This time of year finds most of us taking stock of the past 12 months and planning for the coming year. The natural circadian rhythm of the Analysis Division is on a different cycle. The New Year finds us more than half way to the next symposium and well into our plans for Anaheim, being headed up in 2013 by our Conference Chair Sandra Krauthamer.
One of the natural tasks at this time of year is to plan for some of the position changes within the AD. With that in mind I would like to take the opportunity to give praise to the people who put more in than they take out of life, every day, in many ways and not only for the well being of their profession.
Of our 900 members approximately 100 are involved each year in some capacity of contributing to our profession at a higher level. This ranges from serving on the paper review committee, Symposium host committee, the executive board or as a TIG chair, editing the newsletter, presenting a paper (50 or so hours of your life you will never get back, thank you all !) or the sisyphean task of running the Standards & Practices committee. I have no useful hypothesis as to why people with already very busy lives do this I can only say thank you from all of us who accrue the benefits.
In our winter newsletter you can read about two individuals who are stepping up to serve and two others who have been acknowledged for their substantial contributions. When you happen to bump into them say thanks from all of us.
Tracy Dye is joining the executive team as director elect-elect (2015-2016) and will succeed Don Nettles after his 2013- 2014 term. The AD has a near 60 year history and continuity of leadership has always been paramount. The only thing Tracy waited for was management approval before saying yes to seven years of duty, until he falls off the masthead as past director in January 2019. Tracy is well known for his work on NeSSI and his "can-do" approach to most everything.
Manny Alvarez approached us last year and asked how he and his company might better serve our professional body. Don Nettles was mindful that he would need to find a successor as Education Chair and Manny has kindly accepted the position commencing January 2012. The AD rides on the foundation of our technical interest groups and the Education Chair steers the twelve TIGs. There is always something to be done and our Education Chair is in good hands.
Phil Harris was named "member of the year" for all he has done for the division since we dragooned him as Web Master last December. Having a web site of our own was long overdue and we had little time to get it up and running for the 2011 Symposium. It was done in 4 weeks (over Christmas). There have been many enhancements since, every request fulfilled, every change made. Web slave would be a more apt title, member of the year a worthy award for such yeoman service.
Bac Vu was made an ISA Fellow at the honors and awards ceremony in Mobile. ISA Fellow membership recognizes members who have made exceptional engineering and scientific contributions to the profession. It is based upon peer evaluation and is the highest grade of membership. The criteria for selection are demanding and only a few members are elected making the Fellow grade a coveted honor. We are very happy for and proud of Bac, most thankful for his endless work on standards and practices on our behalf.
If we take any inspiration from these examples let it be for all of us to put in more than we take out. A worthy contribution can be to mentor others in your profession. I had a recent opportunity to chat with a senior analyzer engineer at a gulf coast refinery who uses a lifetime collection of materials to teach analyzer fundamentals to the techs, after hours. He says he lectures to a packed house every week. It made me very grateful to have followed a winding path into the career of process analytics, quite the collection of Boffins it is.
Director ISA Analysis Division (2011-2012)