Growing up in a railroad family steeped in wayside signal systems, Maria now designs the next generation of communications-based control technologies, creating safer, more-economical and efficient operations for railways and rail-transit systems. With deep knowledge in fiber optics and informational technology systems as well as proficiency in managerial best practices, Maria has quickly established herself as a rising talent. Her wealth of expertise ranges from signal engineering and cab signal systems to track circuit, switch control, centralized traffic control, and various railway security systems. Maria plays a major role establishing recommended industry best practices, serving on the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Technical Committee 35 – Information and Technology.
Maria has collaborated on the following projects
- Amtrak, Fiber Optic Ground-Based Network Technical Specifications
- Metropolitan Bay Transportation (MBTA), North End Automatic Train Control Program – Ground Based Network/Fiber Optic Cabling System
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Potomac Yard Metrorail Station Automatic Train Control
- Metro-North Railroad, Customer Service Initiative Project (CSI)