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    ISA Edmonton Section Automation Expo & Conference (AEC)

    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Edmonton Expo Centre
    Wednesday, 25 April - Thursday, 26 April 2018
    10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (25 April), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (26 April)

    The ISA Edmonton Section Automation Expo & Conference (AEC) is the place to be for everything automation! AEC is one of North America's largest automation events and occurs bi-annually in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We welcome automation, instrumentation, and control systems professionals from a diverse range of global industries including: petroleum (oil & gas), mining, power, water & wastewater, forestry, agriculture, and more…


    In addition to more than 175 exhibitors to visit, we've got lots of other things happening in the expo hall that you won't want to miss!

    Think... Intel Talks (30-minute small group presentations held on the exhibit floor at a bar-style set-up), Top 5 Innovations Self-Guided Tour (map available at registration area), Networking Happy Hour & a buffet lunch in AEC Central.

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    Internationally renowned speakers, local experts and trending world-class content! This conference offers something for every automation, instrumentation, and control systems professional, and promises to educate, inspire, and empower.

    This year's hot topics include: cybersecurity, alarm management, water & waste water, leak detection, wireless & new technologies! As such we're offering 6 conference tracks, each track includes a full day of expertly-curated content dedicated to each of these topics.

    View Conference Schedule

    Visit www.aecalberta.ca to register!

    Annual Spring Fundraiser

    Temblor Brewery
    3200 Buck Owens Blvd B, Bakersfield, CA
    Thursday, 24 May 2018
    4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Join the ISA Central California Section for a Spring Fundraiser. This year, section members and guests will meet at Temblor Brewery, a local brewery conveniently situated in central Bakersfield with an automation-friendly environment.  The event will be raising funds for the section and to support Bakersfield College's Industrial Automation, Bachelor of Science program.  Also featured are: an industry keynote speaker, raffle prizes, and an auction.  An event ticket or business card gets you into the event. Drink and taco tickets are available for purchase at a vendor table. 

    Contact Andy Shrogen at ashogren@process-instruments.com for tickets.

    Training: Management of Automation Projects

    In early March, the ISA Curitiba Section held a training on The Management of Automation Projects. The course was aimed at technicians and engineers specializing in project management or execution of automation projects at all five stages (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring/Controlling and Closing).

    ISA Curitiba collaborated with the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR) for institutional support as the university offered its facilities for the session. The course was led by ISA member, Engineer Douglas Camargo von Hartenthal, partner of Laplace Industrial Automation and President of the ISA Curitiba Section.

    Past training sessions offered by the ISA Curitiba Section have been extremely successful with the local automation community. Participants can focus on content that specifically relates to their interests, making it convenient for busy professionals and students while providing for an excellent financial return.

    2018 Lego Robotics Competition

    Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Illinois hosted its 18th Annual Robotic Competition on Friday, 9 March 2018. More than 140 high school students competed using Lego Mind storms NXT and EV3 kits.  Teams from nine regional high schools learned about teamwork, creativity, and careers in the robotic industry.

    The ISA Will-DuPage Section sponsored the participants' lunch break and 10 ISA members not only assisted the students with preparing their robots but gave them real-world career advice about lucrative jobs in the field of robotics/automation.

    Teams of four students were in three levels, depending on their experience building robots.  Beginner, Novice, and Expert challenges were available.  Not only do the students build robots using the Lego kit pieces provided, they also must follow the directions to program the robot to move.  There are five challenges to the competition. Teams complete practice runs when they feel their robot is programmed and built properly, and they ask the judges to time their runs.  The goal is to have the fastest time in the challenge.

    All participants receive a T-shirt with the competition logo while the first-, second-, and third-place teams receive school trophies and medals.

    "The students worked so hard from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. that day, and it was a great activity exhibiting leadership, teamwork, creativity, and persistence from the high school students," said Sue Doser, Career and Technical Education Specialist who coordinated this event.

    Below are assorted photos of volunteers and activities associated with the robotics competition at Joliet Junior College.

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    ISA SAIT Polytechnics Student Section: 2018 Instrumentation Student Games

    The ISA Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Student Section and the MacPhail School of Energy hosted competing students of multiple disciplines at the International Student Games 2018, which was held at SAIT in Calgary, Alberta, Canada 15-17 March 2018.

    The International Student Games 2018 accommodated over 100 international and local second-year instrumentation, chemical engineering, and automation engineering technology students from more than 14 post-secondary institutions to compete in real-world situations not typically simulated in lab environments.

    The competition represented real-life experiences and scenarios adapted from industry and solved by students collaborating and problem-solving. Teams consisted of multi-institute individuals who never met before. They all were mentored by industry professionals, games sponsors, and instructors from international schools.

    The International Student Games are among the largest student-organized tournaments in North America. This year's game hosted schools from Campinas ISA Sao Paulo Brazil; Bangalore ISA India; University of Houston, Texas; Bellingham Technical College Washington; Francis Tuttle Technology Centre, Oklahoma; McMaster University; the University of Calgary; the University of Alberta; BCIT; NAIT; and other Canadian Institutions.

    Below are assorted photos of students who participated in the International Student Games 2018 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada…as well as some of the award winners and trophies.   
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