain high on-time performance. The service’s timing provides customer-friendly “memory” schedules, but makes service modifications and additions more challenging.

LTK will analyze future growth scenarios, including implications for ridership, fleet requirements, capital improvements and operating costs. UTA’s goal for FrontRunner is to reduce travel time and improve reliability as well as increase ridership. LTK will use its TrainOps® rail network simulation software to model existing operations, near-term planned operations and long-range options for an improved FrontRunner network.

FrontRunner Press Release

LTK’s Ethan Kim Elected New Chair of APTA Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum

APTA-NewChairLTK’s Ed Rowe stepped down as chair of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Power, Signals & Communications Technical Forum at the conclusion of the 2016 Rail Conference in Phoenix AZ. Rowe has been an industry fixture for 50 years and has chaired the Power, Signals & Communications committee for more than 20. Elected to succeed him was Ethan Kim, Principal Systems Engineer at LTK’s Seattle office. Rowe (left) is shown congratulating Kim at the conference.


LTK Engineering Services Names New President

DiBritoLTK Engineering Services has announced that Dominic DiBrito will become President of LTK Engineering Services as of January 1, 2017. In assuming his new role, Dominic will replace George Dorshimer, who will be retiring. George has served as LTK’s President for 22 years, during which time the firm tripled in size. Dominic will be only the fifth President in LTK’s 95 years.

Dominic joined LTK in 2005 after compiling a diverse background that encompasses all aspects of the rail transportation industry. He consulted to both government and the supply industry, and later served as the Chief Engineer for a rail car manufacturer, leading the design and manufacture of a modern self-propelled diesel railcar.

“Since joining LTK, Dominic has proven his value in a number of significant ways”, said George Dorshimer. “He nurtured important client relationships in the San Francisco Bay Area, then headed to Australia, where he was the first employee of our new affiliate, NDYLTK Rail.” Over the succeeding four years, Dominic grew LTK’s Australian affiliate successfully despite unfavorable economic conditions, and set the stage for long-term success. Upon his return to the US, he managed LTK’s New York office, supporting New York City Transit with new subway car procurements, while continuing to oversee activities in Australia as a member of the NDYLTK Board of Directors.

“It is an honor to be selected by the LTK Board to lead this company”, said Dominic. “LTK is an incredible organization, with a culture that emphasizes ethics, quality, and client focus. I look forward to working closely with George over the next seven months to ensure a smooth transition, and will do my best to build on the foundation that was established under his stewardship."

Metro-North M-8 New Haven Line Fleet Sets Reliability Record

The New Haven Line fleet of Metro-North, placed in service over the last five years with support from LTK, have set a new record for miles operated between failures. In 2015, the M-8 cars averaged 284,388 miles before breaking down and causing a delay — sufficient distance to circle the Earth 11 times. For the Metro-North fleet as a whole, the mean distance between failures was 199,838 miles, the best reliability results since the railroad began tracking such figures in 1989. The 2015 fleet statistics broke the 2014 mark by more than 50,000 miles and were 8 percent above the projected goal of 185,000 miles, according to Metro-North. Read more about this record-setting accomplishment here.

LTK's Natalie Cornell Featured in National Trade Press

Passenger Transport, the weekly publication of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), published an extensive interview with Natalie Cornell, LTK’s Director of Business Development. Click here to read the full interview.

Hank Raudenbush Reaches Half-Century Milestone at LTK

Raudenbush-CakeLTK recently celebrated “Hank Raudenbush Day” as he passed the 50-year service mark at LTK. Company President George Dorshimer honored Raudenbush with a celebratory party and the naming of LTK’s technical library as the “Hank Raudenbush Library”. Raudenbush worked for the Long Island Rail Road and New York City Transit early in his career, joining LTK in 1966. His LTK work has included a wide variety of rail vehicle assignments with projects taking him around the world, including the Philippines, China and Brazil. He has managed several large-scale vehicle programs, including the procurement of many of the M-series cars for Metro-North and the Long Island Rail Road. His celebration at LTK’s headquarters office included a large cake created as a scale replica of the original LIRR M-1 series car.


SMART Test Trains Reach 79 MPH

With LTK providing oversight, SMART’s Diesel Multiple Unit test trains are operating on portions of the SMART network in California at speeds up to 79 MPH. Read a recent press report, featuring an interview with LTK Project Manager Lisa Cobb, here.

CTA Green Line Station Project Receives Award of Merit

The Structural Engineers Association of Illinois recently announced that the Cermak-McCormick Place CTA Green Line Station has received a 2015 Award of Merit. LTK provided rail system engineering for the project. Click here to see more information and a rendering of the new station and here for news of the design award.

