ISA announces 2015 Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award honorees

  • June 25, 2015
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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 ISA95 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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