Doug Strasky

Primary Optimization Systems Manager, USNR

Doug Strasky is Primary Optimization Systems Manager for USNR, based in Parksville, BC.
In this role Doug manages software engineering for optimization products for the front end of the sawmill. These applications range from log and stem scaling, bucking, log sorting, log rotation and all aspects of full log breakdown lines.
Doug holds a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, BC specializing in robotics and power electronics. Prior to his engineering career Doug was a licensed Heavy Duty Mechanic, and he still keeps current with that. He began his career in the forest products industry in 1996 as a software developer with Nanoose Systems Corporation, which soon became part of the Perceptron Forest Products Division, and in 2002 it became part of USNR. He started out writing software to interface to many different types of sensors and PLC systems, then participated in the development of the optimization software and many startups. His diverse system knowledge is helpful when discussing how to improve the whole system, including mechanical, controls and optimization software.
Systems for the forest products industry are like sunrises, no two are the same. Constantly working on new inventions, or adapting new technology or just listening to customers and learning better ways to do things means there is always a new challenge to look forward to. Doug likes to apply the full scope of his life experience to solving problems and looking for opportunities to improve systems.
Doug doesn’t have any spare time, but if he did, he would spend it being a husband and father, tinkering in his workshop, visiting and sharing a meal with family and friends, paddling on a quiet lake, riding a quad, snow shoeing or skiing.
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