Experience

Dr. Carl Berkowitz has held various managerial and administrative positions in the transportation industry, government, private and academic sectors. Dr. Berkowitz has extensive multi-modal experience in planning, design, engineering, safety, security, construction, maintenance, operations and management.

Dr. Berkowitz has written and edited numerous reports, studies, articles and columns for major publications, journals, newspapers and scholarly periodicals. He is a Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners; American Planning Association; American Society of Civil Engineers (Fellow, Transportation Education and Safety Committees); Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals; Institute of Transportation Engineers; American Society of Safety Engineers; National Association of Railroad Safety Consultants and Investigators; American Society of Transportation and Logistics; American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (Committees 11 and 12, Facilities and Structures Subcommittee); American National Standards Institute, ASTM, International, Member Technical Committee F13 and Task Group D11.20.01 (Recycled Rubber); American Public Transit Association, Technical Committees (Public Safety, Rail Safety and Security, Rail Safety, Bus Safety and Rail Standards Policy and Planning); Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Surface Transportation Technical Group; and Charter Institute of Logistics and Transport (Great Britain), Charter Member; American Physical Society; American Society of Mechanical Engineering, Bioengineering and Applied Mechanics Divisions; American Traffic Safety Service Association; Biomechanical Engineering Society; International Society of Biomechanics; Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the Vehicle Technology Society; National Fire Protection Association; and Rubber Pavement Association.

Dr. Berkowitz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from The City College of New York and a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning and a Ph.D. in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU-Poly).

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Dr. Oren Masory is a professor at the department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering at Florida Atlantic University. His has served as a litigation consultant since 1996. He has over 40 year experience as mechanical engineer and a researcher in area of automation (robotics, machine tools etc.), Accidents reconstruction, Product liability and more. During the last 20 years he was involved in more than 300 cases of litigation covering variety of topics from Slip & Fall, Appliances failure (Steam cookers and blenders) to Car and Golf Carts Accidents.

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Eric Berkowitz, MBA, Engineering Director responsible for managing operations and global business.  Extensive experience assessing accident cases involving slip, trip and falls; pedestrians; railroads, vehicles; buses & trucks; bicycles & motorcycles; industrial equipment; bio-mechanics; regulations, standards & codes; and FELA & OSHA.   

Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Princeton University and a MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Louis Rubenstein, PE, F.ITE, is a research associate, has more than 45 years’ experience in traffic engineering safety and transportation systems engineering.   His professional experience includes working as the Director Intermodal Transportation Studies at the New York City Department of Transportation, and a Senior Traffic Engineer and Consultant for the Port of Long Beach, California.  Mr. Rubenstein serves on the Institute of Transportation Engineers committee that reviews proposed changes to the Federal Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices.  He has a  Master of Transportation Planning and Engineering from New York University and a Master of Mechanical Engineering from City College of the City University of New York.

Jim Blaze, MA, is a senior adviser, has more than 45 years’ experience in the intermodal transportation safety and the railroad industry. He has consulted around the world about railroad operations, business cost benefits and railroad safety. He is a respected lecturer and Railway Age technical writer on these subjects. His industry experience includes railroad accident investigation, railroad safety audits, positive train control, railroad highway grade crossing evaluations, economic cost modeling and the risks associated with the movement of hazardous products. He has worked on both rail freight and passenger operations.  He is an expert on NORAC and GCOR train operating rules, AAR, and APTA rules and policies, FTA and FRA technical safety minimum rules and regulations, and FHWA rules, procedures, and design manuals. 

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Orlando Jimenez is an adviser and is an expert in transportation and subway operation.  He served as a Motorman/Train Operator for the New York City Transit Authority's subway system for almost 30 years. Proficient in the operation of all facets of subways, SMEE equipment and diesel equipment including but not restricted to air brake systems, electrical systems, and full spectrum knowledge of undercarriage/body construction. Also an expert in wayside signal operation, roadbeds, tracks and switches, "Chemical Right to Know", and other OSHA required safety regulations. Worked as a Union Representative in the titles of Shop Steward, Executive Board Member, Vice Chairman, Chairman and “at large” Organizer/Staff Representative for Rapid Transit Operations of Transport Workers Union Local 100. Developed and ran a Shop Steward Training program for TWU Local 100. In-Service Trainer of New Motormen/Train Operators for over 20 years. Worked on legislative agendas for TWU local 100. Recording Secretary and Executive Vice-President for NYC Chapter of Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, AFL-CIO. Served as Labor Liaison for New York State Puerto Rican/Hispanic Legislative task Force Conference. Member of APTA, New York State Trial Lawyers Association and various civic organizations.

Gustavo (Gus) Da Silva, M.S. Transportation, P. E. has held various managerial and administrative positions in the transportation industry and government in his 40+ years professional career. Mr. Da Silva has extensive multi-modal experience in planning, design, engineering, safety, security, operations simulations and management.

Gus Da Silva has written and edited numerous reports, studies, articles for major conferences and journals. He is a Professional Engineer in New York and has held professional registrations in the states of New Jersey and Connecticut; and is a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers; and a past member of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association.

Gus Da Silva holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master’s Degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU-Poly).
 

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