Meet Ron Miller, one of our Level IV Senior Controls Engineers based in our Memphis, TN, office. He started with LSI in 2013 as an intern and advanced rapidly to become a “go-to” engineer for many of our projects and platforms. We value Ron’s technical leadership and the impact he makes every day! The three words that we use to describe Ron are committed, diligent, and level-headed. Read our latest Employee Spotlight – 20 Questions below.
How long have you been with LSI?
Nine years. I started in April 2013 as an intern in the panel shop and joined the engineering team after graduation in December that year.
What is your role at LSI?
I’m a Level IV Senior Controls Engineer and am currently the technical and software lead on a DCS migration for one of our specialty chemical clients.
Where did you go to college?
I attended the University of Memphis and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology.
What industries have you been involved in?
Food and Beverage, Specialty Chemicals, Pulp and Paper, Grain Handling, Logistics and Package Handling, and several others
What is your area of expertise?
The Rockwell Automation products are my area of expertise.
What platforms are you familiar with?
Rockwell Automation PlantPAX, Logix Platforms, FactoryTalk Batch, Allen Bradley Hardware, Foundation Fieldbus, and Modbus TCP
What has been your favorite project at LSI?
My favorite project was a grain handling facility in Texas, where we upgraded the client’s control system to Rockwell Automation PlantPAx with FactoryTalk Batch. This project was one of my first major projects at LSI and allowed me to take the next step in my career.
What is your proudest moment at LSI?
After one of our clients had a cyber-attack that shut them down, I was called in to rebuild their entire control room in three days. It was stressful but very satisfying to get the client up and running again.
What sets LSI apart as an employer?
Some projects require us to work very long hours, but LSI still provides flexibility allowing us to have a work-life balance and always support our family needs.
What sets LSI apart as a system integrator?
The overall knowledge of all the LSI offices. If I have a question on a project, chances are someone else has already seen it. Being able to tap into that knowledge is really helpful to me and our engineering team.
What are three ways or words that you would use to describe LSI?
Challenging, engaging, and rewarding.
What is one thing that clients may not know about LSI that you would like to share?
The cybersecurity services that we offer.
Long-term client relationships are a hallmark of LSI. Why is that?
It’s the culture of LSI. The way we consistently provide customers with what they need and exceed their expectations hasn’t changed since LSI started in 1985. That consistency builds long-term relationships.
How has LSI helped you in your career development?
LSI has an open-door policy and wants to know what employees are interested in learning. That has helped me have discussions about where I want to go with my career.
What advice do you have for prospective LSI candidates?
Realize that there is a lot to learn. Leverage the experience of others but be willing to make mistakes and learn.
How do you like to spend your free time?
I like to spend time with my family, play music, and stay active. Martial arts are one of my favorite things to do, and I have a black belt in Judo.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
The Florida beaches.
Your favorite sports team?
Memphis Tigers, Tennessee Titans, and Memphis Grizzlies.
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Any random facts about yourself that you could share with us?
I started college as a music performance major on a full scholarship, switched to a business major for a year, and then transitioned to engineering.