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Excel Engineering is proud to bring you our annual technical conference on April 25th, 2024, an event designed to bring professionals, clients, and business partners together for a dynamic and educational experience. Our conference is the premier event for anyone looking to advance their knowledge and skills in engineering and technology.

Attendees can attend informative workshops throughout the conference, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and network with peers and industry experts. With a focus on the latest advancements and best practices, our conference provides a platform for attendees to gain insights and knowledge that will help them stay ahead in their careers.

In addition to providing valuable education opportunities, our conference is also an opportunity for us to share knowledge with our clients and business partners. Our team of experienced professionals will be on hand to answer questions, share their experiences, and engage in productive discussions.

2023 Technical Conference Speakers

2022 Technical Conference Speakers


2024 Conference Speakers

Topic: Using Generative AI for Engineering tasks

Session: Afternoon – Industry 4.0

Hi! I’m Justin Grammens. I’m a lifelong learner, passionate about Software Development, Artificial Intelligence, and driven by giving back to the community through entrepreneurship and education. I’m the Founder and CEO of Lab651 and Recursive Awesome where I help companies successfully launch mobile, web, and Artificial Intelligence applications using our talented team and proven process. I am the creator, producer, and host of the Applied AI Podcast, Meetup, and Conference which allows me to interview and host some of the world’s leading experts on Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning. I am a co-founder of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Emerging Technologies North and an Adjunct Professor teaching graduate-level IoT and Machine Learning classes at the University of Saint Thomas.

Justin Grammens

Founder and CEO
Lab651 and Recursive Awesome

Jingdong Sun

Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor

Topic: Digital Transformation and AI

Session: Afternoon – Industry 4.0

Jingdong Sun holds the position of Senior Technical Staff Member (STSM) and is recognized as a Master Inventor at IBM and is currently serving as the Architect for IBM watsonX Orders. With over 20 years in technology, product development, leadership, and architecture, Jingdong has successfully constructed software platforms, products, and services, leveraging cutting-edge technologies such as real-time data processing, data-oriented architecture and computing, hybrid cloud Infrastructure and platforms, and AI/ML.

Topic: Electrification and Electromagnetic Compliance

Session: Afternoon – Electrical Engineering

Prior to joining the Technological Leadership Institute, Travis was a White House Fellow charged with developing and executing export content policy for transformational technologies and coordinated economic diplomacy outreach as part of the Abraham Accords. These efforts helped to facilitate 27 billion dollars in export credits to American manufacturers and yielded Memorandums of Understanding with the governments of Oman and Sudan.

Travis previously served as Dean of Technology at Minnesota State College Southeast. There, he and his team of 35 faculty reimagined technology education. This included the Rural Advanced Manufacturing Education Hub, deploying applied engineering education to regional high schools; the Advanced Manufacturing Infrastructure Initiative, raising over $1M to build rapid prototyping labs; and the world’s first Bicycle Design and Fabrication degree, bridging the gap between Generation Z and the world of practical engineering. Travis is also a reserve Coast Guard Commander and the managing partner of 2T2J, Inc.

Travis Thul, PE

Senior Fellow and Director of Operations
University of Minnesota

Joel Lemke, PE

Senior Business Development Manager

Topic: Wireless Sensing Technology to Enable Improved Plant Health

Session: Afternoon – Controls & Automation

Joel Lemke is Senior Business Development Manager for Pervasive Sensing at Emerson.  In this capacity, he is responsible for the proper application of wireless technology to improve plant health, mainly in the areas of safety, reliability, energy and sustainability.  He has over 30 years of experience in the application of pressure, flow and acoustic measurements, with an emphasis on utility systems.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, is an AEE Certified Energy Manager, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota.

Topic: Industrial Data Operations

Session: Afternoon – Controls & Automation

Tom Steffen is a Senior Solution Consultant at Rockwell Automation. Tom has over 40 years of professional experience in Automation and Information Systems, working to help customers achieve their goals. His expertise includes automation, process, drive, motion, information and analytics systems. At Rockwell, he is primarily focused on Digital Transformation and Operation improvements utilizing information Technologies.

Tom Steffen

Senior Solution Consultant
Rockwell Automation

Roger Horak, PE

Technical Design Engineer

Topic: MV Digital Metal-Clad Switchgear – increased reliability and safety

Session: Afternoon – Electrical Engineering

Roger Horak has a BSEE degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He has over 28 years of experience in the electrical power industry primarily in low voltage and medium voltage power system designs.  This experience is complimented with a strong background in control systems and numerous protective relaying schemes with a considerable amount of his career spent with generator paralleling switchgear systems.  Other work experience includes working as a switchgear and controls specialist on a data center design team, leading projects through UL testing at high current labs and NETA testing.  He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Minnesota.

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