Baltimore/Washington DC

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Baltimore / Washington DC (BWDC) Section was formed in early 2008 with the merger of the Baltimore and Washington DC Sections into a single section.

We offer frequent virtual Section meetings featuring presentations on a full range of industrial automation topics to our distribution network of well over 1000 instrumentation and controls professionals, including ISA members and Professional Engineers in the Baltimore / DC area and beyond.  We curate presentations with deep technical content placed in context of a broad industry perspective, with thoughtful industry observations and technical insight.  We decline commercial presentations focused on the features of a particular product or service, instead directing our presenters to observe similar guidelines to those typically observed while writing technical papers and making presentations at industry conferences.

We warmly welcome non-members as well as members from other Sections, offering Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificates free for ISA members and $5 for non-members.  We hope that you'll consider joining us for our next Section meeting.


  • ISA BWDC and Philly Sections Co-Hosted Tech Meeting 25APR2023 – Mechanical Seal Support Systems

    ISA Baltimore / Washington DC and Philadelphia Section Members and Friends,

    You are invited to our Sections’ next meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2023, from 11:30 to 13:00 Eastern time, including a technical presentation about Mechanical Seal Support Systems.  This meeting is once again co-hosted with our friends from the ISA Philadelphia Section!  This presentation will cover pertinent API 682 requirements, seal system design principles, system components, and several applications and arrangements.  See meeting notice for speaker bio and presentation abstract in Library.  Note that time before and after the technical presentation is reserved for general socializing and/or discussion with the technical expert.

    Advance registration is requested by COB Monday, April 24, 2023 using the following link.  Register for this meeting!  This will be a hybrid meeting with an in-person location at TAI Engineering in Owings Mills, MD in addition to Microsoft Teams.  The meeting link and in-person instructions will be included in a confirmation email you receive after registering.

    We offer an optional Continuing Education Professional Development Hour (PDH) certificate at no cost for ISA members and $5 for non-Members.  Specify your preference at registration.

    We continue to warmly welcome non-members and members from other ISA Sections to our monthly meetings.  If you’d like to join our section of the ISA (or to renew if your membership has expired,) simply go to: and remember to select Baltimore / Washington DC where it asks for Section.  Note that college graduates can join ISA with full professional membership free for one year - note that ISA offers a hardship waiver of membership fee for up to two years -

    Are you looking for a way to increase your professional profile in the industry?  Serving on an ISA Section board is an easy way to greatly increase your number of industry contacts at all levels, strengthen your resume, improve your management and communication skills, and help steer your ISA Section and our global profession towards its future.  Just reply to Lloyd Risser at, and we'll send you an invite to sit in on our next board meeting!

    We are always looking for Instrumentation and Control Systems topics and presenters for our meetings.  If you know or are a Control Systems Subject Matter Expert with an interesting perspective to share, let us know so we can maybe add to our presentation schedule.  If you have any interesting projects or technical papers, please consider sharing as a presenter.  Your input will help make the ISA BWDC Section that much stronger.

    Direct questions to Lloyd Risser at or 859-626-3433.  Please feel free to forward to anybody you think might benefit from attending.

    If you want to begin receiving direct emails like this from the BWDC Section Program Chair, simply specify such in the meeting registration form or complete the ISA BWDC Section Direct Email Initiation form at ISA BWDC Section Direct Email Initiation Form.  To discontinue direct emails like this from the BWDC Section Program Chair, complete the ISA BWDC Section Direct Email Discontinuation form at ISA BWDC Section Direct Email Discontinuation Form, or request such vie reply email.

    “Philadelphia, PA (dancing in the street), Baltimore and DC now (dancing in the street)…”  Martha and The Vandellas



    Lloyd J. Risser III, P.E. (PA)

    ISA, Baltimore / Washington DC Section

    Vice President

    Program Manager

    859 626 3433 (desk)
    301 305 1458 (mobile)
    240 392 4645 (fax)

  • New By-Laws posted

    Previous ISA BWDC Section By-Laws have been repealed and updated By-Laws have been adopted.  You can find, view, and download our newly adopted By-Laws posted in our Library as of 3/31/2023.
    Thank you to those who voted on this important update!
    ISA BWDC Section Board

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