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2014: A Year in Review
By Noelle Weymer on 12.16.14

Here we are again, wrapping up another year. I think I say this every year, but I can't believe we are about to close out 2014! With the hustle and bustle of every day tasks, we think it's important to take a step back and reflect on the bigger picture of what our team has accomplished over the past year.

Once again, we look back with no regrets..maybe exhaustion, but no regrets! 2014 was a whirlwind of a year full of hard work, success, growth and of course, a lot of fun!

2014 in Summary:

New Staff:

To keep up with demand, we brought on 18 new staff members in 2014:

Full Time:

Adam Drees Simulation Project Engineer
Rehman Fazeem Simulation Project Engineer
Eric Moritz Simulation Project Engineer
Scott Richardt Simulation Project Engineer

Co-Op/Interns:

Vince Balassi Product Development Intern
Kaitlyn Compton Application Engineering Intern
David DeVoss Simulation Project Co-Op
Andrew Fazio Simulation Project Co-Op
Harshal Govind Product Development Co-Op
Hannah Jokisch Simulation Project Co-Op
Sean Kilgore Simulation Project Co-Op
Daumier Mageswki Simulation Project Co-Op
Rahul Neogi Simulation Project Intern
Adam Nichols Simulation Project Co-Op
Kevin O'Leary Marketing Intern
Tim Schieffer Simulation Project Intern
Chris Stuart Simulation Project Intern
Erik Woltjen Simulation Project Intern
2014 MYNAH Summer Intern/Co-Op Team

Conferences & Presentations:

The MYNAH business development team traveled all over North America and Germany, not only exhibiting, but presenting our Mimic Simulation Software solution. These events are the highlight of the MYNAH business development team's year and 2014 was no exception. We love the opportunity to meet face to face with our customers and partners from all over the world that we work with remotely on a daily basis.

  • 2014 EMEA Emerson Exchange: Stuttgart Germany The MYNAH team exhibited and presented the following:
    • Third Party Integration with DeltaV (Edin Rakovic, Application Engineering Manager & Jake Nichelson, Application Engineer)
    • Operators of the Future (Dave Sextro, Vice President of Engineering & Edin Rakovic, Application Engineering Manager)
    • Impact of Virtualization on Engineering & Training (Edin Rakovic, Application Engineering Manager & Jake Nichelson, Application Engineer)

  • Rockwell Automation's 2014 RSTechED: Orlando, FL
    The MYNAH team exhibited and Application Engineer, Jay Chard, presented "Migration from RSTestStand to Mimic Simulation Software".

  • Emerson Exchange 2014: Orlando, FL
    The MYNAH team exhibited and presented the following:
    • Life Cycle Dynamic Simulation for DeltaV- It's More than OTS (Mart Berutti, President/COO)
    • Impact of Virtualization on Engineering & Training (Edin Rakovic, Application Engineering Manager)
    • Meet the Experts: Process Simulation for Testing & Training (Todd Jaco, Simulation Solution Engineer)

  • Rockwell Automation Fair 2014: Anaheim, CA The MYNAH team exhibited and Vice President of Sales & Operations, Todd Anstine, presented "Equipping the Operators of the Future".

MYNAH's Todd Jaco spreading the good word of Mimic at 2014 Rockwell's Automation Fair

In 2015, MYNAH is taking the show on the road to even more conferences and tradeshows. Stay tuned to learn more about where to find us!

Simulation Projects Team:

Not even mentioning the open projects this team is currently working on, our project team completed 15 sizeable projects in 2014 in the following industries: Oil & Gas, Corn Wet-Milling, Pharmaceuticals, Pulp & Paper, Iron Ore, Mining and Chemical.

Application Engineering Team:

On top of finding themselves completing 25 VDS / Simulation Consulting projects, running our internal IT department, and instructing Mimic training courses, our team of 5 Application Engineers closed over 1450 support tickets in 2014. We may have declared this group the MYNAH S.W.A.T. team this year!

