ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Foundation Looks Forward to Serving the Industry in 2006
Research Triangle Park, NC (1 March 2006) - The ISA Foundation is gearing up to give scholarships, encourage student development, and support standards development in 2006.
Through the Foundation, ISA awards educational scholarships each year. Scholarships for tuition and research activities are given to graduate and undergraduate students. Students must demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the automation profession. Since 2001, ISA has awarded over $135,000 in scholarships to 53 well-deserving students.
The Foundation will also continue to sponsor the annual ISA International Student Games. The activities are held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2006 in Houston, Texas. ISA District competitions determine which students will compete at the international level. The ISA Student Games impact hundreds of students each year.
In addition to its contributions to education, ISA will continue its commitment to develop industry standards in key areas like batch control, plant floor communications, and electronic security. The ISA Foundation helps defray some of the costs incurred to keep standards current and to expand into new areas of technology.
Hundreds of automation professionals have donated to the ISA Foundation.
"ISA is blessed to have many members and supporters who appreciate the efforts of the organization to help develop the next generation of professionals and to assist industry with standards. Their financial contribution, in addition to their invaluable volunteer time, is very much appreciated," said Pat Gouhin, ISA Executive Director.
The ISA Foundation seeks donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and other groups who serve the industry. Interested parties are encouraged to contact ISA.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).