Welcome to the website of the Railway Applications Section (RAS), a forum to bring together practitioners, consultants, and academics interested in applying operations research and management science (OR and MS) techniques to the railroad industry. Most of the content can be found in the menus above. Note that some content, such as presentations from past meetings, requires membership in RAS and that you are logged in to INFORMS Connect with your INFORMS user ID.

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Thanks for a GREAT 2018 Annual Meeting!
Click HERE for photos from the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix and you can read our 2018 newsletter HERE.

Consider participating in our annual rails-related competitions for prizes and distinction. More information at:

2019 RAS Problem Solving Competition Announcement

2019 Student Paper Award Announcement

2019 Current Officers
Chair: Shantih Spanton, CSX (Shantih_Spanton@csx.com)
Vice Chair: Nathaniel Richmond, BNSF (Nathaniel.Richmond@BNSF.com)
Secretary: Steve Tyber, GE Transportation (tyber@ge.com)
Treasurer: Yashar Khayati, BNSF (Yashar.Khayati@BNSF.com)
PR Officer: Qing He, University at Buffalo (qinghe@buffalo.edu)

2019 Student Officers
Faeze Ghofrani, University at Buffalo (faezegho@buffalo.edu)
Reza Mohammadi,  University at Buffalo (rm245@buffalo.edu )
Zhoutong Jiang, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (zjiang30@illinois.edu)

Thank you to our sponsors for 2019:

Gold Sponsors
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Silver Sponsors