Pasi Lautala is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Rail Transportation Program (RTP). He has several years of rail industry experience both in Finland and the U.S. He teaches courses in International Railroad Engineering and Railroad Track Engineering and Design. Dr. Lautala is also the advisor to the Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) on campus. In his role as director of the RTP, he is responsible for developing the rail education program and is currently the Principal Investigator on several rail related research projects.