• 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.


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

      June 7, 2016

    Our chapter was a Silver sponsor of the event and we had an exhibit booth at the show. Our booth featured the PLC-5 based arcade game system that we had at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo (see below).

     The 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival - Grand Finale Expo

    April 16 & 17, 2016 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

    The USA Science and Engineering Festival is our nation's largest science festival and features contests and school programs all across the country.   People of all ages celebrated science, engaged in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, heard stories of inspiration and courage, and rocked out to science during incredible stage show performances.


    ISA and the Automation Federation once again had an exhibit booth at this year's Expo.  The centerpiece of the exhibit was a PLC-based gaming system provided by Applied Control Engineering, Inc. (ACE).  ACE built the system using salvaged parts from plant training equipment.  With 96 bright lights blinking on the game’s viewing panel and an array of switches and buttons to be pushed, the gaming system quickly attracted throngs of attendees.  Practicing automation professionals—volunteering on behalf of the ISA Baltimore-Washington Section and the Automation Federation—operated the system.  


    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.)