Symposium and Expo 2019

ISA New Orleans Symposium & Expo 2019

ISA Members attend for free!
Non-members only $10.

Friday, May 31, 2019
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center
1001 S Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Thanks to all of our attendees, speakers, exhibitors and ISA committee members for a great Symposium and Expo! We look forward to hosting future events.

About the ISA New Orleans Symposium & Expo:

The ISA New Orleans Symposium & Expo will provide attendees the opportunity to attend technical seminars, and meet with exhibitors, network with peers and learn PDH credits.


1:00 – 1:30 pmExhibits Open
1:30 – 2:30 pmPresentation: Ethical Challenges in Expert Witness Engagements
with Arthur Zatarain, PE
2:30 – 3:00 pmBreak – Visit Exhibits
3:00 – 4:00 pmPresentation: Safety Town Hall Presentation
with Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE
4:00 – 5:00 pmVisit Exhibits, Social Hour


Ethical Challenges in Expert Witness Engagements
Presented by Arthur Zatarain, PE

Forensic engineering sounds like an intriguing profession, and it is! This is especially true when a forensic engineer also serves as an expert witness. Our speaker has many hard-earned insights after working in this field for over 20 years. The engineering investigations can be challenging when an expert balances the needs of his client with those of the legal proceedings. This presentation will provide brief case studies to illustrate the range of ethical issues that can arise in matters involving patent disputes, industrial accidents, and commercial disputes.

Safety Town Hall moderated by Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE

You’ve heard plenty of canned marketing and engineering discussions about safety systems. Most people cover the same old boring topics and try and persuade you that theirs is the only system that should be considered. Most speakers never talk about topics that really matter. Our speaker leads general safety system classes lasting up to eight days and still can’t cover it all. The proposed town hall meeting will be an open question & answer format.

About our Presenters:

Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE
Paul Gruhn is a Global Functional Safety Consultant with aeSolutions in Houston, Texas. Paul is an ISA Life Fellow, a 25+ year member and cochair of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), the developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems, the author of two ISA textbooks, and the developer of the first commercial safety system modeling software. Paul has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology, is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, a member of the Control Systems Engineering PE exam committee, and both a Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) and an ISA 84 Safety Instrumented Systems Expert. Paul is the 2019 ISA President.

Arthur M. Zatarain, PE
Arthur Zatarain, PE, is an engineer and former public-company executive who consults on patents, industrial accidents, and technically-oriented commercial matters. His expertise includes electrical and electronic engineering, industrial computers, and automated control systems. He has qualified as an expert witness in US Federal Court for both patents and accidents, notably in the Deepwater Horizon / BP oil spill trial, and in the GE-Hitachi / TPC Nuclear Plant Arbitration in Taiwan. He is a Board Certified Forensic Engineer, is licensed as both an Electrical Engineer and Control Systems Engineer, and has been certified in Systems Integration, Safety Integrated Systems, and Computer Forensics.

Participating Exhibitors:

ISA New Orleans Symposium & Expo 2019 Location:
Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center
1001 S Peters Street
New Orleans, LA 70130