On any given weekday, a handful of analysts are working in an
office above North Wacker Drive, collecting current data on over
200,000 railcars scattered across North America, the fleet of the
TTX Company. Freight is constantly in motion, and this means data
is constantly pouring in. Miranda Powell, a senior at UIC Business,
is one of the analysts who makes sense of it all. “A railcar goes
over alerts on the tracks, and we get data from each axle or
'truck' on each car,” says Powell. “Alerts...