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36 INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG SPECIAL SECTION to other segments of the economy involved in automation. In doing so, we can contribute to the improvement of other in- dustries and make their services and solutions more valuable to their customers and end users. There are many opportu- nities to secure new members and customers by explaining and demonstrating value. Members are at the heart of ISA. They truly "make" ISA possible. Without the members, we would not possess the IP that is so valuable to those in the automation profession. It takes committed and passionate members—working within a network of peers—to volunteer and apply their talents and knowledge to assist others. We have so many strengths and so much knowledge that can benefit the world, to make it a better and safer place. So, why not do it? In the process, we will expand our member- ship base, add new customers, and grow. Building automa- tion is an area that has expressed interest in our cybersecu- rity standards. By leading with our expertise in cybersecurity, we can explore other ways of providing service and value. Given that there are so many new opportunities, we have to think a bit differently, modify what we do and how we do things, and accept change. We are not going to move away from our core strengths—in standards, training, publica- tions, certificate and certification programs, and events— but we need to introduce new business models and delivery formats to meet the demands of an evolving world. ISA sets the standard for automation by enabling automa- tion professionals across the world to work for the benefit of all. The ISA Board knows with great staff, great volunteer lead- ers, members, customers, part- ners, and member support and commitment to ISA, we all can make a difference each day in improving ISA and shaping the future of the automation profession. Sometimes that dif- ference begins with just a conversation with our peers and colleagues. The advent of a new year is the ideal time to take a fresh look at all the different ways ISA members can get involved in ISA sections and divisions and support the organization's vision and mission. ISA vision ISA sets the standard for automation by enabling automation professionals across the world to work for the benefit of all. ISA published mission ISA's mission is to enable our members, including worldwide subject-matter experts, automation suppliers, and end us- ers, to work together to develop and deliver the highest qual- ity, unbiased automation information, including standards, training, publications, and certifications. Will you answer? Career growth comes from action. Your opportunity is to get involved by being a member and ISA volunteer contributing to the automation profession and your own development. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brian Curtis (, the 2018 ISA president, is the operations manager for Veolia Energy Ireland, providing services to Novartis Ringaskiddy Ltd. in Cork, Ireland. He has more than 35 years of experience in the petrochemical, biotechnology, and bulk pharmaceutical industries, specializing in design, construc- tion management, and commissioning of electrical, instrumenta- tion, and automation control systems. He has managed complex engineering projects in Ireland, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, and Germany. A long-time ISA member, Curtis has served on the ISA Execu- tive Board since 2013, as well as the Geographic Assembly Board (2012–2015) and the Finance Committee (2013–2017). He was Ireland section president and vice president of District 12. Curtis has also been active on several Society task forces, including cy - bersecurity, governance, and globalization-related committees. He received the ISA Distinguished Society Service Award in 2010. View the online version at We have so many strengths and so much knowledge that can benefit the world, to make it a better and safer place. So, why not do it? Convert Your Mobile Device into a HART Communicator … with our Advanced HART-based Products C O N N E C T > C O N F I G U R E > D O C U M E N T Complete DD-based HART Communicator for any device - PC, Tablet, Phone. Your choice! Complete DD-based HART Communicator for any operating system - Windows, iOS, Android. Your choice! Full line of registered HART Modems - USB, RS232, Bluetooth, Bluetooth Low Energy Your choice! Use your own host device or one of our complete systems. Hazardous area options available. Significant cost savings • Mobile convenience • Satisfaction guaranteed NEW! iOS Version now available!

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