A former intern turned tech expert for Union Pacific, Tim Thompson Jr., principal engineer, Tech, holds UP’s security and cyber risk management in high regard. As such, Progressive Railroading named him a 2023 Rising Star, highlighting emerging industry professionals across the nation.
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In his award nomination, Thompson was praised for building a culture of cybersecurity awareness and nurturing relationships within the organization as a strategic partner.
Thompson’s Progressive Railroading questionnaire excerpt:
What was your first job? I was a cashier at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium IMAX theater.
If you could have dinner with anyone alive in the world, who would it be? John Oliver, because of his ability to tackle complex issues in a way that is both informative and entertaining. He uses his platform to highlight important issues and call attention to systemic injustices.
What advice would you give to a new railroader? Develop an inquisitive mindset. Ask questions relentlessly and build your understanding of how your work makes a difference.
For more on Thompson, check out Progressive Railroading.
Jason Boche, senior director-Corporate Strategy, was also recognized on the list. View Boche's story here.