• Member Spotlight: Aubri Hanson

    Q: Could you introduce yourself and provide us with some of your educational background and current position in the industry?

    A: I became an ISA member in 1997 when I was a freshman in college. I received a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree, both in physics from the University of Southern Mississippi. continuous member ever since. Since college, I worked as an aerospace technologist at the NASA Stennis Space Center for six years, as a research engineer at Radiance Technologies in Hattiesburg, Mississippi for four years, and taught high school science in Enterprise, Alabama for one year. Today I am the program head for engineering Technology at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida. My husband is Major Anthony Hanson serving active duty in the US Army, currently commanding the US Army SERE School at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. I have two children. Allison is a freshman at the University of South Alabama and Max is a first grader.

    Q: How has ISA benefited your career?

    A: ISA has helped me professionally in many ways, so I'll try to name just a few. First, when it comes to networking with others in my field,  I always have someone to go to for any type of engineering problem I encounter.

    Secondly, ISA helps me maintain technical currency through its division symposia, section meetings, and the ISA Automation Week annual technical conference. ISA also expands my horizons, as I am constantly introduced to new technologies and ideas through meetings and publications.

    Q: Could you list out examples of your volunteer service with ISA?

    A: Below I have included a summary of my ISA volunteer service and experience.

    1997-98 - Served as ISA student section secretary at Pittsburg State University

    1998-99 - Served as ISA student section vice president at Pittsburg State University
    1999-2001 - Founded new ISA student section and served as section president at Kansas State University
    1997-2001 - Participated in ISA's Kansas City Section activities
    1999-present - Serve as member of ISA's Aerospace Industries Division and Test Measurement Division
    2002-present - Participate as a member of ISA's International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) planning committee
    2008 - Served as IIS general chair
    2009, 2010, 2011, 2013- Served as IIS technical program chair
    2008-2010 - Served as ISA Aerospace Industries Division director
    2011-present - Served as member of ISA Scholarship Committee
    2014 -Serve as IIS technical program chair

    Q: Finally, what would you say to young people who are involved in instrumentation about how ISA can help them grow and hone leadership skills?

    A: ISA is a people-centered organization that listens and responds to the needs of its members. Being an ISA member opens the world of automation to people of all backgrounds and at all levels of their careers. ISA has provided information, leadership, opportunity, and friendship to me for over 16 years now!