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LabVIEW Champion: Casey Lamers



Casey Lamers



Madison, WI

Programming Languages:

Exclusively LabVIEW, unless you count functions in Excel



Used LabVIEW Since:


Applications Areas:

Embedded Machine Control, Scientific Instruments, System Integration


Let me start off by saying that I have a cool job as the head software engineer on a nuclear fusion particle accelerator at Phoenix Nuclear Labs. I get to work with a lot of smart people. I get to challenge myself daily. And I get to do it all while playing on the computer! LabVIEW is my full time video game.

I didn't start my career as a software engineer. I have had jobs where I had to "wear many hats". Initially LabVIEW allowed me to solve some small problems. Gradually the problems got bigger and bigger. I graduated to embedded control while building a custom laser welder. At the time I was responsible for CAD design, parts specification, building, controlling, programming and running the machine. These days I am surrounded by talent that takes care of the surrounding activities and I am left to "solving" the controls.

I have grown as a programmer, and NI and LabVIEW offered tools to meet the growing scope of the challenges. I specialize in Object Oriented Programming, specifically Actor Framework on Compact RIO (cRIO). I was the first customer to deploy an Actor Framework (AF) project to a cRIO. To my knowledge, I still have the largest AF project deployed to cRIO.

I believe in Continuous Improvement. I am frequently reading on software engineering practices and tools like Continuous Integration (CI), Unit Testing, Design Patterns, etc.

As the software team has grown I have also taken to studying Agile project management and Scrum. I have also implemented CI at Phoenix Nuclear Labs.

I like to have conversations regarding best practices and what people are doing to be successful. Feel free to ask me a question, especially with regards to AF on cRIO or general development practices.

I believe the solutions to the big problems always boil down to lots of small easy to solve problems. Small easy problems, now that is something I can handle! Note: I don't take myself too seriously.

Discussion Groups:

Actor Framework
Continuous Integration (started by me)
Actor Framework on cRIO (started by me)
Certified LabVIEW Architects
LabVIEW Architects Forum
Big Physics
Madison LabVIEW User Group Communitiy
LabVIEW at UW-Madison

LabVIEW, cRIO and FPGA technology provides a flexible development platform for bringing a particle accelerator to market

2012 Big Physics Summit Poster Presentation

Controlling a Nuclear Fusion Particle Accelerator

2013 NIWeek Conference Presentation

Object Oriented Programming, Design Patterns and Actors in LabVIEW

2014 CLA Summit Presentation

Software Engineering Using the Actor Framework and Object-Oriented Programming to Solve Big Problems

Continuous Integration in LabVIEW Using Agile

2015 CLA Summit Presentation

Active Participant FabiolaDelaCueva Active Participant
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Welcome to the group.

I am looking forward to continue to learn from you, your posts on the Actor Framework group have helped me a lot.

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Active Participant Thoric Active Participant
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Brilliant work Casey, glad to have you in the Champions group!

Thoric (CLA, CLED, CTD and LabVIEW Champion)