Process Automation Nextgen Leaders

Engineering-Leaders-Under-40Given the important role that process automation plays in the products that process manufacturers and producers bring to the world, it’s important to have continuity in leadership. Each year, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines recognize Engineering Leaders Under 40 to highlight that this continuity is alive and well.

In their 2015 selection of leaders under 40 years of age, they share these statistics:

  • Education: 90% of the Leaders have earned their bachelor’s degrees, 20% master’s degrees, and 7% associate’s degrees.
  • Job function: 23% are primarily involved in SI roles, 17% control engineering, 10% general/corporate management, 10% consulting, 7% product design, 7% manufacturing engineering, and 6% plant management/engineering.
  • SI or engineering services: 79% provide SI or engineering services to manufacturing organizations.
  • Products or systems: The top five products or systems purchased or specified by this year’s Leaders are industrial control equipment or systems (57%), software (53%), I/O products or systems (53%), instrumentation (53%), and programmable logic controllers (53%).
  • Machines for resale: 37% design, build, or install machines for resale to other companies; 47% design, build, or install machines for use within their companies.

Congratulations to all who were selected. Two chosen were Emerson’s Carl-Johan Roos and Dave Denison.

Here is the background that author Amanda Pelliccione shared about Carl-Johan:

Emerson's Carl-Johan Roos


Roos was one of the driving forces behind a new standard for overfill prevention—API 2350: Overfill protection for storage tanks in petroleum facilities—which has been a major safety contribution to the industry. He has committed to establishing it as the globally recognized standard by developing tools such as webinars, books, brochures, checklists, and a microsite, along with face-to-face education of thousands of users, insurance companies, regulators, and other stakeholders around the world. Roos has built-up a global overfill prevention business with unique competency based on thousands of installations. This know-how is now used in a customer-centric approach where Emerson provides the global process industry with not only the equipment, but also with solutions and lifecycle services compliant with functional safety standard IEC 61511 to minimize the overfill risk. Traditionally, mechanical switches have been used for overfill prevention. Roos has led the extension of modern level measurement technologies (e.g., radar) into safety-critical applications. He has contributed significantly to product achievements at his company, including taking safety to the next level by introducing the world’s first SIL 3 radar level gauge, reducing installation costs considerably through a patented two-in-one radar level gauge, and introducing new proof-testing technologies, such as verification reflectors. Outside of work, Roos is a fanatic floorball player, which can be described as hockey but without the ice and the skates. He and his wife—who also works for Emerson—have two sons, ages 9 months and 3 years old.

We’ve featured Carl-Johan and his expertise several times here on this blog. He is a functional safety expert for process level and tank gauging as well as terminals and tank management. He is also the main author of the Overfill Prevention Guide.

Here is the background shared about Dave:

Emerson's Dave Denison


Over the past 16 years at Emerson Process Management, Denison has shown a proven ability to collaborate cross-functionally to create a compelling product and technology vision based on customer needs and new innovations. Through his career, Denison has contributed to the DeltaV distributed control system (DCS) as a software engineer, software development manager, and director of software applications and is currently a DeltaV product marketing director. He has a strong passion for product development and enjoys leading teams to define, design, and deliver new functionality and improvements for the product. Starting as a software engineer, Denison wrote real-time software responsible for running control logic and interfacing to multiple I/O technologies within the DeltaV controller. Later on, as a development manager, Denison led the effort to design and certify the DeltaV SIS with Electronic Marshalling product. As part of this effort he authored the product’s functional safety management plan and coordinated the product’s audits. Denison is a recognized innovative technical thinker and has been awarded seven patents associated with DeltaV. Recently, Denison planned and directed multiple programs within the product areas of operations environment, engineering clients and servers, virtualization, and remote monitoring. Denison’s move into product marketing has increased his responsibilities and ownership of the complete DeltaV product lifecycle. During his free time, Denison plays softball, basketball, and golf, in addition to coaching his daughter’s youth basketball team. He also volunteers at his children’s school as a member of the Watch DOGS (Dads of Great Students) program.

Congratulations to Carl-John and Dave and you can connect and interact with them and other experts in the Level, DeltaV, and Safety Instrumented Systems groups in the Emerson Exchange 365 community.

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