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FVCC Honors Symposium Lecture Series

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Internet of Things at BNSF Railway

What happens when a railroad with more than 150 years of history joins the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution? At BNSF Railway, the use of Industrial IoT technologies is transforming the inspection and maintenance of more than 32,500 miles of track, 8,000 locomotives and two million railcars. This transformation of tools and processes improves the safety of 41,000 employees and creates opportunities for those employees to learn and grow within the company. BNSF is supplementing manual track inspections with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, preventing derailments of railcars through the use of remote sensors, and tracking the movement of containers inside of rail yards with the use of smart cameras. The use of advanced analytics and big data platforms allows information gathered from thousands of remote sensors to be used to enable predictive maintenance for engineering and mechanical assets. Mike will discuss how BNSF is using IoT to improve the safety, reliability, and efficiency of its network while also considering the impact to employees and their career development within the company.

Mike Garcia

Director, Technology Services – Modern BI & Mechanical Systems, BNSF

Mike Garcia is a Director in Technology Services at BNSF Railway. In this role, Mike directs programs enabling condition based and predictive maintenance for mechanical assets, the development and adoption of a modern BI ecosystem, and ongoing support of an application portfolio primarily focused on mechanical operations. He has more than 15 years of experience in technology leadership positions across a number of industries including energy, retail and transportation. Mike’s leadership positions have included oversight of software development, product management, user experience, business intelligence, operational analytics, CRM platform development, and agile and digital transformations. He is passionate about helping to bridge the gap between business needs and technology capabilities while balancing organizational change management with a drive for innovation. He has an M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.

The Flathead Valley Community College Honors Symposium offers FVCC students and members of the community six opportunities in February and March to hear experts address various topics that support this year’s theme, “Technology and Mankind.” The college brings these free lectures to the community to provide credible and substantive information on important topics of public interest.

The 2018 Honors Symposium is funded in part by Humanities Montana, the Kalispell branch of the American Association of University Women, FVCC Alumni & Friends and the Theodore Chase Endowment Fund. We welcome donations to this fund. Your contribution will ensure the future for innovative honors lectures, programs and activities at FVCC.


February 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Large Community Room, Arts & Technology Building, Room 139
777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell,MT59901United States
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