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Thomas E. Johnson, P.E.
Mr. Johnson holds a B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed professional engineer. In addition, he is a certified accident reconstructionist (ACTAR # 1517).
In 1997, Tom Johnson founded the engineering consulting practice of Railroad & Metallurgical Engineering, Inc. He has over 35 years of experience as an expert witness, metallurgical engineer and engineering department manager in the following industries: 25 years in railroad, 3 years in trucking, 3 years in auto and 5 years in steel making.
Mr. Johnson is a member and leader in numerous professional technical associations. In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate level classes, Tom also speaks at professional conferences.


B.S. degree in Metallurgical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Graduate level Metallurgical Engineering courses at University of Minnesota

Graduate level MBA courses at Gannon University


Certified Accident Reconstructionist (ACTAR #1517), 2004-present

Licensed Professional Engineer, 1984-present


175 cases   |   32 depositions   |   6 court testimonies


Horton Industries, Inc. – Vice President, Engineering

GE Transportation Systems – Component Design & Product Engineering Mgr.

The Bendix Corporation – Senior Metallurgist

Chrysler Corporation – Materials Development Engineer

North Star Steel – Project Metallurgist


National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), 1997-present

Minnesota Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE). 1997-present

American Foundry Society (AFS), 1997-present

Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), 1984-present

American Society for Metals (ASM), 1978-present

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2007-present


Adjunct Faculty, Freight Railroads: Best Operating Practices, University of WI (Madison), 2008-present

Adjunct Faculty, Material Science Dept. Gannon University, 1985-1993

Instructor, Metallurgy Class – St. Paul Technical Vocational Institute, 1976 – 1978


“Diesel-Electric Locomotive Design Update” – Locomotive Design, Event Recorder Design, & Locomotive Fuel Consumption, National Association of Railway Safety Consultants and Investigators, St. Louis, MO, May 6, 2005.

“Material Properties of Compacted Graphite Iron”, Cutting Tool Magazine, 2001

“Defense of Right of Way Fire Claims,” invited and presented at the AAR Fall Claims Conference, hosted by Canadian National Railroad, Montreal, Canada, August 25-27, 1999.