Columbia Gorge STEM Hub
400 E Scenic Drive #207
The Dalles, OR 97058
The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub was founded in 2016 when the region applied to the State of Oregon’s Department of Education to have a STEM Hub and was awarded funding in the 2015-17 biennium. It is one of thirteen STEM Hubs across the state of Oregon. The STEM Hub is the convener of a regional network of schools, educators, nonprofits and business partners who are all working together towards the goal to ensure that all learners in the region are STEM literate and future-ready.
The Gorge STEM Hub serves the five-county Oregon region comprised of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties. This area includes ten school districts ranging in size from 53 to 3760 students. The Hub also collaborates with the Gorge’s Washington partners in Skamania and Klickitat counties. All of the region’s Oregon school districts interact with the STEM Hub for at least one project. Local businesses (including several GTA members!) and non-profits also support with STEM Hub efforts by participating in regional work groups, co-leading projects, and providing volunteers or financial contributions. The STEM Hub works through collective impact, an approach that amplifies what can be achieved by the staff of just three.
Many of the STEM Hub’s projects, such as collaborating with school districts on curriculum planning, are done behind the scenes. The more visible parts, like training teens to be STEM Leaders in their communities, working with businesses to increase access to career connected learning, coordinating internships, and community wide events such as the Gorge STEM Fair, build momentum for the Hub’s work as community awareness and participation increases.
The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub’s three broad strategic focus areas each encompass several efforts.
Empowered Educators includes PreK and Elementary trainings and leadership cohorts; lending library; annual summer STEM Symposium; MakerClub after school program (led by site-based educators); Microgrants; and more.
There are always several projects going across the three focus areas! If you are interested in getting your company involved, or have general insights to share, please contact Christy at: email@example.com
Learn more at www.gorgeSTEM.org
This is a three-day event for secondary teachers and counselors to help them understand what manufacturing looks like in 2022. The event is designed to give teachers first-hand knowledge of the many types of jobs involved and the skills needed in manufacturing, so they can in turn infuse that knowledge in their work with local youth. The event plans include in-person tours of a variety of companies as well as virtual panels. Companies that would like to help with either of these pieces are encouraged to reach out to Christy.
Christy Christopher was born and raised in Hood River. She left the Gorge for college and the first ten years of her career, moving back upon seeing that the Gorge had become a more economically diverse place during the decade of her absence. The core aspects of the close-knit, engaged community and the beautiful surroundings that make the Gorge a great place to live, and the proximity to her family were deciding factors in Christy’s decision to return. When not working, Christy can be found outside trail running, traveling to new places, and spending time with her husband and young children.
On the near horizon, the oil and gas industry will be required to answer calls from consumers, investors, utility companies, and regulators to deliver cleaner energy paired with far greater transparency about greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and other gasses. While the carbon footprint of natural gas is relatively low, its primary component methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it reaches the atmosphere.
The climate warming impact of methane emissions has been well-known in the energy industry for many years. In the wake of the COP26 meetings in Glasgow Scotland in November of 2021 awareness suddenly shot up for millions more people around the world. There are now more than 100 international signatories, including the U.S., to the voluntary Global Methane Pledge, committing all who signed to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030.
According to the U.S. EPA, natural gas and petroleum are the second largest human-caused source of methane emissions in the U.S., second only to animal agriculture. Fortunately, awareness of the environment risks from methane is increasing and emissions from the energy sector can be mitigated, in part by deploying the latest in OGI (optical gas imaging) technology.
The Sierra-Olympic team is proud to be on the cutting edge of this technology with the Ventus OGI, the smallest, lightest OGI camera core available. Third-party testing determined the Ventus OGI meets the regulatory standard in EPA’s OOOOa standards and documentation of that testing is available upon request. Look for Ventus OGI on the Colorado AIMM (Alternative Instrument Monitoring Method), as well.
Whether integrated into handheld, aerial, ground robotics, or continuous monitoring systems, OGI is becoming the industry standard for safely and efficiently surveying infrastructure, locating leaks, setting repair plans, and complying with global regulations. OGI safely and efficiently delivers actionable emissions data, enabling oil and gas operators to find and fix leaks and get in compliance with current and imminent emissions regulations.
Across the value chain, the oil and gas sector is intensifying efforts to detect and repair systemic problems that lead to leaking methane. Whether as a part of market-driven environmental, social and governance goals, or in preparation for stricter methane emissions leak detection and repair regulations, the industry is steadily moving toward delivering cleaner, lower emissions energy. Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc. is a respected leader in the development of state-of-the-art technologies that are poised to identify and reduce methane emissions and advance the goals of the Global Methane Pledge quickly and effectively. For more detailed information on our OGI work, please visit us at: Sierra-Olympic OGI technology.
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This company was founded by a former sensor fusion engineer with Lockheed Advanced Development Projects (aka Skunk Works), who sought to re-imagine aviation navigation technology in a location that would provide an ideal manufacturing and testing environment, and a talent pool of skilled and enthusiastic engineers.
