At Punch Through, we encourage everyone to proudly be themselves and want you to know the people behind the work that we’re so proud of. That’s why we launched our “Meet the Team” series, where we introduce you to one of our team members each month.
Meet Alec Werning, one of our embedded software engineers at Punch Through, who’s primarily involved with firmware development. In his free time, you can often find Alec working on home improvement projects and learning how things work while tinkering with projects. He also enjoys biking, running, nordic skiing, downhill skiing – really, almost any activity that gets him outdoors.
What were you doing before working at Punch Through?
Prior to Punch Through, I was working as a mechatronics engineer for Toro. I’d gotten my undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, and then had gone back for my master’s degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on mechatronics. So, the role really aligned with my schooling and was pretty interesting. It was at a time when a lot of the company’s products were becoming more electrical and moving away from gas. It was also at a time when there was a lot of change at the company, and I decided to start looking for firmware positions. That led me here.
What is your favorite thing about Punch Through culture?
My favorite part about Punch Through culture has got to be how everyone is encouraged to proudly be themselves. There’s absolutely no judgment, just support. You don’t feel the need to fit into certain boxes, which allows you to be the best version of yourself. This makes it super easy to talk with coworkers, share your interests, and just be yourself.
Tell me a story about your most memorable moment while working at Punch Through
Company trips. More specifically, singing karaoke with your coworkers on a company trip is pretty memorable. It’s not something you often do, especially within the first six months of employment. Otherwise, I’d have to say the lunches we share together are memorable. The lunches are a nice structured time to get to know your coworkers and learn about their lives. It’s definitely contributing to the collaborative, team environment at Punch Through.
What cool or rewarding things do you get to do on a regular basis?
As far as cool or rewarding goes, it has to be how many hats I get to wear from day to day. It changes regularly: firmware, test setup, blog posts…you name it; I get to have my hands in so many different aspects of the business. That’s pretty cool and rewarding. And much like our lunches, I think it helps in establishing a strong team dynamic to whatever project you or one of your coworkers might be working on. You get to help the team and share insights that you might not otherwise share if it weren’t for such an environment.
What is the most valuable part of your work to you on a personal level?
The most valuable aspect of my work is the opportunity to make a difference. At Punch Through, much of the work involves medical devices. So, you not only get a chance to help people working on a device but help people who directly use the device. You get to make an impact on people’s lives. On a personal level, that’s really valuable.
What is different about Punch Through versus other places you have worked?
The big difference between Punch Though and other places is you get to be yourself – truly be yourself. But there’s also this emphasis on communication. It’s a priority. Being a smaller company, communication isn’t generally a problem. However, the extra effort that goes into communication really stands out to me, and a lot of transparency comes out of that. You don’t always see that at other organizations.
Interested in Joining Our Team?
To meet more of the Punch Through Team, read these interviews:
Meet the Team – Karel Kalthoff – Firmware/Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Louis Barrett – Engineering Intern, Summer 2019
Meet the Team – Erin Moore – Hiring Coordinator and Office Manager
Meet the Team – Alec Letourneau – Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Andy Lee – Senior Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Amanda Nguyen – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Gretchen Walker – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Charlie Kellerman – Hardware Engineer
Meet the Team – Chee Yi Ong – Senior Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Henry Anfang – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Ryan Kornetzke – Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Julian Hays – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tyler Cadman – Senior Embedded Engineer
Meet the Team – Bret Hassler – Principal Firmware Engineer
Meet the Team – Emily Hinderaker – Marketing Specialist
Meet the Team – Ashish Derhgawen – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Elaine Skaare – Project Manager
Meet the Team – Tia Hannes – Associate Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Matt Dunham – Principal Systems & RF/Hardware Engineer
Meet the Team – Matt Kruger – Senior Embedded Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tyler Grunenwald – Firmware/Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Alex Bourdage – Associate Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Tina Hanly – Admin Assistant
Meet the Team – Mike Waddick – President
Meet the Team – Matt Rengo – Executive Vice President
Meet the Team – Jason Sheard – VP of Engineering
Meet the Team – Michael Twohy – Mobile Software Engineer
Meet the Team – Andrew Shannon – Firmware Engineer
About the Blog Series…
Great culture builds great products. Some of the ways culture is expressed at Punch Through are through authenticity, autonomy, and experience. The individuals at Punch Through not only build great products, but they are the culture. The individual team members aren’t defined by their past or title. They’re encouraged to be true to themselves, learn from each other, and grow professionally and personally.
It’s essential to get to know the people behind the projects and to understand how culture plays a vital role in everything we do. To help get inside the heads of the genius behind the brand, we’re launching a “Meet the Team” blog post series. Each post will feature one of our talented team members where you can get to know them on a bit more personal level, and see how their contributions make Punch Through what it is today.