Our Team

Ryan Swor, Vice President of Operations

As Vice President of Operations for our Lake Superior Consulting, Ryan calls upon his decade of experience with LSC to provide hands-on leadership and oversight to the team of engineers, technicians and designers helping clients ensure the long-term integrity of their assets.

Ryan’s experience includes ground bed design and installation, rectifier maintenance and repair, indirect electrical survey techniques (including Annual Survey, Close-Interval Survey, AC/DC Interference Testing, DCVG & ACVG Surveys, Coating Conductance Testing), general site inspection, coating application inspection, and specification writing and review. In 2010, Ryan was awarded the John Fitzgerald Award for excellence in the Purdue University Underground Corrosion Short Course.

Ryan obtained a BBA in Organizational Management from the University of Minnesota Duluth and has worked in the onshore submerged hazardous liquids and natural gas pipeline industry since 2006. He is a NACE-Certified Cathodic Protection Specialist and Level 1 Coating Inspector with expertise in corrosion mitigation. Ryan also holds certifications in OQ performance evaluations for NCCER, Veriforce, and the Midwest Energy Association.

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David Hokanson, Vice President of Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering, Dave leads a multi-disciplinary team that includes Civil, Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineers and design professionals, working together to develop solutions to complex client problems. He oversees recent engineering graduates and seasoned engineers as they collaborate to achieve client goals.  Dave’s team has a wealth of project experience in Energy, Industrial, Municipal, and Commercial sectors.

Dave’s project management experience ranges from pipeline route selection and constructability to engineering design and construction. Since joining LSC in 2005, he has managed the design phases of several major client projects and the hydro-testing programs for over 1,500 miles of large diameter pipe. He has several years of design experience in the fabrication of high pressure piping and boiler systems, as well as in manufacturing. Dave is an AWS Certified Welding Inspector and participates in ASME and NACE International.

Dave obtained a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota Duluth and an AAS in Mechanical Engineering and Design Technology from Alexandria Technical College, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

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Christina Knetsch, Director of Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Christina leads the HR Team to hire the best talent for Lake Superior Consulting. Christina manages the team’s needs and expectations while retaining, expanding, and attracting new client talent.

Christina joined LSC after successful experiences teaching English in Japan and managing worldwide commercial shipping clients for World Trade Network (WTN), an international marine electronics supply company. At WTN, Christina identified new customers and opportunities to generate demand and grow revenue.

Christina obtained a BA in International Management from Hamline University and a MBA with a Business Leadership focus from the College of St. Scholastica.

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