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Highlights & Updates | association news Stanley Weiner – Humorist, author, and mentor By Greg McMillan INTECH MARCH/APRIL 2018 39 I lost my best friend, co- author, and inspiration. Industry lost a "one of a kind" leader in the effective use of instrumentation in the process industry. Stanley Weiner passed away recent- ly from Parkinson's disease complications. Stan gave practical guid- ance by instruction and ex- ample and was a great advocate of using the best instrumentation despite potential budget limitations. He showed us how to do project estimates that could provide the best without being questioned. He also introduced me to humor, mak- ing the whole experience fun. We shared insightful humor in a half dozen ISA books that opened minds and detailed lessons learned in the design, commissioning, and startup of decades of automation systems. We enlisted the help of plant and corporate engineers to write the humorous stories in How to Become an Instrument Engineer – Part 1.523, showing that humor can be contagious. Along the way, we discovered the talent- ed illustrator Ted Williams, who had a great sense of humor in his cartoons and creative touches. Ted created the cartoons for all of our books and our "Control Talk" col - umn. The humor made learning necessary knowledge enjoyable and memorable— rather than challenging and tiring. Even spouses of automation engineers have been seen reading the books and smiling; they were gaining some understanding of what an instrument engineer is and does. I hope, but do not expect, there will be more humorous books written by and for practitioners on the front lines in our pro- fession. But there will never be another Stanley Weiner. Editor's note: ISA Fellow Stanley Weiner, a retired chemical engineer who worked at Monsanto, died on 16 February 2018 in Naples, Fla. In 1987, ISA made Weiner a Fellow for his outstanding contribution to the profession. A collection of all six car- toon books by Weiner and McMillan is available on CD-ROM: The Funny and Not So Funny Side of Life as an Automation Engineer. The CD includes several recorded commentaries by McMillan and McMillan's out-of-print classic, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Control Room. For more in - formation, visit www.isa.org/cartoonCD. CD titles The Life and Times of an Auto- mation Professional: An Illustrated Guide (www.isa.org/autolife) and The Funnier Side of Retirement for Engineers and People of the Technical Persuasion (www. isa.org/retirement) are also available in print. Available in print (but not on the CD) is 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career (www.isa.org/101Tips). n ISA Fellow Vincent Cushing, PhD, passed away 1 February 2018 in Annapolis, Md. In 1983 Cushing received the Albert F. Sperry award for his "pioneering work in the theory, design, and application of electromagnetic flowmeters and in non- contact flowmetering." This ISA award recognized an out- standing technical, educational, or philosophical contribution to the science and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation. Cushing earned degrees in physics and mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Early in his career he was a rocket scientist at Armour Research Foundation, where he developed and analyzed atomic weapons and high- altitude radiation measurements. He later founded the Engineering Physics Company, where he invented an insertable electromagnetic flowmeter and related technologies. He was awarded 28 patents, presented technical papers at conferences around the world, oversaw installations of his instruments on ships, in pipes, over streams, and under Arctic ice, and established himself as the world's foremost authority on applica- tions of magnetic induction. Cushing saw the world through science and applied his engineering skills to solve any problem. His home is filled with inventions. Donations may be made to the Vincent and Marie Cushing Scholarship Fund at the University of Notre Dame. n In memoriam New CAPs and CCSTs Qualifying for and passing one of ISA's certification exams is a noteworthy ac- complishment. The exams are rigorous and require a solid command of various disciplines in automation and control. On page 40 is a list of individuals who have recently passed either our Certified Auto- mation Professional (CAP) or one of the three levels of our Certified Control Sys- tem Technician (CCST) exam. Congratula- tions to our new certification holders! For more information about the ISA CAP and CCST certification programs, please visit www.isa.org/training-and-certifications/ isa-certification.

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