Meet Our Team

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Benjamin Brown

Computer Engineering Intern

Grand Rapids, MI

Honestly, I do not remember when or how I first became interested in engineering, as I have wanted to be an engineer since before I was 10 years old. This interest led me to attend Grand Valley State University and major in Computer Engineering, where I am currently in my senior year. I joined Array at the end of August 2021 and spend the majority of my time writing and running software tests for the hydraulic control software in support of the Airbus A350. On the personal side, I spend a good chunk of my free time mentoring a middle school robotics program. Apart from that I really enjoy cooking, reading, and playing video games.

 
 

Brendan Grimes

Vice President of Hardware & Firmware

Grand Rapids, MI

A native resident of Grand Rapids, I graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2007, with degrees in Electrical engineering and Mechanical engineering. Returning to West Michigan, I began my career working in the electronic hardware R&D group at Thermotron Industries. Since then, I have spent a majority of my career in the development of mixed analog and digital circuit boards, firmware, and embedded software for a multitude of industries. FPGAs and System-On-Chip technologies have been the primary focus of my expertise, and their use in high-speed parallel processing applications continues to be a strong interest of mine. My personal and professional interest in electronic hardware and FPGA design has also expanded into the field of machine learning, and specifically the use of custom artificial neural network topologies with FPGAs and GPUs.

 

Brennan Burke

Software Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

I first became interested in Computer Science while taking an intro level programming class during my freshman year of college. I love solving puzzles and programming allows me to creatively find solutions to a number of real world puzzles in order to create a working product. I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science. I joined Array of Engineers in 2019 as a summer intern and started working full-time here in April of 2020 after graduating from college. I have mostly focused on web development and IoT (Internet of Things) projects during my time at Array of Engineers, with my passion being web development. I've also had the opportunity to write some embedded software and mobile applications during my time here. I currently live in Grand Rapids which is also the city I grew up in. In my spare time I like to be outdoors and enjoy playing different sports such as golf, basketball, volleyball, and spike ball. I also enjoy playing video games, board games, and cards.

 

Brian Schulte

Vice President of Technology & Security

Grand Rapids, MI

An early interest in electromagnetism and electronics led me to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University. After graduating, I started my career in the aerospace industry and it was during this time that I gravitated toward software engineering, programming, and automation. The aerospace industry taught me the importance of rigorous standards and a demand for excellence. I apply these principles into each new industry we encounter here at AoE. I love new ideas, innovation, and bringing my best foot forward. When not at work, I enjoy spending time with my true passion, my beautiful wife and four wonderful children. I also enjoy hunting, working on my tractor, and days at the lake.

Collin Barnhardt

Electrical Engineering Co-Op

Grand Rapids, MI

I've been interested in STEM forever, but as to why I picked this particular flavor I have absolutely no idea. I ended up liking physics more than my computer science courses early on and was drawn to electrical engineering because I found it more interesting than mechanical. I'm currently finishing my last semester at GVSU with a major in Electrical Engineering. I joined Array in August of this year as a co-op student through GVSU's program. Since joining the AoE team, I have mostly supported testing for aerospace software. In my free time, I really enjoy skiing and snowboarding.

 
 

Corey Beyer

Hardware Engineer

East Lansing, MI

Growing up my parents always told me I'd make a great engineer. Hearing this along with a newfound interest in electricity from my high school physics class, I was led to study Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University. During my fourth year, I began working part time with AoE, going on to full time in 2019. At AoE, I've had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects. Some of these include circuit and PCB design, writing firmware, designing cable harness assemblies and enclosures, reverse engineering products, and creating test systems to verify system requirements. After initially starting out in Grand Rapids, I recently moved back to East Lansing where I now live. In my free time, if I'm not working on home improvement projects, I'm either reading, working out, or brewing beer!

Corbin Bremmeyr

Computer Engineer

Austin, TX

I became interested in embedded systems and digital design while studying computer engineering at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). I started working at AoE in 2019 as part of the GVSU student co-op program. At Array of Engineers, I work on embedded C/C++ programming and digital design for FPGAs in support of AoE's internal research and development on testing automation. Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time playing PC games with friends, working on and driving my car, and riding my road bike.

Daniel Burke

Software Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

I have been working for Array of Engineers since July 2020. I graduated from University of Michigan College of Engineering in 2018 with a B.E. in Computer Science. I first became interested in programming when I learned the basics of Python in high school. Part of what drew me to computer science was the problem solving and creating aspects, but what stood out to me was how versatile programming is and how it is constantly evolving and being used in a wide variety of applications. I do software development work for AoE and have been able to dive deeper into Python and learn package development. I currently live in Grand Rapids and outside of work I really enjoy listening to and creating music.

