Paula Cruz – Human Resources Manager

Year you began at Nysus: 2022

College: The University of Toledo, Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing/Communications

Hometown: Fremont, Ohio

About Paula:   I enjoy spending time with my family, going to Chicago to visit my son, watching my granddaughter’s sporting events, or spending time with my youngest daughter at Kent State.  We have 3 dogs that keep us on our toes.  My daughter has one of them at Kent State.  I also enjoy boating in the summer, traveling and spending time with friends.  

Favorite Sports Team: Toledo Rockets Football and Dallas Cowboys

Favorite Food:  Veggie Lasagna

Why are you excited to work for Nysus Solutions?  I enjoy working at Nysus Solutions because everyone is passionate about their role towards the success of the Company.  I see everyone practicing the Core Values on a daily basis.  I also love how Nysus Solutions gives back to the community by collaborating with so many philanthropic organizations.

What do you see for the future of Nysus Solutions that you are excited about?   I am excited for the expansion of the Nysus Solutions customer base. The growth and expansion of the Company which will in turn add employees and locations.

Anna Schafer – System Software Developer

Year you began at Nysus: 2021 as an engineering co-op student, 2022 full-time

College: The University of Toledo – Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering

Hometown: Saline, Michigan

About Anna: I am getting married in June of 2023. I have never had pets, but my fiance has a dog, Coco. They will both move in with me after the wedding. In my free time I enjoy reading, spending time with my parents and four siblings and with my fiance and his family, playing outdoor games like Kan Jam and volleyball, and exercising.

Favorite Sports Team: My family rarely watched sports while I was growing up, so I don’t really have one.

Favorite Food: Fettuccine Alfredo or other pasta with alfredo sauce.

Why do you enjoy working at Nysus Solution?  I have been able to participate in a variety of projects for different customers concerning different aspects of our software. I like being at a small company where everyone knows everyone, and the whole team was friendly and welcoming when I joined them. They care about their employees and were happy to accommodate my class schedule so I could work part-time while finishing school.

What do you like most about working within the manufacturing industry? I am a very visual person and I like helping people, so it is nice to know that I could walk into a plant and see the system I worked on being used to improve quality or provide a customer with a better way of doing something. It has also been interesting to learn about our customers and how they make their products, and I look forward to expanding my knowledge further.

Steve Birdwell – Customer Support Specialist

Year you began at Nysus: 2022

Hometown: Toledo, OH

About Steve: I live in Toledo with my wife, 2 kids and our 2 French Bulldogs. We enjoy planning family trips, camping, and hiking. I love the outdoors, collecting vinyl records and teaching my kids about all kinds of music. My son and I recently started taking Karate together so I can someday be like Chuck Norris.

Favorite Sports Team: Detroit Lions and Michigan Wolverines 

Favorite Food: Greek Food or Chicken Wings

What do you think sets Nysus Solutions apart from the competition? I’m most excited about the range of customization options we offer our clients. It’s great to see unique solutions being implemented. From my Support position, I’m able to work with the clients and other team members to solve issues in a variety of innovative ways.

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions? From the moment I walked into Nysus Solutions it just felt different; you could tell people were excited to be there. It’s not your typical place to work and I feel privileged to be a part of it.

Robert Kahle – Software Engineer

Year you began at Nysus: 2017

College:  The University of Toledo; BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technology

Hometown: Perrysburg, OH

About Robert: From growing up on a farm, showing horses at the county fair, assisting the BGSU Motorsports Teams from the Electric Falcon in the Formula Lightning series to E-85 go-karts, off-roading adventures with friends from power line trails to mud pits on two and four wheels, many projects at home that involve any mix of electronics, software and automation to the most important part of my life, raising a family. My life has centered around keeping the world moving and with the gifts I’ve been entrusted, engineering was a natural profession to follow; “…conscious always that my skill carries with it the obligation to serve humanity by making best use of the Earth’s precious wealth.” My wife and I with our daughter (and future kids) continue to blaze new trails as we grow together, we enjoy taking in the vast beauty of nature while going camping and exploring the outdoors together and with the rest of our family and from time to time I enjoy capturing those moments from behind a camera.

Favorite Sports Team: Whatever teams my kid(s), nieces and nephews are playing on.

Favorite Food:  Anything from a grill, preferably over charcoal or camp fire.

