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People – Engineering

Sophie Quintana

Project Coordinator

Sophie joined Hydra-Flex recently as the first Project Coordinator. Her role will be to monitor the progress of mainly R&D projects and coordinate actions to meet deadlines and attain goals. Before Hydra-Flex, Sophie worked several years as a Project Coordinator and Project Manager in different industries, including Aerospace. She likes bringing projects to life while understanding their technical challenges and collaborating with her team. Sophie received her Master’s in Management with a specialty in Aerospace Management from Toulouse Business School (France). Outside of work, Sophie enjoys running, hiking and skiing in the winter. As an authentic French person, she also loves eating a lot of cheese and drinking glasses of good wine.

Jaime Erickson

Director of Engineering - Product Development

Jaime joined Hydra-Flex in September 2021 as the Director of Engineering and brings more than 20 years of engineering and project leadership experience. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and previously led engineering teams and product development programs in a variety of industries, most recently at a medical device manufacturer. Jaime is excited to join HFI’s energetic and fast-paced culture. In his free time, you can find Jaime traveling with his wife and three children or on the golf course.

Caleb Hatch - Sr. Product Design Engineer

Caleb Hatch

Lead Project Engineer

Caleb joined Hydra-Flex's engineering team in October 2016. After receiving his bachelor's degree at Minnesota State - Mankato, Caleb worked in product design, mainly in the fluid handling and medical device fields. He enjoys tackling design problems and designing new innovative solutions for the end customer. Outside of work, Caleb enjoys playing flag football, lifting weights, wakeboarding, snowboarding, and keeping up with his favorite sports teams.

Jeff Boily - Product Engineer

Jeff Boily

Lead Project Engineer

Jeff joined Hydra-Flex in October 2017 as a Product Engineer. Jeff received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University Minnesota Duluth. At a previous employer, he worked on continuous improvement projects on various lines of power equipment such as air compressors, log splitters, semi-trash pumps, and generators. At work Jeff likes to design and improve products so customers have the best product to fit their needs. Outside of work, Jeff enjoys working on home improvement projects, grilling, hanging out with friends, and keeping up with football and hockey.

Anna Tollefson

Product Engineer

Anna joined the Hydra-Flex team in August 2021. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and brings experience as a design engineer in the liquid electro-mechanical sensor industry, where she provided design solutions for a variety of liquid analysis issues in the water treatment, pharmaceutical, and paper and pulp industries. She’s excited to join a fast-paced and collaborative team that is motivated to bring new and innovative products to market. Outside work, Anna loves spending time with her husband and entertaining friends and family. Some of her favorite hobbies include volleyball, Gopher football, hiking, and skiing.

Ian Taylor - Senior Project Engineer

Ian Taylor

Senior Project Engineer

Ian joined our team as a Senior Project Engineer to continue to explore and innovate new products. He once worked at Tennant Co experimenting with different techniques of pressure washing aircraft carrier decks. Though he was born and raised in England, Minnesota has been home for 25 years. He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons, jogging (just a little faster than walking), and fishing whenever he gets the chance.

Ethan Kapler

Product Engineer

Ethan joined the Hydra-Flex team in July 2021. He graduated from the University of North Dakota with his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He brings with him experience as a mechanical design engineer in the vacuum coating industry, where he provided specialized physical vapor deposition equipment solutions for customers in the architectural glass, solar, display, and semiconductor coating industries. He enjoys being part of a talented team that solves complex problems and is excited to bring new and innovative product solutions to market with the Hydra-Flex Engineering team. Outside of work, Ethan loves spending time with his wife and son. Some of his favorite hobbies include fishing, volleyball, ping pong, weightlifting, and tennis.

Harrison Gall

Mechanical Drafter

Harrison graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Industrial Design. He has spent the past six years in the RP and manufacturing industry. Harrison joined the Hydra Flex team in August 2021 and is looking forward to working with the design and engineering teams. He enjoys trying to figure out how things work and go together throughout all aspects of the design process. Outside of work, Harrison enjoys spending time with his wife and pets, working on cars, following F1 racing, and watching movies.

Nate Schlueter - Innovation Engineer

Nate Schlueter

Innovation Engineering Manager

Nate joined the Hydra-Flex engineering team in July 2020. Nate comes to HFI with 15 years of experience assisting companies from all industries design, develop, and get their product(s) to market. Nate brings an additional upfront mechanical design mind to the R&D team and is looking forward to helping HFI continue to find ways to disrupt the marketplace. When not at work, Nate is hanging with the family, enjoying everything outdoors, perfecting his culinary skills, and always cheering on the Hawkeyes.

Dan Folk

Industrial Designer

Dan is a University of Wisconsin - Stout graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Design. Dan joined the Hydra Flex team in June of 2015 and is eager and motivated to work collaboratively with the Hydra-Flex team to create and execute design solutions that will improve the form and functionality of HFI products. In his spare time Dan likes to share his sense of humor with family and friends, and stays active playing softball, lacrosse, and racquetball.

