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Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2013 Educational Scholarship Recipients

 
AUSTIN, Texas, March 15, 2013 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2013 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing scholarships to students seeking a career in the industrial automation profession. 

The 2013 scholarship recipients include: 

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Váradi Gergely, University of Miskolc, Miskolc, Hungary: Váradi Gergely is a first-year Masters of Science student in electrical engineering at the University of Miskolc, and his Bachelor of Science degree has a specialization in electrical design and manufacturing. His studies included the design of electrical circuits and printed circuit boards (PCBs), manufacturing technology of the electronics industry and industrial testing methods. Gergely also acquired high-level knowledge of computer-controlled measurement systems programmed with National Instruments LabView development environment, and industrial process control systems. During the final year of his undergraduate studies, Gergely’s senior project successfully modeled a Foundation fieldbus-based control system for a chemical batch reactor, for which it was graded a five (on a five-grade scale). In his masters-level studies, Gergely plans to improve his theoretical and practical knowledge and experiences with a specialization in automation and industrial process control. 

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John Lima, Fieldbus Center at Lee College, Baytown, Texas USA: John Lima is working towards a degree in Instrumentation at Lee College. He is also a student assistant in the college’s Fieldbus Technology Lab.


A native of Brazil, Lima worked for Bradesco Bank after completing his high school education, saving enough money to eventually fulfill his dream of "coming to America." To sustain his dream, he was employed in a number of industries, including restaurants, nursing homes, construction and business offices. Setting high expectations for himself, Lima works to excel in his studies and is a firm believer in a good education.

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Pattarapon Taosrichai, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand: Pattarapon Taosrichai is a junior at KMITL, majoring in automation engineering. He plans to further his knowledge of Foundation technology, and to communicate its importance through the Internet and social media.

 


 

Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2011-2012 Educational Scholarship Recipients

 

AUSTIN, Texas, March 6, 2012 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2011-2012 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing scholarships to students seeking a career in the industrial automation profession.

Since 2003, the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship program has funded 26 educational scholarships for students around the world.

The 2011-2012 scholarship recipients include:

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Mr. Wataru Futagoishi, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: Wataru Futagoishi is a first-year student in master’s courses within Waseda University’s Department of Applied Mechanics. His course work is focused on mechanics, mathematics and other related topics. Wataru has been recognized at the head of his class in mechanical engineering and won the JSME Hatakeyama Prize, the most prestigious award for junior students in the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was enrolled as a research member to address diagnostic problems using Foundation fieldbus devices. Wataru is currently studying corrosion diagnostics with Coriolis mass flowmeters. He will graduate in March 2013.

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Ms. Thunyaporn Sathapaporn, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Bangkok, Thailand: Thunyaporn Sathapaporn is a junior majoring in Automation Engineering at KMITL. In this area of study, she has had the opportunity to learn about fieldbus technology basics and serve as a professor’s assistant in KMITL’s 2010 Foundation fieldbus seminar and workshop. Thunyaporn is currently studying topics such as PID control and sequence control systems, as well as the design and configuration of fieldbus control strategies in industrial operations. 

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Mr. Gang Zhao, SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Gang Zhao is enrolled in his second year within the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at SAIT Polytechnic. A native of Shandong, China, Gang completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics in 1983 and went on to work for a power supply company. He was later employed at an environmental firm, where he was involved with a variety of lab analysis instruments. Gang intends to pursue his strong interest in instrumentation to gain additional knowledge and professional opportunities related to Foundation fieldbus technology.

 


 

Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2010-2011 Educational Scholarship Recipients 

 

AUSTIN, Texas, February 22, 2011 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2010-2011 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing scholarships to students around the world seeking a career in the industrial automation profession.

The 2010-2011 scholarship recipients include: 

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Darren Windle, SAIT Polytechnic, Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Darren Windle is currently enrolled in the Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at SAIT Polytechnic. Born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, he is employed by the City of Red Deer’s Parks and Recreation Department in the summer, where he operates and maintains a variety of heavy equipment. His other employment has included work as an emergency medical responder for an industrial paramedic company.

Mr. Windle has been a member of The International Society of Automation (ISA) since enrolling at SAIT in 2009.

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Hideaki Yamashita, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: Hideaki Yamashita is a first year master course student at Waseda University, focusing on process diagnosis with Foundation fieldbus. His studies have concentrated on diagnosis of corrosion within Coriolis mass flowmeters, as well as changes in pipe thickness. These studies were presented at the Dynamics and Design Conference 2010, held at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.

