• ISA Insights

    FEBRUARY 2014

    President's Message:

    2014 ISA President, Peggie W. Koon, reports on the importance of the first ISA Executive Summit in focusing on the Society's opportunities, challenges, and future direction

    By Peggie Koon, 2014 ISA President

    2014 ISA President, Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., provides a highly informative and engaging overview of the first ISA Executive Summit, "ISA's Future Search & Focus," which was held recently in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Dr. Koon urges all ISA members to learn more about the key issues and findings discussed during the summit and explore ways to make the Society's strategic vision for the future a reality.

    Member Spotlight:

    Q&A with Sohail Iftikhar - This month's Q&A is with Sohail Iftikhar, global business development manager at Honeywell, a Fortune 100 company that invents and manufactures technologies and also serves as an ISA corporate partner.

    Iftikhar's well-rounded international experience, strong engineering education, and long-standing involvement at ISA provide him the right skills to be a successful sales person. He currently serves as vice president of ISA's Houston Section and will assume the role of president beginning July 2014. Iftikhar also serves as the Director-elect of ISA's Process Measurement and Control Division and is a member of the ISA Chemical & Petroleum Industries Division.

    Submit nominations for Society leadership positions by 31 March 2014
    ISA is seeking candidates for open Society leadership positions. The 2014 Society Nominating Committee will evaluate candidates and develop a slate of nominees for election by the ISA membership in September. All ISA members are encouraged to review the position descriptions and submit the names of capable and qualified members by 31 March.

    Calling for 2014 Fellow nominations
    The prestigious ISA Fellow membership grade is conferred each year upon a select group of ISA members who are recognized by their peers for exceptional engineering or scientific contributions to the automation profession. Please nominate a colleague, co-worker, or friend whose career and body of work you believe merits consideration for this distinguished honor. The nomination deadline is 30 April 2014.

    Why Do Men and Women Stay in Engineering? Share Your Workplace Insights
    Contribute your career experience to a first of its kind study designed to systematically document what engineers enjoy most (and least) about the engineering profession. The researchers behind the groundbreaking study, "Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering," are conducting this nation-wide survey of engineers. Consider taking 25 minutes of your time to contribute your insights and experiences to this project, and in exchange your name will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win an Amazon.com gift certificate. Please complete the survey by 10 March 2014.

    Take control of your ISA emails by updating your member record and email preferences
    ISA has expanded its email preference options to enable you to select email communications based on the topics and resources that interest you. Please take a moment to login to your ISA Record, update your contact information (if needed), and update your email preferences (on the Privacy Tab) so you can start controlling which ISA email communications you receive. You can also call ISA customer service at +1 919-549-8411 to request changes to your email preferences.

    More ISA News

    ISA welcomes Peggie W. Koon as its 2014 President More...

    ISA announces the FDT Group as ISA Promotional Partner More...

    In recognition of 2014 Engineers Week, ISA encourages its members and other automation professionals to promote the value of engineering through outreach and volunteerism More...

    ISA announces recipients of 2013 author awards More...

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    OPC Foundation Open Standards
    Author, Tom Burke, answers the questions, "Is there a true business and technical value proposition for open standards like OPC? Or is it all myth or magic?"


    Do "Smart" Instruments Need to be Calibrated?
    Modern transmitters often are promoted as being smart and extremely accurate. Sometimes you hear they don't need to be calibrated because they are so "smart." So why would you calibrate them?


    How to File Your Own U.S. Patent Application By Hans Baumann
    Author Hans Baumann taps years of experience in providing down-to-earth instructions on how to file a US patent.


    Cybersecurity Framework for Protecting our Nation's Critical Infrastructure
    February 21, 2014
    Birmingham, AL, USA 

    Engineers Week

    How will you get involved?

    February 16-22, 2014
    Across the USA

    2014 Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) Symposium - NEW!
    March 5-6, 2014
    ISA Headquarters
    RTP, NC; USA

    59th Analysis Division Symposium
    May 4-8, 2014
    Crowne Plaza 
    Baton Rouge, LA, USA 

    14th ISA LDAR Fugitive Emissions Symposium
    May 19-21, 2014 
    New Orleans, LA, USA


    ISA Training at the ISA FPID Symposium
    When: March 3rd
    - Ethernet and TCP/IP on the Plant Floor (FG21C)
    - Introduction to Applying the Batch Control Standard ANSI/ISA-88.01 (IC40C)

    When: March 4th
    - Implementing Business to MES Integration Using the ANSI/ISA95 Standards (IC55C)
    - Introduction to Industrial Automation Security and the ANSI/ISA-62443 Standards (IC32C)

    Where: ISA Headquarters,
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA Technical Training Camp-Denver 2014
    When: March 2014
    Where:  Consolidated Parts, Denver, CO, USA 

    ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training: Integrator Version (AESTIV)
     March 31
    to April 4
    Where: ISA Headquarters,

    Process Automation Boot Camp for Non-Maintenance Personnel (PABC)
     March 31 to April 4
    Where: ISA Headquarters,
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA's 2014 Training Catalog! Download

    ISA's 2014 Training
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