ANPC was founded in 1991 and based in Hood River, Oregon to meet both the environmental needs for the business as well as to attract the talent needed for the company to be successful. The variable weather and terrain conditions in the Gorge present aviation challenges representative of the thousands of airports worldwide that ANPC and its innovative technology were created to serve. The company’s unique challenges demand that ANPC be at the forefront of several engineering disciplines, and the Pacific Northwest is known as a draw for fresh and ambitious talent. The employee demographic that this area attracts was the second compelling reason to locate the company in the Columbia Gorge Region. ANPC’s Chairman and CEO, Jeff Mains, has been a part-time resident in the Gorge for over 20 years, and CEO Mains, like most of ANPC’s 45 employees, is an outdoor enthusiast attracted to the Gorge for its breathtaking scenery and myriad outdoor activities including windsurfing, skiing, hiking, and fishing. ANPC’s employees love the outdoors and the beauty and recreational opportunities that the Gorge offers.
ANPC is a global leader and pioneer in advancing aviation surveillance and navigation, with customers and system installations operating on all seven continents. At the same time, this small and progressive company is actively tied into the Gorge economy and community with its reliance on many local suppliers and service providers to support and maintain its Hood River headquarters, and occasionally employs local vendors for fabrication and materials. Both municipal and regional airports at Hood River and The Dalles have provided enthusiastic support for ANPC’s development and testing of equipment and technology for 30 years. KDLS Airport in Dallesport, WA has been ANPC’s established test and demonstration site since the company’s founding in 1991. In 2022, KDLS will also become a customer when ANPC commissions a public instrument approach procedure for the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport.
Despite the pandemic challenges we are all facing, ANPC has grown its workforce by 15% and has expanded its product offerings to enter several new and exciting markets. Among recent highlights:
ANPC has recently joined the GTA to pursue its goal to become a prominent employer in the Gorge with an engaged presence in the organizations that promote growth and talent development within the region. This company is at the leading edge of aviation technology and offers exciting career opportunities in a challenging but fun work environment.
489 N. 8th Street, Ste. 203
Hood River, OR 97031
USA: 800-228-1857 X 230
Global: +1-541-386-1747 x230
The Oregon Technology Awards celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry and honors outstanding individuals with prestigious the Sam Blackman Award (formerly Technology Executive of the Year), Lifetime Achievement, and Tech Champion awards.
December 6, 2021: Award nominations open
January 7, 2022: Sam Blackman Award first round nomination deadline
February 25, 2022: Company nomination deadline
March 14, 2022: Sam Blackman Award announcement
April 5, 2022: Company finalists announcement
May 3, 2022: Winners announced at the 2022 Oregon Technology Awards
Complete information on all of the award categories along with nomination forms, can be accessed at:
About Trillium Engineering
Trillium Engineering is the industry leading provider of actionable imagery for small UAS tactical operations. By designing and manufacturing end-to-end imaging solutions for unmanned aircraft, Trillium is able to provide the high-quality tools that their clients need. Trillium’s customers vary widely, but are primarily subcontractors for larger, mostly military-based programs.
On June 9th, 2021, Trillium announced that it will be supplying Martin UAV with Orion HD80 camera systems in support of a next-generation UAS program. By collaborating with Martin UAV closely for over three years, Trillium engineers understand the specific needs and have developed special integrations for Martin’s airframes. A U.S. Navy prototyping contract for Martin UAV is expected and has been awarded in part due to Trillium’s collaboration and product development. Learn more about that project here.
In addition to military tactical operations, some non-military applications for Trillium’s products include anti-poaching, conservation, and wildland fire control. For versatility, Trillium offers five product lines ranging from 2.5” – 8” diameter gimbals that are operated remotely using the Skylink user interface. The gimbal combined with the user interface allows operators to concentrate on the mission, providing the precise imagery and data that is required.
About The Founders
Trillium was founded in 2013 by Gail Dagan, Rob Gilchrist, and Jeff Fisher. All three engineers share an extensive background in unmanned payloads and a passion for technology. The company remains located in the Gorge area to take advantage of the high quality of life and the concentration of talent. The company currently employs over fifty-five people and utilizes local suppliers whenever possible in order to help sustain a thriving Gorge economy.
Trillium continues to push the envelope of what is possible by listening to customers and empowering its team to provide excellent products along with stellar customer support.
The ninth annual Get There Challenge is happening Oct. 4 through Oct. 17. Challenge participants can take actions to unlock a variety of experience, knowledge, and skill-building achievements in the Get There tool, as well as log transportation options trips and remote work days.
Anyone age 18 or older who lives and/or works in Oregon can join the Get There Challenge at any time, Oct. 4-17, by visiting GetThereOregon.org.
