Lehigh Valley ISA Section awards Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial Scholarships to six local students

The Lehigh Valley ISA Section is pleased to announce that it has awarded Six Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial Scholarship to students at Northampton County Community College (NCC) and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI).

These scholarships were awarded to candidates based on the following merits:

  1. A student in a STEM field with related studies in the automation, instrumentation and controls fields
  2. An internship/co-op experience related to Automation and Controls
  3. Recommendations from the school’s faculty


$1000 Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial scholarships at Northampton County Community College (NCC)

  1. Stacy Laucius
  2. William M. Janvrin
  3. Rukayat Arike Bakare
  4. Brahim Boudad

$500 Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial scholarships at Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI)

  1. Daniel Krause
  2. Ryan Korutz
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Awards to the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) science fair in February 2017

The Lehigh Valley ISA Section has awarded Four $100 achievement awards to students who participated in the February PJAS Region 3 competition held at Easton High School. The award winners are:

  1. Adeb Saed, an 11th grader from Dieruff High School (Science Teacher: JoAnn Maniarrez),
  2. Matthew Staack, a 9th grader from Salisbury High School (Science Teacher: Megan Basile),
  3. Rhea Malhotra, a 9th grader from Moravian Academy Upper School (Science Teacher: Gabriella Dee)
  4. Elizabeth Stifle, a 10th grader from Moravian Academy Upper School (Science Teacher: Gabriella Dee)

Congratulations to all who participated in this yearly event.

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ISA Society Leaders Attend Meetings in Washington D.C.

Pat Gouhin (ISA CEO and Executive Director), Robert Lindeman (AAES Board member and former ISA Society President), along with Eric Cosman and Paul Gruhn (two ISA Society Leaders), attended a number of meetings in Washington D.C. in late April. Representation from the ISA presidential chain has traditionally participated in these annual meetings, but being occupied elsewhere this year, we pushed our technical expertise to the forefront by having subject matter expertise present from our standards committees. Eric allowed us to showcase our ICS cybersecurity preeminence with Paul providing the same luxury as it relates to functional safety.

“Bob, Eric, Pat and Paul (left to right) pose with Einstein’s statue outside the National Academy of Sciences building in Washington D.C.”


The first day was a joint AAES (American Association of Engineering Societies) meeting. AAES is a US federation of 17 engineering and engineering-related societies, of which ISA is one. The purpose of the organization is to collectively achieve what the individual societies cannot do alone. (This is obviously reminiscent of why ISA itself was formed in 1945 from a collection of more than a dozen local instrument societies.) These particular meetings focused on artificial intelligence and ethics associated with autonomous vehicles, and were held at the National Academy of Sciences Building. There were presentations from Boeing, Caterpillar, IEEE and various universities. There was a heavy focus on automation and control in all the presentations, including the Internet of things, Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity.  ISA’s Dennis Coad was instrumental in securing Dr. Kevin Wise from Boeing as one of the panelists.  As the International Society of Automation, we have incredible potential to influence and be involved with so much more than what we currently are!

The second morning all four ISA leaders attended the Engineering Public Policy Symposium that is annually put on by the United Engineering Foundation (UEF), held at the Rayburn House Office Building, next to the Capitol Building. At this meeting the Presidents, Presidents-Elect and Executive Directors from 44 national engineering societies, representing more than 2 million engineers, heard presentations on public policy. We heard of the alarming proposed R&D spending cuts in the FY 17 & 18 budgets, divergent viewpoints on federal investments to spur science and innovation, and research and technology within federal agencies. We heard from various agency members, members of Congress, Congressional Staff, and public policy advisors. Trump’s proposed initial ‘skinny’ budget actually has many similarities with Reagan’s. Defense spending is up, everything else is down. There are plans to potentially eliminate significant programs that come out of organizations such as the DOE (Department of Energy),  CSB (Chemical Safety Board), NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), and dramatically cut the budgets of others.  NIST and many other federal agencies are involved in basic and applied research. Some believe that industry cannot afford to fund all the basic research we as a country need to be great again, and that without it, our country will never ‘recover’ and risks being surpassed by China or India as the world leader in innovation.  Many of the speakers were in opposition to the proposed budget, especially one Congressman who’s also an engineer which is pretty rare in the United States Congress today.  However, the President can propose whatever he wants, it’s still up to Congress to decide what will actually happen. Trump’s full budget will be released within the next few weeks. Then Congress gets to debate it and make their decisions.

The second afternoon was an AAES board meeting. Bob Lindeman serves on the AAES board of seven people. Not all 17 AAES organizations are represented on the board, and none of the board members specifically represent their sponsoring organization; they represent the association as a whole. Organizations don’t participate merely to see what they can get out of the organization. Much like being a volunteer leader within ISA, organizations also participate out of obligation for the greater good of the entire group, and in doing so, all will benefit.  Based on the results of a survey open to all 17 organizations, AAES will focus on Diversity and Inclusion, Educating the public about engineering, and impacting pubic policy as each relate to AAES’ vision of advancing the engineering profession’s impact on the public good and mission to serve as one voice for the U.S. engineering profession.

We all can appreciate that no one person nor any one entity has a lock on all of the good ideas and knowledge that is out there.    The week proved this point as several knew connections were made, opportunities identified and new resources uncovered.    All of this is less likely to occur without collaboration than it is when the right people come together in pursuit of a common vision.    As evidenced this week, ISA is a respected contributor to the conversation and influencer of the overall direction of the larger engineering profession.