Boston Globe Interviews LTK’s Dave Diaz on MBTA Positive Train Control

LTK’s Dave Diaz, who leads the firm’s Positive Train Control (PTC) practice, is quoted in a recent Boston Globe article about equipping the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s commuter rail network with PTC. Read the article here.

LTK’s Bill Whitbred Featured in National Trade Press

An APTA 2015 Annual Meeting session on mitigating contract protests through open communication among owners, contractors, designers and construction managers that featured LTK’s Bill Whitbred was recently published in the national trade press. The Mass Transit Magazine article can be found here.

METRO Magazine Interviews LTK's Natalie Cornell

The September/October 2015 issue of METRO Magazine features an interview with LTK’s Director of Business Development, Natalie Cornell. Read the full interview here.

LTK’s Cameron Selected for Leadership APTA Program

Greg Cameron, Senior Vehicle Engineer at LTK, has been selected for the prestigious Leadership APTA program. Leadership APTA is the American Public Transportation Association’s professional development program designed to support future industry leaders aspiring to hold senior and executive leadership positions in the public transportation industry. Selected from a wide range of public transit agencies, suppliers and consulting engineering firms, Greg and his 25 classmates will first meet at the 2015 APTA Annual Meeting in October. They will then work together in an intensive program that includes skills-building workshops, conferences, executive roundtables, and team leadership projects throughout the year until graduation at the 2016 APTA Annual Meeting.

Greg is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and has more than 20 years of industry experience. Since joining LTK in 2007, he has worked on projects for Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, Denver Regional Transportation District, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (“TriMet”), Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), Northstar Corridor Development Authority in Minneapolis and Metro Transit in Minneapolis.

LTK Applies TrainOps®, Rail Planning Expertise in Santa Cruz County

LTK is part of the team developing a high-level study of passenger rail feasibility in California’s Santa Cruz County that includes ridership and cost information for seven service scenarios and evaluates them based on goals and objective identified by the community. Travel time predictions of multiple rail technologies and service options are based on LTK’s TrainOps software. The project is sponsored by the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission. Written comments are encouraged and must be received by July 8, 2015. The final report and any recommended actions will be considered by the RTC following a public hearing in fall 2015. The full report and more information can be found here.

LTK Supports NICTD Bikes on Trains Efforts

The potential for adapting existing NICTD trains between Indiana and Chicago to accommodate bike transport for rail passengers is being supported by an LTK study. LTK’s work included assessing the current NICTD fleet; identifying the requirements, opportunities, and barriers to instituting bike access; developing solutions to potential implementation challenges, and estimated costs for the retrofit. The work and associated public meetings are detailed in a recent press report.

Refurbished Boston Green Line Vehicles Enter Service

Click here to read industry reports about the upgrading of Green Line light rail vehicles for years of additional service on the four-branch Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority network. LTK is providing ongoing engineering support for this project. The firm performed detailed equipment condition assessments, supported development of the technical specification, conducted detailed design reviews, oversaw qualification testing and is presently supporting acceptance testing for each vehicle.

Apanian Named LTK Streetcar Practice Lead

Steve Apanian has been named LTK Streetcar Practice Lead, responsible for streetcar business development, coordinating closely with LTK’s Director of Business Development Natalie Cornell and its regional management, as well as for oversight of streetcar project execution. Apanian, who also serves as LTK’s Vice-President for the North Central Region, was Technical Advisor to MARTA for the Atlanta Streetcar, which opened in December, and is currently leading LTK’s work in Milwaukee. He is also supporting LTK’s work on the Nicollet Mall Streetcar project in Minneapolis.

LTK has been a leader in the planning, design, and operation of modern streetcars for more than 20 years. The firm began streetcar work with the Portland Streetcar project in the 1990s, and that system entered revenue service in 2001. LTK has been involved in streetcar planning and design in over 20 cities, including Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Tacoma, Tucson, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, DC. The firm has been involved in the procurement of nearly every modern streetcar in service or on order. These include the first in North America to employ onboard energy storage for off-wire operation (in Dallas and Seattle) and the first 100% low floor cars in the US (Cincinnati).

In his new role as LTK’s Streetcar Practice Leader, Apanian succeeds LTK’s Tom Furmaniak, who recently assumed the role of Managing Director of NDYLTK Rail, LTK’s Australian affiliate.

LTK Supports Denver FasTracks Airport Line

Non-revenue test trains built by Hyundai-Rotem are now operating on the Denver FasTracks Airport Line. LTK, in a joint venture, is supporting Denver RTD in reviewing the line’s systems, vehicles and operations.

