Tim McSweeney has over 40 years experience in the field of railway fixed infrastructure asset management, specialising particularly in track engineering in the heavy-haul environment. He was the senior Infrastructure Manager overseeing the Bowen Basin coal network for Queensland Rail from 1991 until 2001, developing cost-effective maintenance management strategies during a period of rapid growth in export traffic. He then joined the Centre for Railway Engineering (CRE) at Central Queensland University to follow his interest in railway research. Tim is a Member of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia and a Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution, Queensland Section.
Following his retirement, Tim was appointed an Adjunct Research Fellow at the CRE for 3 years from 22 February 2008 and this has now been thrice extended to 7 March 2020. He has dedicated a substantial amount of time to assisting postgraduate engineering students with finalising their theses, and helped both students and staff prepare technical publications, grant submissions and consultancy proposals. He was awarded an Honorary Master of Engineering degree by CQUniversity in 2011. Tim also works as a Volunteer in Policing, assisting the Rockhampton District Crime Prevention Unit with projects aimed at reducing crime in the local community, and is Treasurer of CQ Diabetes Group, a non-profit charity and support group raising diabetes awareness in the Central Queensland community.
Education
Bachelor of Civil Engineering (USQ – 1974)
Honorary Master of Engineering (CQUni – 2011)
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Railway Engineering
Crime Prevention
Personal Interests
Member of the Railway Technical Society of Australasia
Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution, Queensland Division