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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.

The North American Section covers the USA, Canada and Mexico.

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 next major Section event will be the hosting of the IRSE's International Techncai Convention in Dallas / Fort Worth, 25-29 September.

We will also continue the tradition of the December Toronto, Canada Conference that precedes the Toronto Railway Club holiday dinner. 

In addition, it is likely that we will host another Canadian CBTC event at about the same time. There has been interest in conducting individual meetings around North America in between these events and planning in now underway to achieve this goal.


 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
Links to other websites
Introduction to North American SignalingThe section's first book. Copies may be purchased at reduced cost by IRSE members.