Employee Spotlight: Marty Kalnins

Here's a little bit about a new addition to our EMC testing department, Marty Kalnins:

Title: EMC Engineer

Year Started at Elite: 2017

Education: Bachelor's in EE from IIT

Any unique hobbies, talents, skills, experiences, etc.: 

3D printer design/build; Licensed pyrotechnician for 17+ years.

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity?

Pyro/Fireworks. My father-in-law got me started in the business.  He let me set up for the 4th of July display in Oak Forest, IL. That was it--I was hooked. I now shoot 7 shows a year. To get into this industry, you need to first find a licensed pyro-tech.  The tricky thing is that we are few and far between.

Proudest moment in life so far:

My kids and graduating from college (I started back to school at the age of 45).

What would you consider to be your passion outside of work? How did you get started in it? Any advice for anyone looking to try this activity? 

Just doing anything outside (except in the Illinois winters).

How did you get involved with EMC/ENV testing?

A close friend got me into it. 

Why did you choose to work at Elite?

Elite is the premiere EMC lab in the area (and see above).

If you had a personal motto, what would it be?

“Use it or lose it.”

If you could be paid in something other than money, what would you choose?

GOLD.