UP’s Olsen Recognized for Environmental Stewardship


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Marybeth Luczak, Editor-in-Chief

Grace Olsen, General Manager – Locomotive Engineering and Quality, Mechanical, Union Pacific

Union Pacific (UP) presented its 2022 President’s Environmental Award to Grace Olsen, General Manager of Locomotive Engineering and Quality, Mechanical. The award, established in 1994, recognizes a UP employee who demonstrates “outstanding environmental awareness, leadership and responsibility.”

“Olsen’s work is at the forefront of Union Pacific development of hybrid locomotive and battery charging technology,” the Class I railroad reported on October 12. higher blend of biofuels for locomotives.

(UP earlier this month announced its partnership with ZTR to build hybrid electric locomotives, and in July announced that four of its locomotives in California were running on 100% biomass fuel as part of a test in the field.)

Olsen also represented UP this summer as a nominee for the Association of American Railroads (AAR) John H. Chafee Environmental Achievement Award for its work “identifying and addressing risks associated with locomotive emissions, idling of locomotives and refurbishment of older locomotives”.

More recently, Olsen earned a spot on Diversity Journal2022 list of “Women to Watch”which honors “extraordinary women in leadership who have made a name for themselves in the professional sphere,” UP reported.

Olsen, who joined UP in 2010 as a mechanical associate, told the magazine that her personal philosophy, heavily influenced by her grandmother, is the reason she has been successful so far in her career. “There are a lot of people who have influenced my life along the way,” Olsen said. “And it made me realize that my personal philosophy is that every experience, interaction and relationship teaches you something.”


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