Heidi Slat | Office Manager
Learning to tie up the loose ends and keep each day running smoothly for everyone. Support to engineers, allowing efficient and consistent project progress. Maintain positive relationship with vendors & customers by providing individual attention to needs and expectations. Keep a close eye on general office day to day basics that are necessary allow for company growth. Ask me, I will do it!
Chris Christianson | Team Lead & Controls Engineer
What I love about controls systems is designing highly complex systems from simple building blocks. Our flexible and reliable building blocks allow us to test systems before connecting to hardware to reduce debug time. With this approach, we are very schedule and cost competitive.
Greg Rollins | Senior Mechanical Engineer
I am a mechanical engineer with 10 years experience. I am a team player with a “get it done” mentality. I enjoy the challenge of solving complex problems and implementing a solution, especially when a solution works. I like our line of work as it’s always different and covers a wide array of fields and industries. I also enjoy getting my hands dirty and fabricating when I get a chance to.
Carl Merkel | Controls Engineer
I have been working as a Controls Engineer in Colorado for 23 years. Prior to that worked as a Journeyman / Master electrician while completing my degrees in New York, Florida and Colorado.
Erik Anderson | Project Mechanical Engineer
I am a Project Mechanical Engineer who has been with Adaptive for about a year and a half. After graduating from Colorado School of Mines in 2006 I spent the next 6 years working for a small SBIR research firm designing, building and operating experimental laboratory equipment. From that I have experience setting up complex air and fluid systems and the accompanying control systems.
Bill Nicol | Sales & Marketing Manager
I have approximately 30 years of experience in the industrial automation industry in both sales management and principal positions. I have served as the Sales Manager for the Western half of the USA for Bosch Automation Products, the North American Sales Manager for ITEM Products, and a principal/owner/VP Sales for Avalon Vision Solutions. I was the (independent) Western sales representative for Adaptive Innovations Corp. for 2 years prior to assuming the position of sales & marketing manager about 2 years ago.
Ken Iles | Mechanical Designer & Drafter
I am a father of two and have been married for 20 years. I am an avid fisherman and outdoorsman. I am a Mechanical CAD Designer with 17 years experience in manufacturing. My engineering career started with a company that hired me as a Mechanical Assembly Technician. From there, I moved into the Welding & Fabrication Department. After a year in each department, I moved into AutoCAD, where I was hired as a drafter. Over the course of time, I began solid modeling. Working more as a designer helped grow my skill set. Now settled into my career, I am always striving to learn more, and become a well rounded mechanical designer.
Larry Becker | Project Engineer
Jeremy Meyers | Quality & Design Engineer
I moved to Colorado in 2005 with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering and CAD Technology and began my career as a machinist for an aerospace company in Northern Colorado. Since then, I have assumed multiple roles as a manufacturing/process engineer in technical ceramics, continuous improvement/manufacturing engineer for medical devices, and now quality/design engineer in automation and testing. I have completed Lean Six Sigma Black Belt training and am currently attending the Colorado School of Mines in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with hopes of completing the masters requirements by 2016. I married my wife in 2010 and we have a little girl who does a wonderful job of keeping us busy. We love to travel and be outside with our dog whenever possible.
Andrew Brandt | Controls Engineer
As a Controls Engineer / Programmer with a background in Mechanical Engineering, I bring a unique perspective to solving the challenges our customers bring to us. I look forward to each project as an opportunity to learn about new technology and find innovative solutions.
