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    Training: Instrumentation Basics and ISA 5.1

    ISA Campinas Section
    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 - Bloco C, Conj. 51, Campinas, SP, Brazil
    Monday, 13 August - Friday, 17  August 2018
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Intended for professionals, technicians, and engineers who need to improve their knowledge in instrumentation and process control, and to assist them in the development of their activities and decisions concerning instrumentation, including automation projects.

    This training will provide technical knowledge about symbols, instrumentation fundamentals (temperature, pressure, flow, level and some analytic variables), process control, final Control elements, plus some concepts about instrumentation and automation projects.

    Instructor: Marcilio Pongitori

    Training: Analytical Variables Measurement 

    ISA Campinas Section
    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 - Bloco C, Conj. 51, Campinas, SP, Brazil
    Wednesday, 15 August - Thursday, 16 August 2018
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Intended for professionals, technicians, and engineers who want to increase their technical knowledge about the measurement of analytical variables.

    Topics covered: components of measurement systems; sensors, probes, and transmitters; pH; conductivity; turbidity; oxygen; optical technology; amperometric technology; TDL (Tunable Diode Laser) technology; digital sensor technology; degassified cationic conductivity; sodium and silica analyzers; and Total Organic Carbon Control (TOC).

    Instructor: Sergio Rudiger

    Please visit http://isacampinas.org.br/Medicao de Variaveis Analiticas / for more information.

    III Technical Meeting at Eletropaulo: Automation Asset Management

    Eletropaulo Headquarters - Rua Dr. Marcos Penteado de Ulhôa Rodrigues, 939, Barueri, SP
    Friday, 31 August 2018
    8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    On 31 August 2018, ISA São Paulo Section, with the support of the Automation Management of Eletropaulo, will hold the III Technical Meeting at Eletropaulo with the main theme, Automation Asset Management.

    You will have the opportunity to attend lectures from specialized suppliers-such as Advantech, Flir, GE, Moxa, Novus, Schneider Electric, and Wago-who will address key issues and new automation technologies applied to the energy sector.

    Registration is free for ISA members and Eletropaulo employees. For non-ISA members, the registration fee is R$ 55,00. All attending the event will receive a digital certificate of participation.

    For more information about the event schedule and registration, please visit http://www.isasp.org.br.

    Delhi Section Monthly Technical Meet

    Scope Convention Centre, Scope Complex, New Delhi
    Friday, 14 September 2018
    6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Join ISA's Delhi Section for a technical meeting focused on technologies and trends, standards, and factors that can be applied in the command operation centre.

    Check out the Delhi Section at www.isadelhi.org or contact Sachin Joshi, secretary@isadelhi.org, for more.

    ISA Educational Foundation Scholarship Awardees

    ISA is pleased to announce this year's winners of the 2018 ISA Education Foundation Scholarship. The mission of the Foundation is to provide, through the award of scholarships and other educational programs, the recognition of, assistance to and encouragement of students with outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of instrumentation, systems, and automation.

    Join us in applauding the 2018 award recipients as we wish them well in their education and careers!

    Two Year Applicants

    Stephanie Catchings
    Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA
    Awarded: $2,000

    Arpad Depaszthory
    Washington State University, Vancouver, Washington, USA
    Awarded: $2,000

    Four Year Applicants

    Conner Meikle
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
    Awarded: $4,000 

    Jonathan Engleman
    British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, British Columbia, CAN
    Awarded: $3,000 

    Alexander Greco
    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, CAN
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Varun Kumar
    St. Joseph's College of Engineering, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IN
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Ralph Wiser
    The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA 
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Alec Jobbins
    U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Cliff Adams
    Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Xin Hu
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Jaben Hodges
    University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Leah Lansdowne
    University of New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    J. Subhashini
    Anna University, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, IN
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Graduate Applicants

    Utkarsh Kapoor
    Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA
    Awarded: $3,000 

    Zainab Khan
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Xiaowei Yue
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Pankaj Goel
    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Kingba Lawson-Jack
    University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, CAN
    Scholarship Amount Awarded: $2,000 

    Adrian Taylor
    Imperial College of London, London, UK
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Dominic Omusi
    University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, CAN
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Aminah Khan
    Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
    Awarded: $2,000 

    Expo Control y Automatización IPN Zacatenco 2018

    IPN Zacatenco 2018 
    In late May of this year, more than 2,000 students attended an automation conference and technology exposition in Zacatenco, México to learn about cutting-edge advancements in industrial technologies and equipment.

    On 23-24 May 2018, the Expo Control and Automation IPN 2018 - "ECA 2018" event was held at the Polytechnic Unit for Business Development and Competitiveness (UPDCE) in IPN Zacatenco. This event was organized by the Student Section of ISA at the School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (ESIME) IPN Zacatenco, México.

    The purpose of the event was to promote the arts and sciences relating to the theory, design, standards, and use of instrumentation, computers, and systems for measurement, control, and automation.

