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Vince Bowen- ESTEC Executive Director/Dept. Chair

Vince Bowen

ESTEC Executive Director/Dept. Chair


Work Background

Vince was born in Idaho and raised in Pocatello graduating from Highland High school. Shortly after graduating from High School, Vince started his career in the US Nuclear Navy serving as a prototype instructor and as a nuclear electrician aboard the USS Phoenix, a nuclear submarine. He left the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer qualifying as an Engineering Watch Supervisor aboard the submarine. Following his Navy experience, he has worked at the Idaho National Laboratory at numerous locations and a variety of positions with the most significant positions including Nuclear Facility Manger of the Specific Manufacturing Capability (Abrams tank armor), Hot Fuel Examination Facility (post irradiation examination of nuclear fuel), Fuel Conditioning Facility (reprocess spent nuclear fuel), and Transient Reactor Test Facility (qualify fuel for Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing). Additionally he qualified as a Senior Reactor Operator and Shift Supervisor at the Advanced Test Reactor. He has managed people since he was 15 years old starting as a construction foreman.

He is married to Elizabeth Bowen, has three sons, and seven grandchildren.


Vince has a Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies with an Emphasis in Nuclear Facility Management. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Both degrees were obtained from Idaho State University.

Favorite Activity Outside of Work

Vince’s hobbies include Fishing, Geocaching, and Boy Scouting.

Ryan Pitcher, Department Chair  Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Ryan Pitcher

Associate Director/Clinical Instructor


Gaillyn Jorgensen Administrative Assistant Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Gail Jorgensen

Administrative Assistant


Gregory Brooks Instrumentation Instructor

Gregory Brooks

Instrumentation Instructor


Professional Work Experience

Controls Engineer /Electrical Technician - Alabama –34 Years

Owner Industrial Controls business –Alabama –32 Years

Instructor, Instrumentation College of Technology –Idaho –2 Years

Career Highlights

20+ years in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Worked my way up from being a plant electrician to becoming a Process Controls Engineer prior to becoming an instructor.

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

Being a member of the Chemical Loop Team. This team had a goal of saving 2 million dollars by reducing steam and chemical use. Primary DCS Engineer for PC setup, OPC setup and tag configuration, PI Data historian tags and configuration, MPC (Model Predictive Control) to DCS (Distributive Controls System) Communications, Regulatory Controls in DCS, Instrument installation, Loop Tuning, Script design for proper line up of controls prior to switch from DCS control to MPC Control, Watch-dog timer design and configuration for swap back to DCS Regulatory Control on communication failure. A total of 11 MPC Controllers across two separate lines were implemented.

Jon Brownley, Instruction Assistant Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Jon Brownley

Instruction Assistant


Instructor, Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Program

Sharie Ellis



Mackenzie Gorham, Nuclear Operations Instructor

Mackenzie Gorham

Instructor, Nuclear Operations

Professional Work Experience

  • B.S in Nuclear Engineering from Missouri S&T 2009, M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from Idaho State University  2012, M.S. in Environmental Science from University of Idaho
  • Senior Reactor Operator
  • Worked for the Department of Energy at IdahoNational Lab as a Criticality Safety SME, Safety System Oversight Officer, and RAP federal team leader, for 10 years

Career Highlights

  • Instant SRO
  • Developed student operator training program for Missouri S&T research reactor
  • Published two benchmarks for the International Criticality Safety Benchmark Evaluation Project
  • Performed oversight of the TREAT restart at INL, and helped recreate a compliant system engineering program after decades of shutdown

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

It is hard to choose one favorite experience, but there is nothing quite like operating a nuclear reactor. Even though I worked at a small research reactor, it was exciting and a truly unique and enjoyable part of my career.

Personal Facts

I moved to Idaho from Missouri, and love it. In my free time, I have a hobby farm, like photography, rock climbing, riding horses, hiking, jiu jitisu, scuba diving, cooking, stand up paddleboarding, and travel. On Friday's, I run a food pantry in Chubbuck.

