One fateful day in June, 2014 Tom Rychlewski asked “Wilson, what are you doing?” I carelessly replied “nuthin” and was immediately appointed WebMaster for ISAKC . Since that time I have been blessed to work with an incredible group of engineers to advance the art and science of automation and controls, provide scholarships and gain knowledge about a wide variety of topics.
It is my honor and a great privilege to assume the role of President of the Kansas City Section of the International Society of Automation for the 2016 -2017 term. As my term as President of ISA KC Section has just started, I would like tell you about the exciting and wonderful events that we have scheduled for our members this term, the section vision, and the section goals.
- Vision – To provide an avenue for the continued technical and professional development of Instrument, Control Systems (I&CS) and Automation Professionals in the Kansas City Metro Area.
- Goals for 2016 – 2017
- Provide a professional network for I&CS, and Automation professionals.
- Provide technical training for its members and professionals
- Provide professional development training for it members and professionals.
- Provide tools consisting of procedures and standards
- Increase our current ISA KC membership by 5%
- Increase our meeting attendance by 15%.
- Establish an ISA Student Chapter at KU.
- Award a deserving Engineering Student a scholarship of $1000+ for the Spring 2017 Semester
- Increase our social media presence by having regular posting goals to LinkIn, Facebook, and Instagram
- Memberships – At 200+, it is the highest in recent history. We can attribute some of this to our regularly held networking events. Our next networking event will be held in August.
- New Website – We launched our new website in October and it has recorded the highest traffic ever. We also streamlined the registration process to make accounting easier.
- Our First Social Event for 2016 – 2017 will be held on August 16, 2016 and will be at Breakout KC.
- September Meeting is set at lunchtime with Dan Pflumm providing a technical presentation on Thermal Dispersion Flowmeters on September 13, 2016.
|Finally, I would like to thank Nick Johnson and his board for the marvelous job that his team did for the 2015 – 2016 ISA KC term. It was a joy to serve on his board and work toward putting together the programs that were provided last term. His shoes are certainly hard to fill going forward and I will have a great resource with him on my board.|
I am confident that you will be greatly served by the programs that we have planned for the 2016 – 2017 term.
|Autrey B. Johnson III, MBA, P.E.|
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