Happy New Year!
Welcome to 2014. This year is sure to bring a lot of excitement to the local ISA Section. First and foremost, a new board will be elected this spring for the 2014-15 Program Year. Be sure to get nominations in and watch for a ballot to be posted in the coming months. I know the current board and I are very excited in the direction that things have been going lately. I will dearly miss my role as President when I leave this office this summer. It has been a tremendous honor and joy to serve this Section. I can never say that enough.
Secondly, we have some great programs for the rest of this program year starting with Paul Gruhn (back again!!) in February. If you didn’t make it out last year to hear Paul speak, please mark your calendars now, as you will not want to miss him.
The last thing I can think of coming up - GOLF. I can’t go on any further without thanking our previous Golf Chair, Brian Nixon. He laid a lot of the groundwork for this event to return. Watch your email and the website for more details as they develop. We have worked a wonderful deal with the great folks at Pevely Farms, and you will want to be sure to reserve your foursome early as previous years have sold out.
Before I wrap up, let’s do a little rewind to last January. I believe I made a couple resolutions for the Section. Let’s see how we did, here is what was laid out a year ago:
- Get organized by setting up a long term leadership plan and succession for the Section.
- Learn something new (possibly related to automation, right?).
- Work with other sections and other local groups to get some fresh topic and meeting ideas.
- Promote engineering and automation as a career path every chance possible.
- Invite a colleague, co-worker, friend, or complete stranger who may not be familiar with the ISA to a meeting every chance I get.
Well, there is still some work to do, and a lot of these have been ongoing. Next year’s leadership nominees are starting to come in, and if you someone you know are interested, please let us know. Through wonderful programs this past year, I think we have learned a lot about automation and have worked to promote it as a great career path. We will continue to bring the Section more terrific programs. If you know of anyone interested in presenting, or have a topic suggestion, please let us know. Also, keep inviting colleagues, friends, co-workers, etc. to our programs. We are always happy to see fresh faces.
Happy New Year!
Cory N. Kniepp
Save the date....
Here are some upcoming meetings for you to put on your calendar.
December 4, 2013
Jerry Plessing of Rockwell Automation - “Saving Time and Money Using Your Smart Instrumentation!”
Paul Gruhn is back with another great presentation - “Human Machine Interface (HMI) Design: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (and What Makes Them So)”
We are pleased that the US FIRST Robotics Championship Competitions will once again be held in St. Louis in 2014.
Below is some news to keep you updated on what is happening with FIRST. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more about them, there is a link under our "Links and Resources" section.