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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
2008 ISA President Addresses 18th Annual EPRI/POWID Conference Attendees
Research Triangle Park, NC (10 June 2008) -- 2008 ISA President Kim Miller Dunn addressed a technical audience of more than 180 power industry professionals on 10 June 2008 at the 18th Annual EPRI/POWID Conference in Phoenix, AZ.
Miller Dunn labeled the ISA POWID Division as the Division that "sets the standard for all of ISA's Technical Divisions." Miller Dunn says, "Networking is what it's all about." According to Conference Chair Dennie Younie, this year's event is an opportune time to network with more than 200 power industry professionals and exhibitors and to hear more than 70 technical presentations. Miller Dunn touched on a number of the most pressing issues that the power industry faces today, including workforce development. "The automation profession is now facing an aging workforce and there are not enough young people to fill roles," she commented.
Steve Hetzel, ISA POWID Division Member and conference attendee, says that "to the younger generation, engineers do not have the image of someone with a cool job." ISA is working toward targeting high school students to inform them about industry career opportunities to help prepare for the large number of retirees leaving the automation
President Miller Dunn also touched on a number of ISA initiatives for the future, including making the US Government aware of who ISA is and how the work of its leaders and members can help meet the needs of the automation profession. ISA is also working to promote its products and services outside of the United States. President Miller Dunn said that ISA is expanding its influence around the globe by opening an office in India in the near future. She also says, "We are working to expand our publication availability and keep industry standards development moving at a faster pace."
Attendees will continue to participate in vendor exhibits, keynote speaker presentations, technical sessions, and social events until 13 June. To learn more about the conference, visit www.isa.org/powersymp.
To learn more about the ISA POWID Division, visit www.isa.org/divisions.
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).