    The event, through the assistance and participation of leading companies in the automation sector, highlighted cutting-edge technologies and equipment, and the latest advancements in PLCs, wireless networks, intelligent instrumentation, climate control, and other areas.

    The two-day program was composed of lectures, workshops, an exhibition of specialized equipment, and special demonstrations and presentations that enabled students to learn about different measurement equipment and tools used in the industry, both nationally and internationally.

    Without a doubt, it was a great event, attended by more than 2,000 students invited from various public and private universities and companies. Everyone interested in technology and automation were welcome. Some of the topics discussed were: Industry 4.0, cybersecurity, basic sensing techniques, and digital transformation in the industry.

    In addition to introducing students to new and innovative technologies, the event emphasized the value and importance of working as an automation professional and engineer. The exchange of knowledge, ideas, and experiences helped strengthen the ties between schools and industry organizations, and provided students with a more realistic perspective of what issues they will face when they graduate and enter the workforce.

    The event closing was emotional and with many surprises. Between the applauses, the companies that participated in the event were recognized through awards and acknowledgements of their contributions.

    ISA Mexico extends congratulations to the ISA ESIME IPN Zacatenco Student Section, whose students exhibited great interest and desire to learn, and to all participants that help make the event a success.

    Pictured below are a variety of photos taken during the event.

    IPN Zacatenco 2018 1

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    IPN Zacatenco 2018 4

    Werner Process Trainer Unveiling

    The unveiling of MiA (Multifunction Instrument Asset) at Werner Electric Supply on 18 July 2018 was attended by more than 100 process professionals and related dignitaries from all over the great state of Wisconsin. Our key speaker, Governor Scott Walker, spoke of innovation and the promise of tomorrow with respect to our industries.

    Investments in the process control world of the future with such advanced technologies as MIA demonstrates, will only strengthen our positions in the economies we serve in Wisconsin and beyond. Due to its mobile design, MiA will be able to be utilized at many venues. From the new Werner/ISA training site in Appleton, Wisconsin to universities and high school classrooms, MiA's hands-on process control training tools will be greatly utilized to prepare students for the future. We wish MiA the best in the years to come!

    Werner Process Trainer

    Werner Process Trainer 1  

    6th International Congress on Automation in Mining

    In early June, the ISA Chile Section hosted Automining 2018 a Gecamin, an important seminar relating to automation in mining. The event was held in Santiago and ISA Chile was one of the presenting institutional partners. The seminar focused primarily on the latest innovations and developments in digital transformation, interoperability, machine learning, artificial intelligence, IoT, and other key topics that help reduce costs, increase productivity, and enhance the safety of mining and metallurgical operations. Important authorities in the global mining environment were on hand to participate in ISA95 applications and discussions on the potential development of other ISA standards. During the event, the Chile Section also promoted ISA and the benefits of ISA membership.

    6th International Congress on Automation 
    From left to right are: Carlos Barahona, General Manager, Gecamin; Jacques Wannenburg, Vice President, Technology Enterprise Systems, BHP; Fernando Romero, ISA member and Manager, Site Operations, BHP Mineral Americas; and Diego Cancino, Treasurer of the ISA Chile Section.

    Vithal Magar named new President of ISA's Maharashtra Section for 2018-2019

    ISA’s Maharashtra Section  
    Pictured above are the members and leaders of ISA's Maharashtra Section that attended the section's annual general meeting 8 July.

    During its Annual General Meeting on 8 July, the ISA Maharashtra Section named Vithal Magar as the section's President for 2018-2019. Dattatray Sawant was named President-elect and Neeraj Agarwal became a Society Delegate. Agarwal and fellow section members are highly involved in: motivating student sections and industry automation professionals to join ISA; raising funds and membership for the section through its ongoing communication vehicles, informal meetings, and technical conferences and seminars at colleges. Many training events are targeted at the chemical, petrochemical, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, and power industries. The first technical event of this year was held on 4 August 2018 in Mumbai.

    Flow Control Technology and Trends Seminar

    A technical seminar on the latest flow control technology, sponsored by M/S Rotork, took place 4 August. Neeraj Agarwal opened seminar with a welcome address to potential members. He then introduced Vithal Magar, the new President of the ISA Maharashtra Section, who explained the value and importance of ISA and ISA membership. The event was attended by senior engineers, senior managers, and VPs and GMs of renowned companies in India.

    Technical seminars and events provide an opportunity for the ISA Maharashtra Section to brand and market itself and create membership opportunities by networking with a wide range of automation professionals.

    5th International Seminar on Tailings Management

    In mid-July, the ISA Chile Section participated as an institutional partner at the 5th International Seminar on Tailings Management, which took place in Santiago de Chile. Among issues discussed were: the latest technological innovations and trends in safe and sustainable tailings management, innovative water recovery technologies, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) applications for inspections, dam safety, social responsibility, satellite technologies for environmental monitoring and land surveillance, and computer and tablet applications in tailings management. Caius Priscu delivered the opening address on "The Need for a Paradigm Shift in Dam Safety Management."

    5th International Seminar on Tailings Management 

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