ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA EXPO Announces Great Participation for its International Student Games
Research Triangle Park, NC (29 August 2008) – ISA Student Members worldwide will participate at this year’s ISA International Student Games, to be held in conjunction with ISA EXPO, 14-16 October, 2008.
Student teams are coming from Russia, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Colombia and the USA to compete and demonstrate their skills, while having an opportunity to network and meet other students who share their passion for automation and engineering. The competition provides an opportunity for ISA Student Members worldwide to demonstrate and further their knowledge of automation and control technologies, along with enjoying the camaraderie and fun of the competition.
The Houston Games will cover two full days of both competition and networking as team members and their advisors launch their experience on Monday, 13 October, with Equipment Orientation. This is when teams hear from the providers of the problems and equipment for the Games. ISA extends special thanks to ABB, Crestron, Phoenix Contact, and Siemens for this vital support. The opportunity to use equipment that is not in the local lab is a primary benefit of participation in the Games.
Attending the ISA Honors and Awards Gala on Monday evening is an impressive experience for the team members. In addition to witnessing the awards program, students form a procession carrying flags of the various countries where ISA has Sections. Their presence clearly acknowledges ISA’s commitment to the development of future automation professionals, and that ISA Student Members are the emerging leaders of the society. On 14 October, reality sets in and the Games are played out.
The ISA International Student Games have developed into a signature program of practical, hands-on exercises related to the field of automation and control. Each team of four contestants has a set time period to solve each problem. The problem providers evaluate the performance of each team as it works their problem. Then, the evaluators combine their scores and identify the order of performance.
The competition is followed by an awards ceremony where medals are presented to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists. All participants receive a certificate to commemorate the Games and other mementos.
Following the Games, students will join YAPFEST, already underway. This is ISA’s premier networking event for Young Automation Professionals, ages 18-30. YAPFEST is a social gathering for young automation professionals and students who study engineering and other automation fields. The gathering offers free food and beverages; raffles for prizes, entertainment; scholarship information; and networking with potential employers. Resumes are welcome.
For more information about the ISA International Student Games, please contact Laura Crumpler at (919) 990-9232 or visit www.isa.org/studentgames.
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).