Your section leaders are hard at work as we move toward the end of the calendar year with a number of exciting activities planned. By the way, have you registered for the November 14th Expo & Chili Cook Off? Well, what are you waiting for? Just go to www.houstonisa.wpengine.com and sign up for free!
October 2013 was one of the busiest months ever for our Section. We began the month on October 2nd with a General Meeting at KBR’s Eldridge Oaks offices where Bobby Richard, Senior Sales Engineer for Yaskawa America, Inc. made an excellent presentation on Variable Frequency Drives. We are very grateful to KBR for allowing us to use their lovely facility for this meeting.
On September 30th we kicked off a series of six (6) courses over a five (5) week period running throughout the month of October, all the way to November 1st. All of the courses were held at the facilities of Pentair on Clay Road. Thank you Pentair! ISA designated these courses as their 2013 Fall Technical Training Camp and the Houston Section was chosen to host them as a direct result of the success of the June Technical Training Camp. In fact, ISA was so pleased with the results of the June courses that they prepared a Case Study about the camp to promote the idea to other sections! We have posted the case study on our section website for all to read. Our Education Committee members continue to set the standard for how to get things done!
I hope you were able to attend our annual YAPFest at Wood Group Mustang on October 22nd. YAPFest stands for Young Automation Professionals Festival and the event presented an opportunity for the young and the young-at-heart of the local automation community to learn more about each other and the opportunities available in the field. It was also a time for some fun!
Our CSE Study Group has been going strong, meeting on Wednesday nights at the BP Westlake Campus from 6:00 -8:00 pm through October 23rd and getting ready for the CSE PE exam on October 26th. I trust they all did well on the exam as a result of the preparations available through this activity. I look forward to a report of their success in a few months. Thanks again to the ISA Houston Section Education Committee!
As mentioned above, our Fall Event, the 2013 Expo & Chili Cook Off, is Thursday, November 14th at the Houston Farm & Ranch Club, and it is going to be amazing! This Fall Event continues to grow every year and this year will be the biggest and best ever! If you are a manufacturer or distributor of automation products or services you must participate in this event! More information is available on the website.
At the beginning of November a contingent of ISA Houston Section leadership will be in Nashville, TN for the Fall Leaders Meeting, including the annual meeting of the Council of Society Delegates. The CSG will be voting on seven (7) motions from the ISA Executive Board to amend the ISA Bylaws to incorporate some significant changes is the Governance Structure of the society. We will hear a report on the results of the voting at our November 6th meeting, to be held at Jacobs Engineering. Please visit the section website for more information and to RSVP.
Let us know if you are not receiving our email announcements. Check the section website often (www.houstonisa.wpengine.com), join our group on LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter (@HoustonISA)!
We are working hard to make the ISA Houston Section not only the largest but the best section in ISA! I hope to see you at a meeting or event soon!
Clifford D. Wuertz
ISA Houston Section President, 2013-14