Charlie Dupuis

Following graduation from Maine Maritime Academy, Charlie Dupuis went to work at Bath Iron Works in the contracts and estimating department. But harboring a love of travel even before entering college, he heeded to that call after a short time working at BIW. Charlie joined ABB (ultimately Alstom) shortly after the ASEA/BBC merger in 1990. He has been in the field since 1990 and has become an acknowledged expert in several areas of mechanical assembly, repair and commissioning. Charlie is a very “hands-on” individual and in keeping with this lives by the proverb “idle hands are the devil’s playground.” In his free time Charlie has built an aerobatic biplane registered in the experimental category, carpentered a period colonial and is actively working to fill it with Shaker style furniture that he has crafted in his woodshop. Charlie has finished restoring the antique tractor (a 1955 Ford 660), and has moved on to a ultralight aircraft in order to explore the Maine coast from 500 feet. He resides in Saco, Maine with his wife Elena and four children.

Jeff LePage

Jeff graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and began his engineering career immediately with General Dynamics Electric Boat Division. There he worked as an associate engineer responsible for calculations and design changes of reactor support equipment. He found the pace of the work to be unsatisfying and when the Gulf War began he was ready to begin a new adventure with the Merchant Marines. Jeff worked as an assistant engineer in the merchant marine and rose to the rank of USCG 1st assistant engineer. He operated and maintained some interesting equipment and saw a good piece of the world. Jeff joined the ABB field service group in 1994. With ABB and ALSTOM he further developed skills in on line diagnostics of rotating equipment. He has studied turbine and generator theory and maintenance in Switzerland and the Czech Republic. He is an acknowledged expert in various areas of power generation with 24 years of relevant experience. Jeff spends his time away from work helping his wife raise their two children. Volunteering at the YMCA, Training for whatever race might interest him, and sailing on his family’s sloop rigged sail boat. He resides in North Yarmouth, Maine with his wife Wendy and two children.