Jake Gardner | Mechanical Project Engineer
I am from the cornfields of Iowa, which is where I developed a curiosity for how things work. My experience on the farm and working as a mechanic propelled me into studying Mechanical Engineering at The Ohio State University. In my first year, I participated in an honors engineering robot design competition, which sparked my interest in pursuing robotics as a profession. While at Ohio State, I was strongly involved in the campus community, serving as a campus ambassador for incoming students, as well as planning campus activities throughout the year. I capped my studies at OSU with a Capstone Design program which involved designing and fabrication of a Rube-Goldberg machine to serve as a demonstration tool for Rockwell Automation; this was my first experience with industrial automation. Upon graduation, I accepted a scholarship grant from DAAD to pursue a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in Germany. My focus was on Mechatronics, a combination of computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering disciplines pertaining to robotic application. My master’s thesis research involved a study of upper-body biomechanics during a throwing task. The goal of the study was to develop and iterative learning control algorithm inspired by human control for use on a humanoid robot. I also played quarterback for a semi-pro team called the Remscheid Amboss (Anvil) for the two years I lived there. I enjoyed the challenges of studying in a different language and integrating myself into German culture. After completion of my master’s, I moved back to the Iowa and took a job as mechanical design engineer for an automation group within an agricultural research company. After a year there, I wandered to Denver and worked for a 3D motion capture systems company as an application engineer before taking my current position at Adaptive in 2015. My role at Adaptive is a combination of mechanical and control system design. Because I enjoy all aspects of robotic design, I am very appreciative of holding a hybrid role at our company. Besides working in a dog-friendly office, I really enjoy working on new projects that demand strong foresight and problem-solving for unique, one-off machines. I hope to advance our company through development of robotic arms that implement machine learning in their control algorithms. My design philosophy is customer-centric, mechatronic, and is a form of artistic expression. In my free time, I play football, hike, bake/cook, salsa dance, and run in my underwear for charity.
“You can find art in anything, if you just look for it.” – a friendly art teacher wearing purple in an O’Hare terminal.
Colin Coon | Mechanical Project Engineer
I am a Mechanical Engineer with a BS from Binghamton University. I lived in New York prior to moving to Colorado where I worked 5 years in optoelectronics specializing in thermoelectric cooling and hermetic packing of optical sensors. I spent 8 years before that working in residential and commercial construction.
Nick Williams | Mechanical Project Engineer
I’m a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. I don’t believe I will ever stop loving this place. The mountains to the west provide a warmth that reminds me where I belong. I make my living as a worker. When I’m not working I get out and explore with my feet. I have a passion for working beyond anything I can remember. It has enabled me to free myself and truly express the things I want to express in a form of work that speaks in thousands of words.
Zac Wood | Electrical Project Engineer Tech
Though I’m not a true Colorado native, I have spent the majority of my life here in Colorado and I am an avid mountain climber and hiker. I currently am pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines, and have experience programming, assembling, and designing electrical systems from school and personal projects as well as my current position. I enjoy the challenges and experienced gained with each project as I continue improve my skills as an Electrical Project Engineer.
Stephen Strinka | Mechanical Project Engineer
I have two great passions in life: Mountains and Mechanical Design. The first brought me to Denver and the second brought to to Adaptive. I studied Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and fell in love with design and 3d modeling during my co-op work there. My professional background is in mechanical design for custom automation, particularly industrial balancing cells. I find the process of bringing imaginary mechanisms and machinery into existence profoundly fulfilling; nothing beats the feeling of a long awaited power-on after months of planning and work. I also deeply enjoy hiking in the Rockies with my family whenever I can get the chance.
Justin Alber | Photographer | Videographer | Graphic Designer
I’m a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. I don’t believe I will ever stop loving this place. The mountains to the west provide a warmth that reminds me where I belong. I make my living as a Graphic Designer and Photographer. When I’m not designing I get out and explore with my camera. I have a passion for photography beyond anything I can remember. It has enabled me to free myself and truly express the things I want to express in a form of art that speaks in thousands of words.
Connor Reidy | Technician
I am a Colorado native with a strong background in manufacturing working towards a degree in business. When I’m not working I can be found outdoors or tinkering with cars. I have always been willing to learn any new processes that come my way and I’m ready to tackle any challenge that is in front of me. I am looking forward to the knowledge I will gain working with a team as great as this one.
Justin Mikulenka | Technician
Shuan Strauch | Technician
Madison Scott | Intern
I am studying to be a mechanical engineer at Colorado School of Mines. I graduate in May 2018. Over the summer I had an internship, working mostly with Solidworks. I am looking forward to gaining more experience here to help me plan for my future.
Josh Schreiber | Intern
Never mind all the titles above, I’m the one that really runs this company. I am a student of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines and am expecting to graduate may 2018. This is my first real experience in the industry and so far it has been great. So far, this internship has definitely made all the hassle of getting an education more worth it.
Gabe Martin | Intern