Denver FasTracks Airport

LTK’s McGee Supports Strategic Analysis of Next-Gen Fare Payment Systems

LTK’s John McGee, Senior Consultant, served as an advisor for the recent publication of TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 177: Preliminary Strategic Analysis of Next Generation Fare Payment Systems for Public Transportation. The report explores attributes, implementation strategies, and applications of next generation transit fare payment (NGFP) systems. The report documents the state of the practice of emerging fare payments options for public transportation; develops a typology of available and anticipated options for NGFP that can serve a broad range of transit agencies and stakeholders in the United States; and evaluates the pros and cons of the options presented in the typology.

PTC Progress In California Reflects LTK Input

The Spring 2015 Issue of the TRB publication, Intercity Passenger Rail Systems Update, includes an article co-authored by LTK’s Josh Callen entitled “PTC Progress in California.” The article covers work at Caltrain to install and test their new PTC system. Caltrain will be the first passenger railroad in the US to use Interoperable Incremental Train Control System (I-ITCS). By using incremental train control (ITC) this system will be interoperable with other railroads using the corridor whose PTC systems use Interoperable Electronic train Management System (I-ETMS).

WMATA 7000 Series Cars Make First Revenue Trips

Read about the public’s reaction to the new cars, for which LTK has served as the lead consultant, in this Washington Post article.

Rhode Island Public Transit Fare Policy Analysis Supported by LTK

LTK is supporting the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority in a four-month fare policy analysis that addresses public transit throughout the Ocean State. Read more about LTK’s work here.

LTK Supports WMATA in 7000-Series Rail Car Debut

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will introduce its first 7000-series train on April 14, 2015. LTK is serving as WMATA’s Vehicles Engineer for the project. The new railcars, which will make their debut on WMATA's Blue Line, meet improved crashworthiness standards to absorb maximum energy in a collision, officials said. They also feature event recorders, digital surveillance systems and "anti-climbers," which help keep cars upright in a collision.

"Safety must always be at the forefront of everything we do, and that is exactly what this investment in our railcar fleet is all about," said WMATA Chair Mort Downey. "The 7000-series cars represent a significant improvement in safety, reliability and rider comfort." The new railcars will increase the size of WMATA's fleet by 128. Eventually, they will replace all 1000- and 4000-series cars. WMATA ordered a total 528 of the new 7000 series railcars, according to an agency press release. The cars offer new customer amenities, such as handholds, improved seats with more knee room, an LCD map and LED screens that provide current and upcoming station information.

WMATA 7000 

LTK’s Julie Green Featured in Trade Press

The Revenue Systems Management Practice of LTK was prominently featured in a recent Metro Magazine article. Read the full article about new fare collection technologies and LTK’s work in this area here.

LTK Celebrates National Engineers Week, Supports "Introduce a Girl to Engineering"

LTK offices across North America celebrated National Engineers Week from February 22 to 28, 2015. As part of the week's celebration, three LTK offices supported national "Introduce a Girl to Engineering" efforts with specific programs organized by the firm's professionals. The Los Angeles office hosted two girls from the Applied Technology Center in Montebello, CA and they participated in a structural design exercise. The LTK Lebanon NH office hosted two girls active in their local Robotics Club from Lebanon High School. Both are considering engineering as a career and were eager to ask questions about what LTK engineers do on a day-to-day basis as well as questions about potential college engineering programs. As part of their project at LTK, the girls developed the design for a signal system controlling a hypothetical transit system in their community. LTK's Rochester NY office also hosted two girls from a local high school.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering activities at the Lebanon, NH LTK office

Girl Day NH Office

Introduce a Girl to Engineering activities at the Rochester, NY LTK office

Girl Day Rochester

Introduce a Girl to Engineering activities at the Los Angeles, CA LTK office

Girl Day LA Office

LTK Engineering Services Announces New Regional Structure and Leaders

LTK Engineering Services announced today that as of January 1, 2015, it has reorganized geographically in order to better serve its North American clients. Under the new structure, LTK’s operations in the United States and Canada will be managed through six regions: Northeast, Southeast, North Central, South Central, Northwest and Southwest. With its high concentration of clients, the Northeast Region has been further divided into six sub-regions.

“We’ve experienced strong growth over the past five years. In order to sustain the level of close contact that our clients have come to expect from us, we needed to align our organizational structure with our larger size”, said George N. Dorshimer, President of LTK. “Making our regional structure more fine-grained enables us to continue to be responsive to each of our clients. We’re fortunate to have a strong team of leaders who are ready to take on these regional management responsibilities.”

