ISA’s Power Industry Division Symposium report

  • June 11, 2014
  • News

June 11, 2014 - Many of the best and brightest minds in the power generation industry convened last week in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA to discuss the pressing challenges in instrumentation and control, and present strategies and solutions to overcome them. The 57th ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium, the largest conference in the world dedicated to automation, control systems and instrumentation in power generation, attracted almost 200 attendees and 18 exhibiting companies. The opening session featured a keynote address by Robert Romanosky, Ph.D., of the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory; a panel discussion on key industry issues and potential solutions; and a luncheon speech by W.J. “Jim” Lane, the mayor of Scottsdale, that profiled the local area and its electric power history. The symposium also featured a student program that attracted 25 undergraduate and graduate student guests from seven prominent universities: Nirma University in India, Texas Tech University, West Virginia University, University at Albany, State University of New York, University of Texas at El Paso, Oregon State University and the University of Connecticut. More than 70 peer-reviewed technical papers—highlighting the latest topics and innovations in instrumentation, controls, security, and business systems and automation technologies—were presented. The key issues and trends affecting all energy sectors, including fossil fuels, nuclear power, and renewables, were discussed and examined. The event, held 1-6 June, paid particular attention to:

  • Maintaining the reliability of power generation amid fluctuating load demand
  • Safeguarding essential data through advanced cybersecurity
  • Satisfying increasingly stringent environmental controls regulation
  • Improving competitiveness and operating results—now and in the years that follow

In addition to the technical presentations and sessions, the conference delivered:

  • Informative vendor exhibits by key suppliers
  • The opportunity to earn valuable Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • Undergraduate and graduate student presentations
  • Numerous social and networking activities

About the ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) ISA’s Power Industry Division, one of the largest within ISA, is a recognized leader in developing and communicating the highest standards of information exchange, practices, environmental awareness and safety of information exchange among engineers, scientists, technicians, students/universities, and management involved in instrumentation and control relating to power generation. About ISA Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation 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 conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.

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