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January 2017

ISA and Automation Federation commemorate kickoff of 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition, encourage their members to participate in and contribute to FIRST programs 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (11 January 2017) — On Saturday, 7 January, FIRST® officially announced the rules and game-playing details for its 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). More…


ISA and Automation Federation commemorate kickoff of 2017 FIRST® Robotics Competition, encourage their members to participate in and contribute to FIRST programs 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (03 January 2017) — The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), a member organization of the Automation Federation, will conduct the 2017 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum April 26-28 in Santa Clara, California, USA. More…


September 2016

In recognizing Manufacturing Day, ISA and the Automation Federation draw attention to the growing need for skilled manufacturing workers 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (28 September 2016 — As Manufacturing Day, 7 October 2016, approaches, ISA and the Automation Federation celebrate the importance of manufacturing to the world's economic health and future. More…


July 2016

Engineering workforce development model envisioned and co-developed by ISA and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, wins national award
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (28 July 2016) — The Engineering Competency Model (ECM)—an engineering career development guide that was conceived and co-developed by ISA the Automation Federation—has earned a prestigious national award. More…

Automation Federation welcomes SANS Institute as its seventh working group
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (27 July 2016) – The Automation Federation today announces SANS Institute (SANS)—a global leader in cybersecurity training, certification and research—as its seventh working group. More…

Final LOGIIC report outlines technical and security considerations when evaluating and selecting Real Time Data Transfer (RTDT) solutions for industrial automation and control system environments
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (06 July 2016) – The Automation Federation announced today that it has released a public report commissioned on behalf of the Linking Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC). More…


May 2016

NC Army National Guard honors ISA for providing industrial cybersecurity training at Cyber Shield 2016
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (12 May 2016) – On Wednesday, 11 May 2016, The North Carolina Army National Guard presented an award of appreciation on behalf of National Guard Bureau to the International Society of Automation (ISA). More…


ISA and Automation Federation take part in annual FIRST® Championship, an international celebration of young people’s interest in science and technology
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (03 May 2016) – ISA and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, took part in last week’s FIRST Championship. More…


April 2016

An estimated 350,000 people attended last week’s USA Science & Engineering Festival
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (21 April 2016) – An estimated 350,000 people converged on the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. last week to participate in the largest STEM event in the US. More…


ISA delivers cybersecurity training courses at United States National Guard’s Cyber Shield Exercise
Research Triangle Park, NC (20 April 2016) – ISA announced today that it will deliver hands-on, standards-based industrial control systems cybersecurity training courses at the upcoming National Guard Cyber Shield Exercise. More…
Upcoming FIRST® Championship an opportunity for STEM-gifted young people to showcase their inventiveness, learn about potential career paths in automation
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (13 April 2016) – Approximately 20,000 young people from around the world are projected to gather in St. Louis, Missouri, 27-30 April, to participate in the 2016 FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship. More…


March 2016

ISA expands its industrial cybersecurity certificate program, building on its global leadership in operational technology (OT) skills training Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (31 March 2016) – In its efforts to help safeguard critical infrastructure and vital manufacturing assets from cyberattack, ISA recently introduced three new levels of its industrial cybersecurity certificate program. More…

ISA and Automation Federation to take part in fourth USA Science & Engineering Festival, the largest STEM celebration and education event of its kind in the US
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (31 March 2016) – Representatives and volunteer members of ISA and the Automation Federation will demonstrate fundamental processes of automation to young people at the fourth biennial USA Science & Engineering Festival. More…

Automation Federation leader to present at 2016 Project Lead The Way Summit on the value of competency models in guiding young people to STEM careers
Research Triangle Park, NC (10 March 2016) – Stephen Huffman, the Chairman of the Automation Federation’s Government Relations Committee, will deliver a presentation to a nationwide assembly of K-12 STEM educators. More…

February 2016

2014 ISA President Peggie W. Koon to present at annual conference of the National Society of Black Engineers, 23-27 March 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts
Research Triangle Park, NC (25 February 2016) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today that Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., will deliver a presentation at the 42nd Annual Conference of the NSBE. More…

In recognition of Black History Month, ISA applauds the contributions of African-American automation professionals and engineers
Research Triangle Park, NC (11 February 2016) – In recognition of Black History Month, ISA honors the remarkable contributions of African-American automation professionals and engineers. More…

The Society of Women Engineers to conduct congressional outreach event on STEM, 2-3 March 2016 in Washington, D.C.
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (08 February 2016) The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), a member of the Automation Federation, will conduct a congressional outreach event, 2–3 March 2016, in Washington, DC. More…

Global initiative encourages more girls to discover the value of STEM learning
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (02 February 2016) – While women have earned almost 10 million more college degrees than men over the past 34 years, only about 14 percent of engineers in the work force are women. More…

