Technology Innovators Honored at ISA's Annual Gala

  • November 08, 2005
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Research Triangle Park, NC (8 November 2005) - As part of an ongoing effort to spearhead technical advances that set the standard for automation, ISA honored six industry leaders for achievements in science and research at its 2005 Honors and Awards gala held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2005 on Monday, October 24 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago Downtown Hotel in Chicago, Illinois."Innovators and leaders in the automation and control global market truly set the standard for the industry to the next level, and it's important that we continue to recognize their achievements," said Don Zee, president of ISA. "ISA is committed to the advancement of automation and control technologies and is delighted to bestow these high honors on those individuals that continue to make a positive impact on the industry as a whole. It is this innovation and visionary leadership that drives productivity in the automation of industrial processes, and recognizing these individuals and their accomplishments is paramount for the future of the global automation industry." TWO HIGHEST AWARDS BESTOWED: KEITH D. NOSBUSCH AND BÉLA G. LIPTÁK ISA bestowed its highest honors at the annual ceremony. ISA's most prestigious recognition of Honorary Member was given to Keith D. Nosbusch of Rockwell Automation for his distinguished leadership in the advancement of the arts and sciences of instrumentation, systems and automation. Mr. Nosbusch is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwell Automation and a member of the company's Board of Directors. With 31 years of leadership in the industry, Mr. Nosbusch has served as president of Rockwell Automation Control Systems and senior vice president, Control and Information Group, where he launched ControlLogix(tm), Rockwell Automation's premier integrated control and information platform. Béla G. Lipták, President of Béla Lipták Associates P.C., received the Life Achievement Award for his history of dedication to the instrumentation, systems, and automation community as evidenced by his teachings, writings, and inventions. Mr. Lipták has published over 200 technical articles and has written 34 technical books, including four editions of the multi-volume Instrument Engineer's Handbook. He is a licensed professional engineer, listed in Who's Who of American Scientists and Engineers, an ISA Fellow since 1973, and a past professor at Yale University. In 1995, he was invited to teach as a Fulbright Scholar. Mr. Lipták has been an active member of the Fairfield, CT section of ISA for 35 years.INDUSTRY INNOVATORS RECOGNIZED WITH TECHNICAL AWARDS The following industry innovators also received prestigious technical awards at the Honors and Awards event:
  • W. Wayne Wittenberger, of Joshua Innoveers in Chicago, IL, received the Douglas H. Annin Award for the development of an improved automatic control system for the food industry.
  • Donald E. Labbe of Invensys received the E.G. Bailey Award for his state of the art application, design and implementation of model predictive control and non-linear based controls on coal, oil, and gas fired boilers.
  • Charles J. Carter, Principal Investigator and Center Director of Lee College Fieldbus Center in Baytown, Texas received the Donald P. Eckman Education Award for his outstanding educational and training contributions to the fields of instrumentation and process control and vision for programs in automation. Mr. Carter has developed a college and industrial training curriculum in Fieldbus technology, received two NSF grants to study advanced instrumentation, and conducted ongoing research and application of Fieldbus technologies.
  • Angela E. Summers, Ph.D., President of SIS-TECH Solutions, LP and SIS-TECH Applications, LP in Houston, Texas received the Albert F. Sperry Founder Award for her outstanding technical contributions and leadership in the specification, development, and implementation of safety instrumented systems for the process automation industry. Dr. Summers is currently the ISA Standard & Practices Board Director at Large, has served on four standards committees, sits on the Editorial Advisory Board for ISA Transactions, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas.
  • James W. Harris of UOP LLC in Chicago, Illinois, received the UOP Technology Award for contributions made to the development of improved refinery and petrochemical plant process controls applications. ISA ELEVATES EIGHT TO DISTINGUISHED GRADE OF FELLOW The following outstanding individuals were elevated to fellow at theceremony:
  • Alexander V. Bobovitch of St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation, St. Petersburg, Russia, was elevated to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow in recognition of his application of automation and information technologies.
