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Curriculum Vitae

Personal information

Name: Ulrich Alois Benedikt Weidmann
Birthday:
21 March 1963, Chur
Nationality:
Swiss, Hometown: Einsiedeln SZ
Civil Status:
Married to: Dr. med. Martina Weidmann, maiden name: Schmidt, born: 25 January 1967
Children:
Luzia Evelyn Alexandra, born 10 August 1999
Urs Florentin Henri, born 7 August 2001
Profession: Civil Engineer, ETH/SIA, Dr. sc. techn.

Education and Degrees

1970-1972
Primary School Schwyz
1972-1976
Primary School Zürich-Höngg
1976-1983
High School: Literargymnasium Zürich-Rämibühl, Matur Typ B
1983-1988
University: ETH Zürich, Engineering, Concentration Transport Engineering and Water Engineering
- Awarded ETH Silver Medal for diploma thesis titled: "Wolfenschiessen Bypass"
1986/1987
Undergraduate Assistant at ETH Zürich IVT, Individual and Public Transport Group
1988-1994
Dissertation: "Passenger Transfer in Public Transport" (Der Fahrgastwechsel im öffentlichen Personenverkehr - ETH-Nr. 10630);
Advisor: Prof. Heinrich Brändli, ETH Zürich Institute for Transport Planning, Transport Technology, Roadway and Railway Construction (IVT);
Co-referent: Prof. Dr. Adolf Müller-Hellmann, Director, German Transport Operators Association (Verbandes Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen)
- VDV Honoured with the 1994 Dr. Friedrich Lehner Prize awarded by the German Transport Operators Association

Professional Experience

1988-1994
Graduate Assistant at the ETH Zürich IVT, Public Transport Group,
led by Prof. Heinrich Brändli:
- Successfully completed doctoral dissertation
- Assisted in teaching including: revising presentations, developing teaching documents/lecture notes, developing and correcting student exercises
- Served as member of Teaching Commission for Division II (ETH Unterrichtskommission)
- Participated in transport planning and operations consulting projects including: Appenzeller Railways Tunnel Evaluation Project, Future of Rheineck – Walzenhausen Mountain Railway, Analysis of SBB Double Deck Intercity Wagon Boarding/Alighting Process, Public Transport Concept and Regulations for the Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Expansion of Frankfurt am Main urban rail system.
1994-1995
Engineer in SBB Operations Directorate, Department of Conceptual Planning:
- Regional transport operations strategy development
- SBB regional transport fleet planning policy principles
- Operational analysis of regional transport projects
1995-1998
Engineer in SBB Passenger Transport Directorate, Department of Planning and Coordination;
from 1997 Leader of Transport Planning and Coordination RPV and Deputy Head of Division:
- Project manager: Innerschweiz, Tessin, Zürich-Zug-Luzern Service Concept Planning Project
- Project manager for cooperation projects including: Voralpen-Express with BT/SOB railways and Bern Regional Rail (S-Bahn) with BLS railway
- Study manager in the areas of passenger transport demand for AlpTransit, analysis of the transport reduction initiative and the SBB's transport model
- SBB regional transport fleet planning policy studies
1998-1998
Section Chief Regional Transport in SBB Passenger Transport Directorate:
- Interim Section Chief
- Ensured the migration according to organizational change of entire SBB, staffing
- Technical leader of regional transport – regions coordination
1999-2000
Section Chief and Deputy Division Head of Regional Transport in SBB Passenger Transport Directorate:
- 1.1999-2.2000: Section Chief: Strategy & Development
- 3.2000-12.2000: Section Chief: Service Planning
- Project leader for strategic projects (cooperation, M&A, competition analysis)
- Project leader: Turn Around Regional Transport
- Study leader: International Expansion of SBB Regional Transport
- Negotiations manager for long-term regional transport agreements with cantons
2001-2002
Division Head Railway Systems Engineering, Facilities Management Division, SBB Infrastructure Directorate:
- Organize and build newly (mid-2000) created division
- Structure railway technology product and innovations management system, update infrastructure regulations
- Division re-organization at beginning 2003
- Overall project manager responsible for safety equipment and tunnel radio/GSM-R for the Lötschberg AlpTransit Basis Tunnel (from 4.2001)
2003-2004
Railway Systems Business Unit Leader and Deputy Business Unit Leader of Technology in the Asset Management Group of the SBB Infrastructure Division;
main responsibilities:
- Track system, electric power, engineering, safety systems
- Diagnostic and analysis technology
- Environmental technology
- Architecture
- Interoperability, Standards, Benchmarking, Innovation
- Overall project manager for safety equipment and tunnel radio/GSM-R for the Lötschberg AlpTransit Basis Tunnel

Additional Activities

1990-1993
President of the City of Zürich CVP
1990-1993
Member of the Zürich city council (Gemeinderat)
1991-1993
President of the ETH Zürich Education Commission (Unterrichtskommission), Engineering Division
1996-1998
President of the SBB Engineers' Union, Bern Group
1997-1998
Co-Leader responsible for organizing the new Swiss Association of Public Transport Cadres (Verband der Kader des öffentlichen Verkehrs der Schweiz - KVöV)
 

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