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Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2006 Recipients Of James O. Gray - Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship

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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 2006 - The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2006 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2006 scholarship recipients include:

Dinh Quang Lam, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: A native of Vietnam, Dinh will graduate from Singapore Polytechnic in 2006 with degree in Electrical and Computer Control Engineering. His educational background includes the use of fieldbus technology in pilot plant applications. In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, Dinh has been on Singapore Polytechnic¹s Director¹s Honor Roll for two consecutive years. He is seeking a career in the instrumentation and control industry and plans to attend a university in Singapore to obtain an Electrical Engineering degree.

Gias Ahmed, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Enrolled in the Industrial Instrumentation Technology program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Gias Ahmed has more than 13 years of experience working in Bangladesh¹s natural gas transmission, distribution and utility industries. He has been involved with computerized natural gas metering systems, and is skilled in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of gas regulating and metering equipment. Married and a father of two, Gias hopes to expand his knowledge of industrial instrumentation technology by attending SAIT.

Shawn Loonam, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA: As president of Lee College¹s ISA Student Section, Shawn has demonstrated a strong interest in instrumentation and control technology. He is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree, and believes fieldbus technology is becoming the preferred means of communications in the instrumentation field. In addition to his academic pursuits, Shawn serves as vice president of public relations and a senator for Phi Theta Kappa‹the honors society for two-year colleges. The organization develops leadership in its members and performs service to the community.

"The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund is honored to award these scholarships for a fourth consecutive year," said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney. "The foundation and scholarship recipients are thankful for the donations from industrial automation industry members around the world, whose support is keeping the technology strong."

Honored by the scholarship fund in his name, Jim Gray was employed by Invensys/Foxboro for 25 years as sales and marketing manager. In addition to being very active within the Fieldbus Foundation from its inception, he held the positions of: secretary of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the U.S. Marketing Committee.

About James O. Gray - Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship
The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship creates a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund for educational scholarships, which provide annual awards of up to $1,000. These scholarships are awarded to students around the world seeking a career in the industrial automation profession.

Foundation members, and those interested in the progress of the automation industry, are encouraged to participate in the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. For information on the various levels of support and more detail on the scholarship program, please contact Maggie Carlson, Fieldbus Foundation, at 512.794.8890, ext. 21, or visit www.fieldbus.org/scholarship.

About the Fieldbus Foundation(TM)
The Fieldbus Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of over 350 leading process and manufacturing automation companies worldwide whose major purpose is to provide an open and neutral environment for the development of a single, international, interoperable fieldbus. In this environment, end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations are working together to develop the technology, provide development tools, support and training, coordinate field trials and demonstrations, and enable product interoperability. Visit their web site at www.fieldbus.org.
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