ISA, formerly the “Instrument Society of America”, is trying to change its name to “The International Society of Automation”. When I met Kim Miller-Dunn, ISA president, a few weeks ago, the re-naming was at the top of her list. And the new title much better reflects the purpose of ISA.

As a member, you receive a copy of InTech magazine, which is a forward-looking magazine, with attention given to the direction of the automation and process control industries. The ISA website is also a good way to see what sort of things are being emphasized in the industry. Visit ISA’s Web Site

You also gain access to ISA’s standards, such as S88, the batch standard. The standards are available free to members. If you are involved in system design, you should have copies of the relevant standards. No excuses!

Local Section meetings are organized throughout the world. These typically meet once per month. Many offer free seminars, and mini trade-show exhibits. But mostly, they are a great way to meet other people in the industry in your area. The process control community is pretty tight-knit. I have met many people through ISA, and many of them appear years later, in a different job, in a different state, and in unexpected ways.

There is an annual fee of $85 to join. $10 for Students.

Do yourself (and your career) a favor – Join ISA today. Use this link:

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