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TTCI VP Hawthorne to retire at month's end


On March 30, Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) Vice President of Technology Keith Hawthorne will retire, ending a 35-year Association of American Railroads (AAR) and TTCI career.

After joining the AAR in 1972 as a research engineer, Hawthorne became part of the association’s research and test department at the Chicago Technical Center (CTC). He later was appointed the CTC’’s director of safety and applied technology, director of track train dynamics, technical director and assistant vice president.

In 1992, Hawthorne became TTCI’s senior AVP, a position he held until 1997.

During his TTCI tenure, the track train dynamics program, designed to research and mitigate severe derailments, was successful, as was the safety resource team Hawthorne initiated at TTCI, AAR officials said in a prepared statement.

“Keith visualized a safety program at TTCI led by the employees,” the officials said. “The program concentrated primarily on identifying and correcting safety hazards, and is now part of OSHA's recommended practices for managing safety in the workplace.”

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