Union Pacific said Tuesday it has opened a new information technology center in Austin, Texas.
The intent, UP said, is to bring the railroad closer to the top talent of one of the country’s hottest technology hubs.
UP operates more miles of railroad in Texas - about 6,300 - than in any other state and employs more people in Texas than any state except Nebraska, home to the company’s headquarters in Omaha.
The new IT center is designed to serve as a software development and engineering research and development hub for UP's technology group. The office has the capacity to support more than 40 programmers and engineers and is equipped with a lab and an audio/visual training room.
“We continue to pursue aggressive recruiting efforts within the Texas university systems and found many of the candidates prefer to live and work in Austin,” said Lynden Tennison, UP's senior vice president and chief information officer. “Having an office in the heart of Austin will help us bring exciting new opportunities to the exceptional talent being developed in Texas.”
UP coordinates recruiting and outreach programs with the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, among others.
The railroad has one of the world’s largest privately owned telecommunications networks, which supports the company’s 10,000 customers and 32,000-mile rail network across 23 states. Its IT team conducts work in real-time and predictive analytics, hardware engineering, sensor-based mote technology, train communications, and other areas. UP also develops and builds its own proprietary hardware, software and systems. - Eric Johnson