For driving innovation in autonomous rail transit
As a child, Zhengkai Jiang had a keen interest in trains, counting each car as it rolled by. The fascination ultimately fueled a career that’s helping drive China’s railway transformation. That includes the project he’s most proud of: designing and manufacturing fully autonomous trains for a new stretch of subway in the Nanning Metro. It’s the first independent project CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. Ltd. has completed with grade of operation 4 level automation, the highest grade of automated train operation.
“The project vehicles are safer, smarter, more environmentally friendly and energy-saving, and at the same time liberating the dependence on drivers, which is consistent with the country’s green development and people-oriented strategy,” Jiang says.
Along with the innovation push, he’s also helped the company’s project management office establish and implement tailored standards and systems for project evaluation—actions that have increased revenue as well as the number of project managers, Jiang says. That kind of shift is one he only sees increasing for the profession.
“More and more companies regard project management as a key driver of organizational strategy and business success, rather than simply providing business deliverables,” he says.
All this helps Jiang focus on the big-picture benefits his projects deliver.
“High-speed trains not only shorten the sense of distance between people, but they also have a wide range of social benefits,” Jiang says. “They’ve played a role in balancing and promoting the economy of the areas along the route, forming many two-hour economic circles.”
Perspectives on how young people are changing the world of projects.
Young people have the courage to take responsibility. They’re more determined in their hearts to be reasonable and seek fairness—characteristics that make young people better at turning ideas into reality. —Zhengkai Jiang, PMP