The Northeast will continue to be led by Rick Landell, who has been promoted to Senior Vice-President. Reporting to Mr. Landell will be:

  • Chris Pacher, promoted to Vice-President, New England & Eastern Canada
  • Mike Ghobrial, promoted to Regional Manager, Southern New England
  • Dave Diaz, promoted to Regional Manager, Northern New Jersey and Vice-President, Special Projects
  • Ray Carini, promoted to Vice-President, Middle Atlantic
  • Ernie Chance, promoted to Vice-President, South Atlantic

Based in Minneapolis, Steve Apanian has been promoted to Vice-President, North Central Region, including Canada’s Prairie Provinces. Lloyd Mack, working from his Seattle base, has been promoted to Vice-President, Northwest Region, which includes Western Canada. Mike Tagaras has been promoted to Vice-President, South Central Region, based in Dallas. Bill Whitbred will continue his duties as Vice-President, Southwest Region, working from his Los Angeles base.

“Each of these leaders has significant experience in rail transit, and they’ve distinguished themselves at LTK through outstanding work on client projects,” Mr. Dorshimer added. “I’m confident that these changes will position us to build on LTK’s long tradition of high quality service for our clients across North America.”

LTK Engineering Services Names Five New Vice-Presidents

LTK Engineering Services announced today that as of January 1, 2015, it has promoted five members of its management team to the position of Vice-President, in recognition of their outstanding performance and in response to the firm’s continued growth.

Julie Green, P.E. has been named Vice-President, Revenue Systems & Technology. Julie assumed the leadership of LTK’s revenue management practice in 2010 and has overseen a period of strong growth. She also oversees the firm’s activities in cost estimating and rolling stock valuation.

Bill Lipfert joined LTK in 2009. Over the past six years, he created LTK’s practice in rail operations analysis and simulation, and led the development of the firm’s powerful Train Ops® simulation software. Bill has been promoted to Vice-President, Rail Operations Planning & Simulation.

Both Julie and Bill have full international responsibility for their areas of practice.

The managers of LTK’s three professional resource groups have also been promoted. In LTK’s matrix management structure, Resource Group Managers are responsible for the recruitment, development and performance of all professional staff.

Chris Reitter, P.E., based in Seattle, has been named Vice-President, Systems Engineering. In this role he is responsible for professional staff in all systems engineering disciplines, including traction power, third rail and OCS power distribution, signaling and train control, communications, corrosion control, electrical systems, maintenance facilities and systems integration.

The leaders of LTK’s two rail vehicle engineering resource groups have also been promoted. Ken Hesser has been named Vice-President, Vehicle Mechanical Engineering, and Jim Dietz has been appointed Vice-President, Vehicle Electrical Engineering.

“The leaders of our specialized practice groups and our talented resource groups play critically important roles in the success of our firm”, said George Dorshimer, LTK President. “These groups and practice leaders have distinguished themselves through outstanding work, and their efforts have contributed strongly to our growth and success. We’re pleased that we can recognize their outstanding performance through these promotions.”

LTK Announces New Director of Business Development

LTK Engineering Services announced today that, as of January 1, 2015, Natalie E. Cornell has assumed the role of Director of Business Development, based in the firm’s Ambler, PA, headquarters. Natalie has taken over from Thomas B. Furmaniak, P.E., who led LTK’s Business Development activities for the past five years. Tom has been appointed to the position of Director with LTK’s affiliate, NDYLTK Rail, which is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, where he will be based, beginning February 1, 2015.

Immediately prior to joining LTK, Natalie managed a division of LECIP Inc., a Japanese supplier to the transit industry of both fare collection systems and LED lighting for trains. Before that, she was a Marketing Director in Accenture’s Transportation Practice, as well as VP of Marketing & Communications for a consulting firm.

Tom worked for LTK during the 1970s, after which he held senior management positions with New York City Transit and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, and served as Chief Systemwide Engineer for the Athens Metro in Greece. Since rejoining LTK in 1998, he served as Vice-President for the firm’s Northwest Region, based in Portland, OR, and its Southeast Region, based in Atlanta, before assuming his Business Development role in 2010.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s New Fare Collection System Supported by LTK

The NFTA bus and rail systems in metropolitan Buffalo, NY will be upgraded to accept state-of-the-art fare payment options, including everything from cash to smart cards, as part of work supported by LTK. Expected to be fully implemented by 2017, the fare collection system’s design support and construction monitoring is being performed by LTK. Read more about the project’s benefits here.



LTK supports WOMEN IN TRANSPORTATION (WTS) and the Carmen E. Turner, the Suzanne B. Axworthy, and the Sylvia Alston Scholarships that are open to graduate and undergraduate students. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage women to pursue careers in transportation.

The competition is open to women with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who plan to pursue a career in transportation and who are currently enrolled in a degree program in a transportation-related field such as engineering, planning, finance or logistics. A copy each of the Graduate and Undergraduate applications is attached, along with the descriptions of the scholarships.