 
 

Dominic Smith

Computer Engineering Co-op

Allendale, MI

I love to work with computers, go through the development process, and see products get created. I am currently studying Computer Engineering with the class of 2022 at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). In May 2020, I joined Array of Engineers through a co-op rotation offered by GVSU. As a co-op at AoE, I develop embedded programming in C, use Python for test automation, and write tests for one of our aerospace clients. Some of my passions include music, playing the cello and electric bass, and playing and creating new board games.

 
 

Emory Thompson

Staff Software Engineer

Austin, TX

I got my degree in aerospace engineering because I wanted a jetpack. Eventually, I realized that it was more important to me to have a balanced life. I also found that I enjoyed working more with software. Before joining AoE, I was developing software for a larger engineering firm. I jumped on joining the team at AoE because it sounded interesting, fun, and new. Now I work full time remotely from Austin, Texas. In my spare time, I enjoy time in my woodshop building random things. Perhaps I will eventually get around to having a jetpack, but at this point I am happy getting around in my beat-up car, with a homemade roof rack, which can come in handy when I'm hauling plywood for my next project.

Howard Paul

Chief Operating Officer

Grand Rapids, MI

Howard Paul is the COO of Array of Engineers and has worked in the aerospace industry since 2000 on various projects ranging from the manned space program at NASA to modern commercial aircraft. Howard grew up near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania before going away to Florida to study engineering. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999 with a degree in Engineering Physics. After graduating, he worked for the United Space Alliance in Houston, Texas on the Space Shuttle and Space Station program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC). Howard worked on launch and landing activities, new Space Shuttle 6-DOF simulations, and Space Shuttle enhancements. In 2005, Howard moved to Michigan and worked on numerous commercial and military projects including verification of a fully integrated glass cockpit system along with software development and verification activities for aerospace, space, medical devices, and other industries. For the past five years, Howard has mentored a middle school FTC FIRST Robotics team and Science Olympiad team in West Michigan and volunteers for numerous STEM groups.

Dustin Matthews

Electrical Engineering Intern

Grand Rapids, MI

I have always been interested in science, but I also love to read, so I originally completed a degree in English Literature at GVSU. I also love working with my hands, and after college I ended up spending several years working as a commercial clock technician, building large clocks like you might see on banks and universities. A desire to learn more about what was going on "under the hood" of the electronics I was working with was one of many factors that prompted me to go back to GVSU to study electrical engineering. I am currently a sophomore in the engineering program and was very excited for the opportunity to join Array of Engineers in late August this year as an intern. I have mainly been working with the team on software testing for a big aerospace project and I’ve also been able to assist the hardware division with some wiring design and hardware assembly. Outside of work and school, I am also a mediocre musician, decent cook, frequent bookstore customer, and cat enthusiast.  

 
 

Isfar Baset

Software Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

I joined Array of Engineers in 2020 after graduating from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. My projects at Array include creating detailed test procedures using python, designing and implementing a variety of software code reviews, and writing and maintaining JavaScript frontend application code. The majority of my current work is in support of a major aerospace client that is developing embedded avionic software for the Airbus A350. I currently live in Grand Rapids. In my spare time I like to paint, read books and travel.

 
 

Joe Schulte

Project Manager & Marketing Specialist

Grand Rapids, MI

I discovered an interest in project management and marketing while working in a similar capacity in the Air Force. I realized I had a passion for people, collaborative projects, understanding people’s decision-making, and communicating across organizations. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2015 with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Defense Studies and Leadership. In 2021, I joined the AoE team to help facilitate projects and market our team’s incredible talent and capabilities. Outside of work, you can find me running, skiing, reading, spending time with family and friends, or swimming in a lake somewhere.

Juan Kuyoc

Staff Software Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

I graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Computer Science and have lived in the Wyoming/Grandville area for almost 30 years. I've been married to my wife Kristen for over 12 years, and we have two children, Orin and Eva. I enjoy board gaming, playing Rocket League, all kinds of sports, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and spending time with my family. I joined Array of Engineers in 2020. Some of my projects include building Petalinux and developing applications for the Xilnx Ultrascale+ MPSoC (multiprocessor system on a chip), designing avionic software for a major airliner manufacturer, and implementing test automation for the U.S. Army.

 

Karmyn VonEhr

Electrical Engineering Co-op

Grand Rapids, MI

I am a Grand Valley State University student studying Electrical Engineering with a minor in Music. I chose to study Electrical Engineering because of the appeal of problem solving; I was looking for a challenge and an engaging career - so far I have not been disappointed. I began co-oping with Array of Engineers in the summer of 2020 and have been involved with software verification and validation for the Airbus A350, various hardware testing, and some FPGA development. Outside of school, I play for a mixed ultimate frisbee club team called Toast. We travel around the Midwest playing other club teams. I also enjoy playing music on my viola and finding new places to go hiking. I like to collect novelty socks and pictures of license plates that have 'EGG' in them.

