2014 Engineering Leader Under 40: Aron Semle
Product Manager, KEPServerEX; Kepware Technologies; Portland, Maine
Aron Semle, 29
Product Manager, KEPServerEX
Education: BS Computer Engineering, University of Maine, Orono
Aron Semle began his career at Kepware as a software engineer and quickly moved up the ranks to product manager for the company’s flagship product, KEPServerEX. During the course of his past 6 years at Kepware, Aron has consistently demonstrated his passion for using new technology to solve modern-day problems in data collection. Aron serves on the OPC Foundation’s Board of Technical Advisors and is active in the ongoing development of OPC standards. In addition to his board affiliation, Aron participates in many technical events, focusing on subjects like automated drilling and cyber security where OPC connectivity is not currently part of the domain knowledge. Through these events, Aron continues to champion OPC technology and helps others understand its capabilities, possibilities, and limitations.
Aron competed in his first marathon last fall, the Mount Desert Island Marathon. He finished, enjoying the physical challenge and beautiful sites of Bar Harbor, Maine. He claims if he can do it, anyone can—and like all things, you just need to put the time in.
Why choose this career path?
“Product engineering provides an outlet for ongoing creative problem solving,” said Semle. “Every day, I’m tackling new complex problems with a team of incredibly talented peers who challenge me to think differently and approach projects from unexpected angles. No two days are the same in my work at Kepware, and no two customer projects are alike. We are constantly innovating, tinkering, and creating, and the product of our work is incredibly rewarding. From plant floor efficiencies to enterprise operation improvements and top-line savings, our work has a tangible impact in which you can’t help but take pride.”
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There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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