• September 2015 Insights – Section/District News

    Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament and ISA Tabletop Show

    8 October 2015
    Las Vegas National Golf Club
    1911 E. Desert Inn Rd.
    Las Vegas, NV 89169
    Section URL: http://isalasvegas.org/

    The ISA Las Vegas Section is pleased to announce that its Annual Fall Classic Golf Tournament and ISA Tabletop Show will be held on Thursday, 8 October 2015 at the Las Vegas National Golf Course. This year, the section decided to hold both the tournament and the trade show at the same location and time to make it easier for everyone to attend. Special room rates have been arranged at Boulder Station for out of town attendees/vendors. Please check the registration form details on the section website http://isalasvegas.org/. If you would like to participate as an exhibiter, presenter, or have any questions, please contact Jeff Blue (Jeff.Blue@lvvwd.com) or Ronald Naldoza (Ronald.naldoza@wmeng.com).

    ISA Texas Channel Section announces 2015 scholarship recipients

    The ISA Texas Channel Section Scholarship Program awarded more scholarships in 2015 than ever before!  The scholarship subcommittee met to review the scholarship applications submitted for 2015 in June, and eight well-deserving students were awarded scholarships. 

    The award recipients for 2015 are: Lyssett Ortuno, Lance Drake, Nguyen Thi, Sarah Trawick, Thanh Nguyen, Rohan Limaye, Abraham Vicuna, and Sonia Mulayath. 

    The Texas Channel Section awards four $2,000 scholarships each year as well as four $1,000 scholarships.  Outlined below are background details and criteria regarding the section’s different $2,000 scholarships.

    The Bill Brown Lifetime Achievement Scholarship ($2,000)
    Bill Brown is the section's only "Life Fellow" member of ISA. He was the initial organizer of the Texas Channel Section (1981) and its first president (1982). Brown served as the Instrument Maintenance Supervisor at Diamond Shamrock Chemical (now Oxy Vinyl). He retired in 1989. Preference for this scholarship is given to students whose career path indicates service to our industry.

    The Steve Godkin Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
    Steve Godkin joined the Texas Channel Section in 1986 and began to assume leadership roles on the section’s Board in 1990. Godkin served as president in 1994, vice president in 1995 and section treasurer until 1998, when he died unexpectedly. He was not only very active in ISA but was equally involved in many church and civic activities.  Preference for this scholarship is given to students who best represent Godkin’s service to the community.

    Stuart P. Foster Endowment Scholarship ($2,000)
    Stu Foster spent his entire career in the controls and instrumentation business in the Texas Gulf Coast and was recognized by customers, manufacturers, and colleagues as a leader in the industry.  Foster was a founding member of the Texas Channel Section.  During his career, he served in a variety of leadership roles for the section.  He led the instrumentation business at Puffer-Sweiven when he passed away in 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.  Preference for this scholarship is given to deserving students from the Houston area who intend to pursue an engineering or applied sciences college degree.

    Lou Errico Scholastic Achievement Award ($2,000)
    Lou Errico was a Senior Life member, and served as the Honors and Awards Chairman for the TCS for over 16 years.  Errico also held every board position available during his tenure with the TCS since the section was formed in 1981, and was an ISA member for 53 years until his death on 21 February 2010.  Preference for this scholarship is given to students who have displayed academic excellence throughout their high-school careers.

    • Lyssett Ortuno is this year’s recipient of the Stuart P Foster Endowment Scholarship ($2,000)
    • Lance Drake is this year’s recipient of the Bill Brown Lifetime Achievement Award ($2,000)
    • Abraham Vicuna is this year’s recipient of the Lou Errico Scholastic Achievement Award ($2,000)
    • Sonia Mulayath is this year’s recipient of the Steve Godkin Memorial Scholarship ($2,000)
    • All other recipients received $1,000 scholarships.

    Congratulations and best of luck to the students as they embark on their college careers.

    “Communication Technologies in Industrial Automation”

    Dileep Miskin

    As part of the initiative to bring the latest in technology to the technical community in Pune, India, the ISA Pune Section has organized “Tech Talk” once every quarter. The inaugural session focused on “Communication Technologies in Industrial Automation,” and was presented by Dileep Miskin, Director UL Group, Secretary, Indian Profibus, Profinet Association and Senior Member of ISA Pune. The audience, comprised of local industry officials and academia, was enthusiastic in its response to the presentation.  

    Miskin elaborated on Profibus as a technology, its applications, versions and advantages. He initially discussed the concept of networking and further explained the key attributes of industrial networking. The audience actively participated in the discussion and expressed a thorough understanding of the technology.

    K. V. Rehani (President – ISA Pune Section) delivered a welcoming address. Sujata Tilak introduced the speaker and Ravi Maknikar (Secretary – ISA Pune section) briefed the audience about ISA Pune Section activities and events. Vikas Anwekar offered the vote of thanks. Ramani Iyer (Past President – ISA India Region) felicitated the speaker.

    The event was followed by lunch and networking session.

    Sensors and Instrumentation for Test, Measurement & Control

    Sensors & Instrumentation

    30 September – 1 October 2015
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    NEC Birmingham – United Kingdom
    Event URL: http://www.sensorsandinstrumentation.co.uk/
    Contact person: Lakshan Vinod lakshanvinod@hotmail.co.uk

    In its sixth year and firmly established as the UK's only national sensors event, Sensors & Instrumentation 2015 features a number of new elements that are expected to further expand and develop this key industry trade show. The event showcases:

    • More than 80 market-leading suppliers
    • High-quality keynote conference sessions by industry leaders
    • A comprehensive technical seminar programme


    ISA England has secured a conference speaker slot and exhibition space at the Sensors and Instrumentation conference, which it regards as a ‘must-attend’ industrial technology show.

    Speaker: Billy Boyle of Owlstone

    Billy Boyle will speak on the revolutionary new concept of disease detection through the analysis of a person’s breath and other body fluids; The Owlstone chemical sensor is designed to detect telltale markers of disease. This non-invasive detection technology will enable early detection of diseases—saving  lives, money and distress to the patients.  The technology is intended for the detection of cancer, infectious diseases and inflammatory diseases.

    Come and hear Boyle speak about the core technology that derived from a simple chemical sensor on a silicon chip. Owlstone expects the technology, by 2020, will save approximately 100,000 lives and $1.5 billion in public health costs.

    ISA Automation Conference and Exhibition 2015

    ISA Automation Conference and Exhibition is a yearly regional event in ISA’s District 12. The 2015 conference was held on 26-27 May in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Three hundred delegates from 20 countries within the Middle East, Europe, and Africa participated in the conference. Fifty exhibitors were present, demonstrating their latest technology products and services. The conference featured two tracks with 35 speakers covering 10 topical areas. This year’s conference was hosted by the ISA UAE Section and was attended by many prominent end users of the GCC and Africa regions. Past conferences have been held in Doha, Qatar (2012) and Dammam, Saudi Arabia (2013). View photos from this year’s event by clicking here.