Esa Vilkama


MS, Lic. Sc. (Tech.)

Esa Vilkama has over 25 years of experience in applying machine learning and advanced data analytics at 3M. He has solved difficult problems at its manufacturing plants, e.g. reduced variability in key product properties. Esa also has gained extensive IT expertise while working at 3M and Jaakko Poyry Consulting. He has developed software systems for challenging tasks. His passion is to optimize processes and product quality by using advanced methods and tools.

Esa holds a Licentiate degree in Information and Computer Science, and a MS in Technical Physics. His expertise includes AI, machine learning, neural networks, advanced data analytics and visualization, Spotfire, regression, FFT, wavelets, ICA, SPC, DOE, SQL, cross-correlation, LabVIEW and Excel VBA.

Esa is AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and has AWS Certified Machine Learning Specialty.

Filip Mulier



Filip Mulier is a creative and versatile data scientist with 5 years foundational machine learning experience in industrial sector at 3M , along with 20 years of experience leading software development teams at Oracle and Travelers Insurance.

He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and is co-author of the Machine Learning textbook “Learning from Data: Concepts, Filip holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering and is co-author of the Machine Learning textbook “Learning from Data: Concepts, Theories and Methods”.  His experience includes optimizing coating and extrusion manufacturing processes leveraging neural networks and tree-based statistical techniques.  He also has experience applying convolutional neural networks and other deep learning methods for learning from image and audio data.


Christopher Buse


BS, Accounting

Christopher Buse is an experienced IT security and financial professional.  Christopher recently served as Deputy Legislative Auditor for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor, providing oversight of all financial and information technology audit work.  Before assuming this role in December 2017, Christopher served as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota’s central technology agency, known as MNIT Services.  In this capacity, Christopher was responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government.  He also oversaw other technology leadership services, including geospatial information systems and strategic procurement.

Christopher Buse graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Since graduation, he has supplemented his accounting degree with numerous computer science and management information systems courses.  Christopher is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional.

James Redman


BS, Accounting

James Redman is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information System Security Profession (CISSP), CPA, and HITRUST CSF Practitioner. His experience includes serving as a subject matter expert for 3rd party IT security risk for a large fortune 10 company, as well as serving as a consultant and auditor for both a local and a national CPA firm. James has also assisted entities with improving their security and compliance footprints, including but not limited to, NIST, SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, HIPAA, HITRUST, or PCI-DSS standards. 

James graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Since graduation, he has received additional education in IT security and compliance.


Uncompromising integrity and business ethics

Exceeding customer expectations

Team work and collaboration

Continuous improvement and learning