The WTS Philadelphia Scholarship applications are due in October and awarded in December. The two top recipients of the Philadelphia Chapter scholarship are then submitted as candidates for the WTS Foundation Scholarships, awarded in May of the following year.

For information about WTS www.wtsinternational.org 


2013 - LTK Scholarship - Giacomo Cernjul, Georgia Institute of Technology

2013 - LTK Transportation Planning Scholarship - Qun Zhao, Texas Southern University

2012 - Renaud Augustin, Masters in Engineering Management, Florida International University


Mr. Renaud Augustin has had much valuable and educational experience. From his time as an instructor at Miami Dade College to his current position as System Engineer at Creative Technologies, he has worked closely with and within the transportation industry. He continues to seek out education, and is looking to pursue his PhD once completing his current Master’s program.

2011 - Semaj Rashad, Industrial / Systems Engineering and Mathematics, Morgan State University

Mr. Rashad was the recipient of the LTK Engineering Scholarship.  Mr. Rashad is a senior.  He is currently a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and the National Society of Black Engineers.  In addition, he recently completed work with the U.S. Dept of Energy as Student Energy Ambassador. 

2010 - Jedious Aggrey, Construction Management, Colorado State University

Below is a letter from Jedious Aggrey, a recipient of a COMTO Colorado 2010 Scholarship Award.  LTK donated $4,000.00 toward the scholarship program last year.  Here is Jedious’ expression of gratitude.

“Hello Dr. Mary Davis, I am writing to inform you that I finished my first year of college and I also wanted to say thank you for all that you have done.  Being at Colorado State University gave me the opportunity to learn new things and discover who I am.  In doing so, I decided to change my major to Construction Management.  I believe Construction Management is the type of career that will help me make a difference in this world.  The start of my freshman year was challenging at first, but I was able to overcome all the challenges and have a successful year.  If it wasn’t for the support of COMTO, I wouldn’t have made it through my freshman year, so I want to say thank you Dr. Mary Davis and COMTO for giving me a chance to be successful in life.  Thank You!“ 


2009 - Francis Udenta, Civil Engineering, Morgan State University

2008 - Kurt Frazer, Transportation Engineering, Northeastern University


Drexel University College of Engineering - Honors Day
Established in 1998, The JOHN RAYMOND VOLLMAR ENDOWED SCHOLARSHIP is awarded to a sophomore, pre-junior or junior majoring in Architectural, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Materials or Mechanical Engineering in recognition of academic excellence. Students with an expressed interest and / or experience in the field of urban mass transportation are given preference.  To date, the Scholarship Fund has received $104,697 in contributions, including the match by LTK Engineering Services. Since 1998, 25 scholarships have been awarded totaling more than $38,000.

VollmarJohnJohn Raymond Vollmar's Legacy - During the 1960s, LTK’s leadership in the rail transit industry was developed by its initial work for PATCO (Port Authority Transit Corporation) also called the Lindenwold Line, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and various agencies in the New York metropolitan area, beginning with the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA), the Tri-State Transportation Commission and, later, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). John R. (Ray) Vollmar’s impact on the firm and the industry is best illustrated by these client relationships, each of which continues to this day.

The John Raymond Vollmar Endowed Scholarship - In August 1997, LTK Engineering Services and the rail transportation industry lost a respected friend and colleague when Ray Vollmar died after a brief illness. As a lasting tribute to honor Ray’s significant contributions to our firm, as well as the rail transportation industry at large, LTK Engineering Services has established The John Raymond Vollmar Memorial Scholarship Fund at Ray’s alma mater, Drexel University.   The entire Vollmar family celebrates Drexel Honors Day held in February of each year.

Photo (L to R): Front Row: 2009 recipients: Anthony Mecca, Li Hao Jain, Avishek Nandi, Second Row: Mrs. Vollmar, Mr. & Mrs. Richard Vollmar, Third Row: Pam Caldwell, Vollmar family friend, Paul Vollmar, Christopher Lawlor-LTK CFO. 



 Scholarship recipients are:


LTK Engineering Services hosted a visit of the four winners of this year’s John Raymond Vollmar Scholarship awards to its Ambler, PA headquarters on May 7, 2014. During their visit to LTK, the scholars toured the corporate office and met with employees representing almost every discipline in which LTK is involved. This visit enabled the students to get a better understanding of LTK and its role as one of the top engineering consulting firms in the transportation industry. A summary of each of the winners follows.

Lurenc Koka - Lurenc Koka is a mechanical engineering major at Drexel University. Lurenc is very interested in the railroad transportation industry and has had an opportunity to obtain real world experience with engineering mechanisms and electrical systems via a co-op. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering and the National Honor Society.

