People News: Hotstart, Frauscher Sensor Technology, HDR


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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

Left to right: Casey Hall, product strategist/market manager, Hotstart; Andrzej Bartnik, CTO, Frauscher Sensor Technology; Laura Grams, Transit Planning Practice Lead, HDR.

Hotstart elevated Casey Hall to Product Strategist/Market Director. In addition, Andrzej Bartnik takes over as Chief Technology Officer at Frauscher Sensor Technology. And HDR has promoted Laura Grams to practice lead for transit planning.

Casey Hall joined Hot start, a designer and manufacturer of thermal management systems, in 2015. As Rail Market Director, he has worked with railroads, installers and OEMs to reduce locomotive idling, fuel consumption and broadcasts in the United States and Canada. As part of Hall’s new role in developing product strategies for all markets, he will move from the Hotstart Railroad office in Merrillville, Ind., to the company’s corporate headquarters in Spokane, Washington, where he will work more closely with Hotstart’s sales, engineering and manufacturing teams. . He will continue to lead the Railroad division. Mike Mustradi holds the position of Rail Market Director.

“Casey has done a great job in the rail market and is now in a position to make a bigger impact,” said Hotstart CEO Terry Judge. “We are thrilled to have him in Spokane to work more closely with us. He has a lot of positive energy and enjoys working with people. Our business, our employees and our customers will benefit from his initiatives.

Andrzej Bartnik served Frauscher sensor technology, a supplier of axle counting and wheel detection systems, since 2019 as Managing Director of Frauscher Poland. He will continue in this role and will also serve as the global company’s Chief Technology Officer.

Prior to joining Frauscher, Bartnik held several strategic positions at Bombardier, including Product Owner, Chief Specialist and Line Manager of On-Board and Wayside Equipment.

“Given his vast experience in this sector, Andrzej will focus on developing our portfolio strategy, together with our experts, presenting Frauscher as the leading solution provider in the rail industry,” said Michael Thiel, CEO by Frauscher.

Based in Houston, TX, Laura Grams will work closely with Transportation Planning and the Transit Branch “to expand and diversify HDR transit planning offerings,” the company said. “She will draw on her experience and knowledge of corporate services to elevate the practice and develop staff involved in policy, systems planning, corridor planning and development, financing, operations and development. security. His work will cover all modes of public transit, from paratransit and intercity passenger rail to bus rapid transit, commuter rail and more. Grams will help clients future-proof their investments while taking advantage of emerging transportation trends such as automated, connected, electric and shared vehicles, micro-transit, micro-mobility and Big Data.

With 17 years of experience, 13 of which with HDR, Grams has expertise in project management as well as transit service planning, including route structure, scheduling, ridership analysis and public transport operations. “She also brings a high-level understanding of transport development plans and regionally coordinated transport plans,” HDR noted. “His expertise and experience allow him to maximize the impact of complementary services for the full life cycle of HDR projects.

“I look forward to helping our customers deliver their critical mobility projects on time while staying within budget,” said Grams.

“The transit industry is undergoing many changes due to emerging trends, electrification of fleets and resumption of ridership,” said Santanu Roy, director of global transportation planning at HDR. “Leveraging HDR’s leadership in transit, Laura will be instrumental in guiding diverse teams and clients toward custom solutions that improve transit corridors with smart and sustainable features.”


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