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2018 Engineering Leaders Under 40

On September 13, 2018, CFE Media, publisher of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines, announced the 2018 CFE Media Engineering Leaders Under 40 class. ACE is pleased to announce that this year’s group of 30 manufacturing professionals includes our own Devon MacNeill Guglietta and Sean Murphy.

Devon began her career interning at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she validated aerosol data from MODIS satellite instrument through analytical comparisons with ground-truth data, determined factors affecting aerosol data, and corrected for bias with neural networks and support vector machines. As a result of that work, Devon has an associated publication titled Machine Learning and Bias Correction of MODIS Aerosol Optical Depth (IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters. Vol. 6. No. 4. October 2009), which won the 2010 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Letters Prize Paper Award. Devon has been a highly sought-after project team member from her first days at ACE, and has utilized her strong engineering skills to assist with projects and customers. She manages projects and customer accounts for continuity, and has in-depth systems knowledge through cultivating long-term customer relationships. She strives to use existing infrastructure to improve system data integrity, reduce project expenses, and deliver high-quality control systems. Devon's demonstrated technical skills make her a positive role model for younger engineers. In addition, she strives to be a positive role model for women in engineering by maintaining a position that is highly technical.

Sean chose to become a chemical engineer after being inspired by his grandfather. He has since completed control system projects on Honeywell, Siemens, DeltaV, Rockwell Automation, and Bailey in a wide range of industries, including power generation, pharmaceutical, specialty chemical, prisons, and food and beverage. Sean uses these skills to help ACE acquire new customers in a competitive marketplace. Sean is a leader at our office in Danbury, CT. Having Sean's “Swiss Army knife” abilities allows us entrance into new regional industries and clients when opportunities arise. Further, Sean takes it upon himself to train new employees in the technical aspects of being a process control engineer. Young engineers learn from Sean both how to configure new application software and also what their roles and responsibilities are in the automation industry.

Our congratulations go out to Devon, Sean, and all of those honored on this year’s list!

Industry Roundtable: Cybersecurity

Last year, Delaware Business Times hosted a series of industry roundtable discussions. ACE’s Dirk Sweigart provided a voice for one such discussion focused on the topic of cybersecurity. With his background in the manufacturing and process industries, Dirk provided a unique perspective on the impact that cyber threats can have on a business and steps companies can take to protect themselves. According to Dirk, “We need education, vigilance, and we need to put systems in place.” Click here to read a transcript of the discussion in its entirety or contact Dirk at 302.738.8800 to discuss the topic further.

ACE Named One of Control Engineering’s 2018 System Integrator Giants

On December 12, 2017, Control Engineering, a CFE Media publication, announced the 2018 System Integrator (SI) Giants. The list includes the top 100 system integrators ranked according to total system integration revenue. ACE has been recognized as an SI Giant every year since 2012, the list’s inception. This year, our sixth time participating in the program, ACE was ranked 29th.

The list was compiled based on surveys sent to the engineering firms in Control Engineering's Global System Integrator Database. In addition to system integration revenue, this year’s survey also took a closer look at current system integration trends, issues, and topics such as the economy, recruiting and training of young engineers, and the impact those issues have on the ability to find new clients.

To learn more about what it means to be a System Integrator Giant and how it benefits you, our customer, check out the Global System Integrator Report supplement in the December 2017 issue of Control Engineering magazine.