Michelle Gage

michelleMichelle Gage

Associate Engineer

 mcgage@umn.edu | 612–624–4619

Driven with a passion for clean air and water, Michelle joined MnTAP in 2014 to help Minnesota businesses find sustainable solutions.  As a former small business owner, with 10 years of experience in the commercial insulation industry, she understands that pollution and energy solutions need to be practical and make financial sense.

Michelle enjoys working with clients to solve a wide range of problems, including water reduction in food processing and electroplating operations. While working with fiberglass reinforced plastics operations, Michelle helped find energy savings through lean manufacturing, and compressed air studies. By completing by the Green Screen Authorized Practitioner Training, she developed a protocol for comparing products and has worked to help manufacturers and automotive shops understand what is in the products they are using, then find alternatives that work for their application, with lower VOCs and safer ingredients.

With past summer interns, Michelle has worked on benchmarking with the craft brewers, water reduction with cement manufacturers and electroplating operations, best practices for electroplating wastewater, and the neighborhood approach to helping very small local businesses find reduction opportunities.

Education / Training

  • Bachelor of Material Science and Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Astrophysics – University of Minnesota
  • Registered Engineer in Training (EIT) with the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID
  • Green Screen – Authorized Practitioner Training
  • Lean Tools
  • AFS Training: Introduction to Coreless Induction Furnace Operations

Professional Activities

  • Tri-State Manufacturers’ Association (TSMA)
  • Northwestern Society for Coatings Technology (NWSCT)
  • American Foundry Society (AFS)

Speaking Topics

  • Choosing Safer Products