Coffman Engineers

Coffman Engineers is a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm with services including structural, mechanical, electrical, civil/ surveying and fire protection engineering. Their customers are primarily commercial, industrial and government clients. Founded in 1979, the firm has close to 400 employees company-wide across offices in Seattle, Spokane, Anchorage, Bozeman, Oakland, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Guam, San Diego and now Hood River.  

The Hood River office is one of their newest branches, led by Structural Engineer Steve Hawk. He helps local industry access the firm’s impressive engineering experts in other offices to provide a wide range of services for new facilities, remodels or other technical projects that need basic engineering. “We are here to help clients with their facilities as their businesses are growing and let them keep focused on their core mission,” notes Hawk.  

Steve’s services are also unique as he is the only licensed Structural Engineer in the Gorge, a specific license under the Civil Engineering discipline which allows him to serve larger and more complicated projects than those with just a Professional Engineering license. His background in Coffman’s multi-disciplinary team provides an understanding of the different engineering disciplines working together. For example, he has helped the Port of Hood River with upgrades to some of their existing facilities along the waterfront which required understanding of multiple systems within and serving the facilities. He has also provided Insitu with owner’s rep services to help with the process of constructing Eagle Point, their newest facility, to increase understanding and communication between the general contractor, the design team, the developer and Insitu. A few of Coffman’s other niche specialties for work in the region are winery production facilities and industrial buildings to support the fruit industry.  

Coffman Engineers is a member of the GTA as a way to increase visibility with the region’s tech industry. “We’re excited to be in the Gorge and look forward to ways we can support local industry with our strong, multi-disciplinary engineering team,” says Hawk.   

Visit coffman.com or contact Steve Hawk with questions at 541-436-4034 or hawk@coffman.com.

About Steve Hawk, PE, SE, Structural Engineer, Coffman Engineers

Steve came to the Gorge in June 2010, drawn by his love of windsurfing. He had previously lived in Spokane where he grew up. Outside of the office, Steve still windsurfs and also enjoys skiing, learning to kite board and playing basketball with his son and volleyball with his daughter. The Hood River office is housed in Klein and Associates’ new building in Hood River as a good partnership. 

One of Steve’s interesting small local projects has been assisting the Port of Hood River with the engineering to fix the damaged supporting piles for the dock that is the site of the wind sports schools in the summer. “It felt nice to help keep the work local,” says Steve.

View Coffman Engineers’ profile on our website at http://crgta.org/coffman-engineers.

CSG Pro

CSG Pro builds modern software solutions that expand knowledge through more informed and visual use of data. Through its Business Analytics and Custom Software Solutions practices, CSG Pro delivers value by helping clients intelligently bring together, analyze and interpret data to make informed decisions and streamline their business processes. They integrate cloud and mobile as appropriate to allow for scale, enhance the user’s experience and ensure long-term payoff.

CSG’s team of top-caliber professional technology consultants serve business clients in the Pacific Northwest and are headquartered in Portland’s Pearl District. They recently joined the GTA to expand their presence in the Gorge, which became opportune when Stephen Rogers, (White Salmon resident) joined the team in July 2016 as Strategic Solutions Consultant, to provide business development and virtual CTO capabilities.

Understanding how to quickly and accurately determine the proper relationships between business strategy and technology strategy is a core CSG strength that has accrued through long experience serving hundreds of clients in unique circumstances. As a Microsoft Gold Partner that is active in tracking and assessing the constant evolution of business technology ecosystems and tools, the CSG team is well equipped to help clients make the right decisions on key elements of IT strategy –  and also the best ways to build things out.

CSG’s fulfillment team can engage either through standalone projects, by augmenting a client’s development team, or through training/ mentoring of a client’s on-staff developers in specific technologies and techniques.

Over the 23 years since its inception, CSG has earned its reputation for delighting clients by creating deep, lasting relationships that are based on trust, respect, integrity and results.  No wonder that CSG clients almost always come back when their needs evolve to the next level.

CSG Pro has also recently partnered with Gorge Networks and Polar Systems to form Gorge Solution Partners, for the purpose of providing comprehensive, end-to-end IT solutions, training and support for Gorge businesses. For more information on CSG Pro or Gorge Solution Partners, contact Stephen at sarogers@csgpro.com or visit www.csgpro.com or www.gorgesolutionpartners.com.

