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What the next generation of engineers is doing now...

Here are some young process engineers...how do we get them interested in manufacturing and automation?

We have met the enemy...

FIRST Robotics is 18 years old. It works. So why are we graduating fewer engineers every year? Take a look at this Control Automation Minute, and think about it. h...

Another Approach to the Kids

Last week my mind was on video games for getting kids interested in process control. (See "Nancy's Great Idea"). Today, this story has popped up on the news wires. Way to go, Ian Culhane. Who says you can't get kids interested in anything besides t.v.

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 could use a little help...with the PAT Conference

Although it is but three weeks away, ISA is still looking for a few good vendors to exhibit at the 3rd annual PAT Conference, in Research Triangle Park, NC. If you are a vendor or system integrator, and you haven't blown your whole exhibit budget yet this year, this is a...

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.