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  • Chris Little - Presenter

    Chris Little - Presenter

    Chris is one of our main presenters at the Automation Village, bringing a highly creative element to each production. He has been with Trihedral since 2007. In addition to serving VTScada customers in Ontario and Quebec, he serves as Trihedral’s media relations representative and also the company's communications expert, producing a variety of marketing resources including webinars, articles, press releases, and brochures. His articles have been featured in numerous print and online water/wastewater...
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  • Dave Spencer - Presenter

    Dave Spencer - Presenter

    Dave is one of our main presenters at the Automation Village. He is the guy behind much of our technical content such as the LaunchPad challenge to name just one! He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 and began his career designing electromechanical transmission and communication components for military and renewable energy applications. In 2016, Dave transitioned into the automation industry at Trihedral headquarters in Bedford, Nova Scotia, where he is a key member of the global...
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  • Natashia Lutz - Presenter and Media Coordinator

    Natashia Lutz - Presenter and Media Coordinator

    Natashia is both a presenter and significant behind-the-scenes media coordinator that keeps our shows, events and other key items on track here at the Automation Village. She spent most of her life living and enjoying Nova Scotia. She has held previous positions in the health care field. Wanting new opportunities, she returned to Business College and ended up accepting a temporary position with Trihedral in 2010. Her valuable contributions led quickly to her becoming a permanent member of the Sales...
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  • Pete Diffley - Producer and Presenter

    Pete Diffley - Producer and Presenter

    Pete is the producer and a presenter of the Automation Village and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina, having moved from Ireland in 2014. He joined Trihedral at the end of 2019, as leader of the Marketing Team, bringing with him over 30 years experience in the automation industry, most recently being the Director of Systems Engineering Solutions for Xylem. During this time, he worked closely with Trihedral on the development of the screen templates and interfaces for the MultiSmart Intelligent...
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  • Pam Moss - Presenter of Data Wave

    Pam Moss - Presenter of Data Wave

    Pam Moss is a gem and is our regular contributor to the Automation Village, now residing in our Data Wave slot each month. Thank you Pam!

    Many will know her through her extensive career along with her membership of various organizations. She is an Application Development Manager for Claros Software Solutions for Hach and has been with the company for 12 years. She has served in several roles during her years with Hach:
    • Regional Sales Manager for the Carolinas
    • Project Sales Manager
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  • Lee Kibler - Utility and Industry Perspective Contributor

    Lee Kibler - Utility and Industry Perspective Contributor

    We are delighted to have Lee on the team. He is a regular contributor to the show and brings with him both utility perspective and automation insights, thanks to his excellent background. He is the Superintendent of Water Operations at Riviera Utilities, serving there since 2004. His experience covers a wide range of automation areas, with senior roles in Process Engineering, Facility and Maintenance Supervision, and Robotics.

    He has a BSc in Manufacturing Engineering from the...
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  • Ian Schmertzler - Cybersecurity Expert Contributor

    Ian Schmertzler - Cybersecurity Expert Contributor

    Ian is a regular show contributor, providing much-valued input on the topic of cybersecurity and defense. He is the President, and one of the Founders, of Dispel. By training, he is an industrial engineer. Ian’s focus is on making processes more efficient at scale. Ian holds an MSc from Georgia Tech and a BA from Yale. He is a Director of the National Defense Industry Association’s New York Chapter.

    Dispel is an American cyber defense firm based in New York, NY. The company...
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  • Keith Donaldson - Presenter

    Keith Donaldson - Presenter

    We are delighted to have Keith Donaldson as a regular presenter on The Automation Village live shows. He began his career overseeing telemetry and communication assets for Mobil North Sea Limited. At Kvaerner FSSL (now Aker Solutions), and then progressed to Senior Software Engineer supporting monitoring and control systems for subsea oil and gas production (written using WEB - an early version of VTScada). Now as Director of Business Development for Trihedral based in our offices in Scotland, the...
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  • Sam Black - Dashboard Challenge Expert

    Sam Black - Dashboard Challenge Expert

    Sam has become our resident Dashboard Challenge Expert on the show, being back-to-back winner of the Challenges at VTScadaFest in 2019 & 2020 (to date, there have been two total VTScadaFest challenges, so if you are counting, Sam has won 100% of them!). He has a great ability to run with a challenge that is thrown at him and produce excellent results that usually go above and beyond the brief. He graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering with a B.S. in Electrical...
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    Automation Friends,

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    Thank you for joining us at The Automation Village! Fill out the survey to receive a Certificate of Attendance:

    If you missed the live show, you can re-watch it here,, then complete the survey, at the link above, for your Certificate of Attendance.

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    In a world first, Australian quantum computing manufacturer, Silicon Quantum Computing (SQC), has today announced they have developed a quantum computing chip that integrates all the necessary components found on a classical computer chip but at the atomic scale, making up a functional quantum processor.

    This quantum processor was then put to the test by using it to model a small molecule in which each atom has multiple quantum states - something that traditional computers would struggle...
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