Allan Zarembski

Professor of Practice
Allan Zarembski
Office: 343B DuPont Hall
Phone: 302-831-7002

Allan Zarembski

Professor of Practice
Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program


B.S. | New York University
M.S. | New York University
M.A. | Princeton University
Ph.D. | Princeton University

Executive Summary

Dr. Zarembski is an internationally recognized authority in the fields of track and vehicle/track system analysis, railway component failure analysis, track strength, and maintenance planning. Dr. Zarembski is currently Professor of Practice and Director of the Railroad Engineering and Safety Program at the University of Delaware’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he has been since 2012. Prior to that he was President of ZETA-TECH, Associates, Inc. a  railway technical consulting and applied technology company,  he established  in 1984. He also served as Director of R&D for Pandrol Inc., Director of R&D for Speno Rail Services Co. and Manager, Track Research for the Association of American Railroads. He has been active in the railroad industry for over 40 years.

Dr. Zarembski has PhD (1975) and M.A (1974) in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, an M.S. in Engineering Mechanics (1973) and a B.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from New York University (1971). He is a registered Professional Engineer in five states. Dr. Zarembski was elected as an Honorary Member of American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of way Association (AREMA), the professional organization of railroad and transit engineers, in 2010 as a person of “acknowledged eminence in railway/transit engineering or management and of high ethical and professional standards, and have contributed substantially to the profession and the association”.  He is also a  Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) , and a Life Member of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He served as Deputy Director of the Track Train Dynamics Program and was the recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s Rail Transportation Award in 1992 and the US Federal Railroad Administration’s Special Act Award in 2001 (for exemplary work in the safety integration of Conrail’s rail system into Norfolk Southern Railway and CSX Transportation 1999-2001). In 2018 he was awarded The Fumio Tatsuoka Best Paper Award  for 2017 by the Journal of Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology

He is the organizer and initiator of the Big Data in Railroad Maintenance Planning Conference, held each December since 2014. He has overseen the growth of the conference from an initial expected 50 attendees in 2014 to over 220 international registrants in recent years. He has helped establish the role of Big Data Analytics in Railroad Engineering and Maintenance Planning.   

Dr. Zarembski has authored or co-authored over 220 technical papers, over 120 technical articles, two book chapters and two books “The Art and Science of Rail Grinding” and “Tracking R&D” both published by Simmons Boardman Books. He has taught courses and/or seminars at: Technion, Haifa, Israel, China Academy of Railway Sciences, Beijing China, Astana, Kazakhstan, Brazil (Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Sao Luis), New Delhi, India, as well as numerous US Universities to include University of Illinois Champaign Urbana, University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Columbia University.

Research Areas

  • Big Data
  • Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Transportation