Guest Speaker - Joe Driver  B.S.E.E.

Joe Driver is the Corporate Application Engineer for Champion Technology Services, Inc.  Joe graduated from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 2005 and has over 11 years of automation experience.  He has fulfilled multiple roles in the automation engineering project lifecycle including estimation, project engineer, technical lead, and management.  Joe’s current role at Champion is in the corporate engineering department where he drives internal company initiatives and manages the execution of Champion’s new service offerings such as cyber security and functional safety.  Joe has been trained in the ISA/IEC 62443 fundamentals, assessment, and implementation and helps consults Champion’s customers on their potential cyber security needs and specifications.

 Topic - ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Lifecycle: Assessment, Implementation, and Maintenance

About our Topic:
ISA understands the Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Lifecycle, and builds its resources around real-world requirements for protecting your systems.

ISA’s standards are developed by international experts from across industry, government, and academia.  The ISA/IEC 62443 standards define requirements and procedures for implementing electronically secure manufacturing and control systems and security practices, and assessing electronic security performance.

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Building on our renowned training courses, ISA offers five ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate Programs

  • Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Design Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Maintenance Specialist
  • Cybersecurity Expert.

These programs validate understanding of the industrial control system cybersecurity standards, testing an individual’s knowledge of requirements for security assessment, design, implementation, operations, and management of devices and processes.

As a leading systems integrator, Champion Technology Services, Inc. provides concept to completion automation solutions using advanced technology including the latest DCS, PLC, HMI, and SIS systems. Our main focus includes industrial automation and control systems integration along with solutions such as wireless communications and data management. With ten offices throughout Louisiana, Texas, Utah, and Colorado, Champion serves customers across the United States and internationally. Champion has the talent and expertise to provide system design, implementation, commissioning, follow-up maintenance, and beyond.


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 2017-2018 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 of $150.00 / year also includes:

  • Display Company Logo on the sign board at each monthly meeting
  • Display Company Logo at each of our social events throughout the year
  • Support of four UL Lafayette Engineering Special Project Teams
  • Support of three Local High School's FIRST Robotics Teams
  • Advertising on our website with company name, logo, and contact information
  • Teams Or Team Discount at ISA Annual Clayshoot

And now:

  • One table top exhibit at a monthly luncheon
  • Exhibiting sponsor name listed in our Website and Newsletter for that month

Currently, we have 75 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!!!

September - 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 75 sponsors (16 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 three local high school FIRST robotics competition teams (Comeaux High, Acadiana High, David Thibodeaux Stem Magnet Academy). 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 Fall Social Shrimp Boil which is an annual event to recognize this support was held on October 19, 2017 at Acadiana Events Center 211 J.B. Road Scott, 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.

Vy Nguyen
ISA Lafayette President  2018 - 2019