FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. October 5, 2022
Michael Gustafson joins the team at Qnect LLC of Hadley MA. as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development
“It’s all about engineering efficiency in the digital age,” says Michael Gustafson. As Product Manager at Trimble and Industry Strategy Manager at Autodesk, Michael has been identifying and directing new technologies for 17 years. “I felt that I needed to take on a senior leadership role with a team that can make a bigger impact in construction, and for the planet. The software solution that Qnect has built has me energized to execute a vision that optimizes for both savings and carbon footprint of new buildings. What they have achieved has opened my eyes to a massive market imperative.”
Michael cut his teeth as a structural engineer working with the industry’s best at Ellerbe Becket (now AECOM), designing a variety of structures. While earning his MBA, he led marketing efforts as a regional engineer with AISC (American Institute for Steel Construction) where he learned about the value of the steel fabricator. At Tekla and Autodesk, Michael forged strategy for structural analysis, design, detailing and fabrication and saw first-hand how technology can help push smart digital transformation.
After studying Qnect, Michael recognized a promising global solution to make engineering more efficient. Qnect’s software has proven its ability to trim carbon emissions while lowering risk and saving time and cost on steel construction. Gustafson’s interest was also piqued by Qnect’s unparalleled, patented optimization technology and its significant impact on projects.
“As I look across the globe, the industry is expecting much more from tech providers to increase productivity and reduce material waste and carbon. The global construction market will surely benefit from the data Qnect generates to make smarter design decisions, not just for buildings in North America but across Europe and beyond,” says Gustafson.
Qnect’s CEO, Jef Sharp says, “We are thrilled to welcome Michael Gustafson to the Qnect leadership team. Michael has a unique skill set that includes engineering, software, and a global perspective of the design, detailing and fabrication tech sectors. His vision is perfectly in line with where Qnect is headed. Great people make great companies.”