Advancing the Cause of Process Automation

Tim Olsen - Emerson Process Management

Tim Olsen
Refining Industry Consultant

As members of the process automation and instrumentation community, it is always great to be recognized for contributions advancing our craft. I wanted to take the opportunity of today’s post to congratulate Emerson’s Tim Olsen for recognition by the AIChE Fuels and Petrochemicals Division.

AIChE-logoAt their awards dinner to be held Monday April 27 in Austin, Texas, Tim will receive the F&P Distinguished Service Award. This award:

Recognizes an individual’s outstanding service to the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division. The candidate must have participated extensively in a variety of division activities demonstrating leadership, and have served the division a minimum of five years. The candidate must be a member of the division and AIChE.

As we have highlighted in past blog posts, he has been actively involved with the Fuels and Petrochemicals Division since 2002. He has chaired many sessions, mostly on process control and more recently on shale gas and tight oil.

Tim was elected and served as an F&P division director, elected and served as the division chair, and was the overall program chair for the 2014 spring meeting. This spring, he concludes his term as a member of the executive board on the programming committee, and begins a term as a member of the Chemical Engineering Technology Operating Council.

Tim was also notified by the AIChE Board of Directors that he is now an AIChE Fellow, the:

…highest grade of membership and is achieved only by election by the AIChE BOD [Board of Directors], generally upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee through whom all nominations for election to Fellow are processed.

If you’ll be visiting our wonderful city of Austin, Texas for the April 25-29 AIChE 2015 Spring Meeting and 11th Global Congress on Process Safety, make sure to reach out to Tim and congratulate him.

And, as a member of our world of process instrumentation and automation, I also had to share this Fortune magazine article, These are the 10 happiest jobs in America. Automation engineers came in at #4… congrats! In a Twitter exchange, a friend suggested the only reason we weren’t #1 was startups. I imagine turnarounds too!

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