I have over 18 years of experience in the rail industry. I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and attained Professional Engineer status after successfully passing the Principles and Practice Exam administered by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Engineers and Land Surveyors (NCBELS). My experience includes managing the Rolling Stock Engineering Program for North Carolina Department of Transportation - Rail Division (NCDOT). I have also managed aspects of the Mechanical Maintenance Facility where the NCDOT operation is based. I have also participated in design and testing program for new AC traction locomotives with Downer EDi Rail - Australia, as well as working with the Maintenance Engineering team for the Pacifica National coal fleet locomotives. My other unique experience includes management of the on-board mechanical and train operations aspects for the American Orient Express train and the inspection of railroad track in specialized railroad cars for the Federal Railroad Administration.
My extensive and diverse experience has allowed me to continuously develop and easily adapt to any challenge that comes in my direction.
McDowell Engineers & Associates
President & Principal Engineer
2010 - present
McDowell Engineers & Associates is private engineering group focusing on various aspects of railroad rolling stock including redesign, refurbishment, inspection, quality, reliability, and Engineering Program Management.
North Carolina Department of Transportation - Rail Division
Chief Mechanical Engineer
2008 - present
Senior Mechanical Engineer
2004 - 2008
1998 - 2004
1996 - 1998
North Carolina Department of Transportation - Rail Division is a State Government agency responsible for maintaining and enhancing rail transportation and rail infrastructure throughout North Carolina, USA. Engineering Department responsibilities for rolling stock design, development, and mechanical and maintenance support is managed by McDowell Engineers.
2005 - 2009
ENSCO, Inc is an Engineering and Technology company that provides solutions to defense, security, transportation and aerospace industries. The Automated Track Inspecion Program (ATIP) operates railcars throughout the United States which are equipped with specialized equipment to monitor and test track geometry parameters for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).
Downer EDi Rail
Sydney, NSW & Kooragang, NSW
Senior Mechanical & Maintenance Engineer
Downer EDi Rail is an Australia based railroad engineering company whose services include design, manufacture, refurbishment and maintenance of rail rolling stock.
American Orient Express/Grandluxe Rail Journeys
Tenino, WA & Denver, CO
Relief Trainmaster & Mechanical Inspector
2002 - 2007
The American Orient Express Company and Grandluxe Rail Journeys were privately owned luxury passenger train companies which operated high end rail cruises and tours throughout the US and Canada in refurbished 1950’s and 1960’s heritage passenger railcars.
FRA 238 Qualified
EMD F59PHI Locomotive
CSX/NS Roadway Worker
UMLER Reporting System
2010 - present
2010 - present
Education & License
North Carolina State University
August 1993 - May 1998
I earned my BS in Mechanical Engineering fro NC State University in Raleigh, NC. My coursework included in depth Engineering courses from energy systems, to mechanical systems analysis and thermal sciences. In addition to partnering on design projects with industry partners throughout my University work, I also participated in specialized design projects in cooperation with the NC State University College of Design
North Carolina Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors (NCBELS)
Professional Engineer License #030510
December 2004- Current
As a legally licensed Professional Engineer, I have the authority to approve and stamp technical documents and drawings for production and manufacturing purposes. I also hold the ethical responsibility to ensure designs I approve are safe and will not result in danger to the public in any manner.
• Engineering Program Management
• Passenger Railcar Maintenance, Inspection, and Design
• Locomotive Maintenance, Inspection, and Design
• Project Management & Coordination
• Rolling Stock Refurbishment
• CADD - Mechanical & Electrical
• Engineering Analysis Software
• Train Operations
• Regulatory Compliance Issues
• Mechanical Facility Management
• Contracts Administration
• Engineering Documentation
• Quality Assurance Principles
• Track Inspection Practices
• Testing & Commissioning
• Rolling Stock Requirements Testing
• Positive Train Control
• Reliability & Quality
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Raleigh Adult Ice Hockey League, 1998 - Present
NC State University Ice Hockey, 1996 -1998, 2001
NC State University Ice Hockey, Assistant Coach, Women's Team, 2002 - 2007
Raleigh Youth Hockey Association, Assistant Coach, 2005 - 2007