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Dear ISA Houston Section Members, 

I hope this letter finds you all in good health and high spirits. I am  writing to you today as the newly elected President of the ISA Houston Section. It is an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity and to have the opportunity to lead our esteemed organization. 


First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every one of you for entrusting me with this important responsibility. I am committed to serving our membership diligently and ensuring that our section continues to thrive and grow in the years to come. 

On a personal note, I am happily married to my wonderful wife, Erica, and we are blessed with two beautiful daughters, Emma and Evelyn. Professionally, I began my journey in the field of automation as a Control Systems Engineer at Mustang Engineering after graduating from Texas A&M University (TAMU) in 2007. After 14 years as a Mustanger, and earning a Master of Engineering Technical Management from TAMU, I transitioned to a new role as a Project Manager at ATSI, where I have been working for the past 2.5 years. However, I am thrilled to share that I will be joining SISC later this month as Engineering Manager, embarking on an exciting new chapter in my career. 


I have been an active member of ISA for the past five years, during which I have had the privilege of holding various positions within our section, including Assistant Program Director, Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President. These roles have allowed me to gain a deep understanding of our organization and its goals, as well as foster connections with many of you. 


As President, my primary goal is to foster a vibrant and inclusive community where all members can actively participate, contribute, and benefit from the resources and knowledge shared within our section. In the coming months, I plan to work closely with our dedicated executive committee and volunteers to develop an engaging lineup of events, workshops, and educational initiatives. These activities will aim to enhance your professional development, promote networking opportunities, and provide a platform for knowledge exchange. I encourage you to actively participate in these endeavors and share your ideas and suggestions to help shape the future direction of our section. 


Additionally, I want to emphasize the importance of collaboration and partnership within our local community. By strengthening ties with other industry organizations, academic institutions, and professionals, we can amplify our impact and further contribute to the advancement of automation and control systems. Together, we can overcome challenges, embrace innovation, and create a positive impact on the world around us. 

In addition to the exciting initiatives and events that lie ahead, I want to remind you of the existing benefits and resources available to you as a member of the ISA Houston Section. These include access to technical papers, industry publications, webinars, and exclusive discounts on conferences and training programs. I encourage you to take full advantage of these offerings and explore the wealth of knowledge and opportunities they provide. 

Furthermore, I want to acknowledge and express my gratitude to the previous leadership team for their dedication and hard work in advancing the goals of our section. Their efforts have laid a strong foundation for us to build upon, and I am committed to building upon their successes and striving for continuous improvement. 


I firmly believe that our section is only as strong as its members. Your active involvement, enthusiasm, and engagement are vital to our collective success. I encourage you to actively participate in section meetings, volunteer for committees, and consider joining the executive committee in the future. Together, we can shape the future of the ISA Houston Section and make a lasting impact on our profession. 


I am excited about the journey ahead and the potential we have as a united community. I invite you to stay connected with the ISA Houston Section through ISA Connect, the ISA Houston Section website, social media channels, and regular newsletters. These communication platforms will keep you informed about upcoming events, opportunities for involvement, and other relevant updates. 


Finally, I would like to extend an open invitation to all members to reach out to me at president@houstonisa.org with any questions, suggestions, or concerns you may have. Your feedback is invaluable in helping me serve you better and ensure that our section remains a thriving hub for professional growth. 


Thank you once again for your trust and support. Together, let us embark on this exciting chapter and make a lasting impact as the ISA Houston Section. 


Yours sincerely, 

 Jim Stietenroth 

2023-2024 ISA Houston Section President 

The Houston Section is the largest ISA section in the world with approximately 750 members. Chartered on March 16th, 1948, we are also one of the oldest! The Houston Section has been the Host Section for many ISA annual events and participates closely with our partners and members to provide ongoing education and information to anyone interested in the Automation Industry.

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  • Two Houston Members Win ISA Society Awards!

    Alan Bryant has been awarded the Enduring Society Service Award which recognizes an ISA member with a minimum of 10 years of distinguished and dedicated service at the Section, Division and/or Society level. 

    Alan Bryant has also been awarded Excellence in Division Leadership for his outstanding services to Chemicals and Petroleum Division

    James Haw has won the Excellence in Technical Achievement Award which recognizes an individual or team with the most outstanding contributions in the development or implementation of a product, process, technical paper or presentation that introduces a new technology or explains an existing automation process. Content developed may include an OnPoint presentation or an ISA published article, whitepaper, case study, or eBook with consideration for originality or novelty of the idea or research, technical and logical soundness, clarity and professionalism, level of inspiration, relevance to industry, and audience reception. Content may not be professionally edited and must have been presented or published in the preceding five years.

    Congratulations to both our award winners. They will be honored at the ISA Awards Banquet in Golden CO in October 2024. 

  • Newly Elected Houston Section Leadership Team - Congratulations!

    Congratulations to the newly elected Leadership Team and their Officers:

    President – Jim Stietenroth

    Vice President – Matheus Bertazolli

    Treasurer – Leticia Zarpellon

    Treasurer Assistant – Alan Bryant

    Secretary – Anan Dolmo

    Past Section President – Leandro Massaro

    Society Delegate – Jeremy Staggers

    Wood Grant Director – Jeremy Stout

    Program Director – Bryce Elliot

    Membership and Communications Director – Cheri Haarmeyer

    Sponsorship and Events Director – Jeremy Staggers

    Education Director – Glen Wood

    Scholarship Director – Mary Cannon

    Best wishes for the upcoming year!


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