Principles Course Sessions Speaker:
Biography: Dr. Elton Toma is a senior engineer at the National Research Council (NRC) Canada, where he is the thrust-leader for projects related to rail vehicle engineering and testing. He was recently on the review board for the NAS Committee on the Review of DOT Testing of Electronically Controlled Pneumatic Brakes. At NRC he has worked on projects related to the marshaling of trains to reduce in-train forces, the analysis of emergency stopping distances of freight trains, and on route risk analysis. Previously, he was a vehicle dynamics analyst at TTCI in Pueblo, Colorado, where he was involved in on-track testing and computer modeling of freight and passenger rail vehicles. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University at Kingston, where his research focused on the analysis of the mechanics of train derailments. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.