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ISA announces 2015 Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award honorees

June 25, 2015  - The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today those ISA members who have elevated to the distinguished membership grade of Fellow and the Celebrating Excellence Award honorees for 2015, including Member’s Choice honorees chosen by their peers.

Elevation to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow is granted to senior Society members in recognition of their exceptional engineering scientific contributions to the field of automation. ISA’s Celebrating Excellence Awards honor companies and individuals—both members and non-members—for significant contributions in leadership, technical innovation and contributions to education that have advanced the profession.

Award presentations will be made at the 53rd Annual ISA Honors & Awards Gala, which will be held on Sunday evening, 11 October 2015, at the Louisville Marriott Downtown in Louisville, Kentucky, USA.


2015 ISA Fellows

David Emerson
North Texas Section
Yokagawa, Carrollton, Texas, USA
For development of Business to Manufacturing Markup Language and the Batch Markup Language 

William V. Fitzgerald
Process Measurement & Control Division
Fisher Controls TC, Marshalltown, Iowa, USA
For pioneering the theory and practical application for diagnostic testing of air-operated control valve assemblies

Eric Rotvold
Twin Cities Section
Rosemount, Shakopee, Minnesota, USA
For leading the development of industrial wireless sensor network standards and product implementations

Michael D. Scott
Alaska Section
ae Solutions, Anchorage, Alaska, USA
For exceptional contributions to the advancement of the process safety lifecycle concepts and their sustainable application to the process industry

Tony Waters
Analysis Division
Analyzer Consulting Engineers LLC, Atascadero, California, USA
For leading-edge development of Process Gas Chromatograph column systems and improved designs of analyzer house and sampling system assemblies

2015 Celebrating Excellence Honors & Awards Program

Excellence in Leadership
Recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the industry and/or profession to advance automation

Recipient to be announced at a later date

Excellence in Analytical Technical Innovation (Endowed by the ISA Analysis Division)
Recognizes an individual who has played a critical role in the conception, design, and/or implementation of an innovative product, process, and/or service in the analytical technology field

Peter Van Vuuren, Ph.D.
Kaiser Optical Systems Inc., Houston, Texas, USA
For the development of the New Sampling/Sensor Initiative (NeSSI) leading to the commercialization of SP76/NeSSI products, improving the reliability of sampling systems now widely used commercially by major petroleum manufacturing companies

Excellence in Technical Innovation (Endowed by UOP)
Recognizes an individual who has played a critical role in the conception, design, and/or implementation of an innovative product, process, and/or service

John A. McIlwain
Honeywell Specialty Materials, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
For the development of Multivariable Predictive Control Technology to replace Three Dynamic Matrix Control applications

Excellence in Corporate Technical Innovation
Recognizes the company whose contributions and innovations have enhanced social value

No recommendation due to lack of nominations that fully met criteria.

Excellence in Technical Presentation
Recognizes the author(s) of the most outstanding paper, article, presentation or document published and/or presented on behalf of ISA that introduces a new technology or explains an existing automation process.


Paul Little
JP3 Measurement, Austin, Texas, USA

Jie Zhu
Analysis Division
JP3 Measurement, Austin, Texas, USA

Phil Harris
Analysis Division
HariTec, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

For the most outstanding paper, “In-situ, Real Time Analysis of Liquid and Gas Hydrocarbon Streams using a Broadly Tunable Spectrometer,” presented at the 2014 ISA 59th Analysis Division Symposium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Excellence in Education
Recognizes an individual who has developed and/or enhanced established educational programs to advance the automation profession in educational institutions

Richard Braatz, Ph.D.
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA
For advancing the automation profession through education

Excellence in Enduring Service
Recognizes dedicated volunteer service to the Society at the grassroots level. May be presented to multiple (up to five) honorees.

Jerry M. Clemons, Ph.D.
Analysis Division
ABB Process Analytics, Lewisburg, West Virginia, USA
For dedicated and enduring service to the Society

Excellence in Society Service
Recognizes distinguished and dedicated volunteer service to the Society

Mike Huereca
Houston Section
Rawson, Houston, Texas, USA
For exemplary service to two ISA sections and districts by serving in numerous section and district leadership positions which resulted in outstanding section performance

Section Excellence
Recognizes an ISA section for development and/or execution of programs and/or services to advance the mission of the Society.

The honoree will be revealed at the Gala. The nominees are: 

Houston Section
For financing and conducting an internship program for over 50 students and a PE study group for 55 participants

Oklahoma State University Student Section
For organizing and conducting Automation Day 2015 as a cooperative venture between education and industry

Spain Section
For a program and execution of plan to publish new technical books on automation in Spanish language

Standards Excellence
Recognizes an ISA standards committee member for exceptional efforts in organization, development and/or administration to further the development of ISA standards and for services to advance the mission of the Society.

Keith Unger
Buford, Georgia, USA
For sustained leadership over the past 15 years of the ISA95 Enterprise-Control System Integration Committee, which developed a six-part standard that has been widely recognized in the automation and IT industries as a leading tool for integrating manufacturing systems with business systems

Member’s Choice Award Honorees
Member’s Choice candidates are nominated by the members and honorees are selected by vote of the members.

Section Leader of the Year
Recognizes a section leader whose activities in the previous year, in an innovative way, provided exceptional value to a local section. 

Rahul Sharma
BMS College of Engineering Student Section
BMS College of Engineering, Gurgaon Haryana, India 
Student Mentor of the Year
Recognizes a member whose activities in the previous year have promoted and encouraged student involvement in automation programs

KLS Sharma
Bangalore Section
Automation Education and Training, Bangalore, India

Volunteer Leader of the Year
Recognizes a member who in the previous year has demonstrated exceptional leadership of a task force, committee, or board at any level within the Society (section, division, district, department, executive) resulting in a specific positive outcome.

A. Vimala Juliet, Ph.D.
South India Section
SRM University Kattankulathur, Tamil Nadu, India


About ISA
The International Society of Automation 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 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

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