2015 Engineering Leader Under 40: Michael Gagne, 28
Michael Gagne, 28
Senior Software Engineer, Kepware Technologies; Portland, Maine
BS Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Maine
Gagne’s extremely versatile skill set allows him to lead projects in all of Kepware’s major markets. He is well respected among his peers, serving as a mentor to new hires and contributing to key decisions behind Kepware’s major product releases. In 2009, Gagne was one of the first recipients of Kepware’s Scholarship for Excellence in Engineering. This recognition led to an internship with the company followed by his graduation in 2010. From there, he quickly advanced his career, moving from Software Engineer to Senior Software Engineer. Gagne played a major role in the design and development of the Scheduler, a data optimization tool integrated within the company’s flagship product, KEPServerEX. As lead engineer of the project, he ensured the technology maintained its core purpose and functionality from inception to release. His ability to contribute across many areas of the business makes him an invaluable asset to the company and enables him to lead future initiatives. Currently, Gagne is spearheading the development of Kepware’s OPC Unified Architecture (UA) implementation. He recently represented Kepware at the OPC Foundation’s North American Interoperability Workshop in April. Gagne also serves as a case-in-point example of Kepware’s initiative to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. He often volunteers in local career fairs, encouraging students with his own story to pursue careers in technical industries.When he’s not overseeing engineering projects at Kepware, Gagne spends his free time homebrewing his own craft beers, having recently joined the American Homebrewers Association.