Jakob Bahner

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

I’m a sales engineer covering the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with customers across many different industries to specify and support automation equipment of all kinds.

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

I graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin-Madison in December 2015. I first learned of Olympus Controls through on-campus recruitment, and later took the opportunity to join the company as a new applications engineer in California. I moved to San Jose shortly after graduating and have been working with Olympus Controls since April 2016.

What do you like best about working at Olympus?

We have a great team and a great company culture! I also enjoy the opportunity to work with so many different products and customers across many industries—it makes my job engaging and rewarding.

Describe a little of your past history.

I was born and raised in south-central Wisconsin. Both my parents (and a grandparent) were all engineers and alumni of Wisconsin state schools, and I followed in their footsteps studying mechanical engineering as a Badger at UW-Madison. As a student, I developed an interest in mechatronics and automation through summer internships and design projects. Since moving to CA I’ve had a great experience working with Olympus Controls and growing professionally here in Silicon Valley.

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

My move to CA was partially motivated by my love for the outdoors, so naturally I spend a lot of time enjoying the mountains, forests, and ocean views here on the West Coast . I like to stay active with outdoor activities like backpacking and rock climbing. I’m also a lifelong Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan, and I always find time to visit Wisconsin for a football game or 2 in the fall.

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

Communication is key, and when in doubt—cycle power.

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

I played euphonium in the University of Wisconsin Marching Band for 5 years.