Peggie W. Koon assumes role of 2015 Automation Federation Chair

  • February 06, 2015
  • ISA
  • News

February 6, 2015 - Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., has assumed the role of 2015 Automation Federation Chair.

In this position, Dr. Koon works with Automation Federation member organization leaders and staff to develop and support programs and services that advance the automation profession for the betterment of humanity.

During 2014, Dr. Koon served as President of the International Society of Automation (ISA), which is the founding entity of the Automation Federation. In this leadership role, she was instrumental in sharpening ISA’s focus as a data-driven association and helping to forge its long-term strategic goals and direction.

Her assumption of duties as the 2015 Chair of the Automation Federation is in keeping with the established ISA and Automation Federation leadership progression. Every ISA president goes on to serve as Chair of the Automation Federation in the year immediately following the year of his or her ISA presidency. 

Dr. Koon brings a long and impressive track record as an automation and control professional and executive and media company executive as well as more than 20 years of ISA membership and leadership to her new role as Automation Federation Chair.

"This is an exciting time for the Automation Federation,” Dr. Koon says. “Through its partnerships with the White House and NIST, the Automation Federation has been a critical enabler of several key initiatives for ISA, particularly in the areas of industrial cybersecurity, advocacy of automation as a profession, 'big data,' and more. I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead this organization and to be involved in advancing the world of automation and the automation profession.”

Dr. Koon also pointed to the Automation Federation’s work with the US Department of Labor in developing and promoting the Automation Competency Model, which outlines the competencies and building blocks to successful careers in automation.

“The value of the Automation Competency Model will continue to rise as government, private industry and educators at all levels work to expand training and career opportunities in mission-critical fields in operational technology, such as industrial automation and control systems,” she explains.

Dr. Koon has worked in the field of automation for over 25 years. She served as the Director of Plant Systems at Graniteville Company and Avondale Mills. In that role, she led the companies through the migration from engineered Foxboro to Bailey Controls to ABB process control systems and was responsible for directing and managing all of the company’s process control and process automation efforts at locations in Georgia, South Carolina and Alabama. She also coordinated and managed the disaster recovery of all process control and process automation engineered systems after the largest chemical spill in the US occurred at the company’s Graniteville, South Carolina location.

Dr. Koon also served as Director of Integrated Manufacturing Systems for Graniteville Company, a position in which she directed the design, development and deployment of CIM systems for textile manufacturing piece-dyed and Greige processes, including loom monitoring, greige bale packing systems, process control systems for dyeing, preparation and finishing, slashing, and indigo dyeing, and cloth room booking operations. She was also responsible for the installation, customization and support of roll inspection and cutting (BARCO and EVS) systems.

Prior to her positions at Avondale/Graniteville, Dr. Koon held various operational IT roles at Babcock & Wilcox, Barnwell Nuclear Fuels Plant, Rockwell International and General Motors.

Dr. Koon’s media career began in 2006 at Morris Digital Works (MDW), where she worked on strategic audience and revenue initiatives. She became deputy chief operating officer of the delivery division for MDW and also served as the corporate director of strategy, partnership development and management for Morris Communications and Morris Publishing Group. Most recently she was the vice president of Audience at Chronicle Media and The Augusta Chronicle, which are part ofMorris Publishing Group, LLC, a privately held media company based in Augusta, Georgia, USA.

Dr. Koon was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina in Aiken, South Carolina, where she taught principles of business information systems to senior undergraduate students in the School of Business, including accounting information systems (AIS) and other related computer information systems, database systems and application systems concepts as they relate to successful design, development, implementation and audit of the financial transaction cycle.

In addition she has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Smith College Alumnae Association, where she played a key role in determining ways to increase alumnae engagement and retention, especially through the use of non-traditional methods (social media, virtual technology, website UCC, etc.)

Dr. Koon earned a bachelor of arts in mathematics from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA. She completed graduate studies in industrial and systems engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia and received a doctorate degree in management information systems from Kennedy Western University in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA.

Dr. Koon has been a member of ISA for over 20 years. She assumed her first leadership position (Membership Chair of ISA’s Management Division) within ISA in 1996. Since that time, she has held a variety of prominent roles in the Society, including:

  • 2014 ISA President
  • ISA Executive Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Vice President, ISA Industries & Sciences Department
  • Vice Chair, ISA Board of Department Vice Presidents
  • Society-level Committee Member, ISA Finance and Conference & Exhibit Global Oversight
  • Society-level Committee Member, Honors & Awards
  • Director, ISA Management Division

About the Automation Federation The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of sixteen (16) member organizations and six working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the "Voice of Automation." For more information about the Automation Federation, visit

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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