Advisory Board

Editorial Advisory Board members for Control Engineering

Control Engineering’s editorial advisory board provides input to editorial staff on editorial content, relevancy, automation market, and audience; serves as a first-level sounding board for new initiatives and ideas; participates in events; and contributes editorially. More about each editorial advisory board member follows.

Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., of Milwaukee, Wisc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in March. Courtesy: Doug Bell, InterConnecting Automation Inc.Doug Bell, president of InterConnecting Automation Inc., graduated in 1977 from a trade school in Milwaukee and began working as a controls electrician in a foundry. He then the attended Milwaukee School of Engineering. After that, he went to work for Crown Cork & Seal in Milwaukee. Bell worked as a control electrician for 17 years in the plant, which produced 25 million bottle caps a day. Bell took a corporate job for Crown and was in charge of installing controls on production lines and performing every facet of control work. From there, he went to Eaton Cutler Hammer working in the Apollo group developing the new PC-based control system they were going to introduce. Bell left and started InterConnecting Automation Inc., which focuses on training people in the AutomationDirect line of automation products.

David Bishop, president and a founder of Matrix Technologies, was named a Control Engineering editorial advisory board member, in a two- to three-year term, starting July 2016. Courtesy: CFE MediaDavid Bishop, president of Matrix Technologies Inc., holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Toledo. Bishop was recognized as UT Distinguished alumni in 2003. Bishop, a member of an executive coaching and peer advisory group called Vistage, also is a private pilot, avid golfer, and loves sailing and hunting. Bishop is one of the founders of Matrix Technologies, established in 1980. Matrix employs over 300 employees and has annual sales in excess of $50 million. The corporate headquarters is in Maumee, Ohio, with regional offices in Indianapolis, Denver, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and Cleveland. Matrix has wide breadth of process and automation expertise focused in the food and beverage, chemical and refining, pharmaceutical, biotech, glass, metals, and automotive industries. The firm has installed over 500 systems in 45 countries. Matrix provides process design, control and information system design, software development, mechanical, electrical, and civil/structural engineering services along with complete Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) contract services. Matrix Technologies Inc. was named System Integrator of the Year by Control Engineering magazine in 2008, 2012, and 2016. Matrix is a founding member of the Control Systems Integrator Association (CSIA) and is ANSI/ISO/ASQ 9001:2008 certified as a control system integrator. Also learn more about Matrix Technologies in the Global System Integrator Database.

Daniel Capano, the owner of Diversified Technological Services, Inc., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in February. Courtesy: Daniel E. Capano, Diversified Technological Services, Inc.

Daniel E. Capano has provided instrumentation and electrical consulting services for over 30 years and has participated in the design, construction and start up of projects as diverse as water and wastewater treatment, odor control, and power generation. Dan is currently a Senior Project Manager with Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects and based in New York City. He is also the vice-chairman of the Stamford Water Pollution Control Authority (SWPCA) and chairs its Technical Committee. Dan has written and presented on instrumentation, wireless, cybersecurity and data communication topics. He contributed a regular blog to Control Engineering magazine, Industrial Wireless Tutorials, which focused on wireless trends and concepts that focused on the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, along with a bit of wireless best practices. He is an experienced industrial control system (ICS) cybersecurity practitioner and is a Certified Wireless Security Professional, a Certified Wireless Network Administrator and holds an FCC General Radio Operator License.

Frank Lamb, founder and owner of Automation Consulting, LLC, of Lebanon, Tenn., joined the Control Engineering editorial advisory board in April. Courtesy: Frank Lamb, Automation Consulting, LLCFrank Lamb is a consultant and electrical engineer with more than 30 years of experience in electronics and industrial controls. Lamb served 8 years in the U.S. Air Force as an instructor and electronics specialist, 4 years as a product specialist for controls manufacturer distributors, and owned a systems integration and custom machine building company from 1996 to 2006. From 2006-2011, Lamb worked for the largest U.S.-based custom machine building company as a project engineer. Lamb now consults and teaches classes on programmable logic controller (PLC) programming, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human-machine interfaces (HMIs), and other industrial automation topics. Lamb has published two books, one on general industrial automation and another on programming for PLCs (programmable logic controllers). He is the founder and owner of Automation Consulting, LLC, and stories from his blog, Automation Primer, have appeared on Control Engineering since 2014.

