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ESi Launches New Rail Sub-Practice

ESi today announces the following organizational changes designed to better capitalize on strategic market opportunities and position the company for continued growth. Effective immediately, ESi’s rail expertise will be consolidated into a new Rail sub-practice, led by ESi Principal Philip J. Daum, P.E. In his new role, Mr. Daum will be responsible for providing strategic leadership, building market awareness of our core rail capabilities and service offerings, and enabling synergies within and across our technical disciplines.

“This new sub-practice reflects the strength of our talented and tenured rail team,” said President & CEO Michael E. Stevenson, Ph.D., P.E. “Phil has been a driving force behind the development of our core rail capabilities and the strong relationships we’ve established with our rail clients. With these changes, we are elevating an important growth area and formalizing Phil’s leadership to ensure strong alignment and vision across our rail discipline.”

Mr. Daum joined ESi in 2006, a three-decade industry leader with a wealth of firsthand experience, operational insights and expertise gained from working for and partnering with some of North America’s leading rail companies. Joining him in this new sub-practice are other notable rail veterans, ESi Principal and Practice Group Director Hans Iwand, P.E. and Sr. Managing Consultant Foster Peterson, as well as a strong bench of experienced technical consultants, including Sr. Consultant Daniel Stone, Sr. Staff Consultant Jake Wagner, and Associate Staff Consultant Joel Hassebrock.

“Earlier this year, we acquired Full Service Railroad Consulting, Inc. and welcomed Foster Peterson, further augmenting our deep expertise in railroad operations and rounding out our comprehensive rail services,” said Dr. Stevenson. “Now we’re bringing together these senior leaders to harness the energy and talent we possess in this area and provide our clients with quality, value and some of the most advanced thinking and services in the rail industry.”

Over the years, ESi’s rail offerings have grown to include accident/derailment investigations, car/component design and failure analysis, conductor training, crashworthiness evaluation, rail failure analysis, rolling stock evaluations, railroad operating practices, safety training, train dynamics, and extensive mechanical testing capabilities. Rail consultants also partner closely with experts in ESi’s biomechanics, safety, medical, regulatory, and visualization practices to ensure that clients always have ready access to the right technical expertise, and complete, contextually relevant services.

“Our rail clients need dedicated partners with a deep understanding of their operations, vehicles, systems and infrastructure,” said ESi Principal and Director of Mechanics Alfred Pettinger, Ph.D., P.E. “By giving the rail discipline greater visibility and support, we will strengthen our organization and energize our rail teams so that our company and our clients can more fully benefit from our potential in this important area.”

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