• Welcome to the Baltimore - Washington DC Section

    Our Section was formed in early 2008 with the merger of the Baltimore and Washington DC Sections into a single section. We are conveniently located to both areas.  We hold meetings featuring presentations on the full range of industrial automation topics.

    As part of our community outreach, our section provides financial support to Maryland FIRST and Toys for Tots of Frederick, MD.

    COMMUNITY EVENTS

    Howard County Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival

    The mission of STEMulating Minds is to provide enrichment services and activities that complement and enhance the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in Howard County, Maryland.  STEM is becoming an increasingly important basis for our local and national economy and our position in the world. HoCo STEM is an ad-hoc group of enthusiastic parents and professionals eager to expand the STEM universe for Howard County students.  They are preparing for the fifth Annual HoCo STEM Festival on June 4, 2017 at Howard Community College.  This event will consist of dozens of demonstrations, activities and speakers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  Most of last year's presenters have committed to participating in this year's Festival.  There will also be numerous new presenters.

    Our ISA chapter is sponsoring the event and will be presenting at a booth, as we have for several years now.  Please click on the above link to go to HoCo STEM's website and learn more about the festival.

    IN MEMORIAM 

    Howard Hammond Casey, III

    (August 26, 1930 to January 8, 2016)

    We are all saddened by the news of the passing of Howard Casey on January 8, 2016. Howard was a Control Valve Engineer and an ISA member since 1963, and a dedicated supporter of the ISA Baltimore and Baltimore/Washington, DC Sections. His talents were many, and his contributions included serving in virtually every Board Member position including President. His enthusiasm for the Chapter was infectious, and he was instrumental in keeping the Baltimore Section running during a period when it was hard to find officers.  From our perspective, Howard's contributions to the ISA over the last fifty plus years are a testament to his concern and care for the people he worked with, and a desire to support those new to the field of instrumentation and automation. He will be missed dearly.

    Howard was a Sales Engineer with Fisher Controls Company in Baltimore for nearly 35 years. An avid reader and history buff, he also enjoyed sailing, fishing, the Irish Rovers, the Pipes and Drums of Black Watch, spending time with his family, and a good scotch whiskey.

    Howard was a walking library of control valve applications knowledge and was willing to explain or research any application. For young engineers, he was a patient and thorough teacher.

    His special contribution to the Baltimore engineering community, and our community at large, was as tour guide and historian of the Engineers Society on Mount Vernon Square in the Garrett-Jacobs mansion. Our ISA spouses remembered especially his description of the lavish period of the monguls of Baltimore business at the turn of the century.

    He was unique and cannot be replaced.

    Howard served two terms as Section President 2000-2001 & 2006-2007. He also served the ISA Baltimore and Baltimore/Washington, DC Sections in various other capacities including Special Assignment 2007-2014; Historian 1992-1997 & 2007-present; Membership Chair 2007-present; and Honors and Awards Chair, 1995-1996.

    In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Carroll Hospice in Howard Casey’s honor.  Donations can be made via their website here.  Donations are tax deductible. 

    (Information contributed by Bob Biester, Rich Sommerfield, John Roth and ISA archives.)