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Allan Zarembski

University of Delaware


Dr. Zarembski is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of railroad track engineering, track component failure analysis , vehicle/track system analysis, railway safety, and maintenance management. Dr. Zarembski is currently Professor of Practice and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program at the University of Delaware’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he has been since 2012. Prior to that he was President of ZETA-TECH, Associates, Inc. a railway technical consulting and applied technology company, he established in 1984 and acquired by Harsco Rail in 2007. He also served as Director of R&D for Pandrol Inc., Director of R&D for Speno Rail Services Co. and Manager, Track Research for the Association of American Railroads. He also served as Deputy Director of the Industry-Government Track Train Dynamics Program. He has been active in the railroad industry for over 40 years.

Dr. Zarembski has a PhD in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in five states. Dr. Zarembski is an Honorary Member of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of way Association (AREMA), He is also a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and a Life Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He was the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's Rail Transportation Award in 1992 and the US Federal Railroad Administration’s Special Act Award in 2001 and the Fumio Tatsuoka Best Paper Award for 2017 by the Journal of Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology.

He is the organizer and initiator of the Big Data in Railroad Maintenance Planning Conference, initially in December 2014 and then annually since. He has helped establish the role of Big Data Analytics in Railroad Engineering and Maintenance Planning.

Dr. Zarembski has authored or co-authored over 200 technical papers, over 120 technical articles, two book chapters and two books “The Art and Science of Rail Grinding” and ""Tracking R&D"" both published by Simmons Boardman Books.