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Career Connections Series: Engineering and Energy

A primary objective of the Engineering Machine Design Contest is to inspire an interest in engineering and related career pathways. The Career Connections Series serves that purpose, creating awareness of careers related to the year’s theme, as well as proving inspiration for Engineering Machine Design Contest teams as they work on their machine builds.

During the Career Connections Series, engineers and STEM professionals share about their career field, how they chose that career path, and what they enjoy about their careers. Students will have the opportunity to ask the professionals questions about their careers or anything related to the concept or construction of their chain reaction machine that the professional may help to provide insight on.

Students do not need to be part of an Engineering Machine Design Team to participate in the Career Connections Series. Everyone is welcome to join!

Fall 2021 Series

Sessions #1: Tuesday, October 26th | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sessions #2: Tuesday, November 9th | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sessions #3: Tuesday, November 23rd | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Session Schedule:

4:00 PM               Welcome, Overview of Series, and Introduction of Professionals
4:10 PM               Engineering Professional
4:25 PM               Energy Professional
4:40 PM               Q&A
4:55 PM               Closing and Adjourn


Zoom/Online (Recordings of the sessions will be available at a later date.)


Featured Professionals

Sessions #1: Tuesday, October 26th | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Kaeden Metz
Department of Energy

Short bio coming soon!

Andy Zieglmeier
Senior Nuclear Technical Instructor | Instrumentation and Control
Xcel Energy

Andy Zieglmeier is a United States Naval Submarine Veteran that has fulfilled job duties of Electronic Assembler, Electronic Assembly Lead, Customer Service Representative/Trainer, Support Engineer, Production Manager, Technical and Community College Instructor and now Maintenance Line Instructor for Instrumentation and Controls in Nuclear Generating Plants. He has volunteered in the VEX Robotics Program and manages a 501c3 non-profit organization called Central Minnesota Robotics.

Sessions #2: Tuesday, November 9th | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Ashmin Mansingh
Head & Senior Key Expert – Energy Market Management System
Siemens Digital Grid

Ashmin Mansignh has 24+ years of experience in the Energy Grid Management business as an engineer and leader. He had the opportunity to lead many innovative and technically challenging projects in both the Energy Management System and Energy Market Management System around the globe and has been awarded multiple US patents for his innovation in the grid management and energy scheduling areas. He is currently serving as the Head and Senior Key Expert of the Energy Market Management Team of Siemens Digital Grid. He has an MS degree in both Power Systems and Computer Science.

Scott Randall
Apex Solar and Century College

Short bio coming soon!

Sessions #3: Tuesday, November 23rd | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Mark Origer, P.E.
Civil Engineer
ISG Inc.

Mark Origer primarily works in water resources which includes stormwater management, drainage solutions, storage ponds, wetland restorations, hydraulic/hydrologic modeling, environmental permitting and review, and flood studies. While water resources engineering is very broad, he works on projects related more specifically to wetlands, rivers, lakes, ditches, and ponds. Some of his daily tasks include project management, client interaction, design of stormwater infrastructure, and public hearings with government units and private landowners.

Dillon Malay
Programs and Services Representative
Minnesota Power

Dillon Malay assists in the planning, development, and delivery of Minnesota Power’s customer programs and services including energy conservation, renewable energy, affordability, and beneficial electrification. He mainly focuses on promoting and delivering company offerings to Industrial, Commercial and Agricultural customers in Minnesota Power’s western division. The Conservation Improvement Program is an initiative Dillon promotes.

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