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions? From when I started here it’s always been a fantastic and unique opportunity. From our team to our customers, there’s always been a unique professional relationship that keeps every day unique and brings a renewed sense of accomplishment with every project, no matter the size

Yi Lu – Customer Support Specialist

Year you began at Nysus: 2021

College: The Ohio State University / BS in Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Yunlin County, Taiwan

About Yi:  I currently live in Toledo, OH. In my off time, I enjoy playing games with my friends, outdoor tennis when the weather permits, and learning about web development technologies / building apps / websites with what I learn.

Favorite Sports Team: The Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Food:  A correctly done (not well done) steak / anything that goes well with rice / anything with eggs in it

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions?  I am continuously learning from the team and our customers while on the job. It keeps me on my toes and my knowledge of technology in the manufacturing sector gets to grow day by day.

Justin Goedde – Automation Engineer

Year you began at Nysus: May 2020 as an automation co-op student

College: The University of Toledo – BS in Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

About Justin:  I am excited to start my career as an Automation Engineer with Nysus Solutions. In my free time I enjoy playing sports such as soccer and sand volleyball during the summer. I love to travel, regardless of whether it is going to the beach or on a week-long backpacking trip.

Favorite Sports Team: The Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Food:  Anything I can get for free. Or Chinese food if I’m buying.

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions?  I’m excited to work here because I know I will have a lot of opportunities to learn and develop as an engineer through being a part of this team.

Jacob Pifer – Implementation Engineer

Year you began at Nysus: 2021

College: The University of Michigan  

Hometown: Trenton, Michigan  

About Jacob: When I am not working, I am typically spending time with my wife & our 2 dogs. If I am not spending time with them, I am either working on a house project or watching Netflix.

Favorite Sports Team: Michigan Wolverines Football

Favorite Food:  Pulled pork

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions? I am excited to work for Nysus Solutions because I get to see different manufacturing processes and help other companies improve their processes.  Another big reason is Nysus Solutions is a great place to learn & grow in programming, automation & program management

Heysam Salami – Director of Software Operations

Year you began at Nysus: 2021

College: The University of Toledo – Business Administration, Human Resources Management

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

About Heysam: My wife and I have 3 boys that are all into sports and we love watching them play throughout the year. I have been in the automotive industry for about 10 years now. Before getting into the industry, I helped run our family business that we owned for over a decade.

Favorite Sports Team: Detroit Lions

Favorite Food:  Pizza

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions? I’m excited to work at Nysus Solutions because of the great culture that the company promotes, along with the ability Nysus Solutions has to customize solutions for our customers.

Devon Steel – Implementation Engineer

Year you began at Nysus: 2021

College: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University / Spaceflight Operations

Hometown: Perrysburg, Ohio

About Devon: I’m a proud nerd, big fan of Star Wars and Marvel, video games, and Lego. I have been ballroom and Latin dancing since 2013, which has been an incredible hobby that has led to meeting lots of new people and expanding my comfort zone. Space has always been one of my biggest passions, and I love keeping up with all the SpaceX news and other commercial spaceflight happenings. Lastly, I have a very old and very sweet dog named Cosmo.

Favorite Sports Team: McLaren Racing-Formula 1

Favorite Food: BBQ lentil stuffed sweet potato

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions? I worked for Nysus Solutions a little while in 2014 as an intern, and it has been incredible to see the company’s growth since then. Our business has expanded and so has the team, and everyone has been so welcoming since I came back. That’s what I’m most excited about-continuing to work with these fantastic people who are so well aligned with the Nysus core values.

Cody Mitchey – Design Engineer

Year you began at Nysus: 2020 as an automation co-op engineer

College: The University of Toledo / Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Industrial Manufacturing Engineering with a minor of Business Entrepreneurship

Hometown: Lyons, Ohio

About Cody: I currently live in Lyons with my dog and two cats. In my free time, I enjoy 3D printing, woodworking, working in the yard, kayaking, traveling, playing video games, listening to/playing music, and tinkering with anything mechanical or electrical. My younger brother and I have a lot of shared hobbies, so we’re almost always hanging out together when our work and school schedules lineup. I also love learning and trivia, and I strive to be a “jack of all trades”.

Favorite Sports Team: The Ohio State Buckeyes

Favorite Food: Anything pasta or grilled

Why are you excited to start working at Nysus Solutions? I’m excited to work for Nysus Solutions because there’s always an opportunity to learn a new skill. Each project presents its own unique set of challenges and it’s fun to work your way to a solution. There are also plenty of opportunities for cross-discipline training. I can go from mechanical design, to wiring panels and sensors, to fabrication and assembly, to electrical design or PLC programming all in the same day. There aren’t many places where you can get that kind of experience.