We have assembled an executive team that combines progressive business leadership with extensive engineering experience.
President – Ian Ruef
Ian Ruef serves as the company President of Ascentec Engineering and is responsible for the overall operations, strategic leadership and management for all divisions of the company. Before joining the executive management team at Ascentec Engineering in 2011, Ian held a number of positions within the company including General Manager, Divisional Operations Manager and Regional Sales Manager. Prior to joining Ascentec Engineering in 2004, Ian was employed by Tektronix Inc., as a manufacturing engineer, where he was responsible for the development of the soldering processes in the printed circuit board assembly division.
Ian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oregon State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marylhurst University.
Machining Technology & Manufacturing Director/Co-Founder– David Gilliat
David serves as Director of Manufacturing and Machining Technology at Ascentec Engineering, and is responsible for the direct management of the manufacturing team for the Precision Machining Division of Ascentec.
David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Integrated Manufacturing, both from Brigham Young University. His graduate research focused on optimized machining using advanced materials where he gained extensive knowledge and experience with manual and CNC milling machines. He has more than five years of experience as a manufacturing engineer in the electronics assembly industry, and twelve years of experience as an engineer in the machining industry.
R&D & Engineering Director/Co-Founder – Morris Torseth
Morris serves as Director of Research and Development at Ascentec Engineering and is responsible for new product/process design and development for all divisions of the company.
Morris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Portland. His research focused on advanced computer aided motion control. He has twelve years of custom automation design and integration experience and five years of experience as a process engineer in the electronics assembly industry. He was also an NPI engineer responsible for the successful integration of prototypes and new products into manufacturing. He is a specialist in custom requirements for designing and manufacturing fixtures that reduce time and increase accuracy for CAD and CAM, and is trained in NEPA70 and NEC1996 electrical codes.