Class I memories: UP, CSX

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Carolina Worrell, Editor-in-Chief

Team members (left to right) Martin Ertz, Josh Saltz and Jessica Codr accept their prizes for the Hack! UP Senior Vice President and CIO Rahul Jalali’s 2022 event. (Photo courtesy of UP via Twitter)

Union Pacific Railroad (UP) honors the winners of its Hack! event 2022. In addition, CSX employees distribute school supplies to more than 2,000 children from military families.

AT THE TOP

UP on August 4 rewarded the winning team with their Hack! 2022, an online hackathon hosted by Class I on coding platform and developer HackerEarth. The winning team of Martin Ertz, Josh Saltz, Jessic Codr, Steve Wozniak, and Tammy Hinkel created a security profile for the railroad’s customer service and support team to mirror the security configuration from an external customer without sharing account credentials – a big improvement, according to UP, it could make it easier and safer for the railroad to resolve customer issues.

UP’s Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Rahul Jalai presented his awards to the winning team. Jalai was featured on The Age of the Railroad May 2022 is among the top 10 nominees in our third annual online survey of influential readers.

Jalai was recognized “for his leadership and influence in the technology field. Shortly after becoming CIO, he launched a product transformation that will consistently deliver value-driving capabilities, jointly prioritized by business and technology groups, with a focus on agility and customer focus. Jalali’s team of nearly 1,000 technologists is modernizing UP’s platforms by establishing a cloud presence and launching a connected data platform to deliver valuable business insights, while maintaining the UP cost structure.

Jalai continues to make technical employee development one of his main focus areas, serving as a mentor to many UP employees.

CSX

CSX employee volunteers help children in the military community start their school year strong by distributing thousands of backpacks containing essential school supplies as part of Operation Homefront’s annual Back-to-School Brigade®.

July 23 in Jacksonville, Florida; July 29 in Clarksville, Tennessee; and on July 30 in Tampa, Florida, employees participated in the delivery of previously prepared backpacks at a CSX-Operation Homefront event at CSX headquarters in June.

CSX employee volunteers distributed school supplies to more than 2,000 children from military families.

A CSX Pride in Service partner, Operation Homefront created the Back-to-School Brigade® as a “tangible way to express gratitude to military families for their service on behalf of all Americans.” The program, CSX says, helps reduce the cost of school supplies, allowing military families to apply those funds to other critical needs.

“Thanks to the generosity of CSX and its dedicated employees, for a fourth consecutive year, we are able to serve these very deserving military families at a time when the stresses of military life are hitting them hard,” said Robin Carter, senior director of operations. Home front. “Not only does CSX commit valuable resources to meeting the needs of military families, but its volunteer employees have spent countless hours packing more than 2,000 backpacks in preparation for our distribution events.”

Click here to watch a video of volunteers preparing for the Back-to-School® 2022 Brigade.

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