Keynote Speaker

David Connell to Provide Conference Keynote Address

David Connell
Vice President of Engineering at Union Pacific, Retired

David Connell recently retired after serving for 8 years as Vice President of Engineering for Union Pacific Railroad. In this role, he directed the design, construction and maintenance on the nation's largest railway. David worked with Union Pacific and predecessor companies for over 33 years while holding various field maintenance and staff positions including Regional VP - Operations, AVP - Construction, Chief Engineer - Maintenance of Way. He has spent over 40 years in the rail industry starting as a summer employee of a shortline railroad in his native North Carolina in 1975. David spent nearly 10 years of his career directly involved with track research and materials development activities at UP.

David holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and attended the Harvard Business School. He is a past chair of the American Association of Railroad's Heavy Axle Load Committee and past vice-chair of the Railway Technology Working Committee at the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. He also served as a Governor of the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) a long with service to numerous advisory boards.

David is married to Barbara with 3 grown children.


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