Activities

UMASC wants to facilitate the professional and personal development of all it's Chapter members. To achieve this, UMASC organizes activities to acquaint students with topics of interest in railway engineering through guest speaker luncheons, Chapter sponsored trips, and technical tours. As railway engineering is a multi-disciplined industry, we strive to bring in speakers that span all technical aspects of the industry. 

Check our Calendar to see upcoming events hosted by UMASC. As always, if you'd like to have a technical tour at a specific facility or guest speaker brought in on a particular topic, don't hesitate to contact us.

Our technical tours and guest lectures can be found on separate pages, under the Activities tab menu. All other activities are listed on this page.

AREMA Conferences
Annually, AREMA organize a educational conference in different cities. It is place of vintage railway exhibitions as well as new technology developing on the canvas of railway industry. UMASC has been sending its student member on these annual conferences for past three years.

AREMA 2017 Annual Conference

September 17-20, 2017

Attendees:

Jared Vanderwees, UMASC President

Jashandeep Bhullar, UMASC Seceretary

Richard Doucent, UMASC Member

The annual AREMA conference, held in conjunction with Railway Interchange, was held this year in Indianapolis, Indiana. Three UMASC members packed their suitcases and flew down to Indianapolis to attend the conference. The AREMA conference experience for students is comprised of three main areas: exploring the exhibition hall, participating in the student activities, and attending the technical sessions.

The exhibition hall at the Indiana Convention Center was home to over 630 different companies, including manufactures, suppliers, contractors, software companies and engineering firms. The multiple football field sized exhibition hall provided students with days full of exploring, learning, and networking opportunities with a vast array of companies.

The technical sessions held at this year’s conference covered current railway industry industry trends, issues, and technologies. The sessions included presentation topics that ranged from railway projects, rail maintenance, safety, communications, structures, transit, and freight. The general session featured Ken Schmidt, former Director of Communications for Harley-Davidson Motor Company.  Ken discussed the importance of company and brand image and how that can relate to the railway.

The AREMA conference also includes a student program where undergraduate and graduate students can meet other students interested in the railway, engage with AREMA, network with professionals, compete against other schools, and learn about the industry. The events included a quiz bowl where schools compete against each other to see who has the best knowledge of rail transportation, the CN poster competition where students display and discuss their research to professionals and other students, a networking social, and two sessions named Meet The Next Generation where students got to hear from a panel of professionals with varying years of experience in different areas about working in the rail industry and then network with industry representatives from different companies who are looking to hire.

Outside the conference, the students ventured all over downtown, visiting the many war memorials, touring the Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts), and indulging in the many wonderful restaurants in the area.

Finally, UMASC would like to thank the Engineering Endowment Fund, UMES, and AREMA for their financial support that makes attending conferences like this possible. The 2017 AREMA Conference was an amazing experience and with this year’s conference in the books, the chapter looks forward to attending the next AREMA conference in Chicago in 2018!


AREMA 2016 Annual Conference

August 28-31, 2016

Attendees:

Sean Regehr, UMASC President

Daniel Froese, UMASC Vice President

Jared Vanderwees, UMASC Treasurer

The annual AREMA conference was held this year in Orlando, Florida. Three UMASC members grabbed their sunglasses and headed down to the sunshine state to attend the conference. The student activities, technical sessions, and exhibition hall provided a great learning experience for all involved.

There were many student activities at the AREMA conference that allowed student to demonstrate their rail transport knowledge and provided an opportunity to meet with students from other AREMA student chapters. Highlights of the student events included the quiz bowl, the CN research poster competition, the industry professional Q&A, Meet the Future Generation, and the student mixer. A big congratulation goes out to Sean Regehr, whose poster won 1st place in the CN research poster competition!

Both the sessions and the exhibition demonstrated current industry trends, issues, and technologies. The sessions included overviews of railway projects, railway maintenance, new technologies, and experiences on working on the railways. The general session featured Jeff Skiles, co-pilot of U.S. Airways Flight 1549 known as the “The Miracle on the Hudson”. He spoke on being able to adapt and react, as well as the importance of job roles with relation to clear communication.

Overall, the experience was fun, educational, and provided many opportunities to network with industry professionals. The chapter looks forward to attending the next AREMA conference in Indianapolis in 2017!

AREMA 2015 Annual Conference

October 4-7, 2015

Attendees:

Sean Regehr, UMASC President

Daniel Froese, UMASC Vice President

Steven Wood, UMASC Secretary

Jared Vanderwees, UMASC Treasurer

Joel Penner, UMASC Member

The first major event of the school year was the 2015 AREMA annual conference, attended by five UMASC members. The conference was held in the bustling city of Minneapolis, MN this year, and was an exciting learning experience by all.

The five attendees represented the University of Manitoba well at various student events. They entered a team into the AREMA student quiz bowl competition and despite being heavy underdogs, managed to finish in 6th place out of 9 teams. Sean Regehr also entered a poster into the student poster competition detailing his work with rail profiling data and earned an honourable mention for having some of the best work of all of the students.

There was a lot to learn from the extensive exhibit hall at the conference. Members of UMASC checked out booths featuring railway signal systems, wheel and rail structural health monitoring equipment, and different types of railway structure design. We also attended a fantastic outdoor equipment exhibit. Some examples of equipment on display included: steel tie technologies, equipment for replacing ballast, equipment for adjusting track alignment, equipment for collecting geospatial data, retrofitted diesel-electric locomotives, as well as a vintage steam locomotive. These exhibits were truly unique experiences!

There was also a lot of fun to be had outside of the learning at this conference. The attendees did some sight-seeing, and saw some cool things around town including a vintage stone railway bridge and a state-of-the-art bike-sharing system. A few beers may have been drank along the way as well! The conference was capped off by an awesome social event at one of the bars at the new Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins baseball club. Conference attendees were treated to an exclusive tour of the field and it’s inner-workings, including some seating sections that most never get a chance to sit in!

All in all, this was a fun-filled conference and a great learning experience and we hope to attend next year! A link to the conference website can be found here.

A link to all photos from this trip can be found here.


Social Events

Across the Board Game Cafe

November 19, 2015

This UMASC social event was held at Across the Board Game Café in Winnipeg’s downtown Exchange District. This is a great venue to have some food and drinks, and get your inner competitor out by playing from a huge selection of board games. UMASC members took part in a fun night involving the board games Concept and Bamboleo. This was a fun night and UMASC hopes to have more social nights like it!


Webinars
University of Illinois RailTEC William W. Hay Railroad Engineering Seminars

Check in on the RailTEC Seminar website regularly for upcoming guest speakers and how to join the teleconference. UMASC will be hosting these events as webinars, so for our members, check your e-mail regularly to find out the location of where you can sit in on these educational seminars.

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