Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division

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The Chemical and Petroleum Industries Division (also known as ChemPID) is organized within the Industry and Sciences Department of ISA. ChemPID aims to contribute to the professional involved in the processing of chemicals, petrochemicals, petroleum, and natural gas.  From raw materials to products ChemPID strives to advance best practices in: Safety, Environmental, Production Efficiency, Operations, Process Control, and Automation.
With global competition no operation can run the same year after year.  Your plant is either improving or declining.  ChemPID is here to give you the tools you need to improve your plant!

Have you ever wondered if someone else has already figured it out?  Why re-invent the wheel?  The key to success is to capitalize on problems that have already been solved and focus your engineering talent on problems that require innovation!

Why be a Member?
As a ChemPID member, you will join one of the largest divisions within ISA.  There are numerous benefits and professional opportunities presented by ChemPID:

Leadership Opportunities - The opportunity to improve your personal leadership skill level and participate on panel discussions as well as serving as a session developers for ChemPID conferences and symposia.

Technical Writing - Reviewing papers or writing articles for the ChemPID newsletter or Web pages.

Networking - Increase your visibility in the ChemPID industry to benefit both you and your employer and the opportunity to have a positive impact on the industry.

Valuable Information Resources - In addition to the above, ChemPID membership supplies:
Member events such as  Connect Live.
Access to the ChemPID website that provides industry technical papers, web seminars, and a list serve of industry peers

Supporting ISA’s vision to create a better world through the application of automation in the chemical and petroleum industries.
Advance technical competence by providing content from industry expertise to the automation community in the chemical and petroleum industries to achieve safer and more reliable operations, whilst reducing our environmental footprint.

ChemPID fully supports ISA’s values of:
  • Professionalism
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
Industry Reach and Awareness – Establish and advance the division’s relevance and credibility as the home of automation for the industries we serve, working with stakeholders to develop and deliver pertinent technical content. Provide industry expertise to industry and education by developing external partnerships.

Member Development and Engagement – Enhance member value and engagement opportunities to nurture and grow a more diverse and global automation community within the industries we serve.

Technical Education and Certification – Become the recognized leader in automation and control education for the industries we server, providing relevant and topical resources to enable our members to meet technological and industrial challenges.

Leadership and Business Skill Development – Create opportunities for our members to improve critical leadership skills, to build a network of industry professionals, and to develop the next generation of automation professionals to serve our industries.

Do you have a CHEMPID technical question? Ask your question in the ISA Technical Discussion Forum and tag #Oil and Gas or #Chemical.

Want to see all the ISA Technical Discussion Posts that are tagged with #Chemical? You can use this search feature and it filters on tags with #Chemilcal. 

Want to see all the ISA Technical Discussion Posts that are tagged with #Oil and Gas? You can use this search feature and it filters on tags with #Oil and Gas.

Here are some example threads:

Board Member Anil Pushkaran will be publishing a blog on 'Digitalization of Production Facilities' - if you are interested in this subject please check it out.


Congratulations to our 2021 ChemPID Scholarship recipients:
North American Scholarship
Alex Towfigh

International Scholarship
Urja Patel

Check out our file library as we continue to post technical content and resources. 

Here are some examples:
High Performance Operators Webinar
ISA106 Part 1 Webinar


CHEMPID leaders are a diverse and inclusive group.
We have all experience levels from young professionals to subject-matter experts.
We have leaders whom have authored books as well as leaders whom are looking for what books to read.
We have leaders whom work for end-users, consultants, and integrators.

We have some of our leadership opportunities posted on ISA Connect. If you want to read about these roles and hit "apply" we would love to connect with you and get plugged in.


View the latest Director's Message

I would love to hear any ideas you have especially if there are ways that we can provide value to our members.
Lastly, don’t be shy, we value everyone’s opinion, and if you have never been on a committee or held a leadership position, you will never be on your own and we will be there to help and support.
I would welcome any comments, feedback or questions.
David Lee,
ChemPID Director 2020-2021

Are you on Linkedin? Connect with us there as well!

We are in the process of kicking off our SIGs initially focusing on:
Operator Performance
Digital Twin Technology

We are always looking for new ideas, and volunteers to support them. If you have any please send a message to Dave Lee.



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