 
 

Kyle Sullivan

Vice President of Software

Grand Rapids, MI

I have always enjoyed solving complex problems. Growing up I was good at math, which led me to major in Electrical Engineering at Michigan State University. Through my coursework I decided I wanted to go into a career involving software. After college I gained years of experience with many aerospace, military, and commercial software systems. I have been with AoE since the company started and have been able to grow in areas of new technologies involving machine learning, image recognition, medical devices, and automation. As VP of Software, I enjoy assisting other engineers develop their skills and help them work in their areas of interest. 

 

I live in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids with my amazing wife Angie and our daughters, Lennyn and Sinead. My biggest passion is playing music and I have been able to play professionally around the world. I am in an Irish rock band, along with my dad and wife, and I enjoy producing electronic music.  To stay active, I love going to beaches around Michigan and I recently completed the Chicago Marathon.

Matthew Reed

Computer Science Intern

Lake Odessa, MI

I've had an interest in computers since I was a kid. I started programming at about eleven years old and I apply these years of experience to my work at AoE. I am currently an intern at AoE from BYU-Idaho, where I am pursuing a degree in Computer Science. I started with AoE in early 2021 and have been helping with the development effort and review processes for one of our aerospace clients. Over the summer, when I'm not studying in Idaho, I live about halfway between Lansing and Grand Rapids in the small village of Lake Odessa, Michigan. Outside of work, I've always enjoyed learning new skills. Over the years I've done everything from video-making and crocheting to animation and baking. I love learning something new, especially if it allows my creativity to shine. Likewise, I'm grateful for the learning opportunities and hands-on experience that I've had at AoE throughout the course of my internship.

 

Marcel Meijer

Software Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

Sometime during my last few years of high school, I stumbled upon an Arduino. After doing something as simple as turning on an LED, I knew this was what I wanted to pursue for a career in some way or another. I am constantly amazed at the endless number of things you can do with some lines of code. That is what makes working in this field so great, there is always something new to learn and be inspired by. I graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. In my last semester at MSU during the spring of 2019, I joined AoE here in Grand Rapids. Since joining the company, I have mainly worked in the IoT (Internet of Things) field focusing on embedded software and web/mobile application development. My free time outside of the office is spent watching endless hours of sports, playing guitar and working on my golf game. I also enjoy disc golf and checking out all of the breweries GR has to offer.

 

Michael Lingg

Staff Software Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

I've always been interested in building things. Legos, models, you name it. Programming is a lot like building a model, except it's a model of what a computer program should do. Due to this affinity to build, I earned my bachelor of science in computer engineering from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2004. Several years later, I obtained  a master of science in computer information systems from GVSU, receiving the Outstanding Master’s Thesis in a Major and Outstanding Publication for GVSU. Most recently, I earned my PhD in Computer Science and Engineering with a focus in High Performance Computing from Michigan State University in 2020. I joined Array of Engineers back in 2019. Since then I’ve been developing embedded software and FPGAs for a stand-alone black box test station, designing FPGAs for space exploration vehicles, and testing avionics software. In my free time I enjoy researching computer algorithms and developing computer games with virtual worlds.

 

Pat Gipper

Chief System Engineer

Kalamazoo, MI

I became intrigued by electricity while working on the ignition systems on mini-bikes and motorcycles during my teenage years, which pointed me into electrical engineering as an undergraduate. A long time ago, back in 1979, I graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Several years later, I received my M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University. I joined the AoE team in 2020, where I primarily contribute to systems level requirements for avionic system controlling the hydraulic system on the Airbus A350. I also perform simulation and modelling of positioning systems for one of AoE’s clients, who are supporting a major NASA satellite project. On the side, I am a member of the Kalamazoo Bike Club and have a group of friends that ride together fairly regularly.

 

Pedro Takayanagui

Electrical | Computer Engineering Intern

Allendale, MI

I became interested in engineering because I was fascinated by electronics and curious about how they worked, such as the circuit and program behind it. Currently, I am studying at Grand Valley State University, with a double major in electrical engineering and computer engineering. I joined the Array of Engineers team earlier this year and have primarily been working on hardware design. My main project I am a part of is developing custom field gate programmable arrays (FPGAs) for a major aerospace customer, which is building spacecraft components for NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I am very passionate about sports, especially soccer, tennis, and basketball. I also really enjoy 3D printing as a hobby and doing projects with it.

 

Sachin Kushwaha

Technical Software Engineering Lead

Portage, MI

I was always interested in how things work and I was good at Math, so I became interested in a field of Electronics and Telecom which utilizes my core interests. Down the line when I started my career my first project was Boeing 787, that took my interest in aerospace engineering to another level as there are a million small things which come together to make a single Airplane. From 2001 to 2005, I attended Dr. B A Technological University in Lonere, Maharashtra, India. I graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communication. In 2018, I joined AoE where I do various projects to include business development, proposal writing, estimating, tracking, brainstorming, requirements development, software development, test architecture, system requirements review, customer interfaces, and mentoring new teammates.

