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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.

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.

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