Pa Xiong - R&D Lab Tech

Pa Xiong

Innovation Engineer

With a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Pa joined the Hydra-Flex team in September 2019. He has experience as a Designer and a Power Plant System Engineer. In his free time he likes to spend time with family, bake, play video games, tennis, work on house projects, and your typical car maintenance. He won’t pass up ice cream, a ping-pong match, or a race in Mario Kart.

Ken Martin - Solutions Architect

Ken Martin

Solutions Architect

Ken joined Hydra-Flex in March of 2019 as Solutions Architect. Having 27 years' experience working with technology starting in the print and graphic design industries, he spent the last eleven years with Garmin leading teams focusing on cloud services and integration with web and mobile applications and connected hardware. Outside of the office you're likely to find Ken with his family, relaxing outside, enjoying a movie, flying his drone, reading, or monkeying around with a wide variety of DIY projects.

Dan Stalker - Engineering Laboratory Manager

Dan Stalker

Engineering Laboratory Manager

Dan joined Hydra-Flex's engineering team in February 2017. Prior to Hydra-Flex, Dan held the role of Lead Lab Technichian at Alliance Laundry Systems in their commercial dryer division. Dan also brings with him 7 years of experience in building and programming stations for equipment testing to qualify new product designs. His goal at Hydra-Flex is to help the engineering team make the our engineering lab a world-class testing facility. When not at work, Dan enjoys spending time with his family, camping, being outdoors, and playing a variety of sports.

Joe Rondeau - R&D Lab Tech

Joe Rondeau

R&D Lab Tech

Joe joined the Hydra Flex team in July, 2018 as a Laboratory Technician. He graduated from University Wisconsin River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. After that he worked for a year in a laboratory testing adhesives and sealants before moving to the lab at HFI. He enjoys the lab environment which includes setting up tests and fixtures and maintain them and utilizing different devices to collect and interpret data. When not at work he enjoys going out with friends and exploring for new restaurants and spending time with family.

Joshua Barnes - R&D Lab Tech

Josh Barnes

R&D Lab Tech

Josh joined Hydra-Flex in May of 2020 with 15 years of experience working as a Research and Development engineering technician testing oil and fuel filters. When he is not working, he enjoys home improvement projects on his new home, playing pool, ping pong, golf tennis and poker. He and his wife spend lots of time watching football and are avid players of Fantasy football, cheering for the Chiefs and Vikings.

Rory Shanahan

Senior Electronics Technician

Rory joined Hydra-Flex in October 2020 as a Senior Electronics Technician. He grew up on the Iowa side of the Quad Cities and in 2009 received his bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering Technology from Hamilton Technical College in Davenport, IA. Shortly before graduation he interned as an Electronic Controls Technician at the Rock Island Arsenal – the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States, then after graduation accepted a full time position. In 2015 Rory moved to Minneapolis and worked at MTS Systems Corporation as a Systems Engineering Technician. Most of his free time these days is spent chasing around a toddler and working on house projects, but outside of that (and when there isn’t a global pandemic) he enjoys spending time with family and friends, either sitting around a campfire or out on the town, going to concerts/sports events, getting away from the city and into nature, watching college football (Go Hawks!), and travelling.

Andrew Ghostley

R&D Lab Tech

Andrew joined Hydra-Flex in Fall of 2020. He grew up in a small town west of the Twin Cities and received his Bachelor's degree in Physics from Winona State University. Andrew has worked over the years as a Quality Control Line Technician at a beverage copacker, a car salesman and a Lab Technician. He is excited to be part of Hydra-Flex for the company visions, values, and success. A top focus on quality in every aspect of the company (people and products) is very exciting and prideful. When not at work, he spends time with friends, gaming, playing sports, going for a drive or spending time with his girlfriend.

Joel Karels

Prototype Machinist

With almost 30 years of machining, programming, and manufacturing experience in all different types of industries, Joel is a 2nd generation CNC Programmer Toolmaker/Machinist. He has done a variety of work from molding for medical to the Aerospace/Defense and off-road recreational industry. He loves the challenge of new parts, new applications and being able to program these using all new and innovative tools and methods. Joel’s hobbies and interests, besides his profession, are maintaining a 12-acre hobby farm with his wife, four children and one grandchild. Joel enjoys golfing, campfires with family and friends, watching his kids play sports, snowmobiling or watching sports with his three brothers.

Andrew Edmunds - Senior Electrical Engineer

Andrew Edmunds

Senior Electrical Engineer

Andy joined Hydra-Flex in July of 2020 as an Electrical Engineer. He grew up in Wisconsin, and moved to MN to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of St. Thomas. Andy brings 8 years of experience in new product design at Entrust Datacard where he developed the electronics for ID and credit card printers. He is excited to work with the Hydra-Flex team to develop the next generations of electronic capabilities. Outside of work, Andy enjoys spending time outdoors with his son, wife, dog, family, and friends.