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  1. Licensing
  2. Membership & Registration
  3. Qualifications & Careers
  4. Publications & Resources
  5. Get Involved
  6. News

North America

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

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

Details of North American section events can be found on the events page.

Membership of the IRSE 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.

IRSE North American section committee key contacts

  • Chair: Chad Baker, MIRSE, (Signal Design Manager - Rail/Transit, HDR)
  • Vice-Chair: John Spellman, P.E., MIRSE, (President, Rio Grande Pacific Technology)
  • Honorable Secretary-Treasurer: Ray Rizman, P.E., MIRSE, (Principal Systems Engineer, BARIOM Engineering)
  • Country Vice President: David Thurston, P.E., P.Eng., Ph.D., HonFIRSE, (Chief Engineer - Train Control, Canadian Pacific Railway)
  • Member Representative:
    • Rob Burkhardt, P.E., MIRSE, (Retired)
    • Ryan Burns, MBA, MISRE, (Associate Rail Systems and Systems Engineering, Arup)

Additional information

Copies of the Introduction to North American Railway Signaling text book may be purchased at a reduced rate by IRSE members.