Paul Smith, among Control Engineering Leaders Under 40 for 2010
Want to meet the next generation of manufacturing automation and controls leaders? In November 2010, Control Engineering highlights 19 young professionals from around the globe who are making their marks in everything from system design to academia. These leaders aim to inspire others to get involved in engineering and resolve local and global challenges through smarter applications of automation and control technologies. Meet Paul Smith ...
Paul Smith, 28
Database and Programming Specialist, 5 years
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Job function: System Integration or Consulting
Academics: Class 4, Power Engineering, SAIT, no degree; Computer Science, U of C, Diploma; Avionics Engineering, SAIT, Diploma; Web developer, AMTC Certification; eXLerate Programmer, Spirit iT Certification; Flow X Programmer, Spirit iT Certification; Control Wave Prog., Bristol Certification; Sigmafine Integrator, OSISoft Certification; Config600 Pro Integr., Daniels Certification; Omni Integrator, Omni
Achievements: Extensive experience in the measurement field of oil & gas and working with PLCs, RTUs, DCSs, and flow computers. Wrote the C code for Schneider Electric's new line of Modicon PLCs in regard to industry standards for flow measurement. Wrote UDF blocks for DelatV systems.
Non-work hobbies: I am Canadian and I love playing hockey. I have been developing software on a contract basis for about 12 years. I enjoy doing origami when I am not programming/working/playing hockey.
Engineering hobbies: I actually picked up developing engineering apps for iPhone/iPad in my spare time.
Start in controls: My father has been the biggest inspiration in my life. He worked for Imperial Oil for over 30 years as the measurement engineer specialist. He bought me my first computer book on Basic. Now that he is retired, we still contract on projects together developing software for PLCs, DCSs, and flow computers.
- Compiled by Renee R. Bassett for Control Engineering.
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