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Nancy's great idea picks up quick traction...

As I was posting about it, I was also emailing Leo Staples, who is ISA Treasurer, and chief-automation-cook-and-bottlewasher at OGE. Here's what he said: Funny you should mention video games. At the Department of Labor, a staff member asked our group how video games had anything to do with Automation.

Nancy's great idea...

Managing Editor Nancy Bartels has a great idea. Suppose we get somebody with some deep pockets (you know who you are, now don't you?) to fund the development of a MMRPG that is about process automation? Huh? What's a Mumrrpig...whatever it was you said? If you don't know what an...

Jim Gray's legacy lives on...

Jim Gray was a friend of mine for many years. He was a senior sales and marketing official at Foxboro, who sadly died way too young. The Fieldbus Foundation established a scholarship in his name, and I am pleased to report the winners for this year: The Fieldbus Foundation has...

Get 'em while they're young!

I had just received the following email from Lynn Craig, one of the founders of the batch standard ISA88 and the manufacturing standard, ISA95, when it came time for me to meet with Rockwell Automation Chairman and CEO Keith Nosbusch on Tuesday, here at Automation Fair.

Talk about worker displacement...

Not really...but this is very cool.  From Kendall Slagle at National Instruments: Virginia Tech Engineering Students Use NI LabVIEW to Develop a Fully Autonomous Humanoid Robot  Bipedal, Soccer-Playing Robot Is the First U.S. Entry Accepted to RoboCup AUSTIN, Texas - Oct.

ISA is running a contest! Wanna win an iPOD? Do you have a cool job?

Jennifer Infantino, ISA's indefatigable and highly competent PR counsel, asked me to publicize this, which I am happy to do. If you are the proud owner of what you think is a really cool job, ISA wants you to tell them about it.

And the Winners Are . . .

Just popping up on the news wires . . . "Albert Fert of France and Peter Gruenberg of Germany on Tuesday won the Nobel Physics Prize for pioneering work that led to the miniaturised hard disk, one of the breakthroughs of modern information technology.

A profession in transition: Steve Huffman and the angst of the word "automation"

The unexpected rebuff of the ISA Executive Board by the Council of Society Delegates perhaps should not have been unexpected at all. The fact is, the entire profession is in transition. Those of us who grew up on the field instrumentation and control systems side of the process industries are...

C3PO and Engineering Education

While Walt's recovering from the ISA Expo Blogathon and the Standards Wars Treaty Negotiations, some of we munchkins back home have been talking and thinking about this "How we gonna get the kids to study engineering now that they've seen video game design and 'Dancing with the Stars'? "question.