July/August 2010

2010 ISA honors, awards

ISA is proud to acknowledge its members and industry leaders (not all honorees are ISA members/leaders) as they exemplify outstanding service and contributions to the automation profession. Below are some of the honorees who will be awarded at the ISA Honors and Awards Gala, 4 October, in Houston.

Professional and Technical Recognition

Honorary Member

To recognize individuals whose support of, and/or contributions to the advancement of the arts and sciences of instrumentation, systems, and automation are deserving of special recognition.

Dean Kamen, DEKA Research and Development Corporation, Manchester, N.H. In recognition of an extended career as an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for inspiring young people to pursue study in the fields of science, technology, and engineering.

Life Achievement Award

To recognize individuals with a history of sustained dedication to the instrumentation, systems, and automation community.

Gregory K. McMillan, CDI - Process & Industrial, Austin, Tex. In recognition of a 40-year career of innovation in process control technology through invention, publication of articles, papers and books, as well as teaching the application of control theory.

ISA Analysis Division Luft Award

To recognize outstanding contributions in the analytical technology field.

Robert S. Saltzman, Wilmington, Del. (Wilmington Section). For exceptional work in the development of and education regarding the use of UV Photometric Analysis systems for sulfur recovery processes and others.  

Fellow Membership

Randy K. Buchanan, Ph.D., (University of Southern Mississippi) Aerospace Industries & Test Measurement Divisions. In recognition of leadership in developing space hardware processing, automated planetary, and space emulation.

Dr. George Shu-Xing Cheng, (CyboSoft) Northern California Section. In recognition of the invention, development, and deployment of Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) control technology. 

John P. Gerry, (ExperTune Inc.) Unaffiliated. In recognition of pioneering the development of Optimization, Control and Loop-Tuning Software.

Ian Nimmo, (User Centered Design Services LLC) Central Arizona Section. In recognition of visionary development of Abnormal Situation Management.

Service Recognitions

Golden Achievement Award

To recognize Members who have a minimum of 25 years of continuous ISA membership, continuing active service and contributions to organizational units of the Society, and epitomizes to the membership the ideals of the Society.

Ganesier Ramachandran, Shell Global Solutions US, Norco, La. (New Orleans Section)

Distinguished Society Service

To recognize dedicated ISA Members who through long service have contributed to the Society and its organizational units.

Brian Curtis, DPS Engineering Ltd., Cobh, County Cork, Ireland (Ireland Section)

John Prince, Analyzer Products Group, Huntington Beach, California (Los Angeles Section)

Gianfranca Sanzeni, ISA Italy Section, Milano, Italy (Italy Section)

Dr. Reg K. Wood, P.E., University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Edmonton Section)

Emerging Leader Award

To recognize ISA Members who have made significant contributions to organizational units of the Society and its Members and have not more than ten (10) years of accumulated membership. Years of student membership are not included in the limitation.

Jon DiPietro, Bridge-Soft, Manchester, New Hampshire (Boston Section)

Nicole Jensen, Samson Controls Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Calgary Section)

Education Awards

Donald P. Eckman Education Award

Jorge Otavio Trierweiler, Ph.D., University Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Don W. Thompson Award

Richard Tunstall, Lee College, Baytown, Tex.

Other Awards

Excellence in Documentation Award

Co-authors: Gene Cammack, P.E., Siemens Energy & Automation Inc., Houston, Tex. (Houston Section); Francisco Sanchez, PSDVSA (Non-Member); Luis M. Garcia, G., Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. Houston, Tex. (Houston Section). For the paper "Permissive Sequencing and ISA84 - The Shape of Things to Come," published in ISA EXPO 2009 proceedings.

Standards & Practices Award

Mark Coppler, Ametek Inc., Mckees Rocks, Pa. (Pittsburgh Section). For leadership in the development of international standards for electrical equipment in hazardous locations and gas detection instrumentation.

Distinguished Friends of ISA

Small Company Category: Alabama Fluid Systems Technologies, Inc., Pelham, Ala.

Medium Company Category: Rawson, Houston, Tex.

Large Company Category: Fluor Corporation, Southern California Division, Aliso Viejo, Calif.

Honor Roll Companies:

Mustang Engineering, Houston, Tex.

PLCs Plus International, Bakersfield, Calif.

Outstanding Division Award

Automation & Technology Department: Management Division (Shari LS Worthington-Div. Director; William A. Stange-Dept. VP)

Industries & Sciences Department: Aerospace Industries Division (Aubri C. Barnett Buchanan-Div. Director; Peggie W. Koon, Dept. VP)