Dr. Manfred Sautner, PhD(Civil), MIEAust, CPEng
Manfred established Spectra Systems (later renamed Spectra QEST) in January 1984.
Manfred identified a need for a comprehensive laboratory database and quality control system for premix concrete producers and used his extensive engineering knowledge and IT skills to produce Spectra's first product, the CACTP (Computer Aided Concrete Testing Package).
He was Managing Director of Spectra for the next 14 years, evolving more innovative ideas into successful products for related industries. Manfred stepped down as Managing Director early in 1998 to pursue related interests by taking a technical position in the construction materials industry.
Manfred went on to work in senior technical roles in concrete manufacturing in Australia and the United States. He was recognized for his innovation and entrepreneurship when Ernst & Young nominated him as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year award in the Australian Central Region in 2009.
He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (University of Stuttgart) with a focus on experimental modeling of concrete behavior.
Manfred remains a major shareholder, board member and valuable, active advisor to Spectra QEST.