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What are People Saying About the Automation Federation?

"The importance of pairing our students with an engaged and accomplished group of engineering and automation professionals cannot be underestimated. Our students will get the opportunity to work with professionals whose work reflects the typical challenges and creative rigor that is at the heart of our program. I applaud the efforts of the Automation Federation and ISA to tap the resources of our FIRST® students as a means of raising awareness of STEM and helping us to remain competitive in the fields of automation and technology."
-Dean Kamen, FIRST® founder and CEO of DEKA Research & Development

“CSIA thanks the Automation Federation (AF) for hosting us in the AF pavilion at ISA Automation Week 2011. There were great opportunities to meet expo attendees.”
-Bob Lowe, Executive Director CSIA

“Automation Career Day was an enlightening event! Seeing the high school students’ interest and desire to learn more about automation was heartwarming. The Career Fair was a nice compliment to ISA Automation Week and we were happy to be a part of such a great program.”
-Deneen Pennington, Executive Director of NCDA

"By joining the Automation Federation, the Society of Women Engineers can support increasing the diversity of the automation profession through improving inclusion in the automation workplace and highlighting opportunities in the profession.”
- Betty Shanahan, Executive Director and CEO of SWE

“As the world’s leading professional society for manufacturing professionals, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers recognizes the importance of automation in improving the productivity and economic viability of our industry. SME and the Automation Federation are dedicated to working together to promote and advance the automation profession through education, new technology development, sharing our best practices and improving the quantity and quality of the automation workforce for the benefit of the manufacturing industry. Between the two organizations, we reach over half a million manufacturing practitioners, and by partnering, we leverage each other’s respective strengths. We look forward to working with the Automation Federation and its partner organizations as long as possible.”
- Mark Tomlinson, Executive Director of SME

“I have seen the work the Automation Federation has put forth to promote the automation profession in Washington, D.C. and the respect that AF has achieved with Congress and NIST. I am pleased that ASMC is a member of such a respected organization.”
- Carrie Hines, Executive Director of ASMC

“We are excited about being a part of the Automation Federation and helping to fulfill the essential mission of representing the automation profession. Our hope is that our member companies will someday find the road to locating quality employees to be straight and smooth.”
-Robert Lowe, Executive Director of CSIA

“NACFAM is an action/think tank that brokers intense collaboration to accelerate manufacturing innovation. We see great value in what the Automation Federation has built in such a short time to promote automation. As a member of the Automation Federation, NACFAM can support these efforts which in turn will support the goals of our organization. We look forward to a strong collaborative membership.”
- Rusty Patterson, CEO of NACFAM

"The SME Education Foundation is aligning itself with organizations that share its vision for advanced manufacturing careers and the demanding STEM-based education these careers require. AF and SME Education Foundation’s joint resources will help AF promote careers in automation, as well as support the SME Education Foundation’s interest in expanding Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) centers now being established in high schools across the country."
- Khalil Taraman, President of the SME Education Foundation

“CABA is absolutely gratified to be entering into an agreement with the Automation Federation. We believe that this agreement will lay the foundations for a strong alliance within the wider automation industry and represent a significant milestone toward enhancing industry productivity, progress and profitability.”
-Ronald J. Zimmer, President and CEO of CABA

“The IET is pleased to be an active part of the Automation Federation. AF has accomplished so much of value in such a short amount of time, and we welcome the opportunity to be an integral part of their efforts. We are confident that by working with the Automation Federation, we will successfully enhance and accelerate public recognition of the automation profession worldwide.”
- Steve Mustard, the Chairman for the Americas Regional Board of the IET

“The Automation Federation (AF) is bringing together the many organizations with a stake in automation for enhanced collaboration for the advancement of the automation profession. AF serves as a gathering place for all the expertise, knowledge, and all things automation for everyone: government, industry, academia, you, me, etc. Through our membership in AF, ISA plays a major role in the advancement of automation for the benefit of all people. We are proud to be a part of—and even prouder to have founded—the Automation Federation. I encourage everyone in the world of automation to take part in AF’s work to advance the profession and to gain the recognition we deserve.”
– Gerald W. Cockrell, CAP, 2009 International Society of Automation (ISA) President

“OMAC is a relatively small organization that has benefited greatly from our membership in the Automation Federation through partnerships and opportunities to work with larger organizations with similar goals and objectives. AF keeps OMAC up-to-date on the latest topics and issues relevant to our members. Workforce development and SmartGrid are two such issues that have become very important within OMAC. I can only look forward to the new growth to our membership because of AF’s efforts.”
– Sid Venkatesh, Chair of Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC)

“Automation is the key to growth of manufacturing and we need unbiased organizations like the Automation Federation to generate the Standards and Competency Models that we will need to propel us forward.”
- U.S. Senator Richard Burr (NC)

"We anticipate great success with the leadership of the Automation Federation. We hope our region can become a workforce development model for other regions across the country and around the world, and we're confident that the Automation Federation's network of experts can help us achieve our goals."
- Theresa Reynolds, Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Project Manager for the Piedmont Triad Partnership of North Carolina

“The Automation Federation is to be congratulated, as well, for its continuing emphasis on workforce development. Your organization has willingly accepted the challenges posed by the rapidly changing, technology-dominated advanced economy that places a special emphasis on skilled employees.”
- John Engler, a former three-term U.S. Governor of Michigan, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

“I applaud the Automation Federation for its efforts to strengthen and grow the ranks of automation professionals now and for the future. The Federation’s workforce development initiatives will help maintain the future viability and competitive health of our manufacturing sector. “
– U.S. Congressman W. Todd Akin (MO)