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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



Ben Anderson Instructor - Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology

Ben Anderson

Coordinator / Clinical Instructor

Office: T&T 321

(208) 705-4138


Professional Work Experience

  • Naval Nuclear Propulsion Plant Supervisor on USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
  • Industrial controls engineer working with programmable logic controllers (PLC), human machine interfaces (HMI), and network infrastructure for the Naval Nuclear Laboratories (NNL) on the Idaho National Laboratory site.
  • Electrical system design work for Walsh Engineering. 

Career Highlights

  • Operating the Navy’s largest nuclear reactors during training operations was quite a unique and interesting although stressful experience.
  • While working for NNL, Ben organized and executed the replacement of all PLC5 components in a half dozen facility industrial control systems. This task involved hardware and software replacement.
  • Ben was the primary electrical designer during the early stages of the DOE’s MARVEL small nuclear reactor project.

Favorite Professional Experience

I enjoyed learning the ins and outs of each system at NNL and carefully planning the hardware replacement projects. The process of learning how the system was programmed and rewriting the code to leverage the new capabilities available was challenging and rewarding. 

A Little about me

I am what some may call an extreme DIY’er. I enjoy the challenge of learning new things and incorporating my control system knowledge at home in small scale electronics projects. I have always been fascinated with flight and have enjoyed flying RC airplanes and most recently first-person-view (FPV) racing drones. My wife and I also enjoy many outdoor activities including mountain biking, backpacking, and hunting with our family of three girls.

Gregory Brooks Instrumentation Instructor

Gregory Brooks

Instrumentation Clinical Instructor




Columbus Technical College
Certificate, Industrial Technology/Technician, 1982 - 1983 Grade: 4.0/4.0
Opelika State Technical College (now Southern Union Technical College)
2 year technical degree, Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician, 1979 - 1981 Grade: 4.0/4.0 Auburn University
Pre-Engineering - No degree, 1978 - 1979 Grade: 3.0/4.0

A little about me…

I am approaching 40+ years in the Controls Engineering field with 20+ of those years being in the Pulp and Paper Industry. I consider myself fortunate to have chosen such a challenging and rewarding career that is ever changing and requires constant learning to keep up. I started out as an Industrial Electrician and have progressed all the way up to a Process Controls Engineer without having an accredited degree in Engineering, and now currently teaching at Idaho State University. This was accomplished by constant learning, self-study, and perseverance. I have ran conduit, pulled wire, built electrical panels, performed electronics board level repair, experienced a rubber batching process converted to mainframe computer control from single Boolean logic modules, programmed and maintained several major vendor's PLCs, worked with embedded microprocessor controls, learned and programmed in multiple programming languages (to include C, PASCAL, Delphi, PowerBuilder, Python, Visual Basic to name a few), worked with Relational Databases (to include ORACLE, Microsoft SQL Server, Interbase, DBase, Paradox, MySQL, and Microsoft Access), DCS Configuration for Bailey Infi 90 and Emerson DeltaV, HMI configuration for Wonderware, RsView, Panel Views, and iFix, managed vendor selection for DCS Upgrade, managed standards development for using Object Based Class Libraries in an IT role as well as Class Based control standards for Emerson DeltaV, been the primary DCS Engineer in implementing MPC Controls for supervisory control for Recovery/Recaust Area. In addition, I have 40+ years without a Lost Time Accident.

Jon Brownley, Instruction Assistant Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Jon Brownley

Instruction Assistant



Instructor, Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Program

Sharie Ellis

Clinical Instructor



Mackenzie Gorham, Nuclear Operations Instructor

Mackenzie Gorham

Clinical 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 Idaho National 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 paddle_boarding, and travel. On Friday's, I run a food pantry in Chubbuck.

Michael Kobus Instructor, Energy Systems & Technology Education Center

Michael Kobus

Clinical Instructor



George Lake

Clinical Instructor

Office: Trade & Technology 324



Coordinator / Instructor Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Program

Sean McBride

Industrial Cybersecurity Engineering Technology Clinical Sr. 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.

Benjamin R. Lampe Clinical Instructor, ICS Cybersecurity

Benjamin R. Lampe

Clinical Instructor, ICS Cybersecurity

Office: Eames Building | Rm. 103

(208) 251 - 8405


Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. Immediately after, he was employed by the Naval Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) for the past 10 years. During his tenure at the NNL, he received a Masters of Science in Computer Science from the University of Idaho. He has experience designing and building Rockwell Automation PLC and HMI systems, BACnet Building Automation systems, and open source systems with Linux and Node Red. After he transitioned from control systems into IT as part of the IT Leadership Development Program, he has experience managing Cisco and Palo Alto Network Technologies and working with VMware Virtualization Infrastructure.

Ben’s professional achievements during his tenure with the NNL include writing, architecting, and implementing the Operational Technology (OT) Technical Strategy for the US Naval Reactor Program. This Strategy is implemented and used currently across the United States within the Naval Nuclear Laboratory.

Jeremy Perschon Instrumentation Program Coordinator and Instructor

Jeremy Perschon

Instrumentation Program Coordinator and Clinical Sr. 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.

Mike Tauscher Instructor, Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Mike Tauscher

Clinical Instructor



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.

Jordan Williams

Clinical Instructor - Nuclear Operations Technology

Office: Eames Complex 151

(208) 282-3788


Program Coordinator / Instructor Energy Systems Electrical Engineering Technology

Val Williams

Program Coordinator / Clinical 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

Chuck Snowden

Coordinator / Clinical Instructor Mechanical Engineering Technology

Office: Energy Systems & Technology Education Center #205