Railway Electrification Infrastructure and Systems
3 - 6 June 2013 | The Strand Palace Hotel, London, UK
Meet the committee
Roger White, Atkins & REIS Committee Chairman
Roger is an experienced Electrical Engineer with over 29 years of experience in the rail industry.
Roger having a background as a University lecturer, in a wide range of railway engineering disciplines, means that Roger has a depth of knowledge, which allows him to cross boundaries between specialism within the rail industry. His lecturing and research background is in the fields of computerised simulations of electric railway power systems.
Roger has extensive knowledge of AC and DC electrification systems, and has studied the problems of achieving compatibility between differing electrification systems including: signalling and telecommunications systems; traction and rolling stock; and the railways of other administrations.
Roger has worked on research programmes, feasibility requirements, preliminary and detailed design and specification of electrification projects.
Philip Williams, Traction Consultant
Since retiring from the post of Train Performance Engineer at British Railways Philip has been involved in consultancy work with Network Rail principally with the West Coast Route Modernisation linking the rolling stock performance with infrastructure development and operations.
As Train Performance Engineer he worked on many major developments for BR ranging from the East Coast Electrification Project to the introduction of a new heavy freight locomotive. There was also a major involvement in the development of the Channel Tunnel where he was part of a small joint team with SNCF developing the rolling stock requirements for the through passenger and freight traffic.
All of the project work involved linking the rolling stock aspects to the infrastructure development, operational development and commercial development of the particular projects.
Other aspects covered work for the development of the timetable across BR, specification work for new rolling stock and energy saving schemes linked to the rolling stock.
He has been involved with the Organising Committee for the Electric Traction Systems (ETS) Course and the Railway Electrification Infrastructure and Systems (REIS) Course since they began in the early 1990s.
Martyn Chymera, Senior Systems Performance Engineer, London Underground
Martyn Chymera is the lead Performance Engineer for the Deep Tube Programme at London Underground. Martyn has led the Traction Energy Efficiency Study for London Underground, investigating a range of energy saving solutions and determining priorities for reducing energy consumption on the Underground network.
Prior to joining London Underground Martyn completed an Engineering Doctorate at the University of Manchester investigating the installation of on board energy storage for light rail. Martyn is the vice-chairman of the Young Railway Professionals.
Dr Stuart Hillmansen, Senior Lecturer in Electrical Energy Systems, University of Birmingham
Dr Stuart Hillmansen is a Senior Lecturer in Electrical Energy Systems in the School of Elec-tronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering with the University of Birmingham. He leads the traction systems group and is engaged in a number of research projects funded by Industry, Government, and the European Commission.
A team of five research fellows and six PhD students support these activities. Dr Hillmansen is a member of the future fuels technology group, which is a group of industry experts who advise the V/TE SIC and the wide industry.
He was also called to present evidence to the select committee on Energy and Climate Change on how the railways may contribute to improving its energy use and its energy security, and he regularly presents research results to the rail industry, and government.
Colin Goodman, Honorary Professor in Rail Traction Systems, University of Birmingham
Colin Goodman (MA, PhD, CEng, FIET, FIRSE, MIEEE) gained his MA and PhD degrees at Peterhouse, Cambridge. In 1973, he joined the University of Birmingham UK, working on power-electronic traction systems and created a railway simulation program to study the effects of chopper control.
Later, this included traffic control, signalling, power supply dimensioning, traction controller design, track circuit and telecommunications interference as well as train performance and energy consumption. He now focuses on real-time railway traffic regulation and condition monitoring of railway assets, working in collaboration with international railway companies and government agencies.
Prof Goodman has had support from HK Mass Transit Railway and Central Japan Railway and been Visiting Professor at Tokyo and HK Polytechnic universities. In 2002, he helped to set up Rail Research UK, headquartered at Birmingham and involving nine universities.
He is now Honorary Professor in Rail Traction Systems.
Rafat Kadhim, RSSB
Rafat Kadhim (PhD, CEng, MIET) is electrical engineer with over 20 years railway experience. Joined LUL in 1991 as systems development engineer, in 1995 moved to BR to work on new ac drives trains.
Over the following 12 years worked as principal consultant with AEAT, and currently with RSSB. Extensive experience gained in railway systems compatibility and integration, power electronics systems, simulation and software development, power systems and energy saving initiatives.
Interested in joining the REIS committee?
We are always looking for IET members that would be willing to help with the committee for REIS. Please contact the Event Producer, Ching-Yee Wan to find out more.