Veronika Legkobitova - Veronika Legkobitova is a majoring in mechanical engineering at Drexel University and also has experience in transportation through co-ops with an engineering consulting firm as well as the Navy. Veronika is interested in mechanics and the complicated systems that are involved in transportation. She enjoys troubleshooting problems in the field. A favorite co-op project was using 3D modeling to design café cars for a rail system.

Christopher Magruder - Christopher Magruder is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Drexel University. He has been interested in public transit since he was a child, as his family was stationed in Italy and was able to use rail to travel to different cities in Italy, including Rome and Pisa. After moving back to the U.S., he continued his interest in trains by going to train museums and watching trains passing by while on road trips. During his internship, he has been enjoying working on projects for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road, PATCO and SEPTA. He is also project manager of Drexel’s Concrete Canoe Team.

Michael Squillace - Michael Squillace is a part time Electrical Engineering student pursuing a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in control systems. He has also been employed at LTK Engineering Services since 2013. Prior to that, Michael held positions of Electrical Manager/Supervisor and Industrial Electrician at different employers. He has also worked with programmable logic controllers and automation equipment. Juggling work, school and other responsibilities in order to obtain his degree in Electrical Engineering, he has grown both as an engineer and a professional in the transportation industry.


On April 22, 2013 LTK hosted a visit of the four winners of this year’s John Raymond Vollmar Scholarship awards. All four recipients, Michael Squillace, Christian Heydt, Shreesha Muthyala, Mohd Shafi Sattar Sunny attended along with their coordinator Mr. Spencer Masloff, Assistant VP of Drexel’s College of Engineering. The annual awards are funded by scholarship fund that was established a number of years ago through employee and matching firm contributions to honor one of LTK’s key ‘founding fathers’. Mr. Vollmar was a Drexel graduate (at that time Drexel Institute of Technology)and ardent supporter. The candidates are required to submit a resume and a letter explaining why they feel they are qualified to be considered for this award. The submittals are reviewed by the JRV Scholarship committee and the scholarships are awarded on the basis of excellence in engineering, academic achievement and an expressed interest in passenger rail transportation. The brief visit was highlighted by a tour of the Ambler office facility, conducted by Rebecca Cohen, a meet-and-greet with LTK management and an overview of the library facility conducted by Sabina. Following the brief tour, the group met in the multipurpose room for lunch and a presentation by Tom Furmaniak highlighting the work we do at LTK which resulted in a number of thoughtful questions and an interesting discussion. I think all who were able to participate considered the visit a success and it is hoped to become an annual tradition. 

PHOTO - 2013 - (L-R)  Front Row: Michael Squillace, Christian Heydt, Mr. Spencer Masloff (their coordinator), Shreesha Muthyala, Mohd Shafi Sattar Sunny,  Back Row: Ken Hesser, Tom Furmaniak 


Matthias Agne - Matthias is majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, with a GPA of 3.6.  His anticipated graduation date is 2015.  His honors and awards include:  Drexel’s Dean’s Scholarship, Dean’s List, among other honors.  He is a member of ASM International, past member of National Honors Society, and Red Rose Repeater Club. He and his family have a deep-rooted interest in railroads,and hobbies include historical societies, rail-fanning, model railroading and photography.  He has volunteered at the B&O Railroad Museum and has had the pleasure of being the engineer on several locomotives, with CSX and the Winchester and Western.  Taking pictures of trains has been his photography hobby and the Moose Valley Model Railroad occupies three rooms of his family’s basement. Matthias has assisted his father in the building of this model railroad which his dad started 25 years ago.  He became an amateur radio operator in sixth grade and built a diesel F-150 vehicle from scratch. 

Xin Guan - Xin is majoring in Computer Engineering with a GPA of 3.82, and an anticipated graduation of 2014.  His honors and awards include Drexel’s Certificate of Merit in Co-Op, Paul Peck Scholar, and Dean’s Distinction List.  The 5 tenants of Paul Peck Scholar are advanced critical thinking, reasoned problem solving and decision making, effective written and oral communication, entrepreneur and innovative spirit, and global awareness.  Xin’s grandfather is an engineer who worked at China Railway and who also tutored Xin’s mother until she went to college and started being Xin’s abecedarian on Math and Physics at an early age.  Xin’s language skills include Chinese and Japanese. He is a co-op at a digital media design company in Philadelphia, PA, and he is a member of NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers).

