Section/District news

STEM Outreach is a Winner!

The ISA Brazos Section partnered with Lake Jackson Intermediate this year to sponsor two FIRST® LEGO® League teams that received ‘Gold Tickets’ at the local qualifier tournament in December of last year.  The seventh-grade team also received the Second Place Award for Robot Design.

This was the first competition these newly formed teams had participated in. The participating got a good taste of competition and engineering and learned that both can be fun and rewarding.  Teams were judged not only on the robot game, Trash Trek, but also on robot design and teamwork. 

The partnership supplied grant money to purchase the robots, build the game tables, and pay the entry fee. Section members mentored the students at the after-school robot club.  Other materials were obtained through a grant from Dow Chemical.  Additional mentors participated in the robot club from Olin and Dow Chemical. 

The teams are busy refining the robot design and programming. They are looking forward to the regional qualifier tournament that will be held later in February.

For more information on FIRST Lego League, visit:

SAIT/ISA Student Games

10-13 March 2016
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Polytechnic Campus
1301 - 16 Avenue NW Calgary, AB

The Instrumentation Student Games is a collaborative international competition among students from schools across Canada and the US. It is planned primarily by graduating students in the Instrumentation Engineering Technology Program at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic. Throughout the weekend of the Games, mixed teams will compete in a series of instrumentation/automation tasks, which may include: DCS programming scenarios, online flow measurement, valve calibration, process load response, orifice plate changing/effect, and instrumentation calibration and measurement.

The Instrumentation Student Games is an excellent opportunity for “like-minded “students to collaborate, network with industry professionals, and explore situations that are not typically simulated in the lab environment at school. Schools send their top four second-year students along with one instructor to SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Alberta. 

To date, there are 10 teams confirmed with the addition of 10 SAIT students participating. Rand Ayres, Dean of MacPhail School of Energy at SAIT, is inviting/corresponding with the University of Calgary Chemical Engineering Department to possibly attract as many as 60 students.

“BTC is bringing four extra students as they regard the event as an extremely valuable experience to their students as they transition from school to the workforce.”

Schools confirmed to participate:

  • SAIT Polytechnic-Calgary, Alberta, 12 students depending on number of visiting institutes. Each team will have a SAIT member to eliminate home ice advantage
  • NAIT Polytechnic-Edmonton, Alberta, 4 students
  • University of Alberta-Edmonton, Alberta, 4 students
  • BC Institute of Technology-Vancouver, British Columbia, 4 students
  • SASK Polytechnic-Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, 4 students
  • Red River College-Winnipeg, Manitoba, 4 students
  • Lambton College-Sarnia, Ontario, 4 students
  • Bellingham Technical College-Bellingham, Washington, 8 students
  • McMaster University-Hamilton, Ontario, 4 students
  • Francis Tuttle Technology Centre-Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 4 students
  • University of Calgary, Alberta, 8 students

Schools yet to confirm participation:

  • Kenai Peninsula-Anchorage, AK, 4 students
  • ITI Technical College-Baton Rouge, LA, 4 students
  • Schools from Brazil, Colombia, and Ireland have been invited as well

If you would like to know more on this engaging opportunity for your students to grow their knowledge and gain real-world skills in preparation for the work force, please contact Mark TarrantSAIT, ISA Student Advisor at MacPhail School of Energy, by email at or by telephone at 403-284-8157. You can also visit the web page at

Ireland Section 28th Annual Honors & Awards

ISA’s Ireland Section held its 28th Annual Honors and Awards on Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at the University College Cork.

The ISA Ireland Section compiled a list of six categories, recognizing the best in each category. The academia nominations were received from the Institute of Technical and University Colleges in Ireland. The industry nominations were received from IT/automation companies completing major projects in Ireland during 2015.

Pictured left to right in the back row: Colin Levis, Aoife Monahan, Brian McNamara, Rodger Condon, and Liam O’Brien
Pictured from left to right in the front row: Lord Mayor Councillor of Cork, Chris O’Leary; John Power, President of the ISA Ireland Section; and Alan Bateman


The Craft Person Award, based on the nomination of Cork Training Centers and/or Carlow Institute of Technology, was presented to Rodger Condon (Dornan Engineering, Cork) for the best final-year instrumentation apprentice and notable academic and practical achievements in instrumentation.

The Degree Award was presented to Aoife Monahan (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Galway) for the best final-year degree student specializing in any area of automation instrumentation or control.

The Honors Degree Award was presented to Colin Levis (Cork Institute of Technology, Cork) for the best final-year degree student specializing in any area of automation, instrumentation or control.

The Innovation Project Award, recognizing a project that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of industry in Ireland through the use of automation technology, was presented to Grzegorz Perka and Adam Sikorzynski , both of Vistakon, Limerick.

The Automation Champion Award, awarded to a person in recognition of his or her contribution to the advancement of instrumentation, automation, IT or industrial system and/or technology in Ireland, was presented to Liam O’Brien, Enterprise System Partners, Cork, Ireland

The Pioneer Award, based on the nomination of two or more Society members and awarded in recognition of a lifetime devoted to instrumentation/automation in Ireland, was presented to John Power, The Power Group, Ring, Dungarvan, Co., Waterford.

