Education and Research Division

 View Only

The Education and Research Division (ERD) is concerned with promoting and advancing academic and industrial research and educational initiatives and activities related to the mission of the Society. Initiatives include fostering research in industry and academia; organizing conference sessions; contributing to and/or reviewing papers for technical journals, such as ISA Transactions; furnishing ISA’s delegate to the American Automatic Control Council (AACC); promoting automation engineering, automation related courses and programs; and supporting student programs such as student competitions. The Division will function as a resource and technical information exchange for students, faculty, education professionals, and others with an interest in research and education. Members will have the opportunity to share experiences and learn from their peers. The division will work with other groups within ISA to support faculty and student members and sections.

E&RD will help provide information and access to academic resources related to automation education. Those goals include providing members with information related to schools, programs, ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships, and courses related to automation.

For more information, please email the E&RD director.

Newsletters (login required)
E&RD Newsletter Summer 2022
E&RD Newsletter Summer 2021
EDD Newsletter Winter 2021 
EDD Newsletter Summer 2019 

Conferences and Events
ISA Conferences and Events  - ISA offers virtual events—including webinars, virtual conferences, and ISA Connect Live—across a variety of topics. 
American Control Conference - E&RD supports the American Automatic Control Council (AACC) by providing volunteers. For more information, email our section delegate.
E&RD Seminars targeted to students - Visit the Event section of our page, located at the top of this page (login required)

Publications and Recorded Presentations

ISA Transactions®, published by the ISA, is a journal of advances and state-of-the-art in the science and engineering of measurement and automation, of value to leading-edge industrial practitioners and applied researchers. The journal's intend to bridge the theory and practice gap, results in a high impact factor (5.468 in 2020). 
ISA OnPoint – technical recordings by ISA Divisions (members access only) -We invite you to share your idea for a recorded presentation as part of the ISA OnPoint series. Please email the E&RD president.
E&RD recorded seminars on PLCs can be found in individual subfolders under the  Seminar folder in the File Library.

Automation Courses and Programs

 ABET Accredited programs 

ISA supports the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) initiatives to accredit institutions of higher learning. ISA has responsibility for establishing the criteria for accrediting programs in Instrumentation Engineering Technology.

In Canada, are similar accreditation process overseen by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB) and the Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC).

There are many  programs around the world that offer accredited automation, control and instrumentation related programs and courses. We would appreciate your contribution in helping us compile a list by completing this form:

Automation Engineering Degrees and Courses.xls (login required)

ISA Student Sections
ISA Scholarships

Students, are you looking for volunteer opportunities and a chance to practice leadership, time management and communication skills? Establishing or participating in a student section, chartered with ISA, is a great opportunity to  enhance your resume and build soft skills.

Find out if your institution has a student section by clicking on the following link: Student Sections List, or learn how to establish one here: Student Section Establishment.


  • Business & Education Highlight: Formulating an Industrial Automation Engineering Degree Program

    Business & Education Highlight: Formulating an Industrial Automation Engineering Degree Program

    4 October | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EDT
    Process Control & Instrumentation Series
    Join us for this third and last in a series of three webinars offered as a precursor to our Process Industry Track as part of the ISA 2022 Automation & Leadership Conference to be held 7-9 November in Galveston, TX.

    Our Speaker: Kelvin Erickson, Professor Electrical & Computer Engineering Missouri University of Science & Technology In 2007, ISA convened an Automation Engineering Curriculum Committee of industry and academia and developed educational objectives for a B.S. Automation Engineering degree. Progress has been slow, but there are now a few B.S. Automation Engineering Technology degree programs. There are institutions offering undergraduate certificates and undergraduate minors as an adjunct to a B.S. Chemical, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering degree, but a B.S. Automation Engineering degree is still elusive. The draft degree criteria will be presented and implementations of all or parts of the B.S. in Automation Engineering will be described, as well as discussion on the importance of input from a variety of business/industry and academic contributors towards its ultimate success.
  • Exciting new volunteer opportunities with the Education and Research Division of ISA

    The ISA Education and Research Division (E&RD) is seeking volunteers to lead or participate in any of several initiatives that will provide value to the community, and society leadership opportunities for members.  If interested in volunteering contact the Initiative Chair listed below.  If no chair, contact Division Director Xiaojing Yuan (

    A detailed description of the initiatives is described in the document linked at the bottom.

    • Student Sections support
      • Chair: Vacant
    • Conference Programming - Support the American Control Conference (ACC)
    • ISA Transactions Liaison
    • Control Education - resource-sharing network for educators
      • Chair: Vacant
    • InTECH Liaison
      • Chair: Vacant
    • Autonomy, AI, and 4.0 - Develop activities in the new frontier for automation
      • Chair: Vacant
  • Call for Papers – 2023 American Control Conference San Diego, California, USA, May 31 to June 2

    Visit the conference web site for guidance,, and use the “Authors” link to access specific instructions.  The submission process is scheduled to close on September 23.

    If you are new to the ACC, and are considering organizing a Special or Tutorial session, feel free to preview your idea with Russ Rhinehart (, and let his experience help you fine-tune the proposal.  (Russ is the ISA delegate to AACC,, and has been an ISA Division Director.)
    You can find more information on how you can get involved in the attached file.

Volunteer Opportunities

  Log in to see this information

Share Files

Log in to see this information

Either the content you're seeking doesn't exist or it requires proper authentication before viewing.

Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Board Member
Section-Division Liaison