Michael Sinja - Michael Sinja is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a GPA of 3.34, and an anticipated graduation date of 2014.  Michael is interested in public transit’s crucial role in the economic and cultural prosperity of a society.  His honors and awards include Drexel’s Dean’s Scholarship and Endowed Scholarship, as well as the Dean’s List.  He’s been nominated for National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Fellowship.  Michael is currently interning as a vehicle specialist in the Transport and Infrastucture division of a transit consulting firm in Philadelphia and has contributed to the testing phases of several transit agency’s trains, as well as made proposals to solutions. He is a member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, Social Chair, Drexel African Student Association, Assistant Editor at Drexel Daily Digest, among others. 

Michael Squillace - Michael Squillace is an Electrical Engineering student and journeyman electrician working with programmable logic controllers and automation equipment.  His GPA is 3.94.  He discontinued his studies for awhile to enter the electrical field and obtained a 4-year certificate from an apprenticeship trade school.  He was an electrician working with PLCs and control systems and decided to go back to college to obtain a degree in electrical engineering.  He is also employed as an electrical supervisor on rail system projects while pursuing his degree in the evenings.  .


Arda Aridici - Arda Aridici is pursuing a double degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a GPA of 3.90.  His anticipated graduation date is 2014. Arda’s honors and awards include:  Drexel University’s Dean’s List, Endowed Scholarship and Trustee Awards, and he has been member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars since June 2010. Arda acknowledges the cost effectiveness and time savings of rail transit in urban mass transportation. He is a member of IEEE, and enjoys basketball and water polo, among other activities. His language skills include Turkish and German. He has worked as a teaching assistant in the computation labs at Drexel and has been a co-op at a Philadelphia based web developing start-up.

Can Erdogan - Can Erdogan is majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with a Minor in Music Theory & Composition, and has a GPA of 3.38.  His anticipated graduation date is 2014. Can’s honors and awards include:  Drexel’s Dean’s Scholarship, Alumni Endorsement, Certificate of Merit in Career Management and Professional Development and Exceptional Achievement Award for Calculus.  His interest in the rail transit industry is substantial. As an intern at a company in Turkey, he worked with a research group on high speed and maglev trains and evacuated tube transport technologies.  Can participates in activities both on campus and outside of college, such as community service, sports activities and also attending musical concerts.  He has been playing the piano and guitar for years and music is very important to him.  Playing soccer is also a strong passion in his life.  He has been on the Drexel Varsity Soccer Team, as well as the Drexel Intramural Basketball Team.  He played piano for the Keyboard Ensemble at Drexel and also enjoys skiing and placed 4th in the 2003 regionals. His language skills include Turkish and German. Can has interned at a company that designs and presents vehicle prototypes, such as automobiles, planes, ships and trains, and worked with senior students at Drexel on designing and implementing two wind turbines for urban use, as well as programming a game website.

Charles Stillwell - Charles Stillwell is majoring in Civil Engineering with a GPA of 3.88, and his anticipated graduation date is 2014. Charles’ honors and awards include:  AJ Drexel Scholarship Award Winner, Drexel’s Dean’s List, Personal Leadership Certificate - Creating Excellent Organizations certification.  He has interned as a Civil Engineering Co-Op at a company in Fort Washington, PA.  Charles has always had an interest in trains and after his co-op began, now has an interest in urban mass transit.  In one of his classes at Drexel, he did a research paper which analyzed a certain city’s subway system from size to ridership to cost to method of pay, as well as formulated some possible changes and improvements that the transit agency could make while still being able to keep a balanced budget.  He is planning to study abroad in Hong Kong, to learn about how their extensive public transportation system has effectively eliminated urban sprawl in the area, which boasts the highest population density in the world.  He is active in Drexel’s chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.


Adrian Ambrus - Adrian worked in our Ambler Office as an Engineering Assistant from March through September, 2009 as part of Drexel University’s co-op program.  His major is Mechanical Engineering with a Cumulative GPA of 3.93.  Adrian’s other honors and awards include:  Performing Arts Scholarship, September 2009 to Present; Dean’s List, 2007 to Present; Member of Pennoni Honors College, 2007 to Present; and Bronze Medal, Romanian National Mathematics Olympiad, 2006 and 2007.  Adrian is a member of Drexel Guitar Ensemble (2008 to Present); Drexel Smart House (2008); Committee of Seventy Election Oversight (2008) and People to People Student Ambassadors Leadership Summit, UCLA (2007).

Magdalena M. Bielinski - Magdalena is majoring in Electrical Engineering, with a Cumulative GPA of 3.96.  Madgalena’s other honors and awards include:  Exelon Endowed Scholarship, 2008 to Present; Dean’s List, 2007 to Present; Pennoni Honors, 2007 to Present.  Magdalena is also active in Pennoni Honors College Peer Mentoring, (2009 to Present); College of Engineering Peer Mentoring, (2009 to Present); North America Scholar Consortium—Highest Honors Member, (2009 to Present); Computation Lab III Undergraduate Teacher’s Assistant (2009); and National Society of Collegiate Scholars, (2008 to Present).