About Jerry Frank, CEO of CSG Pro

Throughout his career Jerry Frank has been focused on helping senior managers apply technology solutions to improve decision-making and productivity. Since 1993 he has been doing that as CEO of CSG Pro, a team of top professionals who create custom software and data analytics solutions for business clients in the Pacific Northwest. Jerry’s passion is working with forward-thinking people to understand market shifts, business context and how leading edge technology solutions can impact change for a better future.

Nelson Brothers Engineering

Nelson Brothers Engineering is a unique company in the Gorge and unique among GTA Members. The family-run business in Trout Lake is focused on sawmill machinery optimization to get the most product out of each log. Using 3D laser profiler sensors, their equipment scans each log entering sawmill production in real-time, uses their unique software to model the log and run hundreds of combinations in the blink of an eye to determine the combination of product that can be cut from the log to leave the least amount of waste behind.

CEO Jeff Nelson was born into the business. His father Rod Nelson started the company in 1992, and while the number of sawmills has declined over the years, the need for their service remains constant. As a family business with four employees, Nelson Brothers finds their niche in working with family-run sawmills who want things kept simple and straightforward. This niche often takes them to the Southeastern U.S. where family sawmills are more common, but they work all over the country, including with WKO in Carson. Connecting in other parts of the family, Jeff’s brother Joe designs and manufactures their sensors at his Vancouver-based company.

Nelson Brothers Engineering works with a sawmill to set up the sensors and computers, install the software and set parameters. In just a few days, a sawmill can be up an running. With their simple system, Nelson Brothers rarely needs to service the equipment or servicing can be done by remotely accessing the computers.

Nelson Brothers Engineering is a newer member of the GTA. They joined the organization to meet others in the Gorge involved with software, especially as they consider evolving their software into a more modern platform, and to build other local business support connections.

Learn more at www.millsmart.com or contact Jeff at jeff@millsmart.com. Or watch this video to see their process at work.

Jeff Nelson, CEO, Nelson Brothers Engineering

Eight years ago, Jeff and his family made the move to Trout Lake from the Portland/ Vancouver area where he and his wife had grown up. Vacationing in Trout Lake for years, Jeff knew the community would be a perfect spot to raise their four kids, ages 6 to 16. Between Trout Lake School, the close-knit community with other young families moving in and their own extended family nearby, they are living the dream on the flanks of Mount Adams.

Sagetech Corporation

Sagetech Corporation has been a disruptive innovator in the field of miniature aviation surveillance equipment since 1998.  The XP family of transponders is the world leader in Size, Weight and Power, and can be found in drones from quadcopters to long endurance systems around the globe.  Sagetech also provides high quality contract manufacturing for UAV subsystems ranging from avionics packages, winglets and fuel system components, to complete empennage (tail section) assemblies.  Our AS9100 registered quality system assures that Sagetech customers like Boeing Insitu, Textron and Israel Aerospace Industries receive the highest quality production of their most critical parts.

At Sagetech, innovation and the relentless pursuit of perfection are hallmarks of our culture.  Constantly challenging current norms with smaller, lighter and more powerful aviation electronics, Sagetech is internationally known as the makers of the World’s Smallest Transponders™ and more.  With a highly talented and stable workforce, a history of growth and a strong product pipeline, Sagetech strives to be not just a great company, but a great company to work for!

Sagetech works very closely with other respected innovators in the Gorge, including Boeing Insitu, Cloud Cap Technology, Custom Interface, ANPC and Hood Tech.  We are proud members of the GTA because we love technology and we love the Gorge, and appreciate the opportunity to be part of an organization dedicated to growing and supporting this critical business sector.

Kelvin Scribner, Chief Executive Officer, Sagetech Corp.

Kelvin moved to the Gorge in 1994 to work for Hood Tech with Andy Von Flowtow, his thesis advisor from MIT. Kelvin spun off Sagetech in 1998 and has grown the company from his Hood River barn to multiple locations in White Salmon. Interesting fact: Kelvin served in the Air Force reserves, flying tankers and helicopters for both backyard missions (rescues on Mount Hood) and operations around the world.

Tom Furey, Chief Operating Officer, Sagetech Corp.

