Guest Speaker:  Terrence L. Chambers - Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1994

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1986

Dr. Chambers is the Donald and Janice Mosing BORSF Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering and the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  His research interests include alternative energy, virtual reality, optimization, and artificial intelligence.  He is the author of over 60 publications, and has been awarded over ten million dollars in externally funded research grants.  Along with numerous grants from industry and state agencies, federal grants have been obtained from NSF, DOE, NASA, USDA, and ED.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Louisiana.

Topic:  "Hour-Ahead Forecasting Of Net Energy Production For a MW-Scale Solar Facility at a University Campus."

Abstract: Variation in solar irradiance causes power generation fluctuations in solar power plants. Power grid operators need accurate irradiance forecasts to manage this variability. Many factors affect irradiance, including the time of year, weather and time of day. Cloud cover is one of the most important variables that affects solar power generation, but is also characterized by a high degree of variability and uncertainty. Deep learning methods have the ability to learn long-term dependencies within sequential data. We investigate the application of deep learning methods to forecast solar irradiance.  We then use the forecast irradiance and a solar plant production model to predict the output of a MW scale solar power plant on a university campus, and compare predicted to actual power output.  We found that the deep learning methods significantly improved forecasting accuracy, performing better than univariate and statistical models.

Section Sponsors Table Top Program

The ISA Lafayette Section is excited to introduce a new program for our section sponsors. We will be inviting 6 - 7 section sponsors to display their products before, during and after the meeting. The monthly newsletter will include your company name as a participant. This “mini-table top” will allow you, as a participant, to show off new products, have information available for prospective clients, or just take the opportunity to socialize with luncheon attendees. All at no additional cost!

For various reasons, attendance and participation at our yearly Go-Tech Expo and Luncheon at the Cajundome has been suffering. That function takes a lot of planning and expense for the section to produce and for the participating exhibitors. We feel that our loyal exhibitors are not getting the most for their time and money, and for that reason, we are not planning the Expo for 2019-2020 year.

As a Section Sponsor, you are helping out your ISA Lafayette Section with operating capital to fund scholarships and other activities during the year. Your Section Sponsorship includes:

  • Display Company Logo on the sign board at each meeting
  • Display Company Logo at each of our social events throughout the year
  • Support of four UL Lafayette Engineering Special Project Teams
  • Support of two Local High School's FIRST Robotics Teams
  • Advertising on our website with company name, logo, and contact information
  • $100 Team Discount at ISA Annual Clayshoot
  •  Tickets to ISA Fall Social (Ticket Amounts Change with Sponsorship Level)

And now:

  • One table top exhibit at a meeting luncheon
  • Exhibiting sponsor name listed on our Website and Newsletter for that meeting

Currently, we have 78 sponsors. Congratulations on your participation. Please let us know how you feel about this new program by going to the “Contact Us” tab at the website and expressing your view. After all, this is YOUR section!!!

March - Mini Table Top Exhibitors








President's Note

As we approach the start of another year of activities, I welcome all returning members and sponsors, but I especially welcome those members and sponsors who are new to the ISA Lafayette Section or may have been absent for a while. Like any organization, ISA-Lafayette can only exist with the active support of the members and sponsors.

I am pleased to share that this year ISA-Lafayette has 78 sponsors (14 are new) – not bad for this economy. That can only be attributed to the efforts of all involved in spreading the word about the mission and direction of ISA Lafayette and to the recognition by the sponsors of the importance of “giving back” at a corporate level. “Giving back” involves not only direct financial support but also investing your employees’ time to participate in section activities. Both forms of “giving back” are critical to the success of ISA-Lafayette and are greatly appreciated. I encourage those who may be wondering if sponsorship is a worthwhile investment to review the details of the new Section Sponsor Program described above and to contact any of the current sponsors for their opinion. I also encourage all current sponsors to let the section know your opinion of this program by using the “Contact Us” tab on the web site. After all, this is your section and your program!!

The Board is continuing to pursue our initiative of reaching out to potential Automation Professionals at an earlier stage in their life. As you are aware, ISA-Lafayette currently donates monies to four UL Lafayette Engineering Department Special Project Teams. The Board also provides financial support for the two local high school's FIRST robotics competition teams (Comeaux High, Acadiana High. The FIRST program – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is a national program dedicated to attracting talented students to the science and technology career fields. An annual “challenge” for the high school robotics teams is announced in January and robots to conquer that challenge are designed, built, programmed, and operated by the student participants (in 8 weeks, by the way) with the assistance of adult mentors. More details can be found at the FIRST web site, In addition to providing financial support for each team, ISA-Lafayette encourages every member to consider becoming a mentor as an individual way of “giving back” and helping develop the talented students in the area.

On another note our ISA Clay Shoot will be held on Saturday April 25, 2020 at G.O.L. Shooting Range 11919 Hwy 697 Maurice, LA. Thanks to all who attended our event last year we appreciate your support and hope to see you again this year.

We are looking forward to another successful year and we hope that YOU will become involved – or more involved – with Section activities and operations. We welcome any feedback or comments on our efforts – in person, via e-mail to any of the officers, or via the “Contact Us” link on the web site. This is YOUR organization and it is only with YOUR input that the Section Officers and the Executive Board can satisfy YOUR expectations.

Adam Crotty
ISA Lafayette President  2019-2020