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Steven W. Pflantz 2017 ISA president

Steven PflantzISA announces Steven W. Pflantz, PE, as its 2017 president. Pflantz is an associate in the St. Louis, Mo., office of CRB Consulting Engineers, Inc., a global consulting, design, and construction services firm. He is a technical leader of many of CRB’s electrical and automation design projects, applying his extensive electrical engineering experience—particularly in instrumentation and controls.

A long-time ISA member and leader, Pflantz has a deep understanding of the automation profession, the needs and expectations of ISA members, and the value and significance of automation careers. In 2012 and 2013, he was vice president of ISA’s professional development department, encouraging members to take better advantage of the Society’s leadership training and development opportunities. He has also served on ISA’s executive board (2008 and 2012) and as an ISA district vice president (2007 and 2008).

Pflantz has played a key role within the Automation Federation–ISA umbrella organization on significant workforce development initiatives, including the formation of the Automation Competency Model and improving STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education in secondary schools.

He is an ardent supporter of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit public charity that encourages young people’s interest and participation in science and technology and motivates students to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields. Each year, Pflantz represents ISA and the Automation Federation at the FIRST Championship, an international STEM celebration for K–12 students held in St. Louis and highlighted by the FIRST Robotics Competition.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as ISA president for 2017. ISA is an organization with a long and distinguished history of providing value to automation professionals and to the automation community at large,” says Pflantz. “My overriding goal is to build upon ISA’s financial and operational success. One way I believe we can do this is by better leveraging our core strengths and capabilities in new ways and to take advantage of new business opportunities. We have so much technical expertise, knowledge, and content we can bring to bear to solve problems across a diverse range of industries beyond the processing and manufacturing sector.”

Pflantz has been at CRB Consulting Engineers since 2001. Before that, he held positions as senior E&I engineer at Emerson Process and Air Products, project engineer at Celotex Corporation and TEC Systems, Inc., and COOP engineer at TAMKO.

In 2012, Pflantz was inducted into the Academy of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is also a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering. Pflantz received a BS in electrical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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.

Certified Control System Technicians

Name Company Location
Edward K. Dix Hopewell Regional Water Treatment Facility U.S.
Weldon L. Ribble Renewable Water Resources U.S.
Donald R. Stipp None U.S.
Kenneth M. Stanzione None U.S.
Shane A. Weyerman None U.S.
Johnny Nguyen None U.S.
Kelly Boswell Eagle River Water & Sanitation U.S.
Roger D. Byler Ineos U.S.
Thomas F. Green None U.S.
Gregory Michael Miller None U.S.
Derrick L. Luce None U.S.
Gary A. Joyner None U.S.
Steven Britt Lanxess Corp. U.S.
Jayson D. Young None U.S.
Joseph John Andrew Dobie None U.S.
Dean R. Prentice None U.S.
Frances K. Mouawad Global Foundries US Inc. U.S.
Daniel J. Randall None U.S.
David Brian Herren None U.S.
Carl David Hardy None U.S.
Thomas H. Grotenhuis Biofire Diagnostics U.S.
Regan C. Ruiz None U.S.
Dshawna M. Crispin None U.S.
Nicholas Korzie None U.S.
Megan E. Graham Casper College U.S.

Certified Automation Professionals

Name Company Location
Xin Chen Saudi Aramco Saudi Arabia
Roger L. Stulz None U.S.
John T. Stachyra Borton-Lawson U.S.
Aniruddha S. Joshi None Canada
Helston A. Coronel Petroleum Development Oman
Muhammad Kaleem Aziz ATG Ltd. FZC United Arab Emirates
Douglas B. Raven None U.S.
Joseph M. Beno None U.S.
Musa Imonikhe Jimoh None Nigeria
Dunstan S. Amaratunga None Australia