Mr. Yamashita previously belonged to Waseda Ecorun Club, a competition team that builds automobiles intended to achieve maximum fuel efficiency, and was awarded as a mechanic at the Suzuka Convention. He also holds a second grade class in Shodou (the Japanese Art of Calligraphy). 

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William Odom, Fieldbus Center at Lee College, Baytown, Texas USA: William Odom brings experience as an instrumentation installer to his studies at the Fieldbus Center at Lee College. He has earned a Certificate of Completion in Instrumentation Technology, and is nearing completion of his Associate of Applied Science degree in Instrumentation Technology. He is also progressing toward a second AAS in Electrical Technology.

Mr. Odom has volunteered his time and technical skills to the construction of the analytical instrumentation skills training lab at Lee College. This facility is part of ATOP, the Analyzer Technician Opportunities Project funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

 


 

2008-2009 James O. Gray Scholarship Recipients Announced

Singapore Polytechnic, SAIT and Lee College choose student winners

AUSTIN, Texas, March 4, 2009 — The Fieldbus Foundation has announced the 2008-2009 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship. The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2008-2009 scholarship recipients include:

 
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Ho Quan Hui, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: Ho Quan Hui is pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic. He has completed his certification in Industrial Control and will graduate during 2009. A “Director’s Honor Roll” recipient from Singapore Polytechnic last past two years, Quan Hui participated in the World Skill Competition Singapore 2008 and won Bronze in “Industrial Control.”

 
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Lynden Lepage, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Lynden Lepage is seeking a degree in Industrial Instrumentation Engineering from SAIT. Following the completion of these studies, Lynden will pursue a university degree supporting a career path in his home province of Saskatchewan. Lynden is an active member of the SAIT ISA Student Section. 

 
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Bernadette Coates, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA: Bernadette Coates recently completed the coursework necessary to receive an Instrumentation Technician Certificate from Lee College. She is currently enrolled in drafting courses to increase her technical skills in hopes of working in an engineering environment as an Instrumentation Systems Designer. Bernadette also plans to secure an associate degree at the community college level. 


Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2007-2008 Recipients Of James O. Gray - Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship

Singapore Polytechnic, SAIT, Waseda University and Lee College choose student winners

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 16, 2007 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2007-2008 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship.  The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002.  It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2007-2008 scholarship recipients include:

 
Muhammad Dzahir Bin Mohamed Zain; Singapore Polytechnic

Muhammad Dzahir Bin Mohamed Zain, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: Muhammad Dzahir Bin Mohamed Zain is in his third year of studies at Singapore Polytechnic, pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Muhammad's career path is focused on control engineering with an emphasis on smart instruments, fieldbus systems, and building automation services. After graduating from Singapore Polytechnic, he plans to attend a major university in Singapore or overseas.  

 
Robert Lawrence; SAIT

Robert Lawrence, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: In his second year of the two-year Instrumentation Engineering Technology program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Robert Lawrence is employed part-time in the instrumentation field building analyzers and sample systems. He is a mature student who provides leadership in his classes by applying work experience in the lab environment.

 
Akira Uehara; Waseda University

Akira Uehara, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: Akira Uehara is a second-year student at Waseda University studying process diagnostics with Foundation fieldbus. His course work has focused on instrumentation issues such as detection of impulse line blockages in differential pressure transmitters. He will present a paper on this topic at the upcoming Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers conference. Akira will complete studies for a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in Spring 2008.  

 
Jamie Hawes: Lee College

Jamie Hawes, Lee College, Baytown, Texas USA: Seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from Lee College, Jamie Hawes has a strong interest in advanced control technologies such as Foundation fieldbus. She is an active member of the Lee College Section of the Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society (ISA) and belongs to the Nexus of Instrumentation Women (NIW). Jamie will continue her education by pursuing an Electrical Engineering degree at the University of Houston. She plans a career in the field of Instrumentation Engineering.  


Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2006-2007 Recipients
Of James O. Gray–Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship

Singapore Polytechnic, SAIT and Waseda University choose student winners

AUSTIN, Texas, January 8, 2007 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2007 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship.  The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002.  It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2007 scholarship recipients include:

 
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Kenneth Ng Choon Guan, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: In his third year of study towards a diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Kenneth has a strong interest in fieldbus technology, and in instrumentation and automation control. His course of study involved the use of fieldbus technology in pilot plants. For his final year project, Kenneth participated in a pilot study for Petrobras Corporation which examined the interoperability of FOUNDATION devices with various FOUNDATION host systems. The project deepened Kenneth's interest in fieldbus technology, especially when integrated with internet technology. In 2005, Kenneth completed a Product and Process Research & Development program. He was elected deputy class representative, promoted to class representative, and is currently a member of Singapore Polytechnic's Student Union. Upon graduation, Kenneth is planning to obtain a degree in control and electrical engineering at either a local Singapore university or overseas.

