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How to attract more women into STEM careers

Women have made substantial inroads into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers over the past few years, but there is still a long way to go. Further progress will benefit the women involved and help address a worldwide need for more STEM professionals. But how do we achieve these goals? The Automation Federation interviewed three leaders in STEM education: Naomi Climer, president of The Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET); Teresa Helminger Ratcliff, PhD, PE, the interim vice provost of outreach and engagement and the executive director of Industrial Extension Services at North Carolina State University; and Peggie Ward Koon, PhD, the 2015 chair of the Automation Federation.

The first step is getting young women and girls interested in STEM. "Companies need to showcase the work they do to spark STEM interest. [In July 2015], the IET worked with venues and businesses across the U.K. to host an inaugural Engineering Open House Day. The idea was to give young people the opportunity to go behind the scenes to see what it's like to be an engineer," explains Climer.

"There were four different influencers in my life" shares Koon, "family, school teachers and coaches, other role models, and industry. I believe young women need these four influencers actively working together to identify their STEM potential and interest, encourage them and help them to develop, and provide opportunities for their interest to grow."

Ratcliff emphasizes, " [girls] are exposed to real, relevant, and exciting applications of STEM early on-think coding or robotics-and have opportunities to explore those applications in an environment where it's safe to fail, they are more likely to solve problems by thinking, "How can I approach this in a different way?" Getting schools on board and ensuring equal employment opportunities are also critical, the leaders emphasize. 

Congratulations to ISA's new CAPs and CCSTs!

Qualifying for and passing one of ISA's certification exams is a noteworthy accomplishment. The exams are rigorous and require a solid command of various disciplines in automation and control. Below is a list of individuals who have recently passed either our Certified Automation Professional (CAP) or one of the three levels of our Certified Control System Technician (CCST) exam. Congratulations to our new certification holders! For more information about the ISA CAP and CCST certification programs, please visit www.isa.org/training-and-certifications/isa-certification.

New CCSTs and CAPs

Certified Control Systems Technicians
Name Company Location
Adam B. Melby, Level 1 Engineering Automation and Design U.S.
Mark A. Yorty, Level 1 None U.S.
Micah J.M. Dudley, Level 1 UTC Aerospace Systems-Goodrich Corp U.S.
Lawrence W. Stean, Level 1 None U.S.
Randy B. Hills, Level 1 None U.S.
Dominic D. Duffert, Level 1 City of Santa Ana Public Works Agency U.S.
Mark E. Maples, Level 1 None U.S.
Patrick Michael McCarthy, Level 1 None U.S.
Derek D. Barickman, Level 1 None U.S.
Mark S. Cooksey, Level 2 Valero Renewables U.S.
Thomas Douglas Massey, Level 1 None U.S.
Cory Tolbert, Level 1 None U.S.
Todd W. Triplett, Level 2 None U.S.
Douglas E. Hajdinak, Level 1 None U.S.
Chike Azubuike, Level 1 Alcon Nigeria Ltd Nigeria
Patrick J. McBrearty, Level 3 None U.S.
Nobleson Ifeanyi Osuala, Level 1 None Nigeria
Kenneth J. Brookins, Level 2 Atlantic Power Corp U.S.
Robert Brooks, Level 1 Dublin San Ramon Services District U.S.
Jordan L. Boone, Level 1 South Valley Sewer District U.S.
Kevin J. Dumas, Level 1 None U.S.
Certified Automation Professionals

Company Location
Yahya A. Hawsawi Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia
Talha Ali Sheikh None Pakistan
Wayne O. Branson Koch Nitrogen Co LLC U.S.
Muhanned Mustapha Saad Abdalgali Petro Energy Sudan
Robert J. Shull Custom Controls Unlimited Inc. U.S.
William Michael Sutton Phoenix Contact U.S.
Sooraj Panapparambil Abubacker Borouge United Arab Emirates
Hussain Ahmed Al-Marzooq Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia
Sultan T. Fatani Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia

In memorium

Todd Michael Musselman, 49, of Edgewater, Colo., formerly of Peoria, died in a rock climbing accident 16 January 2016, at St. Mary's Glacier in Idaho Springs, Colo. Musselman was the ISA Denver section training chair and former president.

Musselman graduated from Illinois State University in 1988 with a degree in marketing. He was a successful entrepreneur and was a partner in Rainwater Industrial, an independent sales engineering company in Denver. He previously worked for Consolidated Parts Inc., Affiliated Control Equipment, and Festo.

Musselman lived life to the fullest. He was a wonderful man and father, and he attacked life with a passion, joy, and vigor most of us do not possess. He loved climbing, hiking, riding his motorcycle, snowboarding, and any activity that allowed him to be outdoors. Yet his love for adventure was outweighed by his devotion and love of family, including those of the canine persuasion.

Musselman was an active ISA member focused on growing the number of participating members. He was recruited by Glenn Merrell, CAP, to become an officer in the Denver section for the 2012-13 section year. With Merrell's prodding, Musselman stepped up for the task of being president/delegate. Merrell explains, "We talked and worked extensively about how to bring the certification training to Denver, getting more student section involvement-and he took the ball and ran with it. I encouraged him to attend the leader training, and that worked well for getting him involved as a valuable ISA resource. I was shocked and deeply saddened at [the news] that Todd was missing and the rescue search changed to a recovery. I will sorely miss him."

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Alpine Rescue Team in Todd Musselman's name. Contributions can be made directly through ColoradoGives.org or to Alpine Rescue Team, PO Box 934 Evergreen, Colorado, 80437.

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