Aerospace / Test Measurement Division



In 2016, the Aerospace Industries Division (ASD), formerly in the Industries & Sciences Department, was merged into the Test Measurement Division (TMD) in the Automation & Technology Department


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The Test Measurement Division (TMD) is concerned with the measurement, instrumentation and techniques associated with providing test data for product development and evaluation. This includes the sensing, transducing and signal conditioning means used for static and dynamic measurement of such variables as force, mass dimension, strain; displacement, velocity, and acceleration; tensile, impact and compressive strength; temperature and thermal properties; time and frequency; thrust and torque; pressure, vacuum and flow, electrical quantities, photo-optics and radiation.

The Test Measurement Division (TMD) of ISA has approximately 1000 members from around the world. TMD promotes the technical areas associated with measurements for tests including instrumentation and sensor development, application of instrumentation and measurements to test, calibration of instrumentation systems, accuracy of the instrument output, and design of instrumentation system data acquisition and processing architecture that turn the measurement or sensor output into knowledge of the test article's performance, operability, structural integrity, maintainability and functionality.

 The Aerospace Industries Division (ASD) is concerned with all aspects of instrumentation associated with ground testing, flight testing and control of airplanes, missiles and space vehicles; and with measurements made in evaluation of the medium through which they operate.

The types of instrumentation or measurements include conventional pressure, temperature and flow systems, miniaturized systems such MEMS and NEMS, non-interference systems such as laser anemometry and clearance measurements, and advanced systems such as thermal phosphors, sensors for high temperature and harsh environments and further miniaturization of systems.

The measurements may be applied to test hardware in quantities up to 5000 for complicated development systems or only a few measurements for simpler mostly static systems. Test measurements provide the information to certify that the test hardware or system will perform its required processes and provide a path towards full automation of the system processes.


ASD/TMD awards two scholarships every year:
The William H. Atkinson Scholarship

·        The Aerospace Industries Division Scholarship

·        The Test Measurement Division Scholarship


Membership in TMD affords and enhances contact with other professionals involved in test measurement through newsletters describing Division and ISA activities, technical articles, and division contacts. The division also sponsors, along with the Aerospace Industries Division and the Process Measurement and Control Division, the International Instrumentation Symposium. This symposium has paper sessions, tutorials, workshops and short courses on the latest in instrumentation and instrumentation systems. Proceedings of the symposium document and make available the papers of the symposium. The Symposium proceedings are free to attendees and are available on the ISA website under  "publishing."

The ISA Aerospace/Test Measurement Division (ASD/TMD) utilizes the ISA Scholarship Application Portal to collect the applications to benefit full-year students to be considered for all of the ISA scholarships instead of only the ASD/TMD Scholarship.

University students who have outstanding potential in fields related to automation should apply for an ISA scholarship.

All applications must be submitted no later than the end of February.

For details and eligibility requirements, visit

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly.

If you are a full-year undergraduate or graduate student for; click here to go the ISA Scholarship Portal to Apply Today!

IMPORTANT If you are a Senior graduating in May/June (Not enrolled the entire year) you are still eligible for the ASD/TMD Scholarship; but you will have to submit the ASD/TMD Graduating Senior Scholarship Application Form directly from the ASD/TMD Library..

Scholarship flyer.pdf


For your benefit, get involved in TMD!  Help us foster the instrumentation and measurement disciplines. You may participate in our conferences and symposiums by writing a paper or preparing a presentation, attending the conference to gain knowledge and offer your experience to others, chairing a session, reviewing papers, participating on the symposium or conference staff and participating on the TMD staff. If you are interested in joining the Test Measurement Division and want more information simply contact Division Director Peter Fuhr ( If we cannot provide the information you need, we can refer you to other technical professionals in the Division. We look forward to hearing from you!


 Automation CyberSecurity:  Time for a Change?

 January 1, 2018: A technical article regarding Industrial Automation CyberSecurity was published in the November-December 2017 issue of InTech.  This article was coauthored by the Directors of ISA’s Test & Measurement Division (Fuhr) and Communications Division (Rooke).  The online "edition" of the magazine is available at:

Sensores Impresos para la Industria de la Automatización

 July 17, 2017: A Spanish language technical article regarding Advanced Sensors in Industrial Automation was published in the July issue of InTech Plus.  This article was coauthored by Test and Measurement Division Director Marissa Morales-Rodriguez and colleague José Arnaldo Rivera.  The online "edition" of the magazine is available at:

Drones in Automation Technical Paper

 June 26, 2017: A technical article regarding the use of Drones in Automation was published in the May-June issue of InTech.  This article was coauthored by the Directors of ISA’s Test & Measurement Division and Communications Division.  The online "edition" of the magazine is available at:

The article can also be viewed by clicking here.


To join the Test & Measurement Division, simply visit Membership Options and follow the instructions provided there.

Leadership Opportunity

The opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills by helping to plan and conduct various TMD events.

Industrial IoT Technical Paper 

 June 1, 2017: A technical article regarding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), Communications, and Cyber Security Convergence was published in the March-April issue of InTech.  This article was coauthored by the Directors of ISA’s Test & Measurement Division and Communications Division.  The online "edition" of the magazine is available at:

A PDF version of the article is available for download.  Simply click here.


Want to Publish?

There are a variety of publishing possibilities. Contact the Directors for details!

Annual Events

Consider participating in co-sponsored technical meetings including the International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS) and co-sponsored ComDiv+TMD Workshops and conferences. Contact the Directors for details!


Conferences and Workshops 

Plan on Attending the 2017 Process Control Symposium (PCS) & International Instrumentation Symposium (IIS)

Click here for more information.


The opportunity to network with other TMD industry leaders and be part of an active group that contributes to the development of test and measurement industry standards and conducts technical training control within the industry.


The Division publishes Quarterly Newsletters with technical content and news.

Read The  May 2021 ASD/TMD Newsletter

Read all the newsletters here.


2017 Directors' Message


Division Documents:

Division Annual Report

Division Business Plan











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