Michael Kobus Instructor, Energy Systems & Technology Education Center

Michael Kobus



George Lake


Office: Trade & Technology 324


Steve Maclure Instructor, Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Steve Maclure



Coordinator / Instructor Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Program

Sean McBride

Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology Coordinator / Instructor


Within Idaho State University’s Energy Systems Technology Education Center (ESTEC), Sean McBride runs the nation’s only 2 year, hands-on degree to specialize in defending industrial facilities from cyber attacks and incidents.

Sean joined ISU after leaving FireEye, where he developed the firm’s Industrial Control Systems (ICS) security business strategy. Sean’s professional accomplishments include pioneering work in threat and vulnerability intelligence, which evolved into the DHS ICS-CERT, and co-founding Critical Intelligence to focus on the unique intelligence needs of industrial entities.

Over the past decade, Sean has written extensively for his customers, provided expert analysis for the popular press, and briefed the results of his work at leading professional conferences such as RSA and S4.

Sean earned an MBA in the NSA Scholarship for Service Program at ISU in 2006. He earned a Masters in Global Management from Thunderbird – Arizona State University in 2010.

Jeremy Perschon Instrumentation Program Coordinator and Instructor

Jeremy Perschon

Instrumentation Program Coordinator and Instructor

Office: Energy Systems & Technology Education Center 211


Professional Work Experience

Instrumentation Technician – Idaho Supreme – 1.5 years

Process Control Technician – Idahoan Foods – 1 year

Instructor/Coordinator, Instrumentation Engineering Technology – 6 years

Career Highlights

Performed various instrumentation related tasks in the field including calibration, troubleshooting, programming, wiring, etc.

Designed and supervised the installation of custom process control lab stations at ISU

One of my Favorite Professional Experiences…

One of the most rewarding professional experiences here at ISU was mentoring a pair of Instrumentation students that were assisting with a research project. The students were tasked with programming, wiring, and installation of instrumentation to perform wireless valve position monitoring of some manually operated valves in our lab.

I enjoyed working with the students as they accomplished the project. Using the knowledge they gained in the program, they were able to meet and exceed the requirements of the project with only an occasional hint or nudge in the right direction. The project was particularly satisfying to me because, while the students previously hadn’t previously worked with some of the technologies and components, they were able to apply critical thinking skills and foundational knowledge obtained in the program to excel at a difficult task with little intervention needed. To me, that is the fundamental goal of the education provided here at the College of Technology. The students both went on to apply their education and experience as controls designers for a systems integrator in Maryland.

Evan Smith, P.E, CMRP Clinical Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering Technology

Evan Smith, P.E, CMRP

Clinical Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering Technology

Office: Energy Systems & Technology Education Center


Professional Work Experience

Instructor Mechanical Engineering Technology, ISU ESTEC – 6 years

West Region Reliability Engineer for cryogenic and gas separation plants – 5 years

Maintenance and Reliability engineer for 3 different plants chemical plants – 19 years

Plant improvement design engineer – 5 years

Career Highlights

Teaching and instructing students

Working with plant maintenance mechanics, getting my hands into the work

Small mechanical designs (small can be defined as less than $100,000)

One of my Favorite Professional Experiences

It has been interesting to watch the evolution of analysis equipment and personal computers.  To start with the IBM XT with its “high memory” 30MB hard drives to the ability to carry gigabytes in my pocket.  I have had the privilege to set up, use, and watch computerized reliability programs evolve and become key cost avoidance programs for large production plants.  These programs have included computerized vibration analysis, infrared inspection, precision machine alignment, tribology (lubrication), and others. 

With that said, the best part of all this has been my interactive involvement in the plant design improvements established with the joint help of the maintenance, operations and engineering personnel.  Teaching others in the work place was always enjoyable and it is great to now do it full time, especially with hands on lab work. 

