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ISA celebrates excellence, announces 2019 honors, awards, and fellows

ISA's Annual Leadership Conference, 25-28 October in San Diego, will bring together ISA leaders from around the world to engage, share best practices, and network while enhancing the professional competence of Society members. The educational event also provides an opportunity to celebrate the best of the best at the Honors and Awards Gala.

Individual accomplishment and commitment are driving forces behind ISA's mission to meet the needs of automation professionals and advance the automation profession. ISA's honors and awards programs let the Society formally showcase and celebrate the achievements of its members, partners, and other automation professionals. And the honors go to . . . .

2019 ISA Fellows. ISA members are organized into grades: Honorary, Fellow, Senior Member, Member, and Student Member. Elevation to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow is granted to ISA Senior Members in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific or engineering fields as recognized by ISA peers. ISA named two Fellows this year.

Kelvin Erickson, PhD, of Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Mo., was honored for furthering the creation of an industrial automation program for engineers. Edward J. Farmer of EFA Technologies, Inc., in Sacramento, Calif., was honored for furthering revolutionary developments in the pipeline leak detection methods and systems.

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Kelvin Erickson Edward J. Farmer

Excellence in Leadership. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry and/or profession to advance automation. Thomas Burke of OPC Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., won the award for his leadership and initiative in driving the OPC UA communication standard's development, application, and global awareness, and through it, making a powerful impact on interoperability of automation systems.

Excellence in Technical Innovation. This award, endowed by Honeywell UOP, recognizes an individual who has played a critical role in the conception, design, and/or implementation of an innovative product, process, and/or service. Jayesh Barve of the GE Global Research Center, Bangalore, Karnataka, India, was honored in recognition of his conception and contribution to research and development projects related to next-generation technology.

Excellence in Technical Presentation. This award recognizes the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, article, presentation, or document published and/or presented on behalf of ISA that introduces a new technology or explains an existing automation process. Brian Mast of Copper Bell Consulting LLC, in Seattle, Wash., was awarded for his outstanding presentation on "Summary of the King County, Washington, West Point WWTP Flood of 2017."

Excellence in Education. The honor recognizes an individual who has developed and/or enhanced established educational programs to advance the automation profession in educational institutions. Ravindra Thamma, PhD, of Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Conn., was honored for establishing a robust Robotics Mechatronics and Engineering Technology ABET-accredited program at Central Connecticut State University.

Mentoring Excellence. This award recognizes a member who, in the previous year, has excelled in mentoring students and/or young professionals in automation or student sections in advancing the mission of the Society. Mary Cannon of Pentair Valves & Controls, Sugar Land, Texas, received this honor for active involvement mentoring students in ISA for many years in the Houston area.

Excellence in Enduring Service. This honor recognizes dedicated volunteer service to the Society at the grassroots level. It may be presented to up to five honorees. This year's honoree is Luay Awami of Saudi Aramco, Qatif, Eastern, Saudi Arabia, for years of dedicated service and leadership to the Society and the ISA Saudi Arabia Section.

Excellence in Society Service. This honor recognizes distinguished and dedicated volunteer service to the Society. This year Jerry Clemons of ABB Process Analytics, Lewisburg, W.Va., received the honor for his dedicated service and long-term support, activity, and accomplishments across every aspect of the Society.

Standards Excellence. This award recognizes an ISA standards committee member for exceptional efforts in organization, development, and/or administration to further the development of ISA standards and for services to advance the mission of the Society. Ted Trost of Cargill, Hopkins, Minn., received the award for strong contributions and understanding of the topics covered by ISA99 WG6.

Volunteer Leader of the Year. This award went to Don Dickinson of Phoenix Contact, Cary, N.C., for outstanding service to lead the move of the ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium to the Washington, D.C. area in 2018.

To find out who won the awards for excellence and leadership at the division and section levels, visit www.isa.org/isa-annual-leadership-conference.

In memoriam

L Moore headshot Assoc News Sept/Oct Intech 2019Our industry lost a great man and pioneer on 6 September 2019. Leonard W. Moore (Len), PE, who was founder and owner of Moore Industries-International, Inc. (www.miinet.com), passed away at the age of 85. Moore was a pioneer of the automation industry who was inducted into ISA's revered group of Honorary Members in 2009. That distinction recognizes individuals who profoundly support and/or contribute to the advancement of the arts and sciences of instrumentation, systems, and automation.

At the time, Moore said, "When I learned about this honor, and this might sound corny, the first thing that came to mind was all of the talented people that have come through our door to earn an honest living, and that we have supported them with a great place to work . . . . While I have been involved with many exciting product and business development pursuits during our 40-year history, I think what I am most proud of is the culture we have created at Moore Industries."

Starting with one signal isolating/converting instrument, the SCT Signal Converter and Isolator, Moore and his "troops" went on to design, build, and support more than 225 different products that isolate, protect, convert, alarm, monitor, control, and interface with any industrial or automation control and monitoring system.

After graduating from Iowa State University with a BS in electrical engineering, Moore entered the Army in 1953 as a weapons guidance specialist and spent time at Fort Sill, Okla., and Fort Bliss, Texas. He then served in Japan training and teaching soldiers how to operate, calibrate, and repair various guidance and artillery weapon systems. It was here where Moore realized he had a passion for instruments and control circuits. After his tour in Japan, he left the Army and returned home to Iowa.

In 1958, newly married to wife Martha Moore and eager to start his career, he took a job with Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, Calif. In 1968, he founded Moore Industries-International, Inc. in North Hills, Calif. With one employee and a very small budget, he set out to design rugged industrial instrument solutions that he knew the industry needed. He used to say that at Moore Industries "we are an engineering company that solves customer's problems by manufacturing bulletproof solutions."

Moore was an accomplished race car driver, competing on the Trans Am Race Circuit. Flying was always a hobby, and he got his pilot's license in 2005 at the age of 73.

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