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NTSB names two to rail safety, research and engineering positions

By Trains Staff | April 16, 2024

Warren joins agency from New York MTA; Budinski had overseen materials laboratory

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National Transportation Safety Board logoWASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board has named Patrick Warren as director of its Office of Railroad, Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Investigations, and selected Mike Budinski as deputy director of the NTSB Office of Research and Engineering.

Warren previously was chief safety and security officer for New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for more than five years. His resume also includes stints as executive director of the Federal Railroad Administration, deputy associate administrator of the FRA Office of Railroad Safety and as the Federal Aviation Administration’s deputy director of the Office of Airports, Planning, and Programming. While at the FRA, he oversaw implementation of positive train control. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel who served for 31 years.

Budinski has headed the NTSB’s materials laboratory for 16 years, overseeing its renovation to maintain state-of-the-art status. Previously, he was a labor grup manager for materials analysis at the General Motors Fuel Cell Research Center and held manager and scientific positions at Eastman Kodak.

​“I’m grateful for the expertise that both Patrick and Mike bring to the agency,” NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said in a press release. “Their significant contributions will advance the NTSB’s mission and enhance safety for the traveling public. I look forward to our agency’s future with them on our leadership team.”

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