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Jan Krak, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: A Czechoslovakian-born military pilot-engineer, Jan has flown three different types of military fighters, and gained First Class Military Fighter Pilot status after nine years of service. Looking for a new career path, Jan joined his father, a mechanical engineer, in working for a company in the food technology industry. He returned to school at the same time and completed two years at the Food Technology Institute, graduating with a diploma in Fermentation Process and Control.  Pursuing an instrumentation career, Jan and his father have been involved in different projects regarding food processing, refining and process control in the Czech and Slovak Republics. In 2003 Jan moved his wife and daughter to Canada, where he carried on with his instrumentation career. Applying for a seat in IIET program at SAIT in 2004, he is now a second-year student in the IIET full-time program. Jan joined ISA in June 2005, and will become a member of ASET this year. His graduation from IIET program will be in April 2008.

 
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Akira Uehara, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan: Akira is a first-year Master Course student studying Process Diagnosis Techniques, with a special interest in diagnostic techniques as a function block of FOUNDATION technology. The main theme of his study is the diagnosis of impulse line blockage involving a differential pressure transmitter, for which, in conjunction with Yokogawa Corporation, Akira discovered an improved diagnostic method. Akira has presented papers to the Japanese Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineering at Kyusus University, The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers in Osaka City University. As a high school exchange student, Akira attended North Field Mount Herman Summer School in the United States.  


Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2005-2006 Recipients Of James O. Gray–Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship

Singapore Polytechnic, SAIT and Lee College choose student winners

AUSTIN, Texas, February 21, 2006 — The Fieldbus Foundation today announced the 2006 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship.  The program honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002.  It establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2006 scholarship recipients include:

Dinh Quang Lam, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: A native of Vietnam, Dinh will graduate from Singapore Polytechnic in 2006 with degree in Electrical and Computer Control Engineering.  His educational background includes the use of fieldbus technology in pilot plant applications.  In recognition of his outstanding academic performance, Dinh has been on Singapore Polytechnic’s Director’s Honor Roll for two consecutive years.  He is seeking a career in the instrumentation and control industry and plans to attend a university in Singapore to obtain an Electrical Engineering degree.

 

Gias Ahmed, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Enrolled in the Industrial Instrumentation
Technology program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Gias Ahmed has more than 13 years of experience working in Bangladesh’s natural gas transmission, distribution and utility industries. He has been involved with computerized natural gas metering systems,and is skilled in the installation, commissioning and maintenance of gas regulating and metering equipment. Married and a father of two, Gias hopes to expand his knowledge of industrial instrumentation technology by attending SAIT.

Shawn Loonam, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA: As president of Lee College’s ISA Student Section, Shawn has demonstrated a strong interest in instrumentation and control technology.  He is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree, and believes fieldbus technology is becoming the preferred means of communications in the instrumentation field.  In addition to his academic pursuits, Shawn serves as vice president of public relations and a senator for Phi Theta Kappa—the honors society for two-year colleges.  The organization develops leadership in its members and performs service to the community.

"The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund is honored to award these scholarships for a fourth consecutive year,”" said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney. “"The foundation and scholarship recipients are thankful for the donations from industrial automation industry members around the world, whose support is keeping the technology strong.”"

Honored by the scholarship fund in his name, Jim Gray was employed by Invensys/Foxboro for 25 years as sales and marketing manager.  In addition to being very active within the Fieldbus Foundation from its inception, he held the positions of: secretary of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the U.S. Marketing Committee.


Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2004-2005 Recipients Of
James O. Gray – Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship

Singapore Polytechnic, SAIT, STC and Lee College choose student winners

HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 5, 2004 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2004 Exhibition & Conference in Houston, Texas, today announced the 2004 recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship.

The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002.  The program establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The 2004 scholarship recipients include:

Wong Jie Hong, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: In his third year of study, Wong Jie Hong is working towards a Diploma in Electrical and Computer Control Engineering (DECE/Computer Control Concentration).  Upon graduation, he hopes to study engineering with specialization in control at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.  While achieving high marks in his examinations (scoring 11 As and four Bs out of 22 total modules), Jie Hong made time for the vice presidency of the Singapore Polytechnic Floorball Team and is vice-chairman of the Computer Club.

In July 2004, Jie Hung represented Singapore Polytechnic in the Industrial Control category at World Skills Singapore 2004.  He was awarded a Gold Medal for his outstanding skills in PLC programming, electrical installation, hardware fault-finding and circuit modification.  “I am very appreciative of this scholarship award,” said Jie Hong.  “This will help me to achieve my goals of working in the industrial control field.”

