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42 INTECH SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG Facing a faster world By Bob Felton Shaping tomorrow's communications technology For leading a global effort to solve the skills gap in automation control systems through new de- velopment and education in industrial data com- munications, this year's Excellence in Leadership Award goes to Don Bartusiak, PhD , chief engi- neer for process control at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. Bartusiak received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, then spent seven years researching process development aimed at minimizing waste at Bethlehem Steel. Dis- satisfied there with the opportunities to contribute to environmental improvement, he followed up with master's and doctoral degrees in chemical en- gineering from Lehigh University. He then moved to ExxonMobil, where he has spent the past 30 years in process control and advanced computing. His process control applications have exploited artificial intelligence, linear and nonlinear predic- tion, and real-time optimization, and are in use in both the U.S. and the U.K. in both engineering and manufacturing facilities. Since the mid-1990s, he has held supervisory or senior technical positions with responsibility for instrumentation, process analyzers, control systems, and control applica- tions at facilities in Texas and Virginia. From 2000 to 2002 he was a lecturer and adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Rice University. In 2016, building upon research that he had done at ExxonMobil, Bartusiak helped launch the Open Process Automation Forum, with the purpose of developing a secure and standards-based control architecture that meets the technical and business requirements of a broad range of processes. Though his career has been devoted to develop- ing and implementing forward-looking technol- ogy, he attaches no less importance to mentoring young engineers and technologists. As he said when he was inducted into the Control Process Automation Hall of Fame, "My current position has two main components: to set a very forward- looking technical strategy that will make ours the best company in the world and to foster the next generation of technologists. The way Exxon Chem- ical's engineering group was set up, people on the technical ladder have to also train and mentor the less experienced. It's the way we learned to work. We're expected to impart our knowledge, to train and develop." Bartusiak is a former national director of the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) di - vision of the American Institute of Chemical En- gineers (AIChE), process control programming chairman for the Ethylene Producers Commit - tee, and a member of Technical Committee 6.1 for Chemical Process Control in the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). Currently, he is a managing director in the Standards and Practices Board of ISA and cochair of the Open Process Automation Forum of The Open Group. In 2011, he received the Computing Practice Award from the CAST division of AIChE. He was induct - ed into Control Engineering's Automation Hall of Fame in 2015, and in 2016 was named to Smart Industry's Top 50 Innovators. He has published 10 journal articles, addressing topics ranging from development of nonlinear predictive controllers to technical problems associated with real-time optimization, and is the coinventor of five patents answering needs as diverse as a method for recov - ering carbon and iron-bearing particles to devel- oping a system for modular distributed control. Editor's Note: ISA contin- ues its tradition of hon- oring leaders throughout the automation profes- sion. The Automation Founders Circle features the personal stories of outstanding automation professionals who carry on the legacy of industry pioneers and ISA found- ers Albert F. Sperry, inno- vator and first ISA presi- dent (1946), and Arnold O. Beckmann, inventor, founder of Beckman Instruments, and ISA president (1952). A U T O M A T I O N F O U N D E R S C I R C L E

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