ISA seeks to recognize outstanding contributions by individuals and by member groups. Recognitions are conferred by the Executive Board upon recommendation from established selection committees. This policy does not govern awards given by ISA Sections.

Establishment of Awards

The establishment of and criteria for all recognitions is at the discretion of the Executive Board. The scope of each recognition must be broad enough to cover a substantial portion of ISA activities. Competition should be open to a large enough pool such that the contributions be worthy of special recognition. Recognitions may not be named for individuals and must have unique criteria.

Eligibility

Those serving on the applicable selection committee, or the Executive Board, are not eligible for recognition.

Nominations

Unless otherwise noted, nominations are sought annually for all Society recognitions. Nominations do not carry over from year to year. Those serving on the applicable selection committee, or the Executive Board, may not submit nominations nor formally endorse any nominee. Nominations are confidential. 

Selections

All eligible nominations are reviewed by the Executive Board assigned selection committee. If, in the opinion of the selection committee, a nominee is better qualified for another award, the selection committee may move the nomination to another category. Selection committees are not required to confer a recognition in every category. 

Recognition Categories

Enduring Society Service

Recognizes an ISA member with a minimum of 10 years of distinguished and dedicated service at the Section, Division and/or Society level. 
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Volunteer Leader of the Year

Recognizes the ISA member and volunteer leader who, in the previous year, has provided the most outstanding service to advance the mission of the Society.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Mentoring

Recognizes an ISA member who has, in the previous year, excelled in mentoring students and/or young professionals in automation. The efforts of this honoree have promoted and encouraged student and/or young professional involvement in automation and ISA programs. Consideration is based on time, attitude, and effort in mentoring; willingness to share technical insights and guidance; encouragement and support for development of skills and confidence; insights and feedback from mentees.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Education

Recognizes an ISA member who has developed and/or enhanced educational programs to advance the automation profession through educational institutions. Consideration is based on documented and tangible results of a program newly adopted by an academic institution or enhancements made to an established program. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding administrative capability in advancing the goals of an educational program.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Division Leadership

Recognizes an ISA member within each Division in good standing whose leadership has had a significant impact within the Division. The awardee must have served in a responsible charge within the division and demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership. The award would acknowledge specific, documented accomplishments in the previous year that have contributed to the technical leadership essential to the organization. These actions may include visionary planning, leader enlistment and training, communication, member engagement, innovative methods for technical dissemination, and/or facilitation of educational processes.
Selection Committee = Divisions

Section Excellence

Recognizes professional sections for development and execution of programs, initiatives, activities, and/or services that advance the mission of the Society. Award may be conferred on no more than 5% of the sections in good standing. Selection is equally weighted between the Section’s health score from the previous year and the outstanding initiative which has been launched, implemented, and produced tangible results in the previous year.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Student Section Excellence

Recognizes student sections for development and execution of programs, initiatives, activities, and/or services that advance the mission of the Society. Award may be conferred on no more than 5% of the student sections in good standing. Selection is equally weighted between the student sections’ health score from the previous year and the outstanding initiative which has been launched, implemented, and produced tangible results in the previous year.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Section Leadership

Recognizes an ISA member and section leader who, in the previous year, has demonstrated exceptional leadership and/or provided a specific service within a section to advance the mission of the Society. Only leaders of sections in good standing are eligible. The awardee must have served in a responsible charge or office within the section and demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership. Selection will consider specific, documented accomplishments that meet and exceed the section goals and objectives. These actions may include visionary planning, leader enlistment and training, communication, member engagement, innovative methods for technical dissemination, and/or facilitation of educational processes.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Student Section Leadership

Recognizes an ISA member and student section leader who, in the previous year, has demonstrated exceptional leadership and/or provided a specific service within a student section to advance the mission of the Society. Only leaders of student sections in good standing are eligible. The awardee must have served in a responsible charge or office within the student section and demonstrated outstanding and inspirational leadership. Selection will consider specific, documented accomplishments that meet and exceed the student section goals and objectives. These actions may include visionary planning, leader enlistment and training, communication, member engagement, innovative methods for technical dissemination, and/or facilitation of educational processes.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Automation Professional of the Year*

Recognizes an individual who has influenced a paradigm shift in the automation profession. The individual has had a sustained impact on the industry that has created lasting social value. Consideration is given in the following areas:

  • Advocacy: Advancing the standing of the profession
  • Education: Advancing automation as a discipline
  • Emerging Technology: Taking a key role in the sustained adoption of a ground-breaking technology
  • Globalization: Actively spreading automation an/or a specific technology globally, specifically breaking down barriers in emerging areas
  • Innovation: Advocating for the adoption of an innovative technology or application of an existing technology in a novel, ground-breaking manner
  • Sustainability: Advancing the application of technology to support global sustainability goals.

