Title: Submitting a Winning AREMA Scholarship Application
Presenter: Charley Chambers, Senior Railroad Consultant
Description: This presentation will provide students information on how to submit their scholarship application in a way to improve their chances of receiving an award. Items to be discussed are: history of the program, how the applications are judged, judges tips and insights, chances of winning a scholarship (about 1 in 3 now), challenges to both the students and student chapters to submit more applications, and the upcoming changes to the scholarship program.
Bio: Charley Chambers attended the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology where he received his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1969. He has over 50 years of railroad related experience. Charley has gained engineering skills and practical knowledge from his time spent with the Montana Rail Link and Milwaukee Road organizations. While working for railroad related construction firms he gained experience as track superintendent, project engineer, and senior estimator. Charley joined Hanson Professional Services in 1997 as Senior Railroad Engineer working in the Bellevue, Washington office on projects involving railroad engineering, and construction engineering management. He retired from Hanson as Regional Vice President in 2017. Charley has been a member of AREMA Committee 24 Education and Training for over 48 years and is a past chairman. The AREMA Practical Guide to Railway Engineering was developed while he was the chairman of the committee. He also has served as a member of AREMA’s Board of Directors.