The Get There Challenge offers 16 different remote work and transportation options achievements that participants can unlock online at GetThereOregon.org to earn badges and points toward weekly and grand prize drawings. Achievements include optimizing your desk set up, calculating your commuter costs, testing your bike commute knowledge, and logging remote work/telework days and trips made by bike, foot, transit, carpool, and vanpool.
Get There Oregon is offering weekly prizes that include a $100 Oregon E-Bikes gift card, WiFi extenders, six $50 Made in Oregon gift cards, and more. Plus, grand prize winners will receive one of two $500 cash cards or $1,500 toward a custom folding bike from Bike Friday.
In addition, some of our local Gorge companies are offering prizes that will be available only to participants from Hood River, Sherman and Wasco Counties!
The Get There Challenge is sponsored by Comcast Business, Bike Friday, Hydro Flask, Chrome Industries, Café Yumm, Black Star Bags, Oregon E-Bikes, and Ruffwear. The Challenge is powered by Get There, a trip planning and carpool matching tool.
Get There is a program of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
Founded in 2020, Design3Geometry LLC is a Lean Champion organization that constructs 3D design models (specializing with Solidworks) and will create or revise standard engineering drawing for original equipment manufacturers. Additionally, the team provides guidelines for manufacturing tolerance applications (GDT) and best example engineering drawings. Consultations and training are available to any organization seeking to improve their processes for design engineering development and product definition capture of design models and engineering drawings.
Design3Geometry’s typical customers are small to mid-size manufacturers of original design equipment such as machine tools, consumer devices, 3D printed items, and unmanned aircraft payload components. These customers receive 3D drawings, models, and related documentation to fulfill their production needs at a competitive cost for extensive, professional level knowledge of – and experience with – both national and international standards for product definition (models, drawings, and related documentation). Design3Geometry’s fees for design model and drawing development (or revision) are significantly more competitive than similar services obtained through temp agencies or subcontracted hire.
The company’s flexibility, imagination, and ability to reset strategies in response to ever-changing industry conditions of uncertainty, paired with determined patience, has allowed Design3Geometry to weather the changing landscape that the pandemic has brought to the Gorge’s business community. Continuing its organizational growth, the company plans to launch its business website as well as a companion educational website in January 2022.
Fred Tolmie is the owner of Design3Technology, LCC. Fred moved to the Gorge in 2016 and worked with several technology companies in the area. During that time, Fred recognized the need for 3D design services to small and mid-size manufacturers in the area. Seizing the opportunity, Fred created Design3Technology, LLC to be able to fill the gap in services. In his free time, Fred enjoys carpentry, metal working, fly fishing, camping, and hiking. Living and working in the Gorge allows Fred to enjoy all of these hobbies.
Of interesting note, in 1997 Fred was among the first people world-wide to obtain senior level certification from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as a geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GDT) professional.
To find out how Design3Geometry can help your organization, contact Fred Tolmie, Design3Geometer@gmail.com or call  826-4494 business phone,  272-7540 cell.
Sagetech Avionics, Inc. is an aerospace technology company that develops highly engineered FAA and DoD compliant products meeting manned aircraft specifications with very low size, weight and power (SWaP). Currently serving military and civil duty on most small to medium UAVs, Sagetech Avionics’ products enable safe flight in unmanned aircraft with situational awareness solutions built from mission-critical transponders, software, and related technologies.
Founded in 2019 through the acquisition of intellectual property from Sagetech Corporation, the dedicated and innovative team of 25 employees stayed in the Gorge area for several reasons including personal roots in the area, their support of area customers, as well as the technology talent pool and entrepreneurial traditions which support the growth of Sagetech Avionics. With strong backing from investors, Sagetech Avionics is currently hiring to support current and future growth.
Sagetech Avionics’ typical customers are UAS companies supporting U.S. DoD contracts, advanced commercial applications and new market opportunities such as UAM/AAM. The company provides military and civil transponders, collision avoidance systems, detect and avoid solutions as well as custom software and support. Additionally, Sagetech Avionics supplies products to Gorge area organizations such as Insitu, partners with companies such as Collins (Cloud Cap), and supports supply chain companies such as Custom Interface and Columbia River Machine.
Working in concert with its extensive ecosystem of OEM customers, technology partners, and resellers to ensure that UAVs fly safer with Sagetech on board, Sagetech Avionics is expanding its technology platform to create comprehensive, certifiable systems such as detect and avoid solutions. Sagetech Avionics solutions are mission-proven and offer decades of program experience, certifications, and millions of flight hours and are designed to deliver maximum value over the life of an unmanned platform.
Sagetech Avionics’ CEO, Tom Furey came to the Gorge in early 2015 to work for Sagetech Corporation. He is originally from New York but has lived in all areas of the country, and his wife is from Los Angeles. He and his family enjoy activities that the Gorge offers such as mountain biking, windsurfing, wing foiling, and the dynamic music culture. At one point, Tom was convinced that he never wanted to live in the PNW, now he says he will probably never leave.
To find out more about Sagetech Avionics, please visit: www.sagetech.com or email: sales@sagetech.