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May 2021

Rail News: BNSF Railway

From the Editor: BNSF CIO to deliver rail summit keynote


On May 26, Progressive Railroading will host “IT Advancements to Meet Organizational Strategy,” a virtual summit featuring the perspectives of seven freight-railroad technology leaders, including representatives from five Class Is.

Muru Murugappan, VP of technology services and chief information officer for BNSF Railway Co., will deliver the keynote: “BNSF IT Strategy.”

The summit features six additional speakers:

Dominique Malenfant, EVP and Chief Information and Technology Officer, CN ("Technology in Motion: The Journey from PSR to DSR)";
• Arthur Adams, SVP of sales, CSX, whose presentation is titled “Partnering Technological Innovation with Supply Chain Management for Best-in-Class Service”;
• Chris Hudson, director of IT application development, Norfolk Southern Corp. (“Tech Mobility for Field Operations”);
• Katie Sanders, AVP of NetControl and ops system development, IT department, Union Pacific Railroad (“Union Pacific’s Network Development”);
• Greg Walling, VP of service design, Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (“Customer-centric IT Updates”); and
• Gregg Robbins, director of technical services and security, Watco (“Reassessing The Matrix”).

The summit will begin at 11 a.m. EST and end at 4:30 p.m. EST. It costs $99 to register; $49 for RailPrime subscribers. For more information or to register, visit: For more information on RailPrime, Progressive Railroading’s premium digital subscription offering, visit

2021 Rising Stars unveiled

On April 28, Progressive Railroading announced the 25 people chosen for recognition this year as Rising Stars in the North American railroad industry.

We define a Rising Star as someone under the age of 40 who has made, or is making, a positive impact on his or her company, organization, department or team, and is viewed by others — peers, colleagues, supervisors, clients or associates — as an up-and-coming leader in the rail industry.

The 2021 class comprises:

Harrison Armstrong, R.J. Corman Railroad Group LLC; Troy Banks, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad; Stephani Bazata, Union Pacific Railroad; Christopher Bennett, CSX; Erika Bruhnke, RailPros; 

Mohit Bhat, CN; Amanda DeCesare, CSX; Judith Espino Gonzalez, Kansas City Southern de Mexico; Antonio Frazier, Union Pacific Railroad; Carl Garrison, Union Pacific Railroad; 

Matt Hemsath, Archer Western Construction LLC; Kimberly Howe, Siemens Mobility; Brian Lapp, New Jersey Transit; Joangelie Lind, Florida East Coast Railway; Laura Mason, Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority; 

Charlie Monte Verde, Genesee Valley Transportation; Preston Nelson, Watco; Andrea Niethold, CN; Nicole Ochroch, Port Authority Transit Corp.; Marcus Parrott, BNSF Railway Co.; 

Ashley Reid, Canadian Pacific; Kristen Scully, Canadian Pacific; Nick Troutman, Pioneer Railcorp; Carmen Wallace, Kansas City Southern; and Sean Winkler, Tai Ginsberg & Associates LLC.

The 2021 Rising Stars will be honored during a virtual ceremony on July 20. We’ll also feature their stories on this summer and in the magazine in September. Congratulations to the 2021 Rising Stars class.

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