Professional and Technical Awards
DEKA Research and Development Corporation, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Citation: In recognition of an extended career as an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for inspiring young people to pursue study in the fields of science, technology, and engineering.
About: Dean is the founder of DEKA Research and Development Corporation. Dean and the engineering team at DEKA have invented and developed a wide array of products and technologies, including breakthrough life-enhancing medical devices and invention of the SegwayTM Human Transporter. Dean holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents. Among Dean’s proudest accomplishments is the founding of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology. Dean has received numerous awards and accolades including the Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment in 1998, the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 2000, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002 for Invention and Innovation, the United Nations Association of the USA Global Humanitarian Action Award in 2006, the American Society of Manufacturing Engineers Medal in 2007, the 2008 LEGO Prize, the 2009 Committee for Economic Development Public Policy Award and honorary degrees from more than 25 colleges and universities. Dean was inducted into The National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.
Life Achievement Award
Gregory K. McMillan
CDI - Process & Industrial, Austin, Texas, USA
Citation: In recognition of a 40-year career of innovation in process control technology through invention, publication of articles, papers and books, as well as teaching the application of control theory.
About: Greg McMillan is a Principal Consultant at CDI Professional & Industrial working in DeltaV R&D and is a simulation consultant for Mynah Technologies. Greg received the Raymond D Malloy award for Good Tuning: A Pocket Guide, Advanced Control Unleashed, and The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical Persuasion. He has contributed to several handbooks, is the editor of the Process/Industrial Instrumentation and Controls handbook, and has written a monthly “Control Talk” column since 2002. Greg is an ISA Fellow and received the ISA Kermit Fischer Environmental Award for pH control in 1991, the Control Magazine Engineer of the Year Award for the Process Industry in 1994, and was one of the first inductees into the Process Automation Hall of Fame in 2001. Greg’s has shared his expertise semi-weekly since 2006 on his website http://www.modelingandcontrol.com/ and most recently has offered free use of virtual plants on his website http://www.processcontrollab.com/ for exploring process control opportunities. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Kansas and a M.S. in E.E. (Control Theory) from the University of Missouri - Rolla.
ISA Analysis Division Luft Award
Robert S. Saltzman
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Citation: For exceptional work in the development of and education regarding the use of UV photometric analysis systems for sulfur recovery processes and others.
About: Robert S. Saltzman is receiving recognition for exceptional work in the development of UV photometric analysis systems for sulfur recovery and other processes and in the education regarding the use of these systems. The ISA Analysis Division Luft Award recognizes outstanding contributions in the analytical technology field. Saltzman has authored over sixty papers and holds six US patents on a series of photometric analyzer systems. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine. Saltzman has also received several previous awards for his contributions including: ISA Fellow (1974); Kermit Fischer Environmental Award (1993); Analysis Division GTF Award (1988); Wilmington ISA Section Charles R. Otto Award (1975); ISA Distinguished Society Service Award (2009); DuPont Technical Excellence Award (1991).
Randy K. Buchanan, Ph.D.
Aerospace Industries and Test Measurement Divisions
The University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA
Citation: In recognition of leadership in the design and development of space hardware processing and automated planetary and space emulation.
About: Dr. Buchanan is an Associate Professor and Assistant Director at the University of Southern Mississippi and is well known for many engineering and scientific innovations employed by NASA for which he has received several awards. Dr. Buchanan has authored numerous scientific publications, and recently was awarded a U. S. patent in automation. Dr. Buchanan became a member of ISA in 1993 and is also a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the American Institute of Physics and Society of Physics Students.
George Shu-Xing Cheng, Ph.D.
Northern California Section
CyboSoft General Cybernation Group, Inc., Rancho Cordova, California, USA
Citation: In recognition of the invention, development, and deployment of Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology.
About: Dr. Cheng is co-founder of CyboSoft, General Cybernation Group Inc. He is the originator and a key developer of CyboSoft’s patented Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology, and is the inventor or the primary co-inventor of 12 U.S. patents and related international patents. Over the past 15 years while serving as CyboSoft’s CEO and CTO, Dr. Cheng has led the company in developing new MFA controllers and products to solve numerous difficult control problems. He has also worked closely with CyboSoft’s strategic partners to make MFA available in various automation product platforms. Dr Cheng became a member of ISA in 1996 and a senior member in 2000.
John P. Gerry, PE
ExperTune Inc., Hartland, Wisconsin, USA
Citation: In recognition of pioneering the development of Optimization, Control and Loop-Tuning Software.
Central Arizona Section
User Centered Design Services Inc., New River, Arizona, USA
Citation: In recognition of visionary development of Abnormal Situation Management.
About: Ian Nimmo is President of User Centered Design Services Inc. and founder of the Abnormal Situation Management Consortium which focuses on bringing knowledge of the industry's best practices in areas such as alarm management, operator training, procedural operations, and control room environment to its customers. His lustrous career in the automation industry has resulted in methodologies used around the world for which he has received numerous awards. Nimmo became a member of ISA in 1991.
Golden Achievement Award
Ram G. Ramachandran
New Orleans Section
Shell Global Solutions US, Norco, Louisiana, USA
Citation: For long and continuous dedication to the Society and its ideals.
About: Ram G. Ramachandran has been a member of ISA for 40 years and has served in many positions of leadership during his tenure.
He served as a consultant at Shell Global Solutions in Norco, Louisiana.
Distinguished Society Service Award
Citation: For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its Members.
DPS Engineering Ltd., Cobh, County Cork, Ireland
About: Brian Curtis has been a member of ISA for 17 years. He has demonstrated dedication and commitment to ISA by his continuing active involvement and serving in numerous leadership positions, serving as President of the Ireland Section in 1999/2000. Curtis is a Instrumentation and Control System Validation Consultant at DPS Engineering Ltd. in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland. He has over thirty years experience in Pharmaceutical and Biotech manufacturing design, construction and commissioning.