Mike Tauscher Instructor, Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Mike Tauscher



Professional Work Experience

  • Service Technician, GT Graphics/Ink Well - 3 years
  • Line Maintenance Technician, AMI Semiconductor - 10 years
  • Instruction Assistant, College of Technology Electronics Program - 2 1/2 years
  • Instructor, College of Technology IET/EET Program’s - 7 years

Career Highlights

  • 1994/95 VICA (Now SkillsUSA) State Competition Gold Medal Winner
  • 1994/95 VICA National Competition Bronze Medal Winner  
  • 2008 Started working at the College of Technology in the laser lab

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

I don’t have just one favorite experience.  My favorite experiences are getting up in the morning and getting to play with electricity and electronics!  I love the challenge of repairing things that are broken or modifying something to make it better.  I am one of the lucky ones that look at work as getting to play with neat things.  When it comes to teaching I feel the same way.  I get to teach students how to have fun with something.

I work with a group of fantastic people here at ESTEC and they make getting out of bed and coming to work a lot of fun and this spills over into the classroom where the students also have fun while learning.  I would like to invite you to join us at the Energy Systems Technology & Education Center (ESTEC).  We will prepare you for a great job in many different fields related to electrical, electronics, power generation, food processing manufacturing and more.

Program Coordinator / Instructor Energy Systems Electrical Engineering Technology

Val Williams

Program Coordinator / Instructor


Professional Work Experience

  • Controls Technician and Developer – Lamb Weston - 25 years
  • PLC Training Course Instructor – ISU – 5 years
  • Instructor – Electrical Engineering Technology Program – 2 years


Career Highlights

  • Upgrading a PLC cabinet and while making over 1000 wire terminations only two wires were landed incorrectly.
  • Designing and programming the PLC system for a raw potato processing area that unloads over 4,000,000 pounds of potatoes each day.
  • Relocating the main control panels for the processing facility within a two week period of time. When it was time to test the equipment everything operated as needed.

 Val Williams with his Wife

One of You Favorite Professional Experiences

Due to the various job assignments I worked over the years I have gained experience in several different fields of automation and controls.  This experience included development, installation, operation and data transfer.  It has been enjoyable for me to take a project from just being an idea and working it through the entire process of designing the control system, installing or overseeing the installation of the equipment, programming the controller and data historian, and putting the information on the plant managers desktop.


Me Personally

I enjoy being in the outdoors in the solitude of the hills.  I like to go cycling, mountain biking, ATV riding, or even hiking.  I have raised five children here in the Pocatello area and hope to spend many more years here.

Val Williams on Mount Borah

Michael Matusek, Mathematics & Science Instructor

Michael Matusek

Clinical Instructor

Office: Roy F. Christensen Complex 271


Professional Work Experience

  • Instructor, College of Technology – Technical General Education – 1 year
  • Instructor, Highland Senior High School – Physical Science & Math – 2 years
  • Entry Level Research Scientist – Idaho Accelerator Center – 2 years

Michael Matusek, Mathematics & Science Instructor

Career Highlights

  • Owner of Tutoring Business
  • Recipient of graduate scholarships over 3 years in applied physics
  • Attendee at Hampton University Graduate Studies at Thomas Jefferson Laboratory while conducting research on data obtained from the Hall B g13 experiment
  • Conducted cosmic ray research with the Quarknet program through the University of Notre Dame

Favorite Professional Experience

As an instructor I had the opportunity to introduce students to real scientific investigation. One group of students involved in working with our Quarknet cosmic ray detector had an incredible chance to verify some known facts about how cosmic rays enter the Earth. Through various experiments my students figured out that there is an angular dependence of cosmic ray muons. Matching experiment with theory was a rare opportunity to see how my students’ could use their knowledge to understand the world around them. Beyond that, many students found a new interest in science and technology. I strive to have experiences like these on a regular basis, where students can see how the material they learning has a place in our world.