Freight Rail Thought Leaders
Scott Goehri, P.E.Senior Vice President, Global Market Sector Director Freight Railroads
As leader of HDR's global railroad practice, Scott Goehri has come a long way since his start as a co-op student in 1979. Scott knows the freight transportation industry. He has seen it from every perspective — as an employee, a consultant and a leader of railroad-related professional organizations. He understands the impact that the freight transportation system has to quality of life and the global economy and is an advocate of a balanced approach to achieve the highest efficiencies in cargo movement while improving our environment and reducing passenger travel congestion.
Scott's current role involves developing strategic business guidance domestically and internationally. He has extensive experience in design-build, having previously been the director of the Fluor/HDR Global Design Consultants, LLC. A self-described "track guy" at heart, Scott is responsible for the delivery of all aspects of HDR's railroad consulting and engineering services, including economic evaluation, business case evaluation, environmental evaluations and permitting, service design and network planning, core engineering services, construction management and construction.
Tim BennettUnion Pacific Railroad Client Manager, Track Section Manager
As Client Manager for Union Pacific Railroad, Tim Bennett collaborates with HDR's technical and management leaders to develop and deliver a broad range of services to the railroad. Tim also draws upon his technical expertise in railroad civil engineering — including operations planning/studies, track design, construction and maintenance — to serve as Section Manager for our Omaha track design team.
Tim has been fascinated by railroads since childhood. As he grew older, he also developed a great interest in maps, transportation networks and bridges. "I knew by junior high school that I wanted to be a civil engineer. I landed a job with a railroad right out of college and it has been a great ride so far!" During that first job with CSX, Tim worked his way up from Engineering Management Trainee to Assistant Project Engineer to Assistant Roadmaster. His first position in the consulting arena expanded his experience to include commuter rail projects. Tim joined HDR in 1994, and much of his recent project management experience focuses on expanding freight railroad mainline and terminal capacity. Tim currently is leading a large high speed rail project and development of a new major classification yard, both for UPRR.
Kenneth Briggs IIIVice President, Rail Section Manager
As the leader of HDR's freight railroads section in Boston, Kenneth Briggs is looked upon as a resource throughout our rail practice. His 39 years of experience in railway design, maintenance, construction and railway operations, including track layout and design, facilities design, and design of freight yards, passenger yards, stations and terminals, make Kenneth one of the most knowledgeable rail professionals in the industry. He is an expert in planning, scheduling and costing railway maintenance and production activities. A former Chief Engineer for the Boston & Maine Railroad, Kenneth's extensive railway operating experience allows him to view projects from the owner's perspective.
Kenneth's passion for railroading runs even deeper than his considerable technical experience. Like most little boys, he loved trains and was fortunate to get an early introduction to the industry from his grandfather, who also worked for the Boston & Maine.
Mark W. HemphillFreight Railroad Consulting Services Manager
During his 28 years in the railroad industry, Mark Hemphill has served as the U.S. Government's Senior Rail Advisor in Iraq, where he directed reconstruction of the Iraqi Republic Railways, worked for Class 1 and short line railroads in operations and mechanical department management, and held the post of editor of Trains Magazine. As Director of Rail Consulting Services for HDR, Mark puts that experience to the benefit of Class 1, regional and short line railroads, shippers, and public-sector clients to achieve complex projects and seek solutions to today's commercial, strategic and regulatory issues. He provides clients industry-class expertise in commercial, market, and strategic issues, railroad economics, U.S. Surface Transportation Board issues, grant programs administered by the Federal Railroad Administration, and freight and passenger transportation planning, service design and execution.
Ask Mark how he came to be so passionate about railroading, and he'll tell you it was genetics — a combination of a lifelong love for railroads and a natural skillset that matched his desire. "Every day I have spent in railroading has been a day of accomplishment and satisfaction. My role is really one of facilitator, interpreter, and problem-solver, to help all parties to a potential project understand each other and bring it into being."
Kevin KellerVice President, BNSF Client Manager
As a Client Manager, Kevin Keller is responsible for marketing, client management plan development, relationship management, proposal development, project execution, project quality and contract management for all of HDR's projects with BNSF. Kevin also serves as our Freight Rail Market Sector National Director for Environmental Services, Central America Manager and Client Manager for the Panama Canal Authority (Autoridad del Canal de Panama). With more than 25 years of experience in the management, environmental and engineering fields, he has led large, multi-disciplined programs at facilities throughout North America. Kevin also is actively involved in producing grant applications, guiding NEPA efforts for large railroad projects and developing state rail and freight plans. He is dedicated to improving the railroad industry and serves on the Board of Directors for the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association, the American Railway Development Association and the U.S./Panama Business Council.
Kevin's work in the transportation industry evolved from previous positions as a state (Florida) and federal (U.S. Department of Energy) regulator. "One of my first assignments in transportation was working as the environmental lead for the design of nuclear cask rail cars for transporting spent nuclear fuel. That led to working with railcar manufacturing companies and railroads, and eventually to a position with BN. I've been working in the rail sector ever since."
Steve LorekEast Region Freight Railroad Program Leader
A former baseball player for the Purdue Boilermakers, Steve Lorek's comfort with wearing many hats has come in handy as his role at HDR has expanded to include East Region Railroad Program Leader, Senior Project Manager and Rail Section Manager for our Cincinnati office. He is directly involved in managing rail projects and coordinating resources for additional projects throughout the Eastern region. During his 15 years in the industry, Steve has developed a comprehensive railroad engineering background that includes railroad inspection, track and bridge assessment, asset management, bridge rating and design, construction management, and maintenance programming. Steve also makes time to serve as a member of AREMA Committee 15 – Steel Structures, acting as Vice Chair of Subcommittee 1 – Design. Additionally, he has contributed as an instructor for the AREMA Bridge Load Rating Seminar.
Steve's path in the freight railroad industry has been influenced by a number of other rail professionals, including and uncle and grandfather who were railroaders, and other mentors who have helped him develop his skills as a railroad engineer.
Dennis SchulzeSouth Central Railroad Program Manager
HDR's South Central Railroad Program Manager, Dennis Schulze oversees all of HDR's rail operations throughout the region and serves as principle-in charge on all South Central rail projects. His 27 years of transportation industry experience includes railroad and rail transit design, municipal roadway/utility design, structural and general civil design, right-of-way layouts, environmental assessment and permitting, simulation models, feasibility studies, construction administration and project management. Dennis provides technical excellence in freight railroad trackwork and structural design and brings a unique multi-disciplinary perspective with a strong background in industrial clients including oil & gas and power & energy.