Irving, Texas-based RailPros on Sept. 12 announced that Jennifer Drake will join the company as Vice President of Engineering Central, based out of a new Chicago office.
Drake has more than 20 years of experience in transportation, rail, and infrastructure engineering. Her background includes business development and project management, encompassing all aspects of rail and highway bridge design and rehabilitation, from preliminary engineering through construction support for typical to complex structures.
She will report to Chief Operating Officer Marco Loureiro, who joined the company earlier this year, and will oversee a team of engineers based across the Midwest and central U.S. In her role at RailPros, Drake will also serve as a client-liaison on business development and on the development of cross-selling strategies across all lines of business.
Drake is a licensed professional and structural engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Drake’s addition to the team coincides with the company’s decision to open a new office in the Chicago area, according to RailPros. That office, the company says, is expected to open by the end of the year. RailPros has offices nationwide and has teams in Canada and Mexico. The company “continues to experience sustained growth as it provides diversified safety services, engineering, and training to freight, passenger, and transit rail carriers across North America,” according to RailPros.
“Jennifer is a strong, people-focused leader, and a talented structural engineer and Project Manager,” said RailPros CEO Ken Koff. “We look forward to her contributions to the team and are confident that our central engineering group is in good hands with Jennifer.”
“RailPros is a fast-growing company and I look forward to helping that growth in the central engineering region,” said Drake. “It is an exciting time to work in railroad engineering and the team and I are going to accomplish great things together.”