Development Team:

This has may have been the craziest year for the MYNAH development team to date! They have been working tirelessly through 2014 for our upcoming major release of the Mimic v3.6. Mimic v3.6 is a next-generation software platform for the process industries, providing fast, easy, flexible, dynamic simulation for plant operations life cycle results. For a sneak peak of what is to come in January 2015, take a look at "MYNAH Announces Major Release of Mimic v3.6 Coming January 2015" Thank you to our awesome Development Team for making this Mimic v3.6 concept come to life! Stay tuned for the annoucement of the release next month!

Dynamic Simulation with Mimic Training Course:

In 2014, we conducted 9 week long Mimic Training Courses. We now have 67 new Mimic experts running around out there!

2014 Training Locations:

  • 5 in Chesterfield,MO at MYNAH
  • 1 in Porsgrunn, Norway
  • 1 in Kelowna, B.C.
  • 1 in Boston, MA
  • 1 in Calgary, AB

There are some big changes coming to our Mimic Training Course in 2015. We will be breaking the course up into 2 different courses: Dynamic Simulation with Mimic (3 days) and Advanced Fluid Modeling with Mimic (2 days). There is more information on our Mimic Simulation Software Training page. Also, to accomodate our extensive global client base, we will also be launching an online, modular training option in 2015. Stay tuned for more information on that!

MYNAH's Spencer Absher going to town on that whiteboard during a 2014 Mimic Training Course!

Giving Back:

This year, we decided to focus on giving back to the future of our industry in a couple of different ways:

First off, we were given the opportunity to sponsor the " Virtus Dynamic Chemical Engineering Student Award 2014" given by the local St. Louis chapter of the AiCHE. This award was given to the Chemical Engineering student with the highest GPA at three local univerisities. The 2014 winners are:

  • Clayton Buback, Missouri University of Science and Technology. Clayton will graduate in May with a 3.947 GPA. He will continue on to medical school in the fall at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.

  • William Weaver, Washington University in St. Louis. William will graduate in May with a 3.86 GPA. He will begin work this summer as a process engineer at Flint Hills Resources in the Houston area.

  • Corey Staller, University of Missouri, Columbia. Corey will graduate in May with a 3.7 GPA. He will continue in school, pursueing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin.

Todd Jaco, MYNAH Technologies, Clayton Burback, MS&T, William Weaver, Wash U, and Mart Berutti, MYNAH Technologies

Also in 2014, we were very excited to announce our $1.5 million Mimic Simulation Software donation to the Missouri University of Science &Technology’s Doshi Teaching Laboratory in the newly constructed Bertelsmeyer Hall. The Mimic Simulation Software donated, in conjunction with Emerson Process Management’s donation of their DeltaV control system, created the virtual lab within the Doshi Teaching Laboratory. Together, the donation consists of a virtual lab system that hosts the simulation and software products, as well as the process control hardware and software. The virtual lab will be used for hands on, experiential learning in the Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Departments at the university.

MYNAH employees & Missouri S&T grads, Todd Jaco, Zach Sample & Sean Sullivan at the opening of the Doshi Teaching Laboratory.

Awards:

In the beginning of 2014, we learned we were voted #1 in Simulation Software category of Control Magazine's 2014 Reader's Choice Awards.

We are very grateful to Control Magazine this award and everything they do for the process industry!

Holiday Party:

On December 12th, the MYNAH team, along with friends and family, took the time to celebrate and reflect on the past year at our annual Holiday party. President, Mart Berutti, opened the party with some thoughts & reflections over the past year. To read his thoughts he discussed at the party, view his blog here.

The MYNAH team, along with friends & family, at our annual Holiday party.

2014 has been year of growth and success that we could not have predicted and now we are planning for an even bigger and better 2015! Thanks to all of our customers and partners for being so great to work with and for and for an overall amazing year. 2015...here we come!

On behalf of the MYNAH Technologies family, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!

Cheers to 2015,
Noelle

Noelle Hasser
Marketing Manager
MYNAH Technologies
+1.636.728.2036
noelle.hasser@mynah.com