Emerging railway professional awards

Emerging Railway Professionals are hereby invited to submit a proposal to enter the Emerging Railway Professional Awards that will be presented at the International Heavy Haul Association STS conference that will be held in Narvik, Norway on 10 to 14 June 2019.

Purpose of the Award:

The theme of the International Heavy Haul Association STS Conference is “Heavy Haul 4.0 – Achieving Breakthrough Performance Levels”.  In line with this theme IHHA would like to recognize innovative solutions proposed by Emerging Railway Professionals that are aimed at improvements in the railway industry in any of the following areas: Vehicle Track Systems, Track, Bridges & Tunnels, Operations, Rolling Stock, Motive Power, Traction and Energy Efficiency, Extreme Conditions, Human factors.

The main purpose is to encourage participation of the Emerging Railway Professionals in taking the railways to the future. Through this award category Emerging Railway Professionals will benefit as they will get exposure and be noticed at the international railway platform.

Qualifying Criteria:

  • University degree or the equivalent.
  • Currently working within the railway industry.
  • Have not more than 5 years of work experience after graduating.
  • Note – does not include work experience gained prior to graduation.
  • Not more than 35 years of age.

Requirement to Enter

Write a paper on a technical topic within the freight heavy haul railway industry proposing a new solution to an existing or a potential problem.  The papers should be 2500 words or less.  If graphics are included, each graphic will count for 500 words of the 2500 word total.

The issue discussed in the paper should have an impact on the freight heavy haul railway industry. In your proposal, describe the problem and its current or future impact; demonstrate how the problem can be addressed and how the solution will result into an improvement in one or more of the following areas: Vehicle Track Systems, Track, Bridges & Tunnels, Operations, Rolling Stock, Motive Power, Traction and Energy Efficiency, Extreme Conditions, Human factors. Papers submitted to the IHHA Conference proceedings may be also submitted for consideration if the principal submitting author meets all the above criteria.

Important Dates:

Deadline of Submission of the paper:  March 31, 2019

Date of giving feedback on outcome to those who submitted papers and notifying the top 2 finalists: April 15, 2019

Top 2 finalists present at the IHHA STS conference in Narvik, Norway during the Opening Ceremony, June 12, 2019

Announcement of the winner and handover of the award during the Gala Dinner in Narvik, Norway 13 June 2019

All entry proposals are to be emailed to: lisa_stabler@aar.com

Selection Method:

An Independent “Emerging Railway Professional Award” sub-committee of IHHA has been set up to review the submissions and select the two finalists.

All submissions will be sent to the secretary of the sub-committee.

Five shortlisted submissions will be presented to the sub-committee.

Two finalists will then be selected by the sub-committee.

The two finalists will be given 10 minutes each to present their papers at the conference during the Opening Ceremony, June 12th, 2019

A decision will then be made on who the winner is and an announcement will be at the Gala Dinner.

Selection Criteria:

The paper will be judged against seven criteria:

  • Does the paper address an existing or potential problem for freight heavy haul in Vehicle Track Systems, Track, Bridges & Tunnels, Operations, Rolling Stock, Motive Power, Traction and Energy Efficiency, Extreme Conditions, Human factors?
  • Is this a new solution or one that is known?
  • Does the paper address show proper linkage between the problem and the proposed solution?
  • Cost benefit analysis included
  • Potential for and ease of implementation
  • Does the paper meet the 2500 word or less criteria (with each graphic counting as 500 words)?

 Awards

The two finalists will receive:

Complimentary entry into the IHHA STS Conference which includes main conference, gala dinner and technical tour

Paid for travelling costs which is: economy return flights from country of origin to and from Narvik, Norway; accommodation costs, daily food allowance, transport within county of travel and visa application fee

1st Place:

Announced at the conference at the Gala Dinner, the winner will receive a week’s internship at a major global railroad research institution.

Will be awarded a recognition plaque as the “2019 IHHA Emerging Railway Professional” at the Gala Dinner.

Receive Free admission to the Next IHHA conference to be hosted by China in 2021 (excludes travel and accommodation costs).

Runner up (2nd Place):

Will be awarded a recognition plaque as a runner up at the Gala Dinner.

Receive Free admission to the Next IHHA conference to be hosted by China in 2021 (excludes travel and accommodation costs).