Our Management TeamGary Niedermann
Since 1983, Mr. Niedermann has been responsible for the design of various electrical systems for commercial and industrial clients. These systems have included power distribution, lighting, and process maker installation design on projects up to $1.2 million. Gary has extensive experience in monitoring electrical contractors as a field service representative on 3M sites and has been involved with start-up and commissioning of 3M process maker lines. He is highly qualified in all aspects of electrical project design including project management, scheduling, and follow-up through construction. Gary was one of Excel's founding partners when he joined the firm in January 1991. He received his certification from the Electrical Design for Construction Program at Anoka Technical College of Minnesota in 1983.
Brent is a Principal Designer for Excel Engineering. He has performed and overseen hundreds of arc flash, short circuit and coordination studies. He is experienced in electrical design for both commercial and industrial clients, including medium voltage and low voltage power distribution, lighting, and wiring for process electrical controls. Brent has completed the design and programming of medium voltage relay protection for large industrial complexes. His career began as an AutoCAD operator with Rochester (MN) Public Utilities. From there, he worked as a contract employee for 3M and has been with Excel Engineering, Inc. since 1991.
Sr. Specialist Consultant, Transmission Studies
Steve graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2005. He has experience in transmission planning studies, including steady state power flow contingency analysis, voltage stability, and dynamic stability simulations. He also has experience in industrial arc flash, short circuit, and coordination studies, as well as in the controls and automation department. Steve is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota.
Principal Consultant, Controls and Instrumentation
Charles Amann is a professionally qualified control systems engineer with over 21 years experience in the areas of automation design, implementation, and system software. His particular areas of expertise include control system design and project engineering; project and construction management; SCADA system engineering; programmable logic controllers (PLC); AC and DC drive control for web handling equipment; batch process feed systems, weigh belt feeders; and electrical design for hazardous areas and explosion proof equipment.
Prior to joining Excel Engineering, he worked 17 years as a Senior Systems Engineering Consultant for EMA, Inc. where he was lead engineer and project manager for control system design and implementation projects for both private sector manufacturing and municipal water companies. Among his projects were several large scale web handling machine rebuilds and new installations for 3M and other specialty web coating customers. These included design and configuration of software for web handling equipment using multiple high speed AC and DC drives, steppers, or servos. He was also responsible for SCADA installation, implementation, and construction management for several municipal water utilities. Before coming to EMA, Charles was a field engineer at Apache Controls where he assisted with project startups and equipment checkout for beverage can conveyor system control systems and designed beverage can manufacturing equipment control systems.
Charles has a B.S. Electrical Engineering from St. Cloud State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota, as well as several other states. Please contact Excel Engineering for current PE registration information.
Manager, Process and Facilities Electrical, Power System Studies, Transmission Studies
Craig Thingvold has been involved in performing power system studies since 2006 and has been with Excel Engineering since 2007. His expertise is in the area of arc flash, short circuit and coordination studies and also in the area of transmission planning and analysis, including dynamic and steady state analysis. He is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering (power option) and a graduate of North Dakota State College of Science with an Associate in Science Degree in Pre-Engineering. Prior to Excel Engineering, Craig interned for Lightowler Johnson Associates where he was responsible for designing electrical systems for commercial and residential buildings and also worked as an electrician on commercial and residential electrical systems through Bergstrom Electric, Inc. Craig is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota , as well as several other states. Please contact Excel Engineering for current PE registration information .
Justin Nielsen has been involved in controls and automation engineering since 1999 and has a strong background in areas of pharmaceutical, chemical, and power generation. Justin performed the lead control system engineering on several multi-million dollar control system upgrade projects for Praxair and 3M, he was a lead onsite control system engineer at the Genmab Brooklyn Park, MN facility and was also a Technical Consultant for Rockwell Automation. Justin is highly skilled in several PLC, HMI and DCS platforms including: Rockwell, Emerson DeltaV, Schneider and Siemens. Justin holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. He is an ISA member, an ISA Certified Automation Professional (CAP) and a Registered Professional Control Systems Engineer in the State of Minnesota , as well as other states. Please contact Excel Engineering for current PE registration information.
Manager, Controls and Automation
Daryl Norgard joins the Excel Engineering team in January 2013 to add 18 years of controls and automation experience. His career began in the Automotive Industry with Fanuc Robotics after attending the Robotics Automated Systems Technology program at Central Lakes College where he earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree. He has worked in many different industries since and has become skilled in a variety of PLC, HMI and SCADA systems from manufacturers such as Rockwell, GEFanuc, and Omron to provide new automation solutions and support to existing systems. In addition to providing electrical design and programming, Daryl has led startup crews and managed projects to meet the documented design requirements.
Manager - Industrial Automation
Pat Supanich has joined Excel Engineering serving in the role of Industrial Automation Manager. Pat comes to Excel after developing a diverse background in the industry. Pat started his professional career in 1996 when he joined 3M Company working in their internal automation group serving the 3M Medical Division. In early 2000, he relocated to a 3M medical plant in Irvine, CA where he served as a Resident Systems Engineer and Plant Engineering Supervisor. He left 3M in late 2002 and took a year sabbatical to travel the world with his spouse. Upon his return, he was given the opportunity to start a local office in Minneapolis for a System Integrator. There he grew the Minneapolis office to nine engineers and became the Director of Food and Beverage Division, where he oversaw offices in Minneapolis, Dallas, St Louis and Greenville, SC. In 2012, Pat went to work with Automation Resources, which consisted of Automation.com, an online magazine for the industry, and Automationtechies, a recruiting agency. While there, he served as Vice President and focused on improving their operations and profitability. He also served as a fill in editor, publisher and contributing writer to the publication. After Automation.com group was sold in late 2014, Pat focused his efforts on the recruiting side of the business until he left to join Excel Engineering.
Pat grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BSEE degree in 1996. He is married and lives in SW Minneapolis with his wife and their two kids. Pat enjoys spending time with family and friends, outdoor activities such as canoeing and backpacking, traveling, working on his old VW Campervan and doing “projects” around the house which will all be finished “soon”.
Client Services Manager
Perry Kuznar has over 34 years of engineering and sales experience in the power utility, engineering services and manufacturing industries. He most recently served as Principle Applications Engineer for Turbine Technologies, Ltd. of Chetek, Wisconsin; a manufacturer of high-end laboratory training equipment for engineering universities and technical institutes.
Perry’s broad experience includes; product hardware development, operator manual /curriculum development, factory-direct global product sales, establishing sales rep alliances and developing sales and marketing strategies and tools. He has traveled extensively domestically and internationally to support sales, including a successful trip across China to establish in-country representation and make sales presentations to leading universities.
Perry received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He also obtained a Supervisory Management diploma from Chippewa Valley Technical College-Eau Claire.
Perry is married to Kathleen and they have two daughters and a son. He enjoys long-distance cycling, running and flying.
Steve Eichten has a B. S. degree in Accounting from St. Cloud State University. Prior to joining Excel Engineering, Steve has been working for manufacturing companies for 28 years including stops at a liquor bottling company, a medical plastics packaging company and an ESD packaging company serving the electronics industry. Working in Controller and CFO positions for these manufacturing companies, his primary areas of responsibility included Accounting and Finance, Human Resources and Information Systems. Steve enjoys working on lean processes and continuous improvements in helping companies improve, reach goals and succeed.
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