Hunter Stofferahn
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What is your job title, and what does that position entail?

Applications Engineer. The focus of this position is to assist customers throughout their projects from concept design to installation and maintenance to help insure every project is successful. This is accomplished by application focused product training, on-site equipment installation, and on-going technical support.

How long have you worked at Olympus, where did you come from? A little history of how you got involved with Olympus?

I’ve been working for Olympus since April 2018. Before working at Olympus, I was an Applications Engineer for Yaskawa’s Motion Division. I was introduced to Olympus when I took over the West Coast region for Yaskawa in 2015 and started working on joint projects with many Olympus engineers.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

My favorite part of working at Olympus is the Olympus team. Having a great team to work with makes every day exciting to see what we can accomplish together.

Describe a little of your past history.

I grew up in Wisconsin where I graduated from UW-Madison (go Badgers!) with a degree in Computer Engineering. After graduating I moved around a bit for work living a few years in Chicago and in San Jose; eventually ending up in Portland after falling in love with the PNW.

Describe some of your hobbies – what do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I spend most of my time outdoors (hiking, skiing, climbing, camping), reading, playing guitar, and bingeing on Netflix shows. I also enjoy trying out new recipes and the occasional woodworking project.

What are some key lessons you have taken from your career thus far?

Almost nothing goes right the first time. Get used to making mistakes and do your best to learn from them.

What is one thing your customers might find surprising about you?

My cheek bone was broken in three places during a high school Rugby match and is now held together (after surgery) by a titanium plate.