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Ryan Pitcher, Department Chair  Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Ryan Pitcher

Department Chair


Gaillyn Jorgensen Administrative Assistant Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Gail Jorgensen

Administrative Assistant


Jodi Johnson Project Coordinator POWER Careers

Jodi Johnson

Project Coordinator


Katie Leishman Power Careers Advocate, Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Katie Leishman

POWER Careers Advocate


Coordinator / Instructor Energy Systems Cyber-Physical Security Program

Sean McBride

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.

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.

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. 

Steve Maclure Instructor, Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Steve Maclure



Don Shepherd Instructor, Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Don Shepherd

Electronics/Instrumentation Instructor


Don Shepherd Fishing with grandchild

Professional Work Experience

Electronic Technician, E.G.&G. Las Vegas Nevada - 2 years

Electronic/Instrumentation, Technician/Supervisor INL - 34 years

Instructor, College of Technology, ESTEC - 15 years

Career Highlights

Nuclear weapons testing, Nevada Test Site

Nuclear Energy Research and Development, INL

Teaching students in ESTEC

One of Your Favorite Professional Experiences

I have been very fortunate to have worked with both Engineers and Technicians on several one-of a–kind projects over the years. To help design, build, and maintain these special projects has been great. But there is nothing more rewarding than our students, after graduating, coming back to tell us about their new jobs with the excellent companies that hire them.      

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.

Steve Larson, Instructor Energy Systems Technology & Education Center

Steve Larson



Professional Work Experience

  • Military, Track and Wheel Vehicle Mechanic               6 Years
  • Food Processing, Equipment and Line Operator         10 Years
  • Electronics Repair, Consumer Electronics Repair        6 Years
  • Electronics Instructor, ISU College of Technology      20 Years
  • Electronics/ESTEC, Program Coordinator                  8 Years

 Career Highlights

  • Served in the Military for 6 years
  • Owner of an Appliance and Electronics Repair shop for 6 years
  • Taught over 400 Electronics Students
  • Taught numerous High school teachers Electronics
  • Served as Program Coordinator for 8 Years

Favorite Teaching experience

I have had the opportunity for the last 20 years to be a part of something that changes people’s lives in a very positive way. When students are successful at learning something difficult, the desire to learn more only grows. As a high school dropout, I know the value of education in a very personal way.  I have watched so many students become successful over the years, many of whom that had taken the same path that I had taken. If I had to pick my favorite experience as a teacher I would have to pick the student that I picked up from the county jail in the morning and dropped him off after school. Watching this student put his mistakes behind him and become a successful electronics technician is why I love teaching. Throughout life, there will always be hurdles that will need to be crossed. There will be people that will attempt to de-value what you do. If I can instill self-worth to the students by showing them what is possible with hard work and belief in their own abilities, then I know their lives will be improved forever.