Bio

Chris Hadfield

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Chris is a master and advanced level ASE certified technician along with numerous EPA, Subaru, Ford, Chrysler, and GM certifications and aftermarket training. Before teaching he worked as an automotive technician for a GM dealership, an independent, a retail store, and he owned his own business focusing on Hybrid Electric Vehicle diagnostics. Chris …

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Steve Sorenson

GEOSPATIAL ANALYSIS INSTRUCTOR Stephen Sorenson has worked in the Intelligence Analysis industry for over 31 years. He began his career in the military as a Signals Intelligence Analyst, cross trained as an All Source Intelligence Analyst, and finished his career as a Traffic Analysis Technician. His career has included three deployments overseas and many training …

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Tom Biller

DRONETECH DIRECTOR | AVIONICS UNMANNED SYSTEMS SPECIALIST Tom Biller has worked in aviation maintenance for over 34 years. He joined the US Air Force in 1986 and began his career as an avionics systems specialist. He also taught professional military education for frontline supervisors and mid-level managers. He served as a DOD contractor for the …

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Andrew Dahlen

VEX ROBOTICS COORDINATOR | MANUFACTURING INSTRUCTOR Before entering higher education, Andrew Dahlen worked as a manufacturing engineer designing automated machinery for the manufacturing of composite window and door components. Andrew also developed and improved processes for the manufacturing of computer hard drive components and medical devices. As an instructor at Northland, Andrew teaches a variety …

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Havie Lee

ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST Havie Lee, a graduate of Northland Community & Technical College, is an administrative professional who has 20 years of customer service, accounting, sales, marketing and management experience.  She served six years in the Minnesota National Guard as an Automated Supply Specialist and holds an active cosmetology license.  Havie has passion for the work …

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Jonathan Beck

DIRECTOR | PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Jonathan Beck has worked in the Aerospace industry for over 18 years.  He began his career as an air traffic controller and has been working with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology since 2004.  His career has involved fielding first of their kind small, medium and large scale UAS programs and operations across …

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Anton Bergee

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Anton has worked with grants for 16 years, starting in the private sector and transitioning to become Northland Community and Technical College’s Grant Support Officer for the last seven years. Most of his experience is focused on grant compliance to ensure that awards are following federal, state, and system office guidelines as well …

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Chelsea Bladow

EQUITY & INCLUSION COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Chelsea Bladow has a B.S. in Business Administration with seven years of marketing and outreach experience. In her previous career working for a large corporate marketing office she developed and oversaw large-scale events, developed website content and initiatives, and maintained all marketing and store development budgets. She also has three years of …

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Zach Bladow

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST Zachary Bladow has a B.S. in Computer Information Systems with nine years of experience in programming, networking and systems administration. In his previous career in the banking industry he developed various C# program and designed SQL queries and databases for report generation. Most of his experience is focused on project research to …

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