Tom joined Sagetech in early 2015 to lead day-to-day business operations.  With his breadth of experience in business management from small and large companies alike, he has helped position Sagetech for its continued growth and expansion.  A Naval Aviation veteran, he can often be found either on a mountain biking trail, or desperately trying to learn how to jibe after many years of windsurfing on calm lakes in the Midwest.

View Sagetech’s profile on our website at http://crgta.org/sagetech-corporation.

Seeq

Founded in 2013, Seeq develops analytics software for industrial users that uniquely enables time series data investigation and exploration. Process manufacturing industries, such as energy and pharmaceutical companies, collect and store massive amounts of data about their processes. Once collected, however, that data is not easily analyzed over time. This is where Seeq steps in to solve the problem of being data rich but information poor.

Seeq works with industrial clients to review their processes, inputs and outputs, to identify money- and time-saving solutions. Seeq software incorporates machine learning technologies to accelerate the efforts of the user, but takes things one critical step further. The main difference is that Seeq’s data analytics software is always used in a directed fashion by the engineer or expert seeking specific answers or insights to a question, instead of just calculating relationships without context or focus.

As an example, a coal plant customer keeping sulfur dioxide emissions at approved levels uses lime in that process. But are they using more lime than is needed and thus wasting dollars? Seeq’s software solutions make it easy to ask those questions and get accurate answers back.

With 25 employees around the US, Seeq is headquartered in Washington and organized as a virtual company.

Seeq is a member of the GTA because it believes in the work of the organization to foster an environment that encourages all kinds of technology companies to start and grow in the Gorge. CEO Steve Sliwa was one of the founding members of the GTA and believes the Gorge is an ideal place to start and grow a small business that is focused on innovation.

Learn more at seeq.com or contact them at info@seeq.com.

About Steve Sliwa, CEO, Seeq

Dr. Sliwa founded Seeq Corporation in 2013 and serves as its CEO. Steve first came to the Gorge in 2001 to join Insitu as CEO. Under his leadership, Insitu grew from a four-person operation to one with more than 800 employees and revenue of $128 million when it was sold to Boeing in 2008. Steve has been working with early stage companies for several years as Founder of Capital Synergy Partners. Some of his previous positions included work for NASA, Integrated Systems Inc, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and New Colt Holding Corp. Steve is a flight instructor and former FAA designated flight examiner with more than 4,000 hours in airplanes and sailplanes.

BartonLabs

Founded in 2003, BartonLabs is a full-service contract engineering firm specializing in High Performance Computing projects for video, imaging, machine vision and compression technologies. HPC projects often use GPUs, which are graphics cards like those by Nvidia, instead of CPUs because they are significantly faster for many tasks. BartonLabs was one of the early adopters of CUDA by Nvidia, which brought the super-computing power of GPUs to enterprise, desktop and mobile applications. The company is now transitioning to an exclusive focus on neural computation, including deep learning – in the broader field of artificial intelligence.

With up to 15 people, BartonLabs’s future will be focused on improving the fundamentals of neural computation. “Deep learning is heavily engineered right now with people building systems on a substrate that was designed in the 1950s,” says CEO David Barton. “The next big epoch in computing will come when we mimic biological processes that self-organize.” This will improve long term adaptation, creative sense, and pave the way for rapid expansion of neural computing.

BartonLabs is a new member of the GTA to increase connections in the Gorge. The company is particularly interested in exploring deep learning with the UAV community to see how UAVs can be developed to learn and evolve. Learn more at bartonlabs.net or contact David at dcbarton@gmail.com.

About David Barton, CEO, BartonLabs

David has spent most of his life in the Portland/ Vancouver area. He grew up west of Portland, left for a while as a Marine but moved back to the area in 1992 to Vancouver when he got a job with Hewlett Packard and later with Intel R&D. His wife also grew up in the area so there is lots of extended family nearby. Outside of the office, David enjoys spending time with his family: his two teenage daughters who are very involved with dance, his son who is graduating college soon and his five-year old grandson.

detailedly, llc

detailedly, llc is a local technical communication company specializing in technical writing and editing. The business was started by Dara Easley in 2015, combining her background in technical writing and science to serve clients well. “Content doesn’t need to be complex,” says Dara. “With a strong grasp of the content and a good understanding of the audience, all content can be approachable.”

