Who Is Lab 651

We lead innovative work that radically changes people's lives

Focus Is Important - We Believe the IoT Takes More Than One

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Industrial & Mechanical Design

Full product and industrial design is offered at Lab 651. What's more, our designers can bring products to market quickly -- products that hit the mark both functionally and aesthetically.

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Embedded Systems

The Lab 651 team is ready to help you design the right "thing" the first time. And that's true whether it's us doing the heavy lifting or we're helping your team -- it's up to you.

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Mobile Apps & Data Science

The professionals at Lab 651 have built mobile, web and data applications for startups to Fortune 100 companies. Our solutions provide rich experiences and actionable intelligence.

Meet The Team

Each of our cofounders has been in the business of developing connected devices and systems for more than 20 years. ​With this experience under our belts, our team can drive to a solution with minimal iterations. We know what works and what doesn't.
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Troy Pongratz | Cofounder

Troy leads our product design team at Lab 651. He has been involved in product design for more than 20 years in industries such as medical, consumer, and industrial products. His work has yielded multiple patents. An experienced consultant with both large and small companies, Troy brings a team approach to designing products and integrating new products in multiple disciplines. Troy and his team consider it their personal responsibility to support a product design from beginning to end to ensure its success in the marketplace.

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Rodney Landers | Cofounder

​Rodney Landers leads our Lab 651 team of seasoned embedded systems engineers, ready to tackle a wide range of problems. He believes that technology should integrate seamlessly and transparently into everyday life. Rodney has been in the M2M/IoT area for more than 20 years, and, in addition to holding several patents, he is a serial entrepreneur. His work, which includes an automatic landing system for commercial aircraft and E911 for cell phones, impacts the lives of millions of people every day.

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Justin Grammens | Cofounder

​Justin Grammens leads our team of mobile & web application and data science engineers. Justin lives at the intersection of emerging technology and leading communities on the Internet of Things. He has been building mobile applications and cloud-based software solutions for more than 20 years with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Justin is a cofounder of IoT Fuse, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission to position Minnesota as a leader in connected products and is an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas teaching a graduate-level course on the Internet of Things.

Anna Heithoff<br/>
Mechanical Engineer
Anna Heithoff
Mechanical Engineer
Annie Tomassoni<br/>
Software Engineer
Annie Tomassoni
Software Engineer
Breon Nagy<br/>
Software Team Lead
Breon Nagy
Software Team Lead
David Vandekieft<br/>
VP, Technical Sales
David Vandekieft
VP, Technical Sales
Glyde Burdick<br/>
Software Engineer
Glyde Burdick
Software Engineer
Jake Berendes<br/>
UI/UX Designer
Jake Berendes
UI/UX Designer
Curt Black<br/>
Lead Embedded Engineer
Curt Black
Lead Embedded Engineer
Marty Pribula<br/>
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Marty Pribula
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Mike Novi<br/>
Software Architect & Data Scientist
Mike Novi
Software Architect & Data Scientist
Ryan Abrahamson<br/>
EE Team Lead
Ryan Abrahamson
EE Team Lead
Randy Casper<br/>
Lead Electrical Engineer
Randy Casper
Lead Electrical Engineer
Robert Waddell<br/>
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Robert Waddell
Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Chris Olsen<br/>
Software Engineer
Chris Olsen
Software Engineer
Chad Rosenow<br/>
Operations
Chad Rosenow
Operations
Toua Vang<br/>
Computer Engineer
Toua Vang
Computer Engineer

Lab 651 Has the Team and Experience to Deliver Results