Li Jian - Li was a Mechanical Engineering Intern in our Ambler Office, September 2008 to March 2009.  Li is a Mechanical Engineering Major with a Cumulative GPA of 3.63.  His other awards include: Drexel University Dean’s Scholarship; Dean’s List and the White Williams Scholarship.  This is the second year Li was honored as a Vollmar scholarship recipient.

Marie LaPosta - Marie is presently working in our Ambler Office as a Drexel Co-op.  In 2008 Marie studied abroad in Budapest.  Marie has a Cumulative GPA of 3.76.  Marie’s other honors include:  Exelon Endowed Scholarship Recipient, 2007 to 2009; National Society of Collegiate Scholars, inducted 2007; Drexel University Dean’s List, consecutive since Spring 2007; AJ Drexel Scholarship Recipient, 2006; ASME Clarke Scholarship Recipient, 2006 and National Merit Scholarship Finalist, 2006.  Marie’s extracurricular activities include: Drexel ASCE Concrete Canoe Team; Indoor Aerial Robotics Competition; American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Middle East Technical University International Summer School—Studied Turkish history and politics in Ankara.

PHOTO - 2010 - (L-R) Front Row: Marie LaPosta, Li Jian and Adrian Ambrus, Back Row: Chris Lawlor, LTK and Paul Vollmar, LTK (not pictured: Magdalena Bielinski) presented at Drexel University Annual Honors’ Day, February 17, 2010 




Li Hao Jian - Mechanical Engineering (June 2012) and a LTK Engineering Services Intern

Avishek Nandi - Mechanical Engineering (June 2010)  and a LTK Engineering Services Intern

Anthony Mecca - Civil Engineering (June 2010)

PHOTO - 2009 - (L-R) Anthony Mecca, Li Hao Jian, Avishek Nandi presented at Drexel University Annual Honors’ Day, February 18, 2009



Kayleigh Beidleman whose career goal is in infrastructure, is focused on structural engineering, and with a cumulative 3.94 GPA, Kayleigh has an impressive list of honors and scholarships: Suzanne B. Axworthy Scholarship, WTS Philadelphia Chapter; Exelon Endowed Grant; Dean’s List; Pennoni Honors College; Society of Women Engineers; Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society; and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars Coordinator of Philanthropy, Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority.

Ankit More, a junior, working on both a master’s (system and control) and bachelor’s (advanced electronics) degree in electrical engineering, has an impressive list of academic honors: Dean’s List for two years in a row; A.J. Drexel Academic Scholarship; Best Academic Performance-Bishop Cotton Boys’ School; and Nominated Representative-Global Young Leaders Conference.

Paul Briede, Jr. a junior with a mechanical engineering major (aerospace engineering). Paul got his FAA rated private pilot license in high school and obtained his FAA instrument rating this past fall. Paul’s accomplishments include the Dean’s List; Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 4th Place in Engineering; and Pi Tau Sigma, International Mechanical Engineering Honors Society. 

PHOTO - 2008 – (L-R) Paul Briede, Jr. and Ankit More (not pictured: Kayleigh Beidleman) presented at Drexel University Annual Honors’ Day, February 20, 2008  

PHOTO 2007 – (L-R) Thomas Golecki (Civil/Architectural and Environmental Engineering), Matthew Sera (Mechanical Engineering) and John Zollers (Civil/Architectural and Environmental Engineering),
presented at Drexel University Annual Honors’ Day, February 21, 2007


PHOTO 2006 – (L-R) John Zollers, Civil Engineering, Nicholas Loberto, Dual Arch/Civil Engineering;
Christian Schegan, Accelerated B.S./M.S.;
Mark McShea, Architectural Engineering (not pictured)

PHOTO 2005 – (L-R) Jessica B. Hawthorne, Civil Engineering and John K. Zollers, Civil Engineering
with Dr. Selçuk Güçeri, Dean, College of Engineering, Drexel University;
Laura L. Davis, Civil Engineering (not pictured)

2004 – (no photo) Pritesh Patel; Joseph B. Saunders; Anthony R. Tofani

PHOTO 2003 – Shamela Rogers, Architectural Engineering and Patrick Mathias, Electrical Engineering (L) with Sara Vollmar and Chris Lawlor, CFO, LTK Engineering Services (R);
M. Scott Devlin, Architectural Engineering (not pictured)


PHOTO 2002 – Michael Johnson (2001) and Erin Hill (2002)

2001 – (no photo) Michael Johnson and Kevin Maynard

2000 – (no photo) David Rittel

1999 – (no photo) David Tack

1998 – (no photo) Richard Delp