• Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award Honorees recognized at the annual ISA Honors & Awards Gala

    2017 Honors and Awards Gala

     

    ISA is proud to announce ISA members elevated to the distinguished membership grade of Fellow and the Celebrating Excellence award honorees for 2018—including Member’s Choice honorees who were selected by a preponderance of votes cast by their peers.

    Elevation to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow were granted to Senior Members in recognition of their exceptional engineering scientific contributions to the field of automation. ISA’s Celebrating Excellence Awards honors companies and individuals, both members and non-members, for significant contributions in leadership, technical innovation, and contributions to education that have advanced the automation profession.

    Award presentations were made at the annual ISA Honors & Awards Gala on 14 October 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

    2018 ISA Fellows

    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.

    Shankar B. Baliga, Ph.D.
    Orange County Section, General Monitors, Lake Forest, California, USA

    For contribution to significant advances in adaptive industrial gas and flame detection.


    Eric C. Cosman
    Toledo Section, OIT Concepts LLC, Midland, Michigan, USA
    For leadership in advancing the state of automation cybersecurity as an essential element of operational information technology.

    Edward L. Quinn
    Orange County Section, Technology Resources, Dana Point, California, USA
    For contributions to the design, development, and implementation of control systems, data acquisition systems, instrumentation, and standards for the nuclear power industry.

    Herman E. Storey
    Houston Section, Herman Storey Consulting, LLC, Kingwood, Texas, USA
    For leadership in advancing the adoption and management of Foundation Fieldbus, wireless networks, and intelligent devices.
     

    2018 Celebrating Excellence Honors & Awards Program

    Excellence in Leadership

    Recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry and/or profession to advance automation.

    Don Bartusiak
    ExxonMobil Research & Engineering, Spring, Texas, USA
    For leading a global effort to solve the skills gap in automation control systems through new development and education in industrial data communications.
     

    Excellence in Analytical Technical Innovation, Endowed by the ISA Analysis Division

    Recognizes an individual who has played a critical role in the conception, design, and/or implementation of an innovative product, process, and/or service in the analytical technology field.

    Dr. Peter Geiser
    NEO Monitors AS, Skedsmokorset, Norway
    For developing a new wavelength range for Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy gas analyzers expanding in-situ mid-infrared applications.


    Excellence in Technical Presentation

    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.

    Oliver Schraa

    Hamilton Section
    inCTRL Soluntions Inc., Oakville, Ontario, Canada

    Matthew Gray
    Hach, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    For Presentation on “Process Control Systems at WRRFs: Use of Process Simulation to Assist with Controller Design and Tuning”


    Excellence in Enduring Service

    Recognizes dedicated volunteer service to the Society at the grassroots level. May be presented to multiple (up to five) honorees.

    Dean Bickerton
    New Orleans Section
    The Reynolds Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its members.

    Venkiteswaran P. Raman

    Maharashtra Section

    TECTON Engineering LLC, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
    For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its members.

    David Robinson

    Edmonton Section
    Samson Controls Inc., Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

    For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its members.
      

    Excellence in Society Service 

    Recognizes distinguished and dedicated volunteer service to the Society.
     
    Billy Walsh
    Ireland Section
    University College Cork, County Cork, Ireland
     
    For demonstrating excellence in service by his long-term support, activity and accomplishments across every aspect of the Society. 
     
      

    Division Excellence
    Recognizes an ISA Division for development and/or execution of programs and/or services to advance the mission of the Society.

    The Division Excellence Award recipient was revealed at the Gala. The top three nominees and award recipient are:
     
    Analysis Division (2018 Award Recipient)
    For a long tradition of organizing an international technical conference with continued growth in attendees and exhibitors.

    Construction and Design Industries Division
    For its efforts in onboarding new leadership and relaunching division activities.

    Water & Wastewater Industries Division
    For its partnership with AWWA/WEF to provide automation training opportunities for the municipal water sector. 


    Section Excellence

    Recognizes an ISA Section for development and/or execution of programs and/or services to advance the mission of the Society.

    The Section Excellence Award recipient was revealed at the Gala. The top three nominees and award recipient are:
     
    Mexico Central (2018 Award Recipient)
    For excellence in increasing membership, editing and publishing the InTech Magazine in Spanish, and for forming an Industrial Networks and Cybersecurity Committee.
     
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology Student Section
    For successfully hosting the International Instrumentation Student Games and implementing a superior leader succession plan including transition into the regular section.

    Valliammai Engineering College Student Section
    For offering exemplary range of topics for monthly technical meetings, successfully hosting a technical symposium, keynote speakers, workshops and training courses, and conducting student field trips to local industry.


    Standards Excellence

    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.
     
     

    Ian Verhappen
    Standards Committee
    CIMA+, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

    For tireless dedication to the advancement of ISA’s standards. 


    Member’s Choice Award Honorees

    Member’s Choice candidates are nominated by the Member’s and honorees are selected by vote of the members.

    Division Leader of the Year

    Recognizes a Division leader whose activities in the previous year, in an innovative way, have provided exceptional value to a Division, or enhanced an existing conference and/or symposia, or contributed to the development of a new conference and/or symposia.

    Khashayar Behdinan

    Process Measurement and Control Division
    Pointfar Automation LLC, Newhall, California, USA


    Section Leader of the Year

    Recognizes a Section leader whose activities in the previous year, in an innovative way, provided exceptional value to a local Section.
      
    Himanshu Patel 
    Gujarat Section
    Nirma University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India


    Student Mentor of the Year

    Recognizes a member whose activities in the previous year have promoted and encouraged student involvement in automation programs.

    Kaveri Sawant
    Maharashtra Section
    Universal College of Engineering, Thane, Maharashtra, India
     

    Volunteer Leader of the Year

    Recognizes a member who in the previous year has demonstrated exceptional leadership of a task force, committee, or board at any level within the Society (Section, Division, District, Department, Executive) resulting in a specific positive outcome.
     
       

    Prof. Dattatray Sawant
    Maharashtra Section
    MPSTME, NMIMS University, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India