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North American section

The North American section had its initial meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on May 24, 2002. Since then, Annual General Meetings have featured an industry conference and field trips of interest to the Signals and Communications community.

Committee Members
Hon Secretary / Treasurer: Gary Young

Chairman: Dave Thurston, FIRSE, P.E., Vice President and Deputy Sector Manager, Parsons - Transportation Group

Vice Chairman: Rob Burkhardt, President, ISIS Consultants, LLC 

Local Committee members:

Joseph F. Noffsinger, FIRSE, Business Leader – Signal Products, GE Transportation Systems-Global Signaling

Ed Mortlock , Senior Consultant, Parsons Brinkerhoff

Jim LeVere, AVP of Signals, BNSF

John Leonardo, GM Signals & Communications, Canadian Pacific  


Events Diary
The 4th Annual Toronto IRSE Conference will be held Friday Dec. 4th 15:00 to 17:00. Refreshments will be served prior to the event. For further information please see the attached PDF "4th Annual Toronto IRSE Conference" under Other Information on this page or visit

 How To Join

Membership of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is required before you can become a member of the North American section of the IRSE. You will then need to complete a North American section application form which is available under "other information" on this page.
IRSE North American section logo

 Contact details

Gary Young
Hon Secretary / Treasurer
750 SW Derby Drive
Lee's Summit
MO 64081

David Thurston FIRSE
c/o Atkins
420 Rouser Road, Bldg. 3
Suite 200
PA 15108
Telephone: +1 412 507 3193

Rob Burkhardt
ISIS Consultants, LLC
327 Townepark Circle
KY 40243

Bill Scheerer Hon FIRSE
Country Vice President
Chief Engineer
GE Transportation Systems-Global Signaling (retired)
617 NE Ruushbrook Drive
MO 64064

 Other information

IRSENASMembershipApplication2010_000.zipNorth American section application form
Annual Toronto IRSE Conference.docx.pdf4th Annual Toronto IRSE Conference
2013 NAS proceedings report.pdf2013 NAS Proceedings Report
2012 NAS TRC meeting report.pdf2012 NAS TRC Meeting Report
2012 NAS proceedings final report.pdf2012 NAS AGM Final Report
IRSENAS2010AGMConferencefiles.zip2010 Conference & AGM papers (zip file)
2009NASnewsletter.pdf2009 AGM and conference
2008NASnewsletter.pdf2008 AGM, half day conference and technical visit
NAS2007AGMarticle.pdf2007 AGM

 Links to other websites

Introduction to North American Signaling
The section's first book. Copies may be purchased at reduced cost by IRSE members.