Career Advice for Someone Beginning an Engineering Education

Career Advice for Someone Beginning an Engineering Education

This post was written by Bill R. Hollifield, an industry veteran, ISA committee member and author of books on alarm management and HMI.   I have had a typical 37-year engineering career that I have thoroughly enjoyed, split between project engineering, production,...
Get involved in promoting STEM education

Get involved in promoting STEM education

This post is authored by Peggie Koon, president of ISA 2014. In last month’s ISA Insights article I mentioned I will complete a series of articles reviewing the 10 trends impacting ISA. Last month we looked at Cybersecurity and this month we’ll take a closer look at...
The Molecule: Why Professionals Matter Over Equipment

The Molecule: Why Professionals Matter Over Equipment

This guest post is authored by Bill Stewart, vice president of corporate planning and strategy at MAVERICK Technologies. At the end of the day, a process automation project is measured by how it delivered the unit of production – or in many processes, the “molecule” –...

How Do You Keep New Engineers From Leaving Your Business?

This guest post is authored by Paul Dunn, vice president of sales at MAVERICK Technologies. Recently, a customer of mine who resides on the Gulf Coast (but is not an oil & gas or petrochemical company) approached me with a very interesting problem.  He had lost...
On Becoming an Automation Professional

On Becoming an Automation Professional

This post was written by Javier Donayre, president of the TECSUP Student Section.   Since I was young, I can clearly remember how much I enjoyed imagining a world with technology everywhere making my life as easy as possible. To create such a place, I spent hours...

ISA Introductions: North Dakota State College of Science Section

This is a Q&A with the ISA North Dakota State College of Science Section from the February 2012 ISA Insights member newsletter. ISA Insights asked the North Dakota State College of Science ISA Student Section to participate in a brief question and answer session...

Schooling to Become a Control Systems Engineer

Jim Cahill posted an interesting question today on Twitter from a Jeremy Salmon, a BYU student.   He wanted to know: I reached out to some folks in the Automation Federation (AF) who have been working on standardizing Automation-type curriculum to universities,...
Getting the Most out of an ISA Student Membership

Getting the Most out of an ISA Student Membership

This post was written by Leo Staples, 2011 ISA President. How can students expand their technical bases and pick up the interpersonal skills hiring employers want? ISA student membership offers many opportunities for professional enhancement. Here are a few:...

ISA Training and Mentoring Programs for the Automation Industry

This article is an excerpt from InTech magazine article, by Steve Pflantz. Workforce development is a hot topic among the ranks of ISA and the Automation Federation (AF) these days, as well as with a host of other organizations and agencies around the world. Recent...

Eliminate Deadtime with Mentoring and Social Media

The following technical discussion is part of an occasional series showcasing the ISA Mentor Program, authored by Greg McMillan, industry consultant, author of numerous process control books, 2010 ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and retired Senior Fellow from...

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