 

I am passionate about technology, the world after 2000 totally changed and I am glad that I get to see the world changing at a rapid pace. I really like that sharing information is at the fastest pace humanity has ever seen. I am passionate about mentoring the younger generation so that they are ready for all kinds of issues in the future (there will be plenty). Apart from the technical side I am passionate about sports and fitness. I love to watch and play sports at every possible opportunity. In my spare time I’ll play with my two sons, watch a documentary or a nature show, listen to Hindi songs, or catch a good action or animated movie (language is not a constraint - I am all about screenplay).

 
 

Stacy Paul

Chief Executive Officer

Grand Rapids, MI

Growing up in a small town in Northern Michigan, I found an early love of exploring, creativity, and the night sky. Now, I am an Aerospace Engineer and the CEO of Array of Engineers. I have worked in the aerospace industry since 2000 on various projects, ranging from the manned space program at NASA to modern commercial aircraft. I graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduating, I worked for the United Space Alliance in Houston, Texas, supporting the Space Shuttle and Space Station programs at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. At Johnson Space Center, I conducted Day of Launch procedures in the Mission Control Room. When not planning for Shuttle launches, I worked on aerospace enhancements for the Space Shuttle program.

 

Missing Michigan, I moved back in 2005 and worked on numerous commercial aircraft projects, to include software development, verification, and project management in a contracting capacity.  However, I wanted to fulfill a dream that I had grown for many years - creating a company to promote innovation, personal and professional growth, STEM for younger generations, and to help bring more high technology engineering jobs to Michigan. So in January of 2018, we formed Array of Engineers with these core goals in mind. When not at AoE, you can most likely find me enjoying an activity outdoors with my family and our many pets, or reading a good book. I am passionate about and will always be a strong advocate of promoting STEM, specifically for females. One of the ways our company is supporting this advocacy is through mentoring and coaching a middle school FTC FIRST Robotics team in West Michigan, which we have proudly done for the past five years, along with volunteering for numerous STEM groups.

William Vansolkema

Aerospace | Computer Engineer

Grand Rapids, MI

I've always been fascinated by aircraft and everything that goes into making them fly. In high school, I became interested in programming. I enjoyed learning how a computer works and how to make it do exactly what you want it to. I joined the AoE team in 2021, after graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Computer Science. In 2021, I joined Array of Engineers as a member of their testing and verification team. In my free time, I love to play disc golf, read, watch Formula One and college football, and spend time with family and friends.

 

Core Values

 

Promoting STEM in Younger Generations

Array of Engineers is proud to foster STEM interest and talent in our younger generations. We have partnered with Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Michigan Technological University and more in order to provide co-op and internship opportunities to engineering students. Our interns are able to jump start their engineering careers by learning hands on technical skills and being a part of complex projects. We feel it is our responsibility to help grow future engineers here in West Michigan.

Mentoring is critical in helping younger generations explore and develop an interest in the STEM fields. This is why our team participates in numerous STEM related events and activities with students from the greater Grand Rapids area, such as FIRST Robotics, Tech Savvy, Change the Code, Women of Aerospace, and MiCareerQuest just to name a few. We provide students with workspaces, technical resources, and mentoring  

Customer Focused Partnerships

Our engineering solutions and services are customized to each of our customer's unique requirements and problem sets. Using traditional, agile, and hybrid methodologies, our technical leads and project managers ensure our customer's requirements are met along every step of the way. We always strive to save our clients time, costs, resources, and stress, which continues to differentiate us from larger electrical engineering firms.

Helping Employees Reach Highest Potential

Our talented staff of engineers is AoE's most valuable asset. Team members are given creative flexibility and serve as key players in company and project decision-making. In order to help our employees reach their best self, we encourage them to take on new challenges, send them to professional development courses, and let them take on leadership roles in dynamic engineering projects.

High Quality Standards

AoE's processes and services are certified to the ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D quality management systems. Our team maintains design experience with the DO-254 standard and has worked through all aspects of the lifecycle and certification processes for the DO-178B and DO-178-C. Our business is also fully compliant with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) regulations and in full compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-171 series regulations.

Promotion of Innovation and Creativity

At AoE, we take pride in our unique and custom-solution approach to each client problem set. We invest heavily in internal research and development. Our R&D team have designed and developed many different products such as the AoE Test Controller (ATC) and AoE Test Software (ATS), which are collectively programmed to rapidly automate test validation and verification procedures. Our hardware team has also developed custom FPGA, PCBs, and IP cores.