ISA Executive Board Approves New Vision and Mission Statements

ISA Executive Board Approves New Vision and Mission Statements

This post is authored by Brian Curtis, president of ISA 2018.   I’m excited to announce that the ISA Executive Board, meeting earlier this month during the Spring Leaders Meeting in Raleigh, NC, USA, has approved new ISA vision and mission statements. ISA’s new vision...
The Arts Must Be Factored Into the STEM Equation

The Arts Must Be Factored Into the STEM Equation

This guest blog post was written by Stephen R. Huffman, vice president, marketing and business development, Mead O’Brien, Inc.   This blog began as a coy reply to Bill Lydon’s interesting post about Leonardo da Vinci’s accomplishments as an artist applying engineering...
Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

This post was written by Leo Staples, senior manager, utility operational compliance, at OGE Energy Corp. Leo is an ISA Fellow and was ISA president in 2011. In a prior blog post, I talked about how ISA student sections present opportunities for members to shape...
Should STEM Education Programs Include the Arts?

Should STEM Education Programs Include the Arts?

This article was written by Bill Lydon, chief editor at InTech magazine. Want to learn more on this topic? Click this link to read past ISA President Stephen Huffman’s response to Bill Lydon’s post.   Michael J. Gelb, author of the book How to Think like...
The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

The Challenges of Attracting Millennials to Industrial Careers

This article was written by Peter G. Martin, Ph.D., vice president, business value solutions, Schneider Electric.   There has been considerable discussion of late about the mass retirements of baby boomers from the industrial workforce and the lack of appropriate...
You Have a Voice in Helping to Shape ISA’s Future

You Have a Voice in Helping to Shape ISA’s Future

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. I thank you for indulging me over my posts the last two months (here and here) on the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization and the FIRST Championship, which...
Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

Shaping the Future of Our Profession and Association

This post is authored by Steven W. Pflantz, president of ISA 2017. In a few days, an event will take place in two American cities that will play an important role in encouraging high school students to pursue careers in engineering and automation. The 2017 FIRST®...
The Most Empowering Four-Letter Word

The Most Empowering Four-Letter Word

This guest post was written by Peggie Ward Koon, Ph.D., 2015 chair of the Automation Federation and 2014 president of ISA. A couple of weeks ago I gave a presentation, entitled “Are we there yet?”,  to a group of attendees – a mixed bag of engineering students, a few...

Advocacy is Vital to the Future of the Automation Profession

This post is authored by Rick Roop, president of ISA 2015. As ISA members – as shapers and ambassadors of the great career field of automation – it should be our collective goal that when we leave this profession, we leave it in better hands than when we entered it....

Four Myths About Why We Have a Shortage of Engineers

This is an excerpt from the March/April 2014 issue of InTech magazine and was written by Chad Harper, senior director of technology for MAVERICK Technologies. There seems to be a wealth of articles detailing the problems the automation industry has finding and...
Creating Twenty-First Century Learning Systems

Creating Twenty-First Century Learning Systems

This blog post was written by Fred Wentzel, executive vice president of the National Council for Advanced Manufacturing.   A highly skilled workforce is the lifeblood of any successful company, industry, or national economy. The U.S. has been the breeding ground for...
Growing Future Automation Professionals

Growing Future Automation Professionals

This is an excerpt from the January/February 2014 issue of InTech magazine by Bill Lydon, InTech’s chief editor. To read the full article, please see the link at the bottom of this post. Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and...
Are You Qualified?

Are You Qualified?

This post is authored by Peggie Koon, president of ISA 2014.   This week hundreds of educators and professionals from government and public and private industry sectors converged on Washington, DC to attend the US News STEM Solutions National Conference. The sessions...
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...
Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders by Volunteering for FIRST

Inspire the Next Generation of Leaders by Volunteering for FIRST

This post is written by Pat Gouhin, ISA executive director and CEO.   I recently had my most rewarding experience of the past year.  Some time ago, I agreed to volunteer for the regional, three-day FIRST Robotics Competition held in Raleigh, N.C.  I asked to be...
Developing Manufacturing Skills for Economic Growth

Developing Manufacturing Skills for Economic Growth

This article was written by Emily Stover DeRocco, former president of The Manufacturing Institute.   Reports from two of the biggest consulting firms in the world, Boston Consulting Group and Accenture, looked at what is euphemistically being called on-shoring. What...

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