Michigan Office
616 Shelden Ave. Suite B12
Houghton, MI 49931

Minnesota Office
13657 10th St SW
Cokato, MN 55321

By Phone: 320-286-1357

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Nels E. Benda, PE

Vice President – Chief Technology Officer

Nels Benda has spent his career developing novel solutions for Aircraft, Military and Commercial Applications. His professional background includes electronics development, in particular, power system, and architecture, EMI/EMC analysis and design, embedded design, and signal analysis. Nels received his Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and has been a licenced Professional Engineer in Michigan since 2016. Nels started Benda Engineering with Steve as a family run business, to provide a vehicle for R&D projects he is passionate about, and to provide a mechanism to provide the expertise of the team to our customers as a service.
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Steven J. Benda


Steve Benda has been an entrepreneur the majority of his career. He started his career as an Electrical Engineering Grad from Michigan Technological University, and has spent the first 10 years of his career in the Power Industry, working on Nuclear Start-ups and systems design. In 1986, he launched his first product idea, a line of safety products for the electrical systems industry, soon after which became the gold-standard for hazardous systems safety, and the basis for Lock-Out/Tag-Out. To enable his own ideas, and to provide an incubator for technology, he started Injection Technologies, Inc, a custom injection plastics molding company, and built it from the ground up into a turn-key solutions manufacturer for a variety of customers in many industries. He personally has 42 Issued Patents and Patent Applications. His knowledge of the workings of the Patent Office has helped to set Benda Engineering apart, allowing technology development, all while protecting the secret sauce that distinguishes our own products and the novelty our customers wish to protect.

Zach Erkkila

Lead Software Developer

Zach’s background is in web development, application development, mobile-web integration and web-based control systems. He graduated with a BS in Computer Science from Michigan Technological University. Zach has worked in the computer science field since 2012, starting his career as owner and operator of Kolmedia Web Solutions, providing website, mobile, and web application development services, and later joining ProNav Marine to aid in development of their ProNav Angler GPS autopilot system. Zach has been with Benda Engineering since late 2016, leading their software development efforts in that time.
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