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Future Engineers Benefit from ISA Student Sections

In a prior blog post, I talked about how ISA student sections present opportunities for members to shape future generations of automation professionals. This article focuses on the benefits students receive from active participation in section activities. Given the difference in levels of education, one might conclude that the student sections at Francis Tuttle Technology […]

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ISA Student Sections Spearhead Future Industrial Automation Workforce

Joining ISA back in 1989, I quickly discovered what a wonderful advocate the Society is for student workforce development activities and opportunities. During the past several years, I have witnessed the development of student sections and have attended meetings and other Society events where volunteers present opportunities for students to engage with mentors and practitioners. […]

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What Are Indicators of Potential Competency Gaps in Industrial Process Operators?

Developing and maintaining competent process operators is critical to business performance in the process industries. This blog post focuses on four signal classes that are leading and lagging indicators of competency gaps in process operators. The evidence of history is that if not addressed, these gaps increase the risk of non-optimal outcomes leading to reduced […]

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Need Automation Workers? Who You Gonna Call?

Everybody’s talking about the lack of qualified automation professionals – “autopros” as I have referred to these fine folks in previous blogs – to meet the needs of process manufacturers starving for employees. Everybody’s talking about it, but some are doing something about it.  Here at ISA, we do both.  Talking is my forte (ask […]

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Terrence G. Ives

My year as the 2013 ISA President has gotten off to a truly inspiring start

This past Saturday, I was in Manchester, New Hampshire, for the kickoff of the 2013 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®), an annual competition that helps high school students across the world discover the excitement of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Many of the more than 50,000 students participating in this year’s competition will pursue course […]

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