Nearly 150 top engineering professionals gathered in
On the first evening of WBF, CONTROL's Walt Boyes presented 2004's inductees to the Process Automation Hall of Fame. The awards were given at a dinner function that was quietly underwritten by Emerson Process Measurement as a service to the profession. This year's inductees were Tom Stout, Ted Williams, and Terry Blevins. It was noted that having the three inductees on the platform together formed a mini-history of distributed control from the first refinery control system (Stout) to the seminal research into control systems at Monsanto (Williams) that later became ProVox, to the modern distributed control fieldbus system (Blevins).