Engineer Olson was a Starfleet officer, and chief engineer of the USS Enterprise in 2258.
In that year, the Enterprise engaged in battle with the Romulan mining vessel Narada, which was drilling into the planet Vulcan in an attempt to deploy a small amount of red matter into the planet's core. As the operation of the Narada's drill blocked all of the Enterprise's transporter functions, Olson, along with James T. Kirk and Hikaru Sulu, were assigned to space jump from an Enterprise shuttlecraft to the Narada's drill platform, and subsequently use a series of explosives to disable it.
Commencing with the space jump, both Kirk and Sulu pulled their parachutes approximately 2,000 meters from the platform, but Olson, in an attempt at thrill-seeking, continued to free-fall, pulling his chute at the last possible moment, when he was almost directly over the platform. As a strong gust of wind caught his chute, Olson slammed into the platform, and was pulled over the side. Unable to fight against the force of the gusts, Olson was pulled, along with his chute, directly into the drilling beam, and was instantly incinerated. As Olson was carrying the charges meant to disable the platform, Kirk and Sulu were forced to improvise, using disruptor rifles to complete the mission instead.
Montgomery Scott replaced him as Chief Engineer shortly before the Battle of Earth.