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May 2017 Plant Tour : Ocean Spray in Breinigsville, PA

You’re invited to join the Lehigh Valley ISA

For a plant tour of Ocean Spray Factory


When: May 16th 2017 at 6:00pm


Where: Ocean Spray, 151 Boulder Dr. Breinigsville, PA 18031


Your RSVP is requested by: May 12th

Register online under the “Events” tab

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ISA Webinars – Free to all ISA Member

As a member, enjoy the privilege of unlimited, free access to a library of over 80 online, pre-recorded webinars covering today’s hottest automation topics. Details are at the attached link.



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Golf Outing : June 5th, 2017 @ Moselem Springs Golf Club

Lehigh Valley ISA Section presents the annual Edward J. Cooney Golf Outing. This event supports the Lehigh Valley ISA Scholarship Fund. The cost is $200.00 per player which includes: Practice Range, Buffet Lunch, Greens Fees, Cart, Dinner and all Gratuities
Please register under the “Events” tab.

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ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships

ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships Applications are being accepted until 15 February 2017. These scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control. The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives. Details and applications can be found at the following link.

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Reading Fightin Phillies Deck Party : August 5th @ First Energy Stadium

Section Members and Friends,

Our next event will be our annual deck party at the Reading Fightin Phils vs. Altoona Curve on August 5th. The cost is $22/person. This includes an “All You Can Eat” buffet (6 to 8:30PM).

The game starts at 7:05PM

Seats are in Section 9 of the grandstand in the green area

For Tickets – contact Phil Reppert (Leave a message or email)

(c) (484) 695-4306 or preppert@aol.com


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Lehigh Valley ISA Section awards Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial Scholarships to four local students

The Lehigh Valley Section has awarded 4 $500 Nicholas A. Stangil Memorial Scholarship to students at Northampton County Community College (NCC) and Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI).  These scholarships were awarded to candidates based on the following merits:

·  Demonstrated interest in the field of Industrial Automation and Controls, Cybersecurity of Automation System, PLC Software development; or Industrial Automation Electrical Design.

·  Relevant coursework related to industrial/manufacturing automation, Robotics, Programmable Logic Controller programming

·   An internship/co-op experience related to Automation and Controls

The students that received the awards were:
1.  Brahim Boudad  (NCC)
2.  Aaron Tachovsky (NCC)
3.  Stacy Laucius (NCC)
4. Doug Pisarek (LCTI)




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April Technical Talk : Hazardous Area Electrical Protection

Our April meeting will be presented by on April 12th from 5-7PM at the Air Products Trexlertown Campus.

Charlie Ackerman (Journeyman Electrician and former Air Products trainer ) and Shane Filer (Vice President of Sales for Neal Systems Inc (NSI) will present on the following topics: 

Hazardous Area Electrical Protection – Understanding the Pros and Cons of Intrinsic Safety, Explosion Proof, Purging / Pressurizing, and Non-Incendive Methodologies.

A light dinner will be served. All non Air Products employees must preregister in order to gain access to the Air Products site. The meeting will be held in Conference room A31G1 which is inside the Adm 3 lobby. Please register under the “Events” tab on this site.

Meeting Abstract:

Many industrial plants have areas that are classified “hazardous areas” due to explosive levels of gases, dusts and fibers. The engineers and maintenance teams that must deploy electrical panels, instrumentation and process hardware in those areas often struggle with understanding rules and application of the various protection methods that are available – explosion proof, purging / pressurizing, intrinsic safety, and non-incendive.

Topics to include:

The wrong question being asked that resulted in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger

  • The momentum of errors / failures that caused the 2005 explosion of the BP Texas City refinery
  • A review of hazardous area definitions for Divisions and Zones
  • Pros and cons with utilizing / applying each method

Bio – Charlie Ackerman

  • Retired from Air Products after 30+ years
    • Electrical control and analytical instrumentation panel design, installation and maintenance
    • Consulting as an instructional designer, subject matter expert for technical courses and stand up instructor
    • Supervisor of Instrumentation and Electrical department within R&D, specializing in hazardous area electrical installations and OSHA 1910.331-335 Electrical Safety qualified individual instruction and certification
    • Licensed electrical contractor 40+ years
    • Former adjunct professor Northampton Community College
      • Taught basic Process Control Instrumentation and ISA 5.1 Symbology and MS Visio documentation courses
      • Developed numerous instrumentation courses for the college
      • ISA International Level:
        • Senior Life Member
        • Former ISA Executive Board member
        • District 2 Vice President
        • Image and Membership Chair
        • Student Bowl Chair
        • Former member of ISA SP-84
        • Former ISA Certified Control System Technician (CCST) test preparation instructor
        • Local ISA Level: Past President of Lehigh Valley ISA, many committee positions, and Education Chair since late 80’s.
        • Electronic Engineering degree from Ryder.

Bio – Shane Filer

  • ISA Member for 15 years (Past President of Lehigh Valley ISA)
  • 20+ years of experience with electrical panel, gas detection system, and process instrumentation design and implementation in hazardous areas utilizing explosion proof, intrinsic safety, purging and non-incendive methods
  • Process industrial instrumentation experience from companies Leeds and Northrup (L&N), Honeywell, and NSI
  • Technical Author and Presenter from 20+ industry magazines and conferences
  • Electrical Engineering degree from Grove City College


What are my parking options at the event?

All attendees from outside Air Products should enter the campus from the main entrance Gate 2 on Hamilton Blvd across from Wendys. Please park in Lot K (It is the first lot on the right after you enter Gate 2). The meeting room is on the right inside the Adm 3 main lobby.

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