Our People

President and CEO

Peter Gustaf

President and CEO

Pete is the President and CEO of Solid Design Solutions and has more than 20 years of experience managing highly technical companies and organizations. He oversees all aspects of Solid. With a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Management, more than a decade training future industry leaders for highly technical jobs, and experience with consulting small business owners on management and business development with the University of South Dakota Small Business Development Center, Pete is uniquely poised to deliver a product that is well managed, state of the art, and cost-effective.  Prior to Pete’s business career, he served in the U.S. Navy aboard two nuclear fast-attack submarines and earned many citations and medals during his service.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren and flying small aircraft.  

Principal Executive Officer, Advanced Projects

John Jancsek

Principal Executive Officer, Advanced Projects

John has more than 25 years of product development and project management experience. With a Master of Science degree in Mechanical engineering, John has experience with consumer product design, process development, and facility layout and design. Over his career, he has developed a wide range of products for medical, law enforcement, consumer product companies, and industrial product clients. One of John’s professional passions is helping private inventors make their ideas into reality. In his spare time, John likes to downhill ski, enjoy his boat on St. Croix, and explore the city on his bicycle.

General Manager

Ed Goff

General Manager

Ed oversees daily operations at our Minneapolis, Minn., facility. He provides the leadership needed for internal teams and external stakeholders including clients, business partners and vendors. He designs and implements business strategies, plans and procedures. Prior to Solid, Goff served as Director of Engineering and Engineering Site Leader for Interlogix, a unit of United Technologies Corporation. Earlier he worked in engineering and product development roles for such companies as QiG Group, a division of Greatbatch; Medtronic; and 3M Company. Goff completed Doctorate and Master of Science degree programs in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University. He holds a PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Steve Oanes

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

With more than 25 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, Steve brings a client-focused approach to sales and marketing. In addition to his domestic and international manufacturing experience, he has lead global procurement efforts, been involved with an EMS startup, and worked for several years as a Manufacturers Sales Representative. Drawing upon his skills and experience in manufacturing, procurement, and development, he acts as a partner to ensure his client's expectations are met at every juncture.  When he is not interacting with clients, Steve enjoys motorcycling around the country with his wife and directs a local Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter. He is involved with many local organizations and serves on the board of Directors for the UCBC (US-China Business Connection) and the Norske Torske Klubben of St. Paul.

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

Macen Shinsato

Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

With more than 33 years of mechanical/system design experience, Macen brings a robust skill set to Solid. Holding a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he has experience developing military avionics, electronic systems, medical equipment and consumer electronics. Macen is skilled in advanced surface modeling, design for manufacturability and assembly, and designing for the plastic and metallic fabrication processes. Outside of his professional achievements, Macen has served as the President of the Greater Puget Sound Pro/E User Group, is a member of the Young Professionals of Wichita Advisory Council, and served on the Board of Directors of the Wichita Swim Club.

Vice President of Business Development

Rich Kilgour

Vice President of Business Development

With more than 35 years in engineering and sales roles within the manufacturing industry, Rich has acquired the expert knowledge to form and maintain quality relationships. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and has worked for a wide variety of organizations that include NetApp and Koch Industries. Rich fully understands process development, project management and partner communication. Possessing a true passion for engineering and technology, he excels at ensuring that clients receive a product that exceeds expectations and is strategically aimed at market success. Rich is a father of three and enjoys cycling, tennis, and volunteering in the criminal justice system.

Director of Business Development

Dan Wood

Director of Business Development

With more than 25 years of experience and a degree in business administration, Dan brings superior knowledge in account management, business development, and product development management. Possessing a true passion for engineering and technology, he excels at ensuring that clients receive a product that exceeds expectations and is strategically aimed at market success. In his free time, Dan likes to play guitar, sing, and fly fish.

Senior Electrical Engineer

Matt Voigt

Senior Electrical Engineer

With more than 10 years of experience, Matt is skilled at both electronics hardware and software design, with an emphasis on communications, signal processing and connected systems. His areas of expertise focus on architecting how devices can utilize the Internet of Things. He has worked in many engineering disciplines throughout his career including; R&D, Product Design and Deployment, Test, and Project Management. In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time at the family cabin riding ATV’s, fishing, hiking, swimming, and relaxing. He also enjoys working on things around the house and spending as much time as he can with his wife and two little girls.

Principal Electrical Engineer

Mike Eul

Principal Electrical Engineer

With more than 30 years of experience in the fields of research, product design and development, and project management, Mike is a highly skilled electrical engineer. He has in-depth knowledge of high voltage medical machine design, embedded controllers, and touch screen and button graphic user interfaces. Additionally, Mike has extensive experience working with Voice over IP (VoIP) hardware design and IR wireless microphones. In his spare time, Mike enjoys playing and listening to music, and woodworking.

Senior Electrical Designer

John Logajan

Senior Electrical Designer

With more than 30 years of experience, John is adept at designing electronic devices in the computing, communication, medical, and industrial sectors. He is skilled at many forms of digital communication including the emerging wireless Internet of Things, digital image capture, microcontroller hardware and firmware, and writing PC software applications. John is an avid fan of 3D printing technology and designs and prints things on his home 3D printer ranging from the artistic to the practical.

