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On July 24, more than 30 BNSF Summer Interns spent seven hours volunteering at All Church Home for Children (ACH) in Fort Worth, Texas and Harvesting Hope Community Garden in Arlington. At ACH, interns cleaned playground equipment and dining areas, picked up trash and helped create flowerbeds. At Harvesting Hope Community Garden, they removed dead trees, pulled weeds and watered plants. “Being out there with all the other interns created special memories that I think we will all cherish,” said Intern Nicole Aguirre. “It was awesome to see everyone outside of the office in a different setting.” BNSF’s Summer Internship program is designed for college students who have a year or less to go before graduation. After graduating, many interns return to work full-time at BNSF as Management Trainees. In the photo: Left to right: Christopher Naeger, Kendall Hood, Hannah Stevens, Nicole Aguirre, Kylie Rupe, Ashley Hageman and Amanda Bodensteiner
U.S. Rep. Lipinski, rail industry, first responders unveil new safety technology AskRail (217.31 KB)
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois met with Chicago-area first responders and railroad industry leaders at a BNSF facility in Chicago to demonstrate new electronic, smart-app safety technology called AskRail. The system will allow first responders at the scene of a train accident to quickly find out what type of hazardous materials, if any, are being carried on each rail car.
More details on Rep. Lipinski's website
BNSF honors 2014 Employees of the Year (111.67 KB)
BNSF recognized a special group of employees for their outstanding achievements in 2014 at an awards ceremony on April 13 in Fort Worth, Texas. BNSF’s annual Employees of the Year event recognizes employees who embody the company’s vision and values. Their achievements positively impact BNSF customers, fellow employees, owners and the communities served by BNSF. Of the 48,000 team members across the company some 100 employees received this special recognition.
“Our Employees of the Year recognition is a way to thank our people for truly exceptional efforts and results. I’m grateful for their hard work and dedication. From rendering aid in an emergency to implementing business processes that will forever make our railroad better, this distinctive group of employees deserves this special recognition and BNSF’s gratitude,” said Carl Ice, BNSF president and chief executive officer. “All of the men and women who work for BNSF do so with commitment and dedication. Every day, all year long, they bring incredible focus and perseverance to BNSF’s goal of serving our customers and delivering on the important role we play in moving our global economy forward.”
This year’s award recipients’ actions span a wide range of achievements and reflect valuable contributions to some of BNSF’s most important initiatives. Examples of their efforts include the reduction of rail congestion in heavily populated areas, the successful training of more than 800 employees in advanced track inspection that improves safety and the opening of the Big Lift Automotive Facility, which will help BNSF meet the increasing needs of automakers to get their vehicles to markets across the country.
Profiles of Safety Employees of the Year
BNSF Railway Vice President Technology Services and Chief Information Officer Jo-ann Olsovsky, center, participates in a roundtable discussion hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. on April 7. Olsovsky is an advocate for encouraging minorities and women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields. She described BNSF’s growing need for technically skilled employees and its efforts to hire a diverse technical workforce. These include joint programs with schools and universities and Technology Awareness Day, an annual event on the BNSF headquarters campus designed to spark interest in technical careers among high school students in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. “The question persists: Where and how is America going to identify and prepare the talent to fill the need for technology based professions? Investing in and developing strong math and science talent in America’s youth is paramount to our ability to innovate for years to come,” Olsovsky said. “We understand the importance of finding answers to this question. From our perspective, those answers will help strengthen and advance America’s transportation industry as well as all others, which is vital to our nation’s global prominence. “ Later the same day, BNSF Mechanical Foreman Oscar Vazquez spoke to a group of students and educators from the Washington, D.C. area. Vazquez was one of four resourceful high school students who won a 2004 national underwater robotics competition against the odds, beating out major universities like Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The group was treated to a screening of Underwater Dreams, a documentary film about the competition. The story is also retold in the feature film Spare Parts, starring George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis, released in January. [BNSF employee Oscar Vazquez speaks to students and educators at the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on April 7.] BNSF employee Oscar Vazquez speaks to students and educators from the Washington, D.C. area at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 7. [BNSF CIO Jo-Ann Olsovsky listens during a meeting about STEM education at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. on April 7.] BNSF Vice President Technology Services and Chief Information Officer Jo-ann Olsovsky listens during discussions at the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. [From left to right, Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Richard Voyles, assistant director for Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Oscar Vazquez, mechanical foreman at BNSF Railway; and Joe Faust, regional public affairs director at BNSF Railway.] From left to right, Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics; Richard Voyles, assistant director for Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Oscar Vazquez, mechanical foreman at BNSF Railway; and Joe Faust, regional public affairs director at BNSF Railway.