Praj is a PhD student within the Transport Strategy Centre (TSC), focusing on infrastructure investment, funding and capital planning. His research is geared towards examining how best to improve urban rail networks over the long-term, with emphasis on adequate reinvestment in the existing network and a sustainable funding framework. In addition, through creating a model that integrates asset management and economic optimization, his research has yielded insights on optimal capital planning approaches, which has been presented at hEART, HKSTS and TRB conferences.
Prior to starting his work at Imperial in 2017, Praj worked for three years in project controls at Metro-North Railroad (part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority) in New York City, USA. He gained experience working on projects of different engineering disciplines and various sizes, including the $300 million rebuilding of a major train depot. Praj also played a large role in the development of a scheduling tool for use in the programme management of over 90 capital projects within the department.
Praj has a Master of Engineering degree from MIT in Transportation, where he produced a group thesis which analysed the future transport needs and suggested recommendations for the regenerating Seaport District in Boston. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from Columbia University and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
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