• Member Spotlight: Maurice Wilkins

    Q: Give us a brief introduction of yourself, your educational background, and your current place in the industry?

    A: I have a bachelor of science degree and a doctorate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Aston in Birmingham in the United Kingdom. I was born in the UK and worked there until 1990; since then I have lived and worked in the Netherlands, Belgium, and various cities in the US. I have had a wonderful career so far and traveled all over the world.

    Q: How has ISA benefited your career, particularly in relation to your current roles and functions?

    A: ISA has benefited my career through a variety of ways. First, by working on various ISA standards committees, I have interacted with many of the industry's leading people and, in doing so, I have learned from them and have elevated by knowledge and industry presence.

    As head of Yokogawa's Global Strategic Technology Marketing group, one of my roles is to stay abreast of industry developments through standards committees. I and every member of my team are involved with one or more standards committees and mostly in leadership positions.

    In addition, I currently serve as Co-Chair of the ISA101 (Human Machine Interfaces) committee, Managing Director of the ISA88 (Batch Control) and ISA106 (Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations) committees. In fact, I played a part in proposing and developing the ISA106 standard.

    Q: How have your volunteered for ISA?

    A: I tend to put all of my volunteer time into ISA standards work. I am also involved with the Automation Federation on the workforce development side, and was one of the original group members under former ISA President Ken Baker who established the Automation Federation.

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

    A: There are several ways that a young person can use ISA to help their career. Join standards committees, sections and departments to interact with people who have been in the industry for many years at all levels - and DON'T be afraid to ask for help. I recommend studying to become a Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and attending division conferences, as they tend to be very practical in their approach and orientation.