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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.

Steve Mackay's got it right...

Steve Mackay, of IDC-online, the Australia based automation and instrumentation engineering training company, has been weighing in on the subject of engineering education, and a lot of what he says mirrors my own beliefs, and what I've been saying in Control magazine and in this blog for several years.

What about the kids?

As an editor, lots of stuff ends up on my radar in the course of a day. Yesterday, there was the news item to the ControlGlobal site about the new biotech education center at North Carolina State University. (See also Walt's blog entry of yesterday). Good for NCSU.

Good corporate citizenship: putting up the money...

Advantech and University of Cincinnati Partner to Create Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab   (Cincinnati, Ohio - 9/12/2007) - The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech and the University of Cincinnati has partnered to create the Advantech e-Manufacturing Lab to promote research, development, and educational programs for students and professionals alike.

Gen Y: Something to think about, from TiPs' Chris Wilson

Hi Walt, Enjoyed seeing you in Park City. I think we'll be back next year... The discussion at the Tuesday night dinner regarding the state of the engineering profession spawned a thought in my mind. I'd like to offer a [slightly] different perspective on the situation, still sensitive to the...