Automation Career Connection at ISA Expo

The International Society of Automation will focus on the growing issue of workforce development at its Automation Career Connection, part of the annual ISA Expo Oct. 6-8 in Houston. Automation Career Connection introduces middle and high school students, college students, and young automation professionals to careers in automation.
By Staff September 1, 2009

The International Society of Automation will focus on the growing issue of workforce development at its Automation Career Connection, part of the annual ISA Expo Oct. 6-8 in Houston. Automation Career Connection introduces middle and high school students, college students, and young automation professionals to careers in automation.

Three events make up Automation Career Connection: iAU2M8.09, YAPFEST, and the pilot Undergraduate Student Research Conference. Each event includes unique, educational activities designed for each age group.

The second annual iAU2M8.09 on Oct. 8 is designed for middle and high school students in the Houston, Texas area. This event will bring nearly 600 students and their teachers together for tours and educational demonstrations.

The fourth annual YAPFEST on Oct. 6 is a social networking party for ISA EXPO attendees ages 18%%MDASSML%%30 who want to learn about careers in automation.

“YAPFEST is a key opportunity for young people to mingle with leaders in automation, peers, and Members of the Society for automation professionals, ISA,” said Bernard Penney, director, marketing and communications, ISA.

The first ever Undergraduate Student Research Conference, also on OPct. 6, is a pilot project under the ISA Professional Development Department.

“Automation Career Connection will provide students with a platform to share their fundamental knowledge and help them make connections in industry,” said Dale Lee, director, convention, education, and certification, ISA. “It will also help generate buzz with the next generation about what automation professionals actually do.”