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The Birmingham Section is dedicated to the advancement of the automation industry through education and networking. Our annual short course has provided many young engineers and technicians with the fundamentals they need to succeed in there career.


  • ISA Birmingham Section Honors and Awards

    To:  ISA Birmingham Section 

     Subject:  Honors and Awards for 2022

    The ISA Birmingham Section Honors and Awards Team is pleased to report to the ISA Section Membership,  the  selections for our recognitions for 2022.  The H&A Team consisted of Skip Wells, Meg Moore, Catherine Andrews, Chris Sorensen, Stefanie funk, and Gerald Wilbanks.  The team  received several recommendations of worthy nominees and are excited to announce the results.

    Great folks to recognize for 2022:

    • Engineer of the Year:  Matt Blackmon - Southern Company Services
    •  Young Engineer of the Year:  Logan Gibbs - Amerson Engineering
    •  Gerney Mitchell Outstanding Service Award:  John Cover - BBP Company

     The individual selections will be presented at the Engineers Week Awards Dinner, conducted by the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB) at the Harbert Center on Tuesday night, February 21, 2023..   

    All of the honorees and selections will be recognized and presented plaques at the ISA Birmingham Section H&A Dinner on Tuesday evening, May 9, 2023.  This is our annual dinner meeting where we recognize our former presidents, the Honorees for the year, and thank the outgoing officers.

     Please join me in congratulating these outstanding members of the ISA Birmingham Section.


  • ISA Birmingham Section Endowed Scholarship

    One of the primary goals and objectives of the ISA Birmingham Section is to provide technical information and educational opportunities.  A focus is on students and assisting them in their pursuit of a technical degree.  This is something that we need to make members and students aware of.

    Please be aware that the International Society of Automation (ISA) has an international scholarship program for deserving students.  There are numerous awards available and a student may apply for any of them.  Some are from the ISA Educational Foundation, and others are sponsored and supported by various sections, divisions, or other segments of the society.  It is time for the applications to be filed and the deadline is February 28, 2023, so please pass this information on to others who may be interested.  

    The ISA Birmingham Section has a named endowed scholarship that is to go to a student in the Southern North America District of the society.  This provides an excellent opportunity for financial aid for students in this area of the country.

    Please click on the link below to find more information about the scholarship program and to fill out an application:
    Scholarships - ISA

    If you need additional information on the ISA Birmingham Section scholarship, please contact any of the section officers.
  • ISA Birmingham Section January Meeting

    Topic:  "Unleashing the Power of Convergence in IT – OT – ET"

    Date:  Tuesday,  January 10, 2023

    Time:  4:00 PM

    Location:  BBP Company Offices – 1994 McCain Parkway, Pelham, AL (Also Virtual on Zoom with connection link Join Zoom Meeting

    Speaker:  Dean Ford, PE, CAP - Luminary ACE

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    Dean Ford currently serves as the Managing Principal Engineer at Luminary Automation, Cybersecurity, and Engineering, LLC, a firm he cofounded in 2021.  He develops and leads a dedicated and passionate staff of automation professionals.  He is a licensed Control Systems Engineer in 24 states and a Certified Automation Professional® (CAP).  Dean is a Senior Member in the International Society of Automation (ISA) and participates in many industry standards committees.  He is an active member of many industry groups including AWWA, WEF, SWAN.  He passionate about educating the public and policy makers of the critical role automation plays in the future.  Dean is also serving as the Chair of the American Water Works Association Water Utility Technology and Automation Committee (WUTAC).

    For decades, the automation, instrumentation, and controls departments at our processing and manufacturing plants have had a strained relationship with their IT and Engineering counterparts.  The requirements, standards, deliverables, and metrics don’t always seem to align and it seems that the team running the plant floor equipment ends up on short end most of the time.  What if that typical narrative were different?  What if all the groups worked together?  What synergies could the individuals and the business benefit from? 

    With a current project at the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) as the backdrop, this discussion provides a different vision of the future where these three groups are partners, leveraging each other’s skills and capabilities to make everyone’s job more effective and efficient.  The convergence of these groups drives costs out of the business, increases reliability, and improves the cybersecurity posture of the business. 

     How do we get there?  Where do we start?  Who needs to be involved?  We will address all of these questions and more.


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