Dara draws on her unique past experience in physics, writing for an IP/ patent law firm and writing for Vernier Software & Technology to offer a scientific mind with strong writing and editing skills. As a result, detailedly, llc specializes in proofreading, editing, and developing technical content. This includes reviewing text for print and web, reviewing content against a style guide to improve consistency, and developing user-focused help documentation.

These services are especially good for smaller tech companies and start-ups where the owner/ engineers are writing content on top of all their other duties. detailedly, llc can review content to ensure its accessibility for target audiences, or they can develop the content from scratch by working closely with the engineers. “I enjoy working with engineers and technical people – I understand how we work and think,” says Dara.

From assembly and training manuals, to product documentation, user manuals or marketing materials, Dara is able to write across a range of audience understanding. detailedly llc finds there is a role for editing and reviewing that doesn’t need to be as formal as a manuscript process. The process is flexible to provide clients with the level of editing they need, whether that means simple editing of content provided by the client or a full rewrite.

detailedly, llc is a member of the GTA to increase connections with tech businesses in the region. Learn more about their services at detailedlyllc.com or contact Dara at 541-432-1031 or dara@detailedlyllc.com.

About Dara Easley, Owner, detailedly llc

Dara is a native Oregonian who grew up in Corvallis, staying there to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics from Oregon State. She also took courses in science writing as well as advanced grammar at the university. Post-graduation, Dara lived in the Portland area for a few years before moving to the Gorge two years ago. She’s been enjoying exploring her new home, learning to paddleboard, joining the White Salmon Jazzercise group and flying with her boyfriend, who is a pilot for Life Flight Network.

Google- The Dalles

Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called “BackRub” that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998 they had formalized their work, creating the company we know today as Google.

Google now offers dozens of products and services, including various forms of advertising and web applications for all kinds of tasks in scores of languages. And starting from two computer science students in a university dorm room, they now have thousands of employees and offices around the world, one of them being The Dalles Data Center.

All of the services that providers like Google host live on a server somewhere. Google’s data centers are placed worldwide to provide high speed service and build in resilience to unforeseen issues like power outages and natural disasters. The Dalles facility was the first that Google built from scratch, starting construction in 2005 and completing the project in 2007. In April 2015, the site opened a new building which doubled Google’s investment in The Dalles from $600M to $1.2B.

Congressman Walden at Google.
Congressmen Walden celebrates the grand opening of Google’s new building in The Dalles in April 2015.

Google’s data centers are some of the most efficient in the world, using 50% less energy than the typical data center. Google is the first major Internet services company to gain external certification of the high environmental, workplace safety, and energy management standards of its data centers.

When considering where to locate their data centers, Google looks for sites with affordable green power, affordable land, a good workforce and good fiber optic connectivity, such as the  Q-Life Network in The Dalles. The Dalles campus is currently home to over 80 Google employees and around 150 jobs total, including contractors such as Menlo Worldwide Logistics, G4S Security and Bon Appétit Management Company. With the addition of the newest data center building, these teams will continue to grow.

Google has been an important partner in the community. In April they announced a grant of nearly $100,000 for computer science education in Wasco County Schools. Since 2008, the company has awarded more than $9 million in grants to Oregon schools and nonprofits, including over $200,000 previously to North Wasco County School District #21, over $366,000 for a free WiFi network in The Dalles, and grants to numerous other STEM education and energy efficiency projects and programs.

Google has been a strong supporter of the GTA, from grants to develop our robotics program to sponsorship and Dave Karlson’s participation on the Board of Directors. “The biggest reason that Google is involved in the GTA,” says Dave, “is because we feel it is important to build relationships with and have open communication between all of the technology partners here so that we can learn from each other and work together.”  Learn more at google.com/thedalles.

About Dave Karlson, Site Manager, Google- The Dalles

Dave came to the Gorge in 1993 looking for a place that had the right balance of professional opportunities and outdoor lifestyle choices. He was an avid skier, having spent two years working at Snowbird in Utah prior to moving to the Gorge, and also wanted to learn windsurfing and get on his mountain bike more. Prior to Google, Dave worked for over 4 years as Systems Analyst for Mount Hood Meadows and over 8 years as Technology Director for what is now known as Columbia Gorge Education Service District serving the schools of Hood River and Wasco counties.

