Union Pacific’s Katie Sanders has played a pivotal role in two of the largest technology projects in the railroad’s 160-year history: Positive Train Control (PTC) and Computer-Aided Dispatching system (CADX).
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Sanders, assistant vice president-Operations Technology, is among Railway Age’s 2022 Women in Rail honorees, celebrating 23 women who excel at leadership, serving the community and contributing to the rail industry.
The 19-year Union Pacific employee strategically built and guided the team that tackled the on-time delivery of CADX, now nearing its one-year cutover anniversary, despite pandemic-related delays. A multiyear effort by several departments, CADX was developed in-house and brings numerous operational and safety efficiencies. The technology allows train dispatchers to line signals and switches while issuing restrictions and authorities through the system.
Sanders leads the Tech Product Development organization, responsible for all technology-driven railroad operations systems. Her team is in the final phase of development and implementation of a state-of-the-art transportation management system with platform integrations to support automation and optimization efforts.
Dedicated to progressing diversity and inclusion initiatives, she serves as the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Chair for the Nebraska Tech Collaborative, a business-led workforce initiative committed to developing, attracting and retaining tech talent and entrepreneurs.