When deemed appropriate, candidates may be recommended for Honorary Membership in conjunction with receipt of the award.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Corporate Technical Innovation

Recognizes the company whose innovative development and/or product has enhanced social value and/or provides a solution to one or more social, economic, technological, or environmental challenge. The innovation, developed within the preceding year, addresses challenges derived from current megatrends and promotes the use of best practices within the profession such as:

  • Globalization and connected industry
  • Sustainability: Energy efficiency, environmental impact, human health, and safety
  • Human development: Mobilization and migrations
  • Requirements of emerging markets
  • Utilization of knowledge and modern technology

Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Excellence in Technical Achievement*

Recognizes an individual or team with the most outstanding contributions in the development or implementation of a product, process, technical paper or presentation that introduces a new technology or explains an existing automation process. Content developed may include an OnPoint presentation or an ISA published article, whitepaper, case study, or eBook with consideration for originality or novelty of the idea or reseach, technical and logical soundness, clarity and professionalism, level of inspiration, relevance to industry, and audience reception. Content may not be professionally edited and must have been presented or published in the preceding five years. Eligible nominees will also be considered for the Division award.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Division Excellence in Technical Achievement

Recognizes an individual member or member team from each Division for outstanding contributions in the development or implementation of a product, process, technical paper or presentation, or technology that has made a positive impact through or as part of the Division. This award highlights content that contains immense technical value applicable to the division community. Content developed may include an OnPoint presentation or an ISA published article, whitepaper, case study, or eBook with consideration for originality or novelty of the idea or reseach, technical and logical soundness, clarity and professionalism, level of inspiration, relevance to industry, and audience reception.
Selection Committee = Each Division in good standing

Excellence in Standards*

Recognizes a standards committee member for exceptional efforts in organization, development and/or administration to further the development of ISA standards.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Top Industry Leaders Advancing Automation*

Recognizes up to 25 individuals who have made a significant contribution to the automation industry and/or have helped to advance the field for automation professionals. These individuals are recognized by their peers as industry thought leaders. In addition to their technical contributions, these individuals have the credentials, accolades, network, and influence to be automation industry ambassadors. The awardees are involved in the automation community and actively working to advance the profession. Individuals may not be recognized in concurrent years.
Selection Committee = Honors & Awards

Fellow

Recognizes members who have made exceptional engineering or scientific contributions to automation profession based upon peer evaluation. Candidates must have a minimum of five years of membership, be a Senior Member, and have at least 10 years in instrumentation development, application, operation, management, or teaching. Nominations must include evaluations from a minimum of five Fellows or a combination of nine Fellows and Senior Members.
Selection Committee = Fellow Admissions Committee

 

Department Awards

Ray Molloy Award*

Presented in honor of Raymond Molloy, a member who served the Society for many years and in particular as chair of the Publication’s Department Books and Reference Products Committee, and recognizes the author(s) of the best-selling ISA book for the previous year
Selection Committee = Publications Department

John McCamey Award

Presented in honor of John McCamey, a member who served the Society for many years within the Publications Department as well as the Society as a whole, recognizes any promising new member author(s) who publishes their first article in one of the Society's publications.
Selection Committee = Publications Department

Nels Tyring Award*

Presented in honor of Nels Tyring, a member who served the Society for many years, particularly as the chair of the Journals Editorial Advisory and Oversight Committee, recognizes the author(s) of the best article in the Society’s journal.
Selection Committee = Publications Department

Keith Otto award*

Presented in honor of Keith Otto, a member who served the Society for many years, particularly as the chair of the InTech Editorial Advisory Board, recognizes the best article in InTech magazine from the previous year.
Selection Committee = Publications Department

Thomas Fisher Award of Excellence for a Standards-Based Reference Publication

Presented in honor of Thomas G. Fisher, a member and ISA Fellow who served the Society for many years and in particular as Publications Department Vice President, Editor of ISA Transactions, author of books, contributor to standards committees of ISA84, ISA5.1, ISA95, and driving force of the ISA88 batch control committee, recognizes the author(s) of the best new standards-based ISA book in the previous year.
Selection Committee = Publications Department

ISA Transactions Best Paper*

Recognizes the best paper published in ISA Transactions in the previous calendar year based on quality and clarity in the manuscript, degree of utility and applicability of the technique, completeness, and comprehensiveness of the work, and expected impact of the work on the research, development, or practice community.
Selection Committee = Publications Department

Standards Achievement Award*

Recognizes significant contributions to the mission of the Standards & Practices department.
Selection Committee = Standards & Practices Department

Victor Maggioli Award*

Presented in honor of Victor (Vic) Maggioli, a member who served the Society for many years and in particular as chair and director of the ISA84 committee, recognizes significant contributions to the mission of the Standards & Practices department.
Selection Committee = Standards & Practices Department

*Open to non-members