Daniel Peltier received a BSE degree in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1998, and moved to Boston to write business intelligence software for Oracle Corp.'s Online Analytic Processing (OLAP) group. Quickly realizing that business intelligence software did not hold as much interest to him as some other things in life, such as railroads, he soon began pursuing part-time studies in Civil Engineering at Tufts University. In the fall of 2005, he left Oracle and moved to Champaign to study for a MS in Civil Engineering with the University of Illinois Railroad Engineering Program. His research focused on applications of next generation sensor networks to railroad infrastructure monitoring. Such sensor networks combine simple, wireless installation, self-configuring radio networking, extremely low power consumption, and autonomous operation; they offer an inexpensive way for a railroad to expand greatly its knowledge of the state of its most critical infrastructure components. Mr. Peltier was collaborating with members of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering to develop a system that can automatically track the degradation of a bonded insulated rail joint and notify railroad personnel when the joint is nearing failure.
Peltier, D.C. and C.P.L Barkan 2009. Characterizing and Inspecting for Progressive Epoxy Debonding in Bonded Insulated Rail Joints. (In Press) Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board.
Peltier, D., Barkan, C.P.L. Modeling the Effects of Epoxy Debonding on Bonded Insulated Rail Joints Subjected to Longitudinal Loads . Proceedings of the TRB 87th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (January 2008).
Peltier, D., Barkan, C.P.L. , Downing, S., Socie, D.Measuring Degradation of Bonded Insulated Rail Joints . Proceedings of the AREMA 2007 Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (September 2007).
Peltier, D., C.P.L. Barkan, S. Downing, D. Socie. Using Strain Gauges to Detect Epoxy Debonding in Insulated Rail Joints. In Proceedings: International Heavy Haul Conference Specialist Technical Session - High Tech in Heavy Haul , Kiruna, Sweden, June 2007, pp. 151-158.