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ISA salutes 2017 Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award honorees

ISA salutes 2017 Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award honorees

August 1, 2017—The International Society of Automation (ISA) is proud to announce those members elevated to the distinguished membership grade of Fellow and the Celebrating Excellence Award honorees for 2017, including Member’s Choice honorees chosen by their peers.

Elevation to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow is granted to Senior 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 55th Annual ISA Honors & Awards Gala on 29 October 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay, Florida, USA. 

2017 ISA Fellows
Elevation to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow is granted to ISA Senior Members in recognition of outstanding achievements in scientific or engineering fields as recognized by ISA peers.

Penny P. Chen, Ph.D.
Communications Division
Yokogawa Corp of America
Mclean, Virginia, USA
For innovation and leadership in industrial wireless as related to process automation and instrumentation

Gerald Combs, Ph.D.
Analysis Division
Retired (Siemens Industry)
Kemp, Texas, USA
For contributions to process analytical technologies for environmental monitoring

David L. Neal, PE
Louisville Section
Advanced Industrial Systems Inc.
Harrods Creek, Kentucky, USA
For contributions to the field of computer based programmable data acquisition and test systems

Brent Shumaker
Power Industry Division
Analysis & Measurement Services Corp.
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
For development and implementation of online technologies to assess the health and remaining useful life of critical components in nuclear power plants

Iwan Van Beurden
Chemical & Petroleum Industries Division
Exida
Sellersville, Pennsylvania, USA
For development of probabilistic analysis safety verification data, methods, and tools used to improve the safety lifecycle in the process industries. 

2017 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

Judith F. Marks
Siemens USA
Washington D.C., USA

For taking a leading role in STEM issues through apprenticeships to fill the skills shortage in manufacturing 

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

Dale Harrison, Ph.D.
VUV Analytics
Cedar Park, TX USA
For his contributions in the development of vacuum ultraviolet absorption spectroscopy instruments  

Excellence in Technical Innovation (Endowed by UOP, a Honeywell Company)
Recognizes an individual who has played a critical role in the conception, design, and/or implementation of an innovative product, process, and/or service

Manikandan Pandiyan
Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India Pvt. Ltd.
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
In recognition for developing a portable real-time Electrocardiogram device for local on-chip data acquisition of health parameters and remote diagnosis

Excellence in Corporate Technical Innovation
Recognizes the company whose contributions and innovations have enhanced social value

APERIO Systems
Haifa, Israel
For developing an innovative solution in recognizing and protecting Industrial Control Systems against data forgery

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

Cyrus Taft
Taft Engineering
Harriman, TN, USA
 
John Sorge
Southern Company
Birmingham, AL, USA

Mircea Lupu 
Emerson Process Management
Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Rick Kephart
Emerson Process Management
Pittsburgh, PA, USA 

For paper, “Application of Model Predictive Control to Improve Steam Temperature Control on a Pulverized-Coal Unit,” presented at ISA’s 59th Power Industry Division Symposium

Excellence in Education
Recognizes an individual who has developed and/or enhanced established educational programs to advance the automation profession in educational institutions

Chetan B. Bhatt 
Government Engineering College
Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India
For developing university courses in India using the Automation Competency Model and developing Web-based Intelligent tutoring system for I&CT students

Excellence in Enduring Service
Recognizes dedicated volunteer service to the Society at the grassroots level. May be presented to multiple (up to five) honorees 

Kenneth Belteau
Process Measurement and Control Division
Spectra Energy Transmission LLC
Kingwood, TX, USA

For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its members 

M. Venkatram
Maharashtra Section
The Tata Electric Power Co.
Airoli, Maharashtra, India

For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its members 

Richard O. Williams
Process Measurement and Control Division
Cypress, TX, USA
For outstanding service and contributions to the Society and its members

Division Excellence
Recognizes an ISA division for development and/or execution of programs and/or services to advance the mission of the Society

The division will be revealed at the Gala. The top three nominees are:

Analysis Division
For promotion of student participation at the 61st ISA Analytical Division Symposium through collaboration with local colleges that hold analyzer and instrumentation certificate programs

Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division
For organizing ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division Symposium in collaboration with the Ireland Section, and promoting society goals

Process Control and Measurement Division
For collaboration with ChemPID, Safety, Pulp and Paper, Communication, and Education and Management divisions in organizing 2016 ISA Process Control and Safety Symposium

Section Excellence
Recognizes an ISA section for development and/or execution of programs and/or services to advance the mission of the Society

The section will be revealed at the Gala. The top three nominees are:

Bangalore Section
For hosting the Food Safety Symposium, attended by automation experts to discuss technical solutions, and for organizing 8 technical presentations  

Ireland Section  
For hosting the third ISA International FPID Symposium in Ireland and conducting training courses on alarm management and security

Texas Channel 
For reactivating a student section, sponsoring student team's travel to the International Instrumentation Student games and adopting two FIRST® robotics teams

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

Nicholas P. Sands, CAP 
ISA18.2 
DuPont
Newark, DE, USA 
For years of dedication to ISA standards, and especially the development of ISA18.2 

Member’s Choice Award Honorees
Member’s Choice candidates are nominated by the members and honorees are selected by vote of the members.

Division Leader of the Year
Recognizes a division leader whose activities in the previous year, in an innovative way, have provided exceptional value to a division, or enhanced an existing conference and/or symposia, or contributed to the development of a new conference and/or symposia

Sohail Iftikhar 
Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division 
Honeywell Process Solutions
Houston, TX, USA  

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

Rajesh Rathi 
Bangalore Section 
Control Infotech Ltd.
Bangalore, Karnataka, India  

Student Mentor of the Year
Recognizes a member whose activities in the previous year have promoted and encouraged student involvement in automation programs

S. Vivekanandan
South India Section 
VIT University Vellore
Thiruvannamalai, Tamilnadu, 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

Veena Hegde, Ph.D. 
Bangalore Section
BMS College of Engineering
Bangalore, Karnataka, 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 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world. 

ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute

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