Food and Pharmaceutical Industry Division (FPID) Symposium 2016

14-15 March 2016
8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.  
Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Ireland
Contact Persons: Declan Lordan, and Rodney Jones

ISA’s Food and Pharmaceutical Industry Division (FPID) Symposium will focus on how automation is used to address the impact of increased regulation, manufacturing costs, and security threats related to the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. It will provide the very latest news, trends and projections about products and processes—direct from leading industry and solution experts. Government officials have been invited to deliver updates and provide clarity on regulatory requirements.

Speakers will present on the latest trends, and provide case studies to demonstrate the effective integration and use of automation to solve these challenges.

The symposium will bring together experts, suppliers, and end-users in a two‐day symposium of presentations and panel discussions. The conference agenda will explore the critical challenges and how best to solve them through innovations in process automation, and new strategies, products and techniques in control, optimization, measurement, and serialization.

Discover 10 technical sessions.

  • Serialization (pharmaceutical)
  • Track and Trace (food and beverage)
  • Data Integrity and Security
  • Digitization ‐ Paperless Manufacturing
  • Cybersecurity
  • Automation Challenges for a Greenfield Biotech Facility (pharmaceutical)
  • Process Optimization and Rationalization (food and beverage)
  • Industry 4.0 (digital factory automates to survive)
  • OEE and Automation Lifecycle
  • Alarm Management

Two internationally recognized keynote speakers:

  • Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., (Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices) who will speak on paperless manufacturing    
  • Peter Martin, Ph.D., (Vice President of Business Value Solutions, Schneider Electric) who will speak on innovation and the future of automation

For more information, visit:  

To register, go to:

32nd Annual Texas Channel Section Instrumentation Trade Show

Thursday, 7 April 2016
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Pasadena Convention Center
720 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena, TX

Please join ISA’s Texas Channel Section at the 32nd Annual Instrumentation Tradeshow.  Complementary BBQ tickets will be available for any local sales representative or ISA Texas Channel Section members.  Door-prize drawings will be held every five minutes. You must be registered and present to win! 

Please contact Mary Carmichael at or Victor Carbajal at 832-236-7702, if you are interested in sponsoring or attending the event, or if you want to receive exhibition or generation information. It is sure to be a great day!  Please reserve your spot today!

Texas Channel Scholarship Golf Tournament

The 1st Annual Texas Channel Scholarship Golf Tournament, held at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park on 11 December, was very successful and enjoyed by all who attended.  There were 15 teams in attendance, seven hole sponsors, and two exhibitors. Awards were presented for the Putting Contest, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive. 

Tournament results:

  • 1st Place Team – Sunbelt Valve
  • 2nd Place Team – Rawson
  • 3rd Place Team – Sunbelt Supply.

Congratulations to everyone, and a huge thank you for your continued support of the ISA Texas Channel Scholarship efforts.

Attention Lee College Students!

ISA’s Texas Channel Section will sponsor a field trip for Lee College ISA Student members to the 15th Annual Analytical Symposium in Galveston, Texas on 1 April 2016. Round-trip transportation will be provided, along with breakfast, lecture series attendance, lunch, and the main floor show attendance at the Moody Garden Convention Center (located on the corner of 7 Hope Boulevard and the Seawall, Galveston, TX 77554). Please plan to attend. This is a great opportunity for college students.

ISA Netherlands launches new section website

On Thursday, 28 January, ISA Netherlands proudly launched its new website.

The old site was ready for a fresh new look with more information and options. The new website contains information about ISA and its standards, training, workshops, and events as well as the latest news. The website now contains registration functionality for its members and offers the ability to register for ISA training. Members also can learn more fully about ISA member benefits.

A list of sponsors of ISA Netherlands and their logos are prominent on the site. Future sponsors can read about the benefits of becoming a sponsor.

In the future, the site will be expanded to include more information and material.

We hope that you enjoy discovering the new website and that you find it easy to navigate and to use. Visit the new website at

Would you like to be an “ISA Ambassador”?

 The Electrical, Instrumentation & Controls, and Engineering (E/I&C) design students at Red Rocks Community College are looking to connect with members of ISA.

E/I&C students are seeking special project coaching, career mentors, guest speakers, and internship/employment opportunities.

If you would like to learn how you might be able to assist the students, please contact Rodney at

Food Safe 2016

26-27 February 2016
9:30 a.m.
Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway

Food Safe 2016 will bring together industry experts from end-user manufacturing plants, equipment manufacturers, engineering consultants, automation suppliers, and digital transformation solution providers.

The symposium will explore and assess solutions that address compliance and safety regulation challenges faced by industry in recent times. That role of automation and digital solutions in mitigating these challenges and will be fully examined

Food Safe 2016 will be divided into the following thematic sessions:

  • Policy - Compliance and safety standards at different levels
  • End Users and OEMS: The productivity and regulatory challenges faced;  Automation and IT solutions;  success stories
  • Automation/IT vendors: Specific solutions to address the challenges faced by the F&B industry.
  • Innovation forum: The future of Automation and IT trends and innovations in the pipeline to service the F&B industry; disruptive technologies by distinguished start-up companies

Who should attend:

  • Policy/decision makers
  • F&B plant managers
  • F&B plant automation engineers
  • Automation vendors focusing on F&B verticals
  • F&B plant and machinery OEM’s
  • Packaging machinery suppliers
  • Information Technology companies focusing on F&B
  • Track and Trace and brand protection professionals
  • SME F&B plant owners
  • Young engineers/students looking for careers related to F&B

For more information, please contact S Palaniyappan at or visit