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AARS Annual LANTERN Awards

The AARS Lantern awards program recognizes outstanding performance in operations, management and safety.

Nomination entry deadline: June 15, 2017

Questions? Call Carrie Foor at 331-643-3369.

The objectives of the Award program are:

  • to recognize and promote industry excellence in support of the AARS mission of education and networking
  • to provide AARS members and the industry with specific insights regarding best practices, methods of operations excellence through this recognition

Award Categories

Michael A. Paras Leadership Award
The Michael A. Paras Leadership Award is awarded to a railroad, transit or operating company executive who has demonstrated exceptional leadership by implementing effective changes that have led to improvements such as safety, efficiency, training/development, etc. To be considered for the Operations Leadership Award, the candidate must be nominated by a current AARS member. The candidate does not have to be a current AARS member to be considered.

Click here to  access the Michael A. Paras Leadership Award nomination form.

AARS "Ones to Watch" Award
The AARS "Ones to Watch" Award is awarded to a person in railroad management who, through his or her management style and achievements, is considered to have contributed to the success of his or her railroad and is expected to continue to provide valuable industry leadership. To be considered for the "Ones to Watch" Award, the candidate must be nominated by a current AARS member. The candidate does not have to be a current AARS member to be considered.

Click here to access the "Ones to Watch" nomination form.

AARS Partnership Award
The AARS Partnership Award is awarded to a company or organization that has demonstrated excellence in industry leadership/partnership in support of the needs of railroad superintendents and operations management and the AARS. Candidates could be industry suppliers, railroads, transit companies, agencies, or operating companies in the rail industry. To be considered for the Partnership Award, the candidate company or organization must be nominated by a current AARS member. The candidate company or organization must have at least one representative that is a current AARS member to be considered.

Click here to access the AARS Partnership nomination form.

AARS Outstanding Student Award
The AARS Outstanding Student Award is awarded to students (undergraduate or graduate) who have demonstrated academic excellence, and proven commitment and ability to contribute to rail industry advancement. Candidates may be nominated by AARS members, the candidate's employer or professor, or the AARS Scholarship committee.

Click here to access the AARS Outstanding Student Award nomination form.

Award Process

  • More than one person can be awarded under any category.
  • Awards are presented at AARS Annual Meeting Monday Luncheon event July 25, 2016 at the OMNI in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Award recipients will be notified prior to Annual Meeting and are requested to attend the meeting, but not required to attend in order to receive the award.
  • An announcement of awards recipients will be published in industry publications and on the AARS website.

    Nominations Due: April 15, 2016

    Recipient Notification: May 1, 2016

    Awards Ceremony: July 25, 2016

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