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Principles Course Sessions Speaker:


Ryan Mcwilliams

Ryan Mcwilliams
Chief Technical Officer & Principal 
International Engineering


Mr. McWilliams has over 20 years’ experience in railway technology implementation & business ventures across six continents. 

Mr. McWilliams started his professional career working for the Association of American Railroads (AAR) as a Mechanical Engineer evaluating railway infrastructure and working on track related projects ranging from special track-work optimization to bridge approach and sub-grade analysis.

Continuing his career as Senior Engineer for the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colorado, Ryan’s’ work included many research & test programs such as; dynamic modelling of high speed passenger vehicles, performance monitoring hardware & software development, static & dynamic testing of freight & passenger vehicles, as well as project management of multiple industry programs.

As Vice President of Technology & Business Development for Salient Systems Inc. (a division of LB Foster & formerly Portec Rail Products Inc). Mr McWilliams provided both engineering & business development guidance for Salient & the LB Foster family of subsidiaries. The portfolio of wayside detection devices, concrete ties, insulated joints, and friction management products have kept Mr McWilliams engaged in leadership roles & technical project support around the globe.

Currently, as Chief Technical Officer & Principal of International Engineering, Mr McWilliams provides Technology & Business Development Services to the global railway industry. Competencies include new market entry, wheel/rail interaction, performance monitoring devices, and best-in-class technology solutions. He has also founded & is a Contributing Editor for Railway Age, IRJ, and RT&S.

Significant Highlights

  • Vice President of Salient Systems – Provided engineering & business direction for various LB Foster programs on 6 continents. This included RailStress programs, Wheel Impact Load Detectors, Hunting Truck Detectors, Insulated Rail Joints, Concrete Ties, & Tribometer/Friction Management programs.
  • International Manager of Business Development for TTCI – Spent extensive time in Australia & the United Kingdom identifying & promoting significant company growth opportunities.
  • Program Manager & Senior Engineer for TTCI – Developed & commercialized TTCI’s wayside monitoring device (TPD) &
  • technical database. Performed dynamic modelling of the Acela High Speed Train-Set for service on Amtrak’s North East Corridor.
  • Mechanical Engineer / Project Manager for the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Heavy Axle Load Research Program – Provided engineering expertise & analysis for Class 1 infrastructure programs as well as track component testing & evaluation in North America.