Page updated Mar 10, 2013
Greetings Safety & Security Division members!
My name is Paul Gruhn and I stepped up as Division Director as of mid-July 2012. I started this Division about 10 years ago and am thrilled to have the opportunity to take the reins once again. We've implemented a number of major changes - all designed to provide you with valuable information and make you more successful.
Take a look at our web site and list of committees. The responsibility of the committee chairs is to write brief articles at least twice a year for posting online. Many of our chairs have written more than one article so far and a number have provided longer white papers (on our 'misc papers' page).
What we will not be doing
The Division has historically held a yearly conference. While attendees have considered the conferences beneficial, attendance for the last six years has been below 60. Considering the effort and costs associated with putting on such an event, and considering that the Division has 1,500 members, I believe the Division can better serve more of our members in a more cost effective manner. Why should a speaker have to travel to another city, pay a couple hundred dollars for the privilege of speaking, and present a paper to only 50 people, when he could post the paper online for free to an audience of 1,500? Why should you as an attendee have to travel to another city and pay almost $500 to attend a conference, when you could access all the papers online for free? Duh!
We will also not be producing newsletters. Considering the depth and breadth that we will soon have on our web site, what’s the point of producing a static snapshot of a portion of the material in a pdf format that you still have to go online to download? Duh!
What we will be doing
Committee chairs will be writing short articles on hot topics in their field several times a year. You can access these using the links on the left. You must be logged in as a Division member to access these pages.
Committee chairs will submit longer articles as white papers. You can access these using the 'Misc Papers' link. You and others can submit non-commercial white papers at no charge that will be available for our 1,500 members. Send whatever you like directly to me for consideration.
Committee chairs will be producing free webinars for your education and benefit. These will most likely be streaming narrated PowerPoint files available for viewing whenever it’s convenient for you. We haven't done any of these yet, but we will. Think of it as our version of www.ted.com. (If you’ve never visited that site and watched some of the recordings, check it out; you’re in for an addictive, mind-blowing treat!)
What you need to do
One of the most effective ways for all of us to be communicating with each other directly is through our two listservs. These e-mail broadcast systems allow you to communicate with all of our 1,500 members. The safety list has been around for 10 years. We recently implemented a security list. Safety and security are related, but the topics differ enough to warrant separate listservs. However, you must sign up for these lists on your own; policy prevents us from adding your names automatically. We have 1,500 Division members, yet only 700 people are members of the safety list (and not all of those may be Division members). This means we are not effectively communicating with half our membership. Please sign up for one or both of our lists; it’s in your best interest! If you have a question or problem you are trying to solve, there are 1,500 like-minded people available to assist you!
Everything we do will be focused on achieving our single, simple goal for the Division, “To make our members more successful”. Tell me what you want and we’ll see how we can provide it for you!
Yours in service,
Paul Gruhn, P.E., ISA Fellow