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Our Team

The KDY Team

We understand that in a service business, our primary assets are our people and our reputation. At KDY, we make a great effort to find the most qualified individuals for each position. With our strong commitment to client success, we have built a team of individuals passionate about solving problems and achieving effective results.

Allan Salant, Senior Electrical Engineer - Allan holds a master's degree in management from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with more than 20 years of industry experience as an electrical engineer and project manager, Allan is an expert in quality management systems. He also has extensive experience in UL Listed control panel design. Prior to co-founding KDY, he was a Senior Product Engineering Manager at Cree, a world leader in LED-based lighting technology.

Byron "Kit" Goode, Automation Engineering Specialist - Kit is an expert at machining, welding, drafting, electrical work, pneumatics, hydraulics, and has over 15 years of experience in the field. Kit holds a Welding Technical Diploma, as well as a Machining Technical Diploma from Forsyth Technical Community College and is currently an instructor at Durham Tech Shop in Durham, NC. Prior to working at KDY, he was a CAD Draftsman, Welder, and CNC programmer for Fuel Tech Inc.

Carlos Arango, Automation Design Engineer - Carlos holds a master’s degree in mechanical and systems engineering as well as a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University. He is a Certified LabView Developer and has over 10 years' experience in development and deployment of automation systems utilizing the latest Rockwell and Allen Bradley products. Carlos originally joined KDY in 2009 before taking a position as design engineer and project manager at Michelin, where he was able to expand his electro-mechanical and ControlLogix skills.

Kody Grilz, Automation Design Engineer - Kody holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is an experienced designer of microcontroller automation systems in laboratory applications and a developer of full-stack software solutions in platforms and languages such as LabVIEW, Java, C/C++, C#, and LisP. Kody joined KDY in 2020, making him the newest member of our team.

Kimberly Hodes, Executive Assistant - It is with great sadness that we share the news that Kim Hodes, aka SuperKim, passed away after a long battle with cancer. During her 9+ years at KDY, she was beloved by her coworkers, vendors, and clients. Kim's positivity and helpfulness will be greatly missed.

Muriel Osorio, Executive Assistant - Muriel is a New York native. She has a background in Project Management and will now manage our office, assist our engineers, vendors and clients to ensure we run a smooth operation. You will find her at our front desk to greet you with a warm smile.

Prateek Machiraju, Summer Intern - Prateek is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He led his high school robotics team as President and Programming Lead and has programming experience in C++, Java, and Python.