Senior Mechanical Designer

Ken Vojacek

Senior Mechanical Designer

With more than 30 years of experience in design and manufacturing, Ken has extensive background experience in mechanical and electromechanical design. He also has extensive experience with complex surface modeling, sheet metal, extrusions, PCB layout and cabling design. Focusing on design for manufacturability and cost reduction, he is heavily involved in the process development for specialty machines, which includes creating 3D assemblies and BOM documentation, sourcing and quoting machined parts, tooling, purchased components, part inspection and also creating user manuals and quality control documentation. In his free time, Ken likes to work on his motorcycles, snowmobiles, and ATVs. He also likes to hunt, fish, and garden.

Senior Project Manager

Theresa Gurney

Senior Project Manager

With 34 years of experience, Theresa has worked in a wide variety of technical environments, from full-scale R&D product development in high-end computing to medical device development and manufacturing to start-up engineering firms where getting an idea implemented quickly as possible is key to success. As a PMI-certified project manager since 2007, she excels at applying best project management practices to lead teams of engineers to successful completion of complex technical projects on time and within budget. Her ability to synthesize information, analyze opportunities, mitigate risk, and select the most efficient processes results in delivering products that exceed client expectations. After work, Theresa enjoys reading, gardening, and attending Twins baseball games. 

Principal Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager

Mark Podvin

Principal Mechanical Engineer/Project Manager

With more than 35 years of experience, Mark has experience in multiple areas of mechanical, electrical and pneumatic design, layout, and assembly. In his role as the Manager of Engineering Projects, this experience serves as the base for his solid project management. The sum of his skills and experience provides him a deep insight into every aspect of the project and allows him to identify challenges early on in the process. This early detection helps keep the project on time and under budget, which has always been a large asset to our clients. Some of Mark’s hobbies are woodworking, boating, and vintage cars.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Tom Hays

Senior Mechanical Engineer

With more than 25 years of experience, Tom is highly skilled at designing fully automated equipment for the semiconductor industry, semiautomated production tooling and equipment, and new product development for various industries. He is proficient with many different design programs including SolidWorks, Inventor, and MathCAD. In his spare time, Tom enjoys hunting, fishing, and backpacking.

Mechanical Designer

Bryce Bunkers

Mechanical Designer

With more than 7 years of experience, Bryce commands a strong knowledge base in the development of medical, automotive, and consumer products. After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering, he began to design aftermarket automotive, motorcycle, and off-road gauges and accessories. Bryce also has experience in designing medical devices for some of the largest medical companies in the world. One of his major professional passions is product development, which includes human factors testing, product verification and validation testing, and graphic design. To recharge after a day’s work, Bryce likes to play baseball and soccer, oil paint, and design webpages.

Electrical Engineer

Rodney Hoffmann

Electrical Engineer

With more than 20 years of experience, Rodney brings intensive knowledge in electrical engineering and computer science to Solid Design Solutions. Combining these disciplines, he has been involved in new product development, Bluetooth low energy module design, and circuit design. In addition to Rodney’s design experience, he also has an expansive skillset in testing and debugging various instruments and tools.  Rodney is an electronics enthusiast and enjoys working on old electronic circuits as well as designing new digital circuits in his home lab. He also likes to play classical music on the piano and cello, and motorbiking with his wife.

Senior Machine Designer

Paul Linnerooth

Senior Machine Designer

With more than 20 years of experience, Paul brings superior knowledge in the design of automated part assembly, material and web handling, and special production equipment and machinery. His extensive training from the University of Minnesota in Mechanical Engineering provides him with above average skills in integrating pneumatic, hydraulic, robotic, and mechanically actuated systems. Leveraging SolidWorks, Unigraphics NX, and AutoCAD, Paul has the experience and skills to deliver a product that exceeds expectations. In his spare time, Paul enjoys trail riding, canoeing, and camping.

Model Designer

WD Blackmon

Model Designer

With nearly 20 years of experience, WD has worked in the manufacturing and design areas improving products and processes. He has extensive knowledge in design and detailing of machines produced as production products and industrial processing machines for multiple applications. In addition to college, WD has received further training in SolidWorks from Symmetry Solutions, which included training in sheet metal, weldments, and essential parts and assemblies. While at Solid, he has worked on many consumer products, such as the Jamstik and the Boil & Bite MouthGuard Solid designed for Advance Molding Technologies (for Under Armor) that required extensive surface modeling. In his free time, WD enjoys hiking, camping, and driving his 1986 4Runner.

Controller

Peggy Broberg

Controller

With more than 15 years of experience, Peggy oversees many aspects of the day-to-day business of Solid Design Solutions. Her responsibilities include managing the financial, personnel, and general office needs. Peggy thrives while helping project personnel maintain efficiency and accuracy so they can deliver the highest quality product possible. In her spare time, Peggy enjoys flower gardening, collecting antiques, and country living.