Los Angeles Section
Huntington Beach, California, USA
About: Mr. Prince has been a member of ISA for over 18 years. John has served as Los Angeles Section President and in other numerous leadership positions during his tenure and has demonstrated dedication and commitment to ISA by his continuing active involvement.
About: Ms. Sanzeni has been a member of ISA for 17 years. Ms. Sanzeni has served as the Italy Section Treasurer and Membership Chair since 1996, Membership Chair of District 12 since 2002 and has demonstrated dedication and commitment to ISA by her continuing active involvement, also in organizing and supporting the organization of the major ISA events and District 12 Meetings in Italy.
Dr. Reg Wood, P. Eng.
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
About: Dr. Wood has been a member of ISA for 40 years. He has served in numerous leadership positions during his tenure and has demonstrated dedication and commitment to ISA by his continuing active involvement. Dr. Wood is Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Emerging Leader Award
Citation: For demonstrating early leadership accomplishments benefiting the Society and its Members.
BridgeSoft, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Samson Controls Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Donald P. Eckman Education Award
Jorge Otavio Trierweiler, Ph.D.
University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Citation: For outstanding contributions to education and training in the science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation.
About: Dr. Trierweiler is a professor at the Chemical Engineering Department at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and head of the GIMSCOP research group (Group for Integration, Modeling, Simulation, Control and Optimization of Process). Dr. Trierweiler has helped to create the Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering at UFRGS. His enthusiasm for teaching, innovation, and entrepreneurship has introduced many students to the field of automation and instrumentation. Dr. Trierweiler’s enterprising spirit has led a small group of former students to form a prosperous innovative high-tech company while others are now responsible for the control and automation areas of some of the most important chemical industries in Brazil. Dr. Trierweiler is a chemical engineer graduated from UFRGS (Brazil) in 1988, with M.Sc. Degree obtained at PEQ/COPPE/UFRJ (Brazil) in 1991 and Ph.D. at Dortmund University (Germany) in 1996 both in chemical engineering in the process control and optimization area. In 2001 he held postdoctoral internship in the area of biosensors at Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) and in 2008, in the area of biorefineries and bioprocesses control at University RWTH Aachen (Germany). Additionally, in 2005 he completed a MBA in business management at UFRGS.
Don W. Thompson Award
Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA
Citation: For exemplary efforts and achievements to encourage and support student activities and the mentoring of students.
Excellence in Documentation Award
Citation: For the paper “Permissive Sequencing and ISA84-The Shape of Things to Come” published in ISA EXPO 2009 proceedings.
Gene Cammack, PE
Siemens Industry, Inc., Houston, Texas, USA
About: Cammack is a Consultant at Siemens Industry, Inc. in Houston, Texas. He has authored numerous papers, presentations and seminars. Cammack holds a BS-Nuclear Engineering Degree from Texas A&M University.
Luis M F Garcia G
Siemens Industry, Inc., Houston, Texas, USA
About: Garcia currently holds the position of Business Consultant for Latin America at Siemens Industry Inc., in the Industry Automation Systems Division. He is based in Houston, Texas as a Certified Functional Safety Expert by the CFSE Governing Board (representing Siemens) and TÜV SÜD. Luis has been working extensively in the Oil and Gas, Chemical, and Petrochemical sector for 28 years, helping to develop standards, procedures, and projects, all around Latin America and Europe, with several white papers published in Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Lima, Maracaibo, and Madrid. As a Charter Engineer, Luis has participated in the design and development of instruments for Safety Related applications, such as Solenoid Valves since 1989. Luis is an Honors graduate from Liverpool University, England (1981) as a Metallurgist and Material Scientist, and holds a Mechanical degree from Saint Joseph Technical College, Rosario, Argentina, obtained in 1972.
Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. – PDVSA, Refinería de Puerto La Cruz, Anzoátegui, Venezuela
About: Sanchez currently holds the position of Project Leader in Automation, Instrumentation and Process Safety in PDVSA. Responsible for conceptualizing, designing, directing and supervising the implementation of projects for final investors in the area of automation, instrumentation and safety processes which contributes to improve and optimize production while increasing safety in order to protect personnel, facilities and the community of Puerto La Cruz. Sanchez is a BS Electrical Engineer graduated in The Central University of Venezuela UCV in 1997, and holds a Functional Safety Engineer Certificate by TUV Rheinland. In his capacity Francisco has been working extensively in the oil and gas, refinery sector for 14 years in Venezuela. Francisco is member of his company safety team in charge of design and development of instrumentation, automation and safety project for PDVSA country wide in Venezuela.
Standards & Practices Award
Ametek Inc., McKees Rocks, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Citation: For leadership in the development of international standards for electrical equipment in hazardous locations and gas detection instrumentation.
About: Coppler has been a member of ISA for 18 years. He has demonstrated dedication and commitment to ISA by his continuing active involvement in various ISA and IEC committees, subcommittees, and working groups. Coppler is a Senior Compliance Engineer at Ametek Inc. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
Distinguished Friends of ISA
Small Company Category: Alabama Fluid Systems Technologies, Inc., Pelham, Alabama, USA
Medium Company Category: Rawson, Houston, Texas, USA
Large Company Category: Fluor Corporation, Southern California Division, Aliso Viejo, California, USA
Honor Roll Companies:
Mustang Engineering, Houston, Texas, USA
PLCs Plus International, Bakersfield, California, USA
Outstanding Division Award
Automation & Technology Department: Management Division
Industries & Sciences Department: Aerospace Industries Division
Section Performance Award
Espirito Santo Section
Saint Louis Section
Espirito Santo Section
Orange County Section