  • Paul J. Galeski of MAVERICK Technologies, Columbia, Illinois, was given this distinction in recognition of his innovative practices in the development of world class, next generation organizations dedicated to optimized work processes for industrial and enterprise automation.
  • James W. Harris of UOP LLC, Des Plaines, Illinois, was elevated to the grade of fellow in recognition of his contributions to the development of improved refinery and petrochemical plant process control and safety applications.
  • Donald E. Labbe of Invensys Process Solutions, Foxboro, Massachusetts, was recognized for his work to advance the state of the art in the application, design, and implementation of model predictive control and non-linear based controls on fossil fuel boilers.
  • Daniel E. Podkulski of ExxonMobil Chemical, Baytown, Texas, was elevated to the distinguished grade of fellow for his contributions in the development of designs and standards for modular sample conditioning and process analyzer systems.
  • Michael H. Waller of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, was elevated to fellow because of his outstanding work in the development of instrumentation and controls in the pulp and paper industry.
  • Victor Wegelin of PMA Concepts, Westminster, California, was given this distinction in recognition of the design, development and implementation of advanced control and networking systems for the process and aerospace industries.
  • W. Wayne Wittenberger of Joshua Innoveers in Evanston, Illinois, was recognized for his contributions in the development of improved control systems and production in the food industry. ISA HONORS INDIVIDUALS WITH SERVICE AWARDS ISA's service awards are given each year to recognize and encourage commitment to the Society, the industry and its ideals.
  • Anthony D. Kurtz, Alexander A. Ned, Jean S. Declama, and Scott J. Goodman of Kulite Semiconductor Products in Leonia, New Jersey; Roger W. Ainsworth of Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom; and Alan H. Epstein of MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts received the Excellence in Documentation Award for their paper entitled "Advanced Sensors for Turbine Applications," published in the ISA 2004 Technology Updates.
  • William G. Lawrence of FM Global Technologies, LLC, South Yarmouth, Massachusetts, and a member of the Boston Section, was awarded the Standards and Practices Award for his outstanding contributions and leadership in the development and harmonization of ISA/ANSI and international standards for electrical equipment in hazardous locations.
  • Sheldon A. Weatherby of Spartan Control in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and a member of the Edmonton Section, was the recipient of the Don W. Thompson Award for exemplary service and dedication as a mentor and leader to ISA Student Members.
  • Paul Gruhn of ICS-Triplex, Kingwood, Texas, received the Distinguished Society Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its Members through his many leadership positions in the Houston Section and ISA Divisions.
  • Lawrence H. Iverson III, PMP of M S Benbow & Associates, Metairie, Louisiana, received the Distinguished Society Service Award because of his long record of exemplary leadership to the New Orleans Section of the Society.
  • James W. Keaveney of Emerson Process Management, Douglassville, Pennsylvania, received the Distinguished Society Service Award for his work with the Lehigh Valley Section and District 2 of ISA.
  • Kenneth K. Konrad of Intek Corporation, Missouri City, Texas, has been an exemplary member of the Analysis Division for years, and is recognized with the Distinguished Society Service Award for his contributions toward the success of the division.
  • Luigi A. Penati, a 39-year member of ISA, is attributed with much of the start up and success of the Italy Section of ISA. For all his leadership and work to make ISA a success in Italy, Mr. Penati was given the Distinguished Society Service Award this year.
  • Wayne M. Powell of Emerson Process Management-Rosemount, Inc. in Stafford, Texas, was given the Distinguished Society Service Award for his leadership in the Houston Section of the Society.
  • Lister M. Kennedy of MEI Consultants in Katy, Texas, was given the Golden Achievement Award for his long and continuous dedication to the Society, where he has reorganized the now-popular ISA Pipeline Subsection of the Houston Section.
  • Frederick A. Meier, who has served as an ISA instruc>tor, Staff Engineer, and author, and held numerous leadership positions in his Section and Division, was recognized for his years of dedication with the Golden Achievement Award. About ISAFounded in 1945, ISA ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere.

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