January 2016

ISA and the Automation Federation encourage automation engineers and professionals to participate in this year’s Engineers Week, 21-27 February 2016
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (28 January 2016)—As Engineers Week 2016 approaches, ISA and the Automation Federation encourage their members and all automation engineers to participate in this annual effort that promotes the value of engineering and engineering careers. More…

Experts representing the Automation Federation and the ISA Security Compliance Institute to speak at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (27 January 2016) – Experts representing the Automation Federation and the ISA Security Compliance Institute have been selected to speak at the 20th Annual ARC Industry Forum in Orlando, Florida. More…

New ISA white paper outlines what executives need to know about industrial cybersecurity
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (26 January 2016) – Results of a recent survey predicted that a major industrial cyberattack will occur in the US sometime within the next 10 years that will cause “widespread harm.” More…

The Institution of Engineering and Technology issues Call For Papers for the 8th EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (19 January 2016) — The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)—a member organization of the Automation Federation—has issued a Call for Papers, inviting experts to share their latest research at the 2016 EVI-GTI Conference on Gas Turbine Instrumentation. More…

ISA and Automation Federation commemorate kickoff of 2016 FIRST®Robotics Competition
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (12 January 2016) – On Saturday, 9 January, FIRST® officially announced the rules and game-playing details for its 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). More…

The Continental Automation Buildings Association (CABA) to hold  2016 CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (11 January 2016) The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), a member organization of the Automation Federation, will conduct the CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 26-28 April 2016 in San Diego, California, USA. More…

Automation Federation to exhibit at 2016 Workforce Development Institute conference
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (05 January 2016) – As part of its strategic mission to support advanced manufacturing, the Automation Federation will be exhibiting (exhibit #25) at the 2016 Workforce Development Institute conference. More…


November 2015

ISA and Automation Federation designate November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (02 November 2015) — The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate, the Automation Federation, have designated November 2015 as Automation Appreciation Month. More…


September 2015

In recognizing Manufacturing Day, ISA and the Automation Federation draw attention to the growing need for skilled manufacturing workers 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (21 September 2015) — As Manufacturing Day, 2 October 2015, approaches, the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its affiliate association, the Automation Federation, celebrate the importance of manufacturing to the world’s economic health and future. More…


June 2015

Automation Federation releases LOGIIC report on remote access in IACS environments 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (11 June 2015) – The Automation Federation announced today that it has released a public report that studies the possible use of remote connectivity to systems in the industrial automation and control systems (IACS) environment for the purposes of monitoring and diagnostics. More…


April 2015

ISA and Automation Federation take part in annual FIRST® Championship, an international celebration of young people’s interest in science and technology 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (29 April 2015) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, took part in last week’s FIRST Championship, an annual international celebration of young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. More…


Upcoming FIRST® Championship an opportunity for STEM-gifted young people to showcase their inventiveness, learn about potential career paths in automation 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (14 April 2015) – More than 17,000 young people (ages 6-18) from around the world will gather in St. Louis, Missouri next week to enter robots they’ve built in fun-filled, exciting competitions that celebrate excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), innovative thinking, and teamwork. More…


The SME Education Foundation elects Michael Marlowe to its Board of Directors 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (07 April 2015) – The SME Education Foundation recently announced that Michael Marlowe, Managing Director and Director of Government Relations at the Automation Federation, has been elected to its Board of Directors. More…


March 2015

Automation Federation releases report commissioned by LOGIIC that studies the use of virtualization in IACS environments 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (24 March 2015) – The Automation Federation announced today that it has released a public report that examines the use of virtualization technology in industrial automation and control system (IACS) environments. More…


Steve Mustard, industrial cybersecurity expert of the Automation Federation and ISA, selected as keynote speaker at CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (19 March 2015) – The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) has named Steve Mustard—a globally acclaimed cybersecurity expert of the Automation Federation—as a keynote speaker at the CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 14-16 April 2015 in Austin, Texas, USA. More…


February 2015

Make a difference in a girl’s life by introducing her to engineering 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (10 February 2015) – Since 1982, women have earned almost 10 million more college degrees than men. Yet, today, only 11 percent of practicing engineers are women, a stunning disparity that is robbing America of innovation, creativity and diverse thinking, and most women of the higher salaries available in the engineering field. More…


Peggie W. Koon assumes role of 2015 Automation Federation Chair 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (05 February 2015) – Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., has assumed the role of 2015 Automation Federation Chair. More…


ISA and the Automation Federation call for greater efforts to promote the value and significance of STEM learning, and engineering and automation careers 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (04 February 2015)--As the new year begins, ISA and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, encourage their members and other automation engineers and professionals to make a renewed effort to promote the value and significance of engineering and engineering careers. More…


January 2015

Automation Federation to conduct industrial cybersecurity program at 19th Annual ARC Industry Forum, 9-12 February in Orlando, Florida 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (22 January 2015) – The Automation Federation will conduct a high-profile seminar on industrial cybersecurity at the 19th Annual ARC Industry Forum, which will take place 9-12 February 2015 at the Renaissance Orlando hotel at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. More…


