KICE, Industries

National Engineers Week

Kyle Penner – Engineering Director, Kice Industries

 

Why did you want a career in engineering? 

I was always interested in learning how things worked.  I also enjoy creating new things.  I thought a career in engineering would continue to foster these interests.

What advice would you give an aspiring engineer? 

Be open to possibilities, listen to alternative ideas, and try to understand different perspectives.  Collaborate with other disciplines outside of engineering.

What do you enjoy most about the engineering work you do? 

Engineering exposes me to new challenges on a daily basis.  I like the fact that no work week is just like the last one.  I also enjoy meeting new people that rely on me to help them solve problems.

Education

Physics degree from Bethel College, KS

Mechanical Engineering degree from Kansas State University

MBA from Baker University

Experience

I started my career doing research on superconducting materials through a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.  After a few years I moved on to work for a design/engineering consulting company.  We primarily designed private label consumer electronics products.  I eventually took on a position with the Coleman Company.  I led the design and development of new products for the hardlines group which consisted of burning appliances, coolers, and battery lights.  I worked with various overseas manufactures and helped to develop the Coleman Asia Technical Center, a team of designers and engineers that facilitated new product development with Coleman’s overseas manufacturing partners.  I served in this role for about 10 years before coming to Kice.

Jud Evanson – Process and Install Manager, Kice Industries

 

Why did you want a career in engineering? 

I always excelled in math and science when growing up, and they were some of my favorite classes.  When I was exploring college majors, I hardly remember considering anything other than engineering.  It just seemed natural to me.

What advice would you give an aspiring engineer? 

Get involved in your engineering program student clubs while you have the opportunity.  Be sure to participate in engineering internships during the summers to gain experience and make professional connections.

What do you enjoy most about the engineering work you do? 

Engineering exposes me to new challenges on a daily basis.  I like the fact that no work week is just like the last one.  I also enjoy meeting new people that rely on me to help them solve problems.

Education

B.S. Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University

Registered Professional Engineer

Experience

I worked for an engineering, procurement, and construction firm within the biofuels industry.  My area of expertise was in material handling processes that included a lot of mechanical conveying, dust collection, pneumatic transfer systems, particle size reduction, and bulk storage.

Adam Ybarra – Systems Engineer, Kice Automation

 

Why did you want a career in engineering? 

I’ve always been interested in how and why things work specifically anything that required electricity to function. And I knew I wanted to study in a technical field, so I chose Electrical Engineering. Now, there are several areas of emphasis within EE and I wasn’t introduced to Process Controls until I started my first internship. I started with installing computer hardware and software, developing Human Machine Interface screens, and traveling to assist with ‘start-ups’ at salt plants. Even 20 some years later I always learn something new with every project I work on.

What advice would you give an aspiring engineer? 

There were times when I thought about quitting college or changing my major because it was very challenging and at times frustrating.  My advice would be to persevere, accept the challenges, learn how to study and ask your professors questions. In the end you’ll be better for it, and I’m very thankful I stayed the course and finished my degree.

What do you enjoy most about the engineering work you do? 

I enjoy getting to know our customers and end users on projects and being able to provide them with an innovative, flexible, and efficient automated process control system. I enjoy being presented with various challenges and problems and coming up with a solution. I enjoy using automated process control to implement a work smarter not harder model.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

Experience

I have nerly two decades of experience applying my engineering skills within a team environment. I have successfully provided customers with superior value and enhanced operating capability. I have made strategic decisions, always striving for integrity and excellence in safety and compliance. I have solid experience in the development, implementation, and maintenance of PLC and HMI/SCADA applications for automated process control. It is my personal goal to continually identify opportunities and technologies for the customers I serve, to create value and to achieve results.

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