Dave and his family live in White Salmon, where he serves on the White Salmon School Board and where his wife, Kate, volunteers at the schools that their two sons attend.  The family spends much of their free time outdoors.  As the family has grown (and as the boys have gotten older), their interests have expanded to include road biking, wake surfing, tennis, skateboarding, basketball, and soccer.

View Google’s profile on our website at http://crgta.org/google.

eggKrate Custom Computing

eggKrate Custom Computing was started in 2009 by Bill Boyden with over fifteen years’ experience writing and maintaining data driven websites in corporate environments. eggKrate can help you create a new website or improve an old one, increase your processing power, tame scary database back-ends and/ or set up linux servers to host your website.

The company’s typical customer includes private parties or small businesses looking to start a new website or expand a static site into a dynamic one. Gorge customers include website programming for CherryCityProps.com, KDInvestors.com and ColumbiaGorgeFSBO.com and network management for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Meadow Outdoor Advertising, Onstott, Broehl & Cyphers and Bell Design Company.

Bill is a member of the GTA to find a greater connection to local people working in technology. The company name came from the Greek word “egkrate,” meaning strong in a thing (masterful), self-controlled, temperate. Bill believes these traits to not only be important to endeavors of technology, but to life in general. Having chosen this name, he also chose a quote by one of his favorite authors, C.S. Lewis, as the company motto: “We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.”

Contact eggKrate at rwboyden3@eggkrate.com or 541-993-1667.

About Bill Boyden, Owner, eggKrate Custom Computing

Bill has been in the Gorge since he was six months old when his father started a dental practice here. Bill says the Gorge is “home – always has been, always will be.” Outside of the office, he enjoys playing his guitar, golf and camping.

View eggKrate’s profile on our website at http://crgta.org/eggkrate-custom-computing.

Greenlight Development

Since 2004, Greenlight Development has been helping customers in the Gorge and around the US to build and improve their websites. Owner Shannon Vance specializes in PHP/SQL on the server side and HTML/CSS, JavaScript and jQuery/AngularJS on the client side. He is also a d3/SVG developer for when complex data-visualization or graphic intensive features are needed. Greenlight Development works directly with website owners and web designers to create complete websites, specialized web applications and custom content management systems. And for those emergency situations, Greenlight also excels in “firefighting” and “swamp draining.”

Shannon’s customer-centric “can do” attitude, his ability to incorporate emerging technology and his long list of successful projects makes Greenlight Development a safe and attractive choice for anyone who needs more than what off-the-shelf solutions provide. Greenlight’s customers cover a variety of industries such as Willamette View‘s residents’ website for this Portland retirement community, Celilo Inn in The Dalles, GTA Member vLetterPleasantville Farmers Market in New York and Beverly Hills Egg Donation, a California site that matches egg donors and parents.

When asked what he liked about his career choice, Shannon said, “One of the best parts of my job is the ability to constantly learn and grow. The world of technology is advancing so fast that I get to learn new things all the time for my clients’ benefit rather than being stuck with what I learned ten years ago. It’s a great position to be in.”

Shannon became a member of the GTA to get to know the people in the community and to learn more about what is going on locally and in the field of technology. Speaking of the GTA meetings he frequently attends, Shannon said, “Meeting people in a fun environment from different parts of the tech industry often gives me new ideas and has resulted in several friendships.”

Greenlight Development is always seeking new clients, both end-customers and other professionals who need programming, troubleshooting or implementation services. Contact Greenlight Development today at shannon@greenlightdevelopment.com or learn more at greenlightdevelopment.com.

About Shannon Vance, Owner, Greenlight Development

In what was possibly the best thing that could have happened to him at the time, Shannon was laid off from a long time job in Santa Cruz as an embedded developer in the telecom industry when that industry tanked in the early 2000s. He had visited the Gorge in the 90’s and fell in love with the area, so he decided to move to Hood River in 2003 and has been happy about the decision ever since. Outside of work, Shannon still enjoys windsurfing as well as mountain biking, motorcycles, playing guitar and writing.

View Greenlight Development’s profile on our website at http://crgta.org/members/shannonvance.