75 years of advocating for the people and technology that move societies and economies forward.
75 years of creating and supporting industries that power our world.
75 years of difference-makers and risk-takers on whose shoulders we stand today.
Our members, volunteers, and communities have supported ISA for 75 years. Their support, passion, and dedication ensure that ISA will spend the next 75 years advancing our vision – to create a better world through automation.
75 Years of ISA
1945 – Instrument Society of America is officially founded, electing Albert F. Sperry as President
1947 – The first ISA logo is adopted
1948 – ISA charters its first student sub-section at Siena College
1954 – ISA launches its first publication, ISA Journal, and names William Kushnick the first Executive Director
1955 – Northern Indiana Section elects the first female president of a section, Virginia W. Zugbaum
1959 – ISA Executives take a mobile tour of the exhibit in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
1966 – Herbert S. Kindler assumes the role of Executive Director
1967 – ISA Journal is renamed Instrumentation Technology
1969 – Lloyd F. Williams becomes the 20000th member of ISA
1970 – ISA opens a new headquarters facility in Pittsburgh and celebrates its Silver Jubilee 25th anniversary
1974 – The Mexico section is chartered – the first outside of US and Canada
1974 – Russel A. Schlegel is appointed Executive Director
1976 – ISA receives accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ISA is the 4th organization to achieve this accreditation.
1977 – Glenn Harvey is named Executive Director
1979 – ISA releases its journal with brand new name, InTech
1980 – ISA moves into a new headquarters located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
1982 – ISA serves as admin secretariat to the US Tech Advisory Group of IEC
1983 – ISA opens its International Training Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
1986 – Representing 97 countries, membership soars to 36,000
1987 – ISA awards Henry C. Frost a Lifetime Achievement Award
1992 – ISA develops a certification program for instrumentation technicians, now known as the Certified Controls Systems Technician (CCST) program
1993 – ISA opens a European Training Center and then moved into a new facility in 2019.
1994 – ISA launches its first web presence to provide updates on conferences, industry news, and member forums, ISA Online
1994 – The name of the Society is changed to ISA, The International Society for Measurement and Control.
1995 – ISA celebrates both its 50th anniversary and reaching 50,000 members.
1997 – ISA consolidates its headquarters and training center into a new building in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA
2000 – The Council of Society Delegates vote to change the name and logo to ISA, The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society
2002 – ISA members elect their first President from outside North America, Piergiuseppe (Pino) Zani
2004 – ISA launches the Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program
2006 – Pat Gouhin is named Executive Director
2006 – ISA founds the Automation Federation
2007 – To bridge the gap between standards and their implementation, ISA creates the ISA Security Compliance Institute
2008 – To bridge the gap between standards and their implementation, ISA creates the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute
2008 – ISA members elect the first female President, Kim Miller Dunn
2008 – The Council of Society Delegates vote to change the name of the Society to International Society of Automation
2008 – ISA launches Safety Certificate Program.
2014 – ISA members elect the second female and first African American President, Peggie Koon
2014 – ISA’s Cybersecurity Certificate Program launch begins
2015– ISA acquires Automation.com
2017– ISA names scholarship in honor of the late Dick Morley.
2018 – ISA adopts a new vision and mission statement and creates values
2018 – Mary Ramsey is named Executive Director
2019 – ISA launches the Global Cybersecurity Alliance
2019 –The United Nations endorses IEC62443/ISA99 as the standard in cybersecurity.
2020 – ISA celebrates 75 years
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The September/October 2020 issue of InTech, available now, is an ISA 75th Anniversary Special Edition.
To celebrate 75 years of ISA, the Young Professionals (YP) Committee is sitting down with some of ISA’s former presidents to reminisce about the past and look forward to the future.View all previous Fireside Chats