This week, Nikki and Ali talk with Christelle Keefer, who is a member of the A3 Robotics Technology Strategy Board as well as the Global Product Manager for Robotics Education at ABB.

They discuss Ali's new non-priofit Kids PLC Kits, the importance of partnerships with OEMs and educators around the world, uplifting the next generation of engineers, and of course all the fun going-ons planned for Automate next week. 

Thank you to our special sponsor Siemens. We're excited for their booth this year at Automate. Go check that information at

Thank you to all our supporters, especially our main sponsors Clarify and FactoryFix

Co-Hosts are Alicia Gilpin Director of Engineering at Process and Controls Engineering LLC, and Nikki Gonzales Head of Partnerships at Quotebeam

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Christelle Keefer

Global Product Manager - ABB Robotics Education

Christelle Keefer is the Global Product Manager for Robotics Education and leads the Global Solutions Center for Education at ABB. She has a Master’s degree in Instructional Design/Training and Development from Oakland University. Christelle has a passion for workforce training and development. She has developed certification programs for industry, educators, and students in robotics and automation. She enjoys collaborating with industry professionals and educators around the world to help prepare the workforce of tomorrow.