Alan graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. His area of focus was analog and digital circuit design, and during his time at Michigan, he interned at the NASA sponsored space lab. Alan moved to Fargo after graduation where he worked as a contract engineer at North Dakota State University, and now works as a contract engineer at John Deere, as well as at eTracia as an embedded design and software engineer.
Alan's current projects are in personal area networking and wearable medical electronics. He also enjoys bowling in his spare time and is part of a local bowling league.
Caleb graduated from the University of Michigan with a BSE in Computer Engineering where his focus was in Computer Architecture. His area of focus is now in mobile applications and software development. His interest lies in linking software programs with external hardware accessories.
Caleb enjoys watching and playing sports. He especially enjoys supporting his favorite team, Manchester City.
Nate graduated from North Dakota State University in 2008 with his Master's degree, and 2005 with his Bachelor's degree, both in mechanical engineering. Nate has worked at the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering since 2004 in various roles, starting as a research assistant. Nate is sometimes called a jack-of-all-trades, and his experience includes: finite element modeling of electronics packaging for thermal and mechanical reliability, reliability testing and failure analysis, surface mount assembly, wafer processing, 3D CAD enclosure design, and laser processing. In the past couple years he has focused on PCB layout and hardware design, specifically digital designs, along with growing in his embedded systems firmware programming skills.
Nate enjoys tinkering with development kits at home and has a growing collection of circuits in his basement. He also likes to run, fly RC planes, and play guitar.
Conrad Thomas graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in electrical engineering, and worked as an engineer at Control Data Corporation for several years, before working at Juno Enterprise. He then went on to help develop a new company, JEI, where he worked as the CTO. He has also worked at Embedded Techologies, Inc. and the NDSU Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering, where he has been for the last 10 years.
Conrad has a broad engineering background in embedded systems and software development, and has lead many projects as a lead or senior engineer. Conrad also has an extensive background in ASIC design, and was responsible for the first ASIC designed in North Dakota, the Tenali, which is a microcontroller specifically designed for RFID systems. Conrad has also helped design a cellular automaton IC, which is the basis for a high-performance extensible computer.
Conrad's current interests are medical electronics and anything that can help people or change their lives in a positive way. He has a strong belief in helping and training the next generation of engineers to create a better future.