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The International Society of Automation Recognizes 2020 ISA Fellows and 2020 Celebrating Excellence Awardees

  • August 21, 2020
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

These programs honor the remarkable achievements and contributions of ISA members.

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the 2020 ISA Fellows and Celebrating Excellence award recipients.

The recognitions reflect and honor the outstanding efforts of ISA members in supporting and advancing the Society and the automation community. There are four new ISA Fellows and 14 Celebrating Excellence awardees in 2020. The Admissions Committee was chaired by Bridget Fitzpatrick. The Honors & Awards Committee was chaired by Brian Curtis.

2020 ISA Fellows

The esteemed Fellow member grade is one of ISA's highest honors. To earn this distinction, a Senior Member must possess outstanding and acknowledged engineering or scientific attainments, must receive peer evaluations leading to recommendation for election by the Society Admissions Committee, and finally, must be elected by a majority vote of the Society's Executive Board. In ISA’s 75-year history, 495 ISA Fellows have been elected.

This year, the following individuals have been elevated to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow.

Donald Dunn

WS Nelson, Highlands, Texas, USA
For the education and standardization of terminology, requirements, and guidance for the process industry-wide safety area of alarm management


David Rahn

US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, Md., USA
For the development and implementation of new methodology and acceptance criteria to establish the reliability of critical safety equipment of nuclear power plants
“I am very honored to be recognized by my colleagues, …and feel very fortunate to be a part of the good work that is being accomplished by ISA to identify and establish good standards and practices in the instrumentation and automation field.” – David Rahn


John Sorge

Retired, Birmingham, Ala., USA
In recognition of his leading, advocating, sponsoring, and technically contributing to activities, projects, and organizations to advance instrumentation and control research on and application of new power generation technologies
“I am extremely honored to receive this recognition.” – John Sorge


Richard Van Fleet

Andritz, Inc., Cumming, Ga., USA
For providing subject matter expertise and technical support relating to sensor development and implementation of advanced process control and sustained process optimization of pulping and bleaching processes
“Thank you very much…. I have been involved with ISA for many years so this is certainly a nice honor to receive.” – Richard Van Fleet

2020 Celebrating Excellence Awardees

The ISA awards program endeavors to stimulate, enhance, encourage, acknowledge, and reward outstanding contributions to ISA and the automation profession by providing an avenue for individuals to compete for recognition within established categories.

The Honors & Awards Committee annually receives all award nominations for defined Society awards, reviews the candidate qualifications, and recommends to the Executive Board honorees for approval. We are pleased to celebrate the following honorees.

Excellence in Technical Innovation, Endowed by Honeywell UOP

Soliman Almadi

Saudi Aramco
Dhahran, Eastern Saudi Arabia
“This is great honor. Thank you! I am very proud of being part of this great organization.” – Soliman Almadi

Excellence in Technical Presentation

Abdulkadar Susnerwala

Air Liquide
Houston, Texas, USA

Excellence in Education

Himanshu Patel

Institute of Technology, Nirma University
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Mentoring Excellence

Greg McMillan

Austin, Texas, USA

Excellence in Enduring Service

Catherine Andrews

Hile Controls of Alabama
Pelham, Ala., USA

James Haw
La Porte, Texas, USA

Ian Verhappen

Industrial Automation Networks
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Clifford Wuertz

Cypress, Texas, USA

Division Excellence

Analysis Division - Division Leader Excellence

Ed Naranjo

Process Measurement and Control Division
Eagan, Minn., USA

Section Excellence

Bangalore Section - Section Leader Excellence

Dattatray Sawant
Maharashtra Section
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Standards Excellence

Donald Dunn

WS Nelson
Highlands, Texas, USA

Volunteer Leader of the Year

Cheri Haarmeyer

Pearland, Texas, USA

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a non-profit professional association founded in 1945 to create a better world through automation. ISA advances technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. The organization develops widely-used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA created the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance ( to advance cybersecurity readiness and awareness in manufacturing and critical infrastructure facilities and processes. The Alliance brings end-user companies, automation and control systems providers, IT infrastructure providers, services providers, and system integrators and other cybersecurity stakeholder organizations together to proactively address growing threats.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as “The Voice of Automation.” Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (