Philip J. Daum

Philip J. Daum, P.E.

Principal

When you are working in a high-profile industry like rail, it takes more than just deep technical know-how.  It requires the experience and industry focus to understand the day-to-day operational challenges, complex regulatory environment, and potential for catastrophic losses.

A veteran of the rail industry, Philip Daum brings firsthand experience, insights and leadership gained from decades of working for and partnering with some of North America’s leading rail companies – providing the full range of engineering services, including design, manufacturing standards, quality standards, industry association leadership, regulatory compliance and fleet management services for leased rail car fleets valued at several billion dollars. 

Now, as a Principal at ESi, Mr. Daum contributes both technical leadership and the wealth of operational insight that have helped establish him as a recognized expert in the areas of freight, passenger, and transit railroads, transportation equipment, and hazardous materials. His recent investigations include multiple high profile, large loss derailments, including the freight train derailment at Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, a hazardous material derailment at Paulsboro, New Jersey, and a large hazardous material release in the Ohio River Valley.

On the operational side, Mr. Daum has specific expertise in the design of railroad rolling stock, bogies, brake systems, cushioning systems, valves, pressure relief devices, safety equipment, and operating components.  He is also sought out for technology evaluations, intellectual property analyses, equipment qualifications, and maintenance assessments.

Whether he is being tapped to investigate a complex, large loss accident investigation or to evaluate rail equipment for reliability, durability, crashworthiness, safety, or regulatory compliance, Mr. Daum’s clients know he brings a comprehensive approach and an understanding of the industry that is second to none.

Mr. Daum has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Publications

  • A Review of the Department of Transportation Plan for Analyzing and Testing Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes, National Academies of Sciences, February 2017
  • Energy Transportation Safety on the Rails: Historical Perspectives on Applied and Cooperative Research, TR News, June 2015
  • Feasibility Study for Highway Hazardous Materials Bulk Package Accident Performance Data Collection, HMCRP Report, October 2013

Project Experience

ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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