International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Jennifer Infantino Halsey
Symposium Chair announced for 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium, 7-9 August outside Washington, D.C.
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA (13 December 2017) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that Don Dickinson of Phoenix Contact has been named as General Symposium Chair for the upcoming 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium.
Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda on 7-9 August 2018-only 15 minutes from the nation's capital-the WWAC Symposium will feature two days of technical speakers, an exhibitor hall, a tour of a local water plant, and technical training courses on a variety of topics. The event, now in its fifteenth year, brings together automation professionals in the municipal water/wastewater sector from around the world.
"The ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium, also known as WWAC, is unique in its focus," says Graham Nasby, Chair of the ISA-112 SCADA systems standards committee. "It is the only symposium in North America that is entirely devoted to the needs of automation professionals in the municipal water/wastewater sector. We are delighted to have Don Dickinson head up this important event for us in 2018."
Dickinson and Phoenix Contact, a global leader in electrical engineering, electronics and automation, have been involved with the WWAC Symposium for many years. In 2012, when the event was rebooted as a modern conference, Phoenix Contact was one of the key sponsors of the event, a role it has held ever since. Over the years, Dickinson has served as a presenter, a member of the program committee, and Assistant Symposium Chair.
"I look forward to continuing to lead what has been a very successful symposium for the ISA," says Dickinson in a recent interview. "Automation plays an integral role in addressing the significant challenges that we face in our industry, such as modernizing an aging infrastructure. The WWAC Symposium is focused on ensuring that the automation workforce is equipped to deal with these challenges and continues to benefit from advances in technology."
Each year the symposium boasts an attendance of 200-300 water professionals, which includes plant managers, operators, engineers, and system integration personnel. With its focus on SCADA, instrumentation and automation, the gathering offers targeted training and knowledge-sharing that is not available at other conferences.
The WWAC Symposium partners with local sections of the AWWA (American Water Works Association) and the WEF (Water Environment Federation), in order to offer MDE/state-approved Continuing Education Credits (CEU), which can be used by state-licensed water operators for their annual license renewals. The event also offers PDH (professional developments hours) that can be used by both engineers and Certified Automation Professionals® (CAP®) to meet their continuing education requirements.
Abstracts are currently being solicited for the symposium. Potential authors and speakers are encouraged to submit a 250-word entry summarizing proposed presentations and papers for the 2018 conference. Submissions are due on 31 January 2018. The complete Call for Papers, author information kit, and a list of suggested topics of interest can be found at www.isawwsymposium.com. Announcements about invited and guest speakers will be made in the new year. In the meantime, please continue checking the website for updates.
More information about the 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium can be found at www.isawwsymposium.com.
About the 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
Presented by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division, the ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium helps professionals in the water and wastewater industries understand how instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) and automatic control applications are vital to the treatment and distribution of water, the collection and treatment of wastewater, and the management of storm water. As a three-day event, the symposium features technical speakers, invited speakers, an exhibit hall, plant tour, training and a general reception. The 2018 symposium will take place 7-9 August at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. More information can be found at www.isawwsymposium.com.
More about Morley's contributions and honors
Morley was awarded patents on products such as the parallel interface machine, hand-held terminal and magnetic thin film and storage (floppy disk). He also played an important role in the development of anti-lock brakes, automated vehicle control, building automation and the cool shaft.
His education in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology formed the basis for his interest and expertise in computer design, artificial intelligence, automation and futurism.
For many years, Morley was a contributing columnist to Manufacturing Systems Magazine. He also wrote articles for magazines and journals worldwide, including Manufacturing Automation Magazine and Wired, Control, and inTech magazines.
Morley's peers acknowledged his outstanding contributions with numerous honors and citations. Morley has been honored by several leading organization, such as Inc. magazine, the Franklin Institute, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He also has been inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Other awards and recognitions he received include:
- ISA and SME life member
- SME Manufacturing Enterprise Council Member
- Process Automation Hall of Fame (Control magazine)
- Automation Hall of Fame Prometheus Award
- SME Fellow
- Parallel Processor Design - Flavors
- Howard N. Potts Award
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Gould Science & Engineering Fellow
- Boeing Technical Excellence Award
Morley previously served as: Chairman of the Board of National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, Inc. (NCMS); Director at Large for the Society Manufacturing Engineers (SME); Member of the Manufacturing Advisory Board for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI); Member of Advisory Board at Agilepath Corporation; and Director of Memex Inc.
The International Society of Automation (www.isa.org) is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.
ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org), an association of non-profit organizations serving as "The Voice of Automation." Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute (www.isasecure.org) and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (www.isa100wci.org).