Michael Thompson


I began my career in Automation as an Aerospace Electrical Environmental Systems Specialist assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Squadron out of Okinawa Japan. After fulfilling my military service obligation I returned to school while working as an Instrumentation and Control Specialist for FMC Baltimore. Upon the closing of the Baltimore Plant l was hired by TAI Engineering of Baltimore, MD to act as the Sr. I&C Engineer. I quickly ascended to the position of Division Manager of the Instrumentation and Control Department overseeing more than 20 engineers and technicians.

I left TAI to pursue a career in the Power and Gas industry as a SCADA Administrator for Exelon Energy’s gas distribution unit serving more than 1.7 million customers. During my tenure at Exelon’s BGE I oversaw the complete overhaul and modernization of the entire Gas Distribution SCADA system. This effort included an extensive review and update of the control programming, network and hardware. I was also directly responsible for the development of the Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity plans as well as the cybersecurity initiative for the system.

Through Exelon I  was able to realize an unfulfilled goal to work in the nuclear industry and  took a position at Exelon Nuclear as the Instrumentation and Control / Cyber Engineer in charge of ensuring compliance  with 10 CFR 73.54 The Cyber Rule. During my time in this position I directly contributed to the shaping and evolution of programs and policies used to keep the nuclear industry safe. After a very successful NRC inspection I was recruited by a large national system integrator to lead the effort to grow their young Automation and Process Controls group. Through the use of my planning and architecture that firm rose to become a national player in the Systems Integration arena.

I was given an opportunity to work with my good friend and mentor Dr. Angela Summers, one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of Safety Instrumented Systems. During this time I sat on several ISA standards, most notably ISA108 Intelligent Device Management and helped update the The Guideline for Safe Automation of Chemical Processes.

I joined Koch Industries in 2014 at the Koch Corporate office in Wichita Kansas to assist in the multi-billion dollar modernization project for Koch Fertilizer. Upon the completion of this project I took a newly created role as Director of Industrial Control System Cybersecurity where I began to place a focus on the need for cybersecurity in our plants.

I left Koch this year to be the new Chief Technology Officer for AWC-INC.

Training, Education, Licenses, and Clearances

  • Masters of Science in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management
  • Certificate in Information Management
  • Certified Automation Professional #40394
  • Certified Control Systems Technician Level 3 #24737
  • TUV Rhineland Functional Safety Engineer

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