Rapik Saat - Graduated: 2005 - M.S.; 2009 - PhD

Dr. Mohd Rapik Saat is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His research interests include Transportation Risk Analysis, Normative Decision Making, Statistical Analysis, Data Mining and Operations Research. He has been involved in hazardous materials transportation safety and risk analysis research for nine years. His dissertation research dealt with hazardous materials transportation risk, statistical analysis of tank car accident performance, and development and application of optimization models to maximize the safety and cost-effectiveness of enhanced tank car safety designs. The methods he developed can be applied to a variety of transportation container safety design problems and were used to identify and evaluate the effectiveness of options considered by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) in 2006 in their initiative developing a new specification for tank cars transporting Toxic Inhalation Hazard (TIH) materials.  Beyond his work on projects sponsored by AAR and RSI-AAR, Dr. Saat has also worked on hazardous materials transportation risk analysis projects supported by Monsanto, ICL Performance Products and ABS Consulting.  Dr. Saat has had principal daily oversight responsibility for UIUC students working on the RSI-AAR Tank Car Safety Project since 2004. He was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 12th, 1980, and married to Dzelda Zainal Abidin.


M.S. Thesis:

SAFETY ANALYSES OF NON-ACCIDENT- AND ACCIDENT-CAUSED RELEASES FROM RAILROAD TANK CARS

Ph.D. Dissertation:

OPTIMIZING RAILROAD TANK CAR SAFETY DESIGN TO REDUCE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTATION RISK

Publication:

Saat, M.R. and C.P.L. Barkan. The Effect of Rerouting and Tank Car Safety Design on the Risk of Rail Transport of Hazardous MaterialsProceedings of the 7th World Congress on Railway Research, Montreal (June 2006).

Saat, M.R. and C.P.L. Barkan. 2005. Release risk and optimization of railroad tank car safety designn. Transportation Research Record - Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1916: 78-87.