The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today the appointment of Paul Gruhn as society president. ISA officials say that Gruhn, who they suggest is a “globally recognized expert in process safety and safety instrumented systems,” played a pivotal role in developing the society’s safety standards, training courses and publications.

“I’m honored to be the 2019 society president,” says Gruhn. “Like any organization over the last 30 years, ISA has naturally had its ups and downs. To grow and remain relevant, we must adapt to both the changing times and the changing demographics of our industry.”

Gruhn is a global functional safety consultant with aeSolutions, a process safety, cybersecurity and automation consulting firm. As a long-time member, he also serves as a co-chair for ISA’s 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems), and continues to develop and teach ISA courses on safety systems, officials say. He is credited for developing the first commercial safety system modeling program and has written two ISA textbooks, numerous chapters in other books and dozens of published articles.

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