Midé was founded in 1989 by Dr. Marthinus van Schoor, a Ph.D. graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was committed to assembling a high-powered team of practical experts. Since then it has grown to a company of thirty professionals with a broad and impressive collection of skills and expertise. The commitment remains to continue growing the company in the same tradition, as well as maintaining strong ties both with MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management. This relationship enables Midé to remain abreast of the latest technological and management advances and to pass that benefit directly on to the client.
Midé is headquartered in close proximity to the nation's premier high-technology research and development areas of Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. Founded and staffed by several graduates of MIT, Midé maintains its links with the school and region, thereby assuring our client state-of-the-art solutions to their engineering problems.
Dr. Marthinus van Schoor has extensive qualifications and experience in a wide range of engineering fields. He holds several USA and foreign patents, and has won and managed many advanced technology development programs for commercial companies, the US Department of Defense, and NASA. His designs are on commercial and naval ships, and currently flying on the International Space Station. He is the founder and the current CEO and CTO of Mide.
Attila graduated from MIT with his bachelor's degree and his master's degree from Purdue University in the field of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has been with Midé Technology since 1996. Attila shares a wide range of responsibilities at Midé and is heavily involved with many of the company's activities. He has significant experience in the application of smart materials to active systems.
Chris was born on Cape Cod, but has lived in many different areas of the country. His father's occupation in the Coast Guard led Chris as far away as Alaska, only to return to Massachusetts to pursue his dream of becoming an engineer. Chris received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University in 2002 and has been working for Midé ever since. To help Midé commercialize its technologies, Chris went to graduate school at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he graduated top of his MBA class in 2010. Chris enjoys many activities including weight lifting, rugby, basketball, and the occasional run.
Rick grew up in Medford Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management at Lowell Technological Institute. He also has a Certificate in Technical Drafting and Design from Northeast School of Industrial Technology. His background includes work in construction management in the nuclear power industry, worldwide service management in the technology industry and client management in the talent management industry. He is active in the local community serving on mayoral appointed committees and boards in Medford government on a volunteer basis. Also involved with a local boat club as a past commodore and conducting capital planning. He enjoys spending time with friends both locally and those made over the years.
The Meaning of Mide
Midé \MEE-day\ noun
Midé (Great Medicine) is the native religion of the Chippewa; the complex organization of this religion is called in Chippewa, Midéwiwin (Great Medicine Society). In Chippewa belief, Midé was a gift of the four directional manido' (spirits); the east manido' came among the Chippewa as a miraculous child in order to teach them the ways of Midé.
In Midé, human behavior is understood to deeply influence health and life; goodness, respect, the meeting of obligations, produces long life and health whereas evil eventually harms both life and health. The members of the Midéwiwin are drawn from both male and female members of Chippewa society; after an initiation, they then can rise through eight separate ranks.
The initiation, done at meetings of the Midéwiwin in the spring, is a process of cleansing the spirit. The cleansing is accomplished with the mi'gis, a small white shell that serves as the emblem of Midé. For the white shell appears on the surface of the water whenever a manido , or spirit, causes the water to move. In the initiation ceremony, the mi'gis is pushed beneath the skin where it removes evil; the initiate then removes the mi'gis, usually through the mouth, from his or her body. If the mi'gis were to remain within the body, it would pollute the body with the evil it has absorbed. Once initiated, the member of Midéwiwin society moves up the ranks after receiving special instructions; each member is required to attend at least one Midé meeting each year in order to renew their spiritual power.
There are no exact rituals enjoined on the Midéwiwin: no ceremonial clothes are worn nor are there any ceremonial objects involved. Each member of the Midéwiwin, however, must live a life of exacting morality; lying, stealing, and the drinking of alcohol are absolutely forbidden. Once initiated, the Midéwiwin member, through both songs and medicine, cure other members of society from their illnesses. The Midéwiwin are not doctors (dja'sakid) who are a separate class of healers in Chippewa society; the Midéwiwin cure illnesses that are the consequences of evil, sin, or irresponsibility. Each member of the Midéwiwin carries about a bag of herbs and mi'gis; in combination with the medicine the healer also sings some song from his repertory that will make the medicine effective. A doctor (dja'sakid), on the other hand, does not acquire his healing knowledge from others but learns it from direct experience of suffering. The dja'sakid cures his patients by shaking his rattle, passing his hands over the the patient's body, and by swallowing several bones which he then uses to determine where the disease is located.
As a company Midé conducts its business in this spirit. We respect our customers and we pride ourselves on meeting our obligations on time, within budget, and with quality. This approach has earned Midé the respect of every single customer we have worked with, and we expect to continue this achievement for many years to come.