ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Council of Society Delegates Approves Name Change and Additional Member Benefit
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 October 2008) -The initials “ISA” remain the same — but what they stand for has changed. ISA’s Council of Society Delegates voted in their annual meeting in Houston yesterday to change the organization’s name to “International Society of Automation” by an overwhelming majority. The Council also approved a $15 per year dues increase to accommodate two Technical Division Memberships for individual members, and an updated policy on Section rebates.
The Council voted to rename the Society from ISA – The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society to the International Society of Automation. The Council of Society Delegates controls the policies of the Society, and Members are represented by one delegate for each geographic ISA Section.
We are no longer just instruments and systems. Yes, these are an important part of any automation scheme and to the operation of plants, but we are more. Each Member had an important decision to make and a responsibility to consider our future as an organization. The new name ensures that when science and technology advance beyond our wildest imaginations, we’ll still have an identity that encompasses and embraces all of the current and future Members that make up our Society,” said Kim Miller Dunn, ISA President. “The International Society of Automation is clear, concise, all encompassing, and easy to comprehend by our Membership as well as lay people outside the industry. ISA leaders have reinvented the Society. We are global. We are engaged with government in areas such as workforce development and cybersecurity. We have successfully established the Automation Federation as "The Voice of Automation," creating a home for the many special interest groups that exist in the automation space without taking away their identities. We have reorganized the governance and enhanced our core competencies: Standards, Certification, Education and Training, Publications, and Conferences and Exhibits. At a time when many volunteer organizations are struggling to remain relevant in a cyber-world, ISA has succeeded and continues to grow.”
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).