Lonny MacKenzie, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Calgary, Alberta, Canada: A second-year student enrolled in the Industrial Instrumentation Technology program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, 22 year-old Lonny MacKenzie grew up on a ranch outside the small town of Sundre, Alberta. The hard work values learned while growing up translated into GPAs of 3.63 and 3.73 in his first and second semesters, respectively.

As president of the ISA Student Club at SAIT, Lonny raises funds for club events, including Industry Nights, which encourages networking between students and industry.  Lonny is also a member of SAIT’s curling team, and was voted the team’s “Most Valuable Male” last year.  He is looking forward to a career in the oil and gas industry with an instrumentation and automation specialization.  “This is an exciting field on the cutting edge on technology,” said Lonny.  “It’s the main reason why I took the Industrial Instrumentation Technology course, and I’m looking forward to a long career in this field.”

George R. Ener, Lee College, Baytown, Texas, USA: An honor roll student participating in the Instrumentation AAS Degree Program at Lee College, George R. Ener is seeking a career as an instrumentation technologist.  Following his education at Lee College, George plans to attend the University of Houston and earn an Engineering Degree.  He currently works full-time at H.B. Factor, a local Houston-area construction company, and is married with two children.

Martin Remis - Shipping and Transport College, Brielle, The Netherlands:  Remis will graduate from STC this year with a degree in Operational Technologies, and is the institution’s leading student in the field of Measurement and Control.  Bareld Bruining, Fieldbus Coordinator for STC, said, “We are pleased to provide our first award under the James O. Gray Scholarship program to Martin Remis.  Martin is a very deserving individual, and he exemplifies the dedication, hard work and technical knowledge we encourage in all of our students.”

“"The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund is honored to award these scholarships for a second consecutive year,"” said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney. "“The foundation and scholarship recipients are thankful for the donations from industrial and automation control supporters around the world, whose support is keeping the technology strong.”"

Honored by the scholarship fund in his name, Jim Gray was employed by Invensys/Foxboro for 25 years as sales and marketing manager.  In addition to being very active within the Fieldbus Foundation from its inception, he held the positions of: secretary of the Board of Directors, member of the Executive Committee, and member of the U.S. Marketing Committee.


Fieldbus Foundation Announces 2003-2004 Inaugural Recipients
of James O. Gray – Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship

Lee College, SAIT and Singapore Polytechnic choose qualified student winners

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 21, 2003 — The Fieldbus Foundation, conducting a press briefing at the ISA EXPO 2003 Exhibition & Conference in Houston, Texas, today announced the inaugural recipients of the James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Educational Scholarship.

The James O. Gray-Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund honors the memory of James (Jim) O. Gray, a long-time leader in the Fieldbus Foundation who passed away in 2002. The program establishes a perpetual $250,000 endowment fund providing awards to eligible students studying industrial automation.

The inaugural scholarship recipients include:

Nancy Sutterfield, Lee College, Baytown, Texas: After 15 years of gainful employment as a non-degreed instrumentation designer, Nancy Sutterfield was laid off from her job and unemployed for two years. With pressing family responsibilities, she returned to college to earn an associate's degree. Nancy is grateful for the award, which will aid in the completion of her studies at Lee College, and her ultimate goal of earning a bachelor's degree at the University of Houston. "Fieldbus technology has given me hope for a brighter future, and this scholarship will enable me to reach my goals," said Nancy.

Edward Wayne Posthumus, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada: A chance meeting with a friend who worked in instrumentation sparked Edward's interest in pursuing a career in the field. With a major in Industrial Instrumentation Technology, his goal is to become involved in the engineering aspects of instrumentation. According to Edward, "I find it fascinating that I can attend one lab, learn the intricacies of link and lever-style instruments, and then walk 30-feet and study the complexities of a Distributed Control System (DCS) in another lab."

William Cheah, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore: After earning his diploma in Electrical and Computer Control Engineering (Computer Control Concentration), William Cheah intends to further his studies at a local Singapore university or overseas. His long-term goal is to establish a company in either the building automation or Internet control technology fields. While interning at ABB (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., William participated in the upgrading work of an Indonesian pulp and paper company. He aided ABB engineers in developing a software interface for the process using Visual Basic 6, and linking Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) to the system using fieldbus technology.

"The Fieldbus Foundation is honored to award these initial scholarships," said Fieldbus Foundation President and CEO Richard Timoney. "Through the scholarship program, Jim Gray's goal of keeping the automation industry strong by enabling the educations of tomorrow's technicians and engineers will be realized around the world."

 

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