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Bob Karschnia

CEO and President

Bob Karschnia is CEO and President of Sentient Energy. Karschnia leads the Sentient Energy team focusing on customer partnership and success, new product development and overall company strategy. Prior to joining Sentient Energy, Karschnia was the vice president and general manager of Emerson Automation Solutions’ Pervasive Sensing business. He helped create, grow and lead Emerson’s pervasive sensing product/software/solution/service offerings and coordinated the Industrial Internet of Things initiatives across the company. Early in the development of wireless technology, Bob drove the standardization of the WirelessHART communications protocol and helped define new technologies aimed at solving reliability, efficiency, environment and safety problems in the industry.

Before joining Emerson, Bob developed rotating equipment control systems at Compressor Controls Corporation and satellite control systems for Lockheed Martin. He also served as an officer in the United States Air Force working on satellite control and communications systems.

Mr. Karschnia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.