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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces Keynote Speakers for the 54th International Instrumentation Symposium
Research Triangle Park, NC (15 April, 2008) - The 54th International Instrumentation (IIS) Symposium announced today several multi-faceted keynote sessions, to be held at the 54th International Instrumentation Symposium, 5-8 May in Pensacola, FL.
The annual symposium offers a full technical program, complemented by various social functions, including a group visit to the National Museum of Naval Aviation, the largest naval museum in the world. Other symposium events and activities include:
Several training courses, including an overview of wireless technology, industrial flow measurement and fiber optic sensors
Distinguished Keynote Speakers
Three days of presentations and technical sessions
Social Functions including an evening exhibit receptions and an awards banquet
Onsite ISA Bookstore featuring several titles
Manufacturing Hall of Fame inductee Dick Morley will deliver the first keynote presentation entitled "Black Holes, Chocolate, and Nano," on Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. Morley is known to many as the father of the programmable logic controller (PLC) and is a visionary in advanced technological developments. As an inventor, machinist, author, consultant, and engineer, his peers have acknowledged his contributions with numerous awards from groups such as Inc. magazine, the Franklin Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He has also been inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
During Thursday's Awards Banquet, Dr. John R. Bratten, Nautical Archaeologist and Conservator at the University of West Florida, will present "Emanuel Point Ship II: Investigation of Newly Discovered Spanish Shipwreck in Pensacola, FL." A graduate of the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University, Dr. Bratten has extensive experience in the analysis and conservation of artifacts from diverse sources including those from the sunken 17th-century town of Port Royal, Jamaica, to Revolutionary War munitions recovered from Lake Champlain.
Between 1994 and 1998, he served in the dual role of conservator and archaeologist for the earliest shipwreck discovered in Florida, the Emanuel Point Ship.
Sponsored by the Aerospace Industries, Test Measurement, and Process Measurement and Control Divisions of ISA, the 54th IIS Symposium is held at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Front Gulf Hotel in Pensacola, FL, 5-8 May.
Attendees can register online at www.isa.org/iis or by calling (919) 549-8411. Exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Contact Rodney Jones, ISA Senior Administrator, Technical Divisions & Symposia at (919) 990-9418.
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).