Presidents Message – May 2018

ISA New Orleans Section Members and Prospective Members,

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our meeting last week on the ISA Cybersecurity Lifecycle presented by Joe Driver and William Sulzer of Champion Technology Services.  If you missed it, you can view the presentation and pull down related collateral here.  We had a great turn out both live and via our web simulcast.  We have a short time between meetings as our next meeting is Tuesday, May 8.  This presentation will allow our PE members and guests to meet their annual PDH requirement for Ethics.  Please join us at MS Benbow next Tuesday for an Engineering Ethics presentation hosted by Richard Savoie with LAPELS:

We have a very busy Summer with three meetings and two ISA co-sponsored training events.  In June, Nick Sands will visit our section to give us an update on the most active Standards Groups in ISA.  He will stay over to teach a one-day, ISA course on the Introduction to the Management of Alarm Systems.  Registration and information on both events are linked below:

In August, we will be joined by ISA Society President-Elect, Paul Gruhn.  Paul will give us an update of his plans for the society next year and will host a town hall discussion on ISA 84 – Functional Safety.  Paul will also be in town the week of August 6-10 to teach ISA’s EC50 course on Safety Instrumented Systems.  This is a 4.5 day course.  Registration for this course will be posted on later this week.

I would like to give a shout out to our Neighbor Section – ISA Lafayette Section.  I had the pleasure of joining them on Saturday for their 7th Annual Clay Shootout.  I had a blast, pun intended.  The event was extremely well run with great food, fun events, and prizes.  I highly recommend this event.  We should support it in mass next year.  Road trip anyone?

Also, if you want to win a chance at a totally awesome, double sack crawfish boiler.  You can click here to purchase tickets.  Each ticket is $25 and only 500 will be sold.  Pretty good odds on a $1300+ cooker.  The drawing will be on May 5th and proceeds go to benefit UL Lafayette Engineering Project and Lafayette High School FIRST Robotics Challenge Teams.

The ISA New Orleans Section also supported the 3rd Annual Family Fun Eat and Run event to benefit the local Louisiana Children’s Museums including the brand new museum under construction at City Park.  The event was held on Sunday morning.  We participated as a food sponsor providing coffee to over 300 attendees.  Thanks to locally-owned Nola Beans for helping us out with the coffee.

As always, I would like to remind you that you that although we would love to have you as members, you do not need to be a member to participate in our events.  Information on benefits and a link to join can be found on our website at

We are also always looking for sponsors for the section and sponsors to present technical topics at upcoming ISA meetings.  If you would like to be a sponsor, please go here to register –  If you have a technical topic you would like to present, please send me an email.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell

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