Tuesday, March 13, 2012

District greets St Petersburg veteran!

We congratulate Dr. Anatoly Ovodenko with his 65th birthday (16 Apl) and wish him good health and success.
Professor Anatoly Ovodenko is an ISA Senior Member. He has served as the St. Petersburg , Russia, Section President and the Conference Committee Chairman. He has also served as the Section Alternate Delegate, and has been the Chairman of the ISA Headquarters Russian Federation since 2002. He was the coordinator of the District 12 Leadership Conference in St. Petersburg in 2002 and 2007. He was honor by ISA Emerging Leader Award in 2007.

Anatoly Ovodenko graduated from Leningrad Institute of Aerospace Instrumentation in 1970. He defended a thesis and took Candidate of Technical Science Degree in 1974 at the Leningrad Institute of Aerospace Instrumentation ( now St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation) in the field of Control Systems. In 1986 Doctor of Technical Science Degree was taken by him in the field of Control Systems.

Dr. Ovodenko is the St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation rector. He has authored more then 300 scientific articles, monographs, manuals and certificates in the fields of instrumentation, control systems, management of education, distance education and computer science. He is Honored Scientist of Russian Federation and a member of several International and Russian Academies, including the International Academy of Sciences of High Education, Academy of Medical-Technical Sciences, Academy of Information Processes and Technologies, and the International Academy of Informatics.

Since 1999 Dr. Ovodenko is a Chairman of UNESCO Chair “Distance Education in Engineering”.

Dr. Ovodenko received the high Russian Federation award, the Order for Services to the Fatherland- IY Degree in 2008.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Visit to Middle East: District VP's report!

This is a pictorial report on the visit of District 12 VP Jean-Pierre Hauet to the sections in the middle East.

It was the first time in a very long period that the District Vice-president had visited the Middle East sections. He received a warm welcome in all countries and the discussions identified a number of key issues which will be referred to ISA Central Office. Technical events are envisaged in the region in the coming months, either at the society level or at the District level.

It should be recalled that these four sections comprise nearly 600 members. Located in countries where the economy is booming and all of them are very active. We hope to see them at the next DLC meeting, in Nice (F) on 5 and 6 October.

Starting with Kuwait, Jean-Pierre Hauet attended a section meeting chaired by Ali Hasan Alhashemi, President of the ISA Kuwait section.
The ISA Kuwait leaders - From the left to the right: Ali Hasan Alhashemi (President) – Shemej Kumar (Newsletter Editor) – P.P. Muthu (Membership chair) – Mathew Isac (Program Chair)
Jean-Pierre Hauet (D12 Vice-President) & Ali Hasan Alhashemi (Kuwait section President)
He then travelled to Dubai (UAE) where he met with Mohamad Ibrahim (Abu Dhabi section President) and also attended a section meeting hosted by Cimac, a Schneider-Electric subsidiary. The Abu Dhabi section will be very soon renamed “UAE section” as its members are originating from the various parts of the country.

Section meeting in Dubai (UAE)
The next step was Qatar where Jean-Pierre Hauet gave a key-note address at the opening of the ISA Wireless Symposium 2012 organized by the Qatar section. More than 125 people attended this major event, sponsored by Emerson, Honeywell and Yokogawa and the local press widely reported the event.
Qatar press reports on ISA technical Conference.

Jean-Pierre Hauet also attended a section leaders meeting chaired by Nilangshu Dey, Qatar section President.

Picture below shows Qatar section leaders: Left of Jean-Pierre Hauet (ISA D12 President), Nilangshu Dey (ISA Qatar president) and Radouane Zid (ISA Qatar Secretary).

The last visit was in Saudi Arabia where he met in Dharan, Luay Al-Awani, Saudi Arabia Section President and other section leaders, in the premises of Aramco in Dharan. After a section meeting, he opened the monthly technical events organized by the section and dedicated to “Diagnostic standards for the FF physical layer”. Around 50 persons attended this meeting sponsored by Stahl.
Saudi Arabia section leaders – From the left to the right: Soliman M. Almadi (Newsletter Editor) – Ghulam Rasul (Vice-president) – Jean-Pierre Hauet (D12 Vice-President) – Luay Al-Awami (Section President) – Madhi R. Issa (Program chair)
A report and also a report on 2011 President Leo Staples to the region is on the ISA main site.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Qatar Section Seminar!

Guests and delegates at the Qatar Section of International Society of Automation (ISA) symposium here recently.
The Qatar Section of International Society of Automation (ISA), the largest worldwide professional body for automation professionals organised a symposium on "Plant Wireless Technology for Oil & Gas and Petrochemical Industry" at Ramada Hotel recently.

Jean Pierre Hauet, ISA Vice President -Europe, Middle East and Africa inaugurated the Symposium and was the key note speaker. Five international specialists in Plant Wireless technology from control system vendors across the world were the speakers at the symposium.

Hauet spoke about ISA and its global role in development of automation technology, conceptualisation and implementation of technical standards, certification of automation professionals internationally and on the requirement for cyber security in industrial control wireless applications for oil & gas and petrochemical industry .

Nilangshu Dey, president of ISA Qatar section welcomed the delegates and highlighted the local section's achievement in completing its 10th anniversary during which it conducted some 74 technical seminars and three international conferences on various issues in control and automation field for oil & gas industry applications.

Among those who spoke were Robert Skeirik (Emerson), Ibrahim Hamad (Dolphin Energy), Feroz Qureshi (Honeywell) and Shahzad Khan (Yokogawa).

VP Hauet was the first District 12 VP to visit sections in this region. He said "I am very enthusiastic about the welcome I received in these countries which apparently have not been visited by any D12 Vice-President  in the last few years." See fuller pictorial report