ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
YAPFEST, International Student Games Reinforce Networking and Learning at ISA EXPO 2007
Research Triangle Park, NC (17 October 2007) - ISA EXPO 2007, held 2-4 October in Houston, Texas, featured events and activities for the newest generation of automation professionals.
ISA's second annual YAPFEST, an event for young automation professionals under the age of 30, attracted 215 attendees. Sponsored by Chevron, the Tuesday evening party gave young professionals a chance to network with industry professionals from participating companies, dance to the music of a hot local band, and enjoy food and beer provided by ISA.
"Events like YAPFEST are great ways to influence the development of the next generation of automation professionals," said ISA President Steve Huffman. "We love seeing young people mingle with industry executives.
It's good for the profession, and it's an honor to bring that opportunity to young people through this event."
Attendees also received a free technical conference pass for the day, which they could use to check out the six technical exchanges featured at ISA EXPO 2007. Technology exchanges featured presentations and forums about important topics like safety, security, wireless and networking, enterprise integration, environmental and quality control, and process automation.
Extended evening hours on Tuesday included an industry reception on the exhibition floor, with food, beer, and margaritas sponsored by Dodge BusinessLink, ASCO, GE Sensing, Servomex, Ametek, Ashcroft, Honeywell, WAGO, Extrel CMS, and Teledyne Instruments.
The ISA International Student Games were also held on Tuesday, 2 October, in the exhibit hall. 12 teams from all over the world, including teams from Mexico, Russia, and Brazil, competed in the annual competition, sponsored by gold sponsors Ardent Services, Emerson Process Management, Honeywell, and the ISA Analysis Division. Silver sponsors were ABB Analytical, Industrial Instrumentation & Controls Technology Alliance, ISA Life Members Committee, ISA Power Industry Division, ISA Process Measurement & Control Division, and Rosemount Analytical.
Students are given complex engineering problems to solve within their teams, and they work the problems onsite during the competition.
Students are attracted to the games for the competition, the networking, and the opportunity to meet their future colleagues on opposite teams.
"I wanted to get connected with other members of the instrumentation community," said Christopher Braet of Lambton College.
First place in the competition went to the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC, Canada. Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa, received second place, and Lambton College in Sarnia, Canada, earned third place.
For more information about ISA, the International Student Games, or YAPFEST, visit www.isa.org or call (919) 549-8411.
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).