Presidents Message – June 2019

ISA New Orleans Section,

ISA New Orleans Section hosted a successful Symposium and Expo on Friday, May 31.  I would like to thank all the Expo vendors and sponsors – Accutrol, aeSolutions, Appleton, ArtZat Consulting, Denison Technologies, EMR Associates, HMS Networks, Michelli Weighing and Measurement, Red Trident, The Reynolds Company, TriNova, and Weidmuller.  I would also like to thank our Symposium speakers, Arthur Zatarain, PE and Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE.  We received great feedback from both attendees and the exhibiting vendors.  Look for another Symposium and Expo this Fall.

ISA New Orleans also played host to the District 7 Leadership Conference on Saturday, June 1.  We welcomed 42 ISA Leaders from Texas and Louisiana to participate in a one day leadership conference to discuss the strategic direction of ISA, the membership experience, building a CSE study program, executing successful networking events, and various other best practices.  We ended the day with a social at Mother’s Next Door with all the attendees and their spouses.  We were happy to show off our great city to our guests.  It was a great event.

We have a few more events on the calendar to round out the summer months.  On July 9th, we will resume our monthly lunch meeting and presentation at MS Benbow and Associates.  This month we have Frank Ruiz coming in to speak about pressure control solutions for sample handling systems.  Frank is a 55 year veteran of instrumentation with 10 patents to his name.  The bulk of his career was at Dow Chemical (32 years) and Parker Hannifin, his current employer of 22 years.  Learn more about this session and register to attend here.

On August 13, we will take our monthly meeting on the road again.  This time to the FabLab at Delgado.  The FabLab was conceived at MIT, and only 150 exist in the world.  We are lucky to have one here in our backyard due to the generous support of Chevron.  The FabLab is a low-cost digital workshop equipped with laser cutters, routers, 3D printers, 3D milling machines, and programming tools, where you can “make almost anything.”  Its goal is the development of STEM outreach to K-12 students.  Learn more and register to attend here.

Leo Holzenthal is also organizing a Control System Engineering PE Study Program.  If you are interested, please send me an email.  More details on the program will be available soon.

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

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