Automation Federation to exhibit at Workforce Development Institute conference 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (08 January 2015) – As part of its strategic mission to help develop a workforce capable of competing in advanced manufacturing, the Automation Federation will be exhibiting in late January at a Workforce Development Institute conference sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). More…


CABA to hold CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (05 January 2015) –The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), a member organization of the Automation Federation, will conduct the CABA Intelligent Buildings & Digital Home Forum 14-16 April 2015 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas, USA. More…


ISA and Automation Federation applaud kickoff of 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition, encourage their members to participate and contribute in FIRST programs 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (07 January 2015) – Nearly 75,000 high-school students on approximately 3,000 teams at 107 venues around the globe joined the kickoff event this past Saturday of the 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) via live Comcast NBCUniversal broadcast. More…


December 2014

US Congress passes bipartisan bill to confront rising risks of cyberattack 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (18 December 2014) – The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect America from the increasing risks of industrial cyberattack when it approved The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014. More…


Industrial cybersecurity expert warns that not enough is being done to prevent risk of highly destructive cyberattack on critical infrastructure 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (16 December 2014) — Inadequate training and a culture of complacency among many owners and operators of critical infrastructure are significantly raising the risks of highly damaging cyberattack throughout the world. More…


May 2014

ISA and the Automation Federation take part in annual FIRST® Championship, a global celebration of young people’s interest in science and engineering 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (1 May 2014) - As strategic alliance partners of the annual FIRST® Championship held last week in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, ISA and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, hosted an informational exhibit where competing students learned about the automation profession and how to plan for careers in the field. More…


Young people learn the basics of industrial automation at the USA Science & Engineering Festival, held last week in Washington, DC 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (1 May 2014) - Representatives and volunteer members of ISA and its umbrella organization, The Automation Federation, demonstrated fundamental processes of industrial automation to young people at the third USA Science & Engineering Festival, conducted 25-27 April 2014 in Washington, DC. More…


April 2014

Automation Federation and Southern Polytechnic State University to co-sponsor Cybersecurity Framework seminar 22 July 2014 in Marietta, Georgia, USA 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (18 April 2014) — The Automation Federation and Southern Polytechnic State University will co-sponsor a free seminar 22 July 2014 on the university’s Marietta, Georgia campus to educate area business and manufacturing leaders on the value and importance of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework. More…


Automation Federation and Chevron to co-sponsor Cybersecurity Framework seminar 13 June 2014 in Houston, Texas, USA 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (15 April 2014) - The Automation Federation and Chevron will co-sponsor a free seminar 13 June 2014 at Chevron’s Houston, Texas offices to educate area business and manufacturing leaders on the value and importance of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework. More…


Automation Federation and Cerritos College to co-sponsor Cybersecurity Framework seminar 6 June 2014 in Norwalk, California, USA 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (08 April 2014) - The Automation Federation and Cerritos College will co-sponsor a free seminar 6 June 2014 on the college’s Norwalk, California campus to educate area business and manufacturing leaders on the value and importance of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework. More…


The Automation Federation named as one of 100 world-class companies for its contributions in better protecting industry from the risks of cyberattack 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (08 April 2014) - Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council, a global business leadership network dedicated to senior executives in the manufacturing industry, recently recognized the Automation Federation as one of 100 world-class manufacturing companies in its 2014 Leadership 100 Awards (ML100 Awards) program. More…


March 2014

White House and Obama administration cybersecurity experts to speak at April seminar co-sponsored by the Automation Federation, ISA and IMEC 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (12 March 2014) - The Automation Federation, ISA and the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) will co-present an industrial cybersecurity seminar on 18 April, 2014 titled, "Protecting Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure: How are your mitigating the risk of a cyberattack?" More…


ISA Cybersecurity Conference 2014 to reveal how to detect cyber attacks and reduce the serious risks they can present to industrial systems and networks 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (11 March 2014) - ISA, a global leader in industrial cybersecurity standards, today announces it will conduct a conference in June 2014 to help corporations and operators of critical infrastructure better protect their systems and networks from potentially destructive cyber attacks. More…


February 2014

Cybersecurity experts from the White House, the US government and ISA to speak tomorrow at Cybersecurity Framework implementation seminar 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (20 February 2014) - High-ranking White House and US government officials, along with industrial cybersecurity experts from the International Society of Automation (ISA), will speak at a free seminar tomorrow examining the details surrounding the implementation of the recently launched US Cybersecurity Framework. More…


The White House, the Automation Federation and ISA celebrate the official launch of the US Cybersecurity Framework 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (14 February 2014) - The official rollout of the US Cybersecurity Framework, recognized this past Wednesday in an announcement delivered by President Barack Obama, represents the completion of a successful partnership effort among The White House, the Automation Federation and its founding organization, ISA. Now, the second phase of the partnership-working together to implement the framework-begins. More…