ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Looks Forward to Automation Career Week at ISA EXPO 2008
Research Triangle Park, NC (7 October 2008) – ISA and the Automation Federation will celebrate Automation Career Week 13-17 October in Houston, Texas. Automation Career Week, held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2008 at the Reliant Center in Houston, 14-16 October, will offer events and festivities for automation professionals and students of all ages and will celebrate contributions to the profession. In appreciation for all that automation professionals give, Texas Governor Rick Perry has formally supported these efforts with a letter of recognition, which will be event available at the Automation Federation booth during the week.
As part of ISA’s workforce development efforts, for the first time at ISA EXPO, middle and high school students will be able to participate in an event of their own – iAU2M8.08. iAU2M8.08 is a one-of-a-kind event designed to introduce middle and high school students to the automation profession. It will be held on Thursday, 16 October, and over 300 students are planned to attend from local Houston-area schools. The students will learn more about automation careers through a dynamic keynote speaker, John Hanks from National Instruments, who will discuss automation careers and possibilities. Hanks is the Vice President of Industrial and Embedded Products at National Instruments, and leads NI’s future software and hardware product strategy and marketing. National Instruments’ team of more than 2000 engineers create products to help scientist and engineers around the world invent new products and processes such as mind-controlled wheelchairs to new windmill monitoring and control systems.
In addition to the keynote speaker, the iAU2M8.08 participants will go on a guided tour of the ISA EXPO exhibit floor and experience unique interactive and educational displays created just for them by participating organizations, including Shell/CSTEM, AUVSI, JETS, FIRST Robotics, Yokogawa, Emerson, ASCO Numatics, and others.
Young automation professionals, under age 30, and college students will enjoy the third annual YAPFEST celebration, held 14 October. The event offers young professionals and students a chance to network and interact with sponsor companies and media, hand out their resumes, and learn more about the automation profession. College students from several different countries, including Brazil, Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Russia, and the United States will also compete on Tuesday in the annual International Student Games competition.
ISA EXPO 2008 will feature a cutting-edge technical conference, with 6 information-packed exchanges focused on security, safety, process automation, environmental and quality control, wireless and networking, and enterprise integration. Events open to all include three keynote speakers, dozens of technology briefings, a 70,000+ square foot exhibition, and several networking opportunities. ISA will also hold a wide variety of technical training courses and seminars during the event for current automation professionals.
For more information about ISA EXPO 2008, or to register, visit www.isa.org/isaexpo2008 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).