Celebrating and recognising automation advances and achievement

Some time ago we reported on the change in the format of the well respected award system of the International Society of Automation (ISA). Their new concept in awards called  Celebrating Excellence – recognises excellence in leadership, excellence in Society service, excellence in corporate and individual technical innovation, and excellence in education.

Fellow Award Plaques at last years event!

The ISA Honours & Awards Committee met in June to review candidate nominations and provide recommendations to the ISA Executive Board for approval. There are many well known names among those listed which is a veritable who’s who of those who have made a memorable contribution to the discipline of automation during last year and throughout their lives.

“The Honours & Awards Committee recognises that much time and effort is invested in the submittal of a nomination,” said Nelson Ninan, Chair of that Committee and former President of the Society.   “I would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2012 nomination process.”.

Also announced were Fellowships of the Society and Member Choice awardees (selected by vote of members). The full slate of awards is listed below and presentations will be during the 59th 2012 Annual Honors & Awards Gala being held as part of this years Automation Week in Orlando (FL USA 24-27 Sept 2012).

See also ISA Fellow, Walt Boyes’s, article in July/August issue of InTech: ISA’s new awards program celebrates excellence in automation.

2012 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.

Terrence L. Blevins
Bluebonnet Section and Emerson Process Management, Austin, Texas, USA
For contributions to the development of process control theory, hardware, and software.
See also Gary Mintchel’s “Terry Blevins is Named ISA Fellow” (6/9/2012) Also Jim Cahill’s Terry Blevins and Mark Nixon Honored as ISA Fellows (11/9/2012)

Gerald F. Gilman, P.E.
Cincinnati Section and JFG Technology Transfer LLC, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
For developing standards and training for boiler control and advances in burner management systems engineering.

Jin Jiang
Toronto Section and The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
For contributions and leadership in education and training in control and instrumentation theories for application in energy systems.

Daniel J. Lee
Power Industry Division and ABB Inc. Power Generation, Wickliffe, Ohio, USA
For advancing state of the art applications in plant wide automation of industrial and large fossil fired power plants.

Mark J. Nixon
Bluebonnet Section and Emerson Process Management, Austin, Texas, USA
For contributions to the development of process control and wireless technologies.
See Jim Cahill’s Terry Blevins and Mark Nixon Honored as ISA Fellows (11/9/2012)

Nicholas P. Sands, P.E.
Wilmington Section and DuPont, Newark, Delaware, USA
For development of global alarm monitoring applications, interlock bypassing, and alarm suppression safety standards.

Belle R. Upadhyaya, Ph.D.
Oak Ridge Section and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
For research and development on nuclear power plant sensing and control systems leading to enhanced, fault tolerant, power reactor operation methods.

Jeffery Williams
Power Industry Division and Emerson Process Management, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
For development of embedded advanced control applications for large utility fossil fired boilers to optimize the combustion process while minimizing combustion emissions.
See also Jim Cahill on Jeff Williams in “Embedded Advanced Control Innovations Lead to ISA Fellow Recognition” (Sept 2012)

2012 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.

Paul Galeski, P.E., CAP
For creating a paradigm shift in systems integration by establishing and leading two cutting-edge firms to global prominence in less than 10 years and for advancing automation through technical and strategic business solutions.

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.

Phil C. Harris
For developments in ultra violet spectroscopy that have advanced both process and emissions monitoring capabilities.

Excellence in Individual Technical Innovation
Endowed by UOP

Recognizes individuals who have played a critical role in the conception, design, and/or implementation of an innovative product, process and/or service. May be presented to multiple (up to four) honorees.

Mr. Shankar Baliga – General Monitors
For contribution to the development of an intelligent optical flame detection technique which reduces false alarm, using Artificial Neural Network processing.

Mr. Bob Farmer – Siemens Industries
For development of a unique & reliable communication method for Process Analyzers.

Excellence in Corporate Technical Innovation

Recognizes the company whose contributions and innovations have enhanced social value.

Kenexis Consulting Corporation
For contribution to solve technical and economic challenges — the development of Effigy™ Fire & Gas Systems performance modeling software.

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.

Mitch Johnson (JMS Southeast, Inc.)
Allan G. Gilson (Black & Veatch, Inc)
For the paper “The New ASME Thermowell Standard and Optimal Thermowell Design,” presented at ISA Automation Week 2011 in Mobile, Alabama.

Excellence in Education

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

Gangbing Song
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.
Member’s Choice Award Honorees
(Member’s Choice candidates are nominated by the Member’s and honorees are selected by vote of the members. Approval by the Executive Board is not required.)

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.
William Stange – Aerospace Industries Division.

Section Leader of the Year
Recognizes a Section leader whose activities in the previous year, in an innovate way, provided exceptional value to a local Section.
Nilangshu Dey– Qatar Section

Standards Leader of the Year
Recognizes a standards committee member whose activities in the previous year have contributed to the development and advancement of industry standards.
Bridget Fitzpatrick– ISA18 and ISA101

Student Mentor of the Year
Recognizes a member whose activities in the previous year have promoted and encouraged student involvement in automation programs.
Mary Cannon– Houston Section

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.
Antonio Alves – Montreal Section

Carlos Liboni
Harriet Radvandsky
Arunachalam Ramanathan
Frank White
Douglas Zimmerman

For dedicated and enduring service to the Society.

Excellence in Society Service

Recognizes distinguished and dedicated volunteer service to the Society.

Declan Lordan
For distinguished leadership and dedicated service to the Society.

Division Excellence

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

Analysis Division
For the deployment of innovative ideas and technologies in the operation of the Analysis Division Symposium and significantly exceeding financial expectations.

Section Excellence

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

ISA ITMIN Student Section (Mexico)
For creating an Expo that drew students, companies, and professionals to the Institute to strengthen the knowledge of automation through direct contact with professionals.

Special Recognition – Exceptional Student Mentor

Professor Robert Glenn Allen (posthumous)
For dedication and devotion in mentoring of students.

The Society hosts an annual Honors and Awards Gala where Individuals selected for recognition are acknowledged in a prestigious formal awards ceremony that includes a gala reception and dinner.  This is usually held during the Automation Week, Technology and Solutions Event, which this year will be held in Orlando, Florida USA.

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