Pioneer Alumni Chapter Activities, Phil Kaufman Award, & ISA Executive Director (Aug. 2018)

On Thursday, August 23, the Pioneer Alumni Chapter of Tau Beta Pi hosted a back-to-school ice cream social on the campus of Oklahoma State University for students members. See the images below submitted by Kurt P. Rouser, Ph.D. (OH H ’11), chief advisor to the Oklahoma Gamma Chapter at OSU and president of the Pioneer Alumni Chapter.

The Pioneer Alumni Chapter also hosted a back-to-school ice cream social on the University of Tulsa campus. The next event is a professional development seminar in the new Endeavor building on the OSU campus. John D. Houck, P.E. (IL ’71), will be giving a presentation to students on “Using 17th Century Computer Technology to Walk on Earth’s Moon.” Please RSVP, if you plan to attend.


Thomas W. Williams, Ph.D. (NY Q ’65), has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Phil Kaufman Award for distinguished contributions to electronic system design. The award is annually presented by the Electronic System Design Alliance and the IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation.

Dr. Williams is former senior technical staff member at IBM and Synopsys’ chief scientist and Synopsys fellow. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary. Read the press release for more details on the award and Dr. Williams and his work on level sensitive scan design.


The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the appointment of automation industry veteran Mary Ramsey as its new Executive Director. Click here for the announcement.

Ramsey has been serving as ISA’s Interim Executive Director since January and has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience. She specializes in leadership, change management and strategy development/execution. Prior to serving as ISA’s Interim Executive Director, she served as senior vice president of process automation, Americas Region, at Schneider Electric.


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