Joe Martin, president and founder, Martin Control Systems, was named a Control Engineering editorial advisory board member, in a two- to three-year term, starting July 2016. Courtesy: Martin Control SystemsJoe Martin is serving as Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) mentor and has served as a director and member relations chair. He also has been engaged in the advancement of manufacturing technologies through leadership positions with ISA, CSIA, and the Automation Federation. He is president and founder of Martin Control Systems Inc. (MartinCSI), a system integration firm located in the Columbus, Ohio, area that delivers mission critical control systems to industry in Ohio and surrounding states. MartinCSI has achieved CSIA Certification since 2001. Previously, Martin worked 10 years as a controls engineer for an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of automation equipment used by the diecast and foundry industries. He is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Technology. MartinCSI is a 2011 Control Engineering System Integrator of the Year. Also learn more about MartinCSI in the Global System Integrator Database.

Rick Pierro is president and co-founder, Superior Controls, was named a Control Engineering editorial advisory board member, in a two- to three-year term, starting July 2016. Courtesy: Superior ControlsRick Pierro is president and co-founder of Superior Controls, an engineering firm providing automation and information systems for manufacturing. Pierro is on the board of directors of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). He received an MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lowell-Mass in 1983, a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Boston University in 1981, and has attended business and finance classes at Harvard Business School. He serves on the board of directors of Atrex Energy, a fuel cell manufacturer; Acumentrics Corp, a rugged UPS manufacturer; MindChild Medical Inc., a developer of fetal heart monitoring equipment; E-Trolz Inc., a manufacturer of intelligent controllers for the medical device industry; MIRtle Medical, a developer of EKGs for the MRI; and Degree Controls Inc., a leading manufacturer of cooling systems for computers. Pierro also serves on the Board of Advisors to the University of Mass-Lowell Engineering Departments and is a past recipient of the Francis College of Engineering “Distinguished Engineer Award.” He is also a past president of the Boston-International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers and frequent guest speaker on automation and future trends in automation. Superior Controls, based in Seabrook, N.H., is a 2012 Control Engineering System Integrator of the Year. Also learn more about Superior Controls in the Global System Integrator Database.

Eric Silverman, PE, PMP, CDT, vice president, senior automation engineer, CDM Smith, Boston, is a senior automation and instrumentation and controls (I&C) engineer with experience since 1996. Project experience includes system integration, including project management, networking and communications, control system design and specification, programming, system implementation, cost estimation and startup. Silverman is a certified PMI project manager and CSI Construction Document Technician. In his current role, he manages the automation group for CDM Smith’s North region and helps advance the Automation discipline within CDM Smith through continuous improvement of standards and guidelines as well as mentoring the next generation of automation/I&C engineers, specialists and leaders. Over his career, Silverman has presented and published with various industry publications and organizations locally and nationally. He joined Control Engineering’s Editorial Advisory Board in October 2023.

Mark Voigtmann, partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, automation practice lead, was named a Control Engineering editorial advisory board member, in a two- to three-year term, starting July 2016. He also is general counsel for Control System Integrators AssociatiMark Voigtmann leads the automation and construction law practice of Faegre Baker Daniels, an international law firm with offices in the United States, China, and the U.K. He has advised automation providers, OEMs, and their end-user customers in numerous matters throughout North America, from the structuring of projects and negotiation of contracts to the resolution of insurance coverage questions and other complex automation disputes. He serves as general counsel to the Control System Integrators Association, an international group of more than 300 engineering and high technology firms. His educational background includes Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law J.D., magna cum laude and University of Missouri Bachelor of Journalism. He is a regular contributor to the Control Engineering “Legalities” column. Follow his posts on legal issues at Also see