Officers

Amber Orr: Chair of Spokane Section



Amber has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Idaho and has more than fifteen years of experience in the industrial and utility fields, including work with consulting engineering firms, O.E.M. and E.P.C. firms, and electric utilities. Her experience is in utility protection, planning and analysis; substation design; substation and distribution automation, commissioning, testing, and construction oversight/inspection. Ms. Orr is employed as the Manager of Engineering at Pend Oreille County PUD in NE Washington and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Nathan Milleville: Membership Development of Spokane Section



Nathan has a B.S. from Washington State University and has 5+ years of experience working in diverse technology environments including health care, location-based services for wireless carriers, and national security. He is currently employed by Nuvodia where he has been an integration specialist for more than 2 years.

Steve Simmons: Vice Chair, Chair of Joint Antennas and Propagation, Circuits and Systems, Electron Devices, Computer, and Control System Society



Steve has been involved in dozens of Inland Northwest projects for economic and technology development, as a professor of computer science at EWU, and as a project partner with XN Technologies, Avista, Argo Technical Publishing and Target Color Technologies. He is currently active in FPGA systems development research and as CSHE community liaison.

Janelle Lee: Co-Chair of Joint Technology Management and Industry Application Society



Janelle has over 12 years of diversified service experience in both military and industrial settings. She has worked with consulting engineering firms, the United States Corps of Engineers, manufacturing plants, military facilities, hydroelectric dams, and agricultural facilities. Her experience is in project management, motor control, instrumentation, control panel design, and construction support. Ms. Lee is employed as the Industrial Lead Engineer for Trindera Engineering, Inc. in Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. She has a B. S. in Electrical Engineering from Gonzaga University and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Brad Blunn: Co-Chair of Joint Technology Management and Industry Application Society



Brad Blunn has 12 years of diversified experience in design, laboratory, and industrial settings. He has worked with consulting engineering firms and large equipment manufacturers from the HVAC and mining markets. His project experience is covers a wide range of subjects including project management, power systems, controls & instrumentation, DCS and PLC system design and programming, testing, construction, and commissioning. Mr. Blunn is employed as an Electrical/Controls Engineer for Trindera Engineering, Inc. in Spokane, Washington and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He has a B. S. in Controls Engineering from Montana Tech in Butte, MT and is a registered E.I.T.

Olga Mill: Professional Activities Chair of Spokane Section



Olga has a Master in Engineering Management from Washington State University, an M.S in Computer Science from Eastern Washington University, a B.S. Computer Information Systems from Eastern Washington University, and a B.S in Physics from Tver State University in Russia. The primary interests include automated controls, real-time operating systems and application development for integrated network environments. Olga is currently employed by F5 Networks at Liberty Lake, WA, as a network support engineer. In the past she has had worked for Ciena and Digideal (Spokane). She is very proud to have her first internship at Kaiser Aluminum (Spokane) when she was still a student at Eastern. She presented her VoIP paper at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Conference in October 2013. She is also an adjunct faculty at ITT Tech. Olga has been an IEEE member since 2002.

Amy Sawyer: vTools Coordinator of Spokane Section



With over ten years of Utility experience, Amy Sawyer is Project Coordinator for Engineering and Operations at Pend Oreille County PUD (POPUD) in beautiful Newport, WA. Contributing experience from Clark Public Utilities and Box Canyon Dam, Amy’s background includes project management, distribution electric system, database management and implementation, GIS, pole contacts, software trainer and event management and publication. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Inland Empire Joint Use Association (IEJUA) for pole owners.

Glen Farmer: Power and Energy Chairman and Secretary/Treasurer for Spokane Section



Glen Farmer is a senior member of the IEEE. He has been a member since 1989. His membership started at Gonzaga University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. After graduating in 1992 he was consulting for 4 years. Most of his projects consisted of Commercial Buildings such as Grocery Stores, Office Buildings and Assisted Living Facilities. He joined Avista’s Generation Department (formally Washington Water Power) in 1996. He has been in several positions and currently is the Generation Electrical Engineering Manager. He is a registered Electrical PE in Washington State.

Caitlin Croskrey: Young Professionals Coordinator



A graduate of Gonzaga University, Caitlin Croskrey has 2 years of experience designing and prototyping antennas in Gonzaga's Smart Antenna and Radio Laboratory. There, she co-authored a paper that was presented at IEEE's 2016 Antennas and Propagation Society/URSI International Conference. She is currently working for Itron as an RF Systems Engineer in Liberty Lake. In her spare time she enjoys boating, playing softball, and performing music with both her family and Hot Club of Spokane, as well as various music groups in the Inland Northwest.

Mike Boyle: Webmaster for Spokane Section



Mike has BS in Computer Science from the University of Montana and MS in Software Engineering from Portland State University. Mike has 25+ years of experience developing software applications and has worked for Pend Oreille County PUD for the last eight years developing SCADA and other operations centric systems.