Honoring Don Craighead



The inaugural Robotics Alley Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner will celebrate Don Craighead, founder of Power/Mation and longtime technology, automation, and STEM advocate. Don has spent a long career pushing boundaries, building connections and mentoring the next generation. His Rolodex of contacts is legendary, and his presence is a familiar feature at a wide variety of Twin Cities events, especially ones focused on engineering or education.

Feb. 28, 2017

5 p.m. reception

6:30 – 9 dinner and program

Please join us to honor Don and his career. Individual tickets and corporate tables are available here.



5:00 – 6:30 PM

Expo Hall Reception
– Try your hand at flying a drone, listen to experts on the Expo Stage, explore technology on the expo floor and see what our future is working on in the STEM Showcase.

6:30 – 6:45 PM

Dinner Seating

6:45 – 7:00 PM

 – Eileen Manning, Executive Producer, Robotics Alley Conference & Expo

7:00 – 7:05 PM

 – Wayne Shelton, Minister

7:05 – 7:45 PM

Bon Appetit – Enjoy Dinner!

7:45 – 8:30 PM

Lifetime Achievement Award Tributes

Tim York, CEO, Power/mation

Robert Stephens, Founder, The Geek Squad, Former CTO, Best Buy

The Works Museum

Durga Panda, Century College Foundation

Jerry Jordahl, Century Foundation Emeritus

Scott Simenson, Director, Century Digital Fab Lab, Century College

Bonnie Holub, Director, Master Data Scientist, Cognizant

Don Weinkauf, Dean of Engineering, University of St.Thomas

Ronald J. Bennett, Ph.D., Founding Dean & Professor Emeritus, University of St.Thomas

Fred Zimmerman, Professor Emeritus, University of St.Thomas

Hugh Schilling, Founder, Horton

Mark Olson, President, APG Cash Drawer

Bob Fayfield, Founder & CEO, Banner Engineering

8:30 – 8:45 PM

Award Presentation


Our Honoree, Don Craighead