Steven D. Drew announced as keynote speaker for ISA’s 2016 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

WWAC2015-photos_IMG_7313The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces that Steven D. Drew, the Water Resources Director for the City of Greensboro, North Carolina and a national delegate of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), will deliver the keynote address at ISA’s 2016 Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (WWAC) Symposium, to be held 2-4 August 2016 at the Wyndham Lake Buena Resort in Orlando, Florida USA.

Drew’s keynote speech—which will be delivered on Wednesday, 3 August at 8:15 a.m.—is titled “Leveraging Your Career in Industrial Controls and Automation.” It will emphasize the critical importance of attracting, retaining and developing competent professionals with proven skills in operational technology. Without a highly trained and capable workforce, Drew asserts that utilities will be unable to maintain operational reliability, defend against cyber threats, increase efficiency or promote innovation.

Drew has served as Water Resources Director for the City of Greensboro, NC since 2012. Prior to that, he served in many other positions within the city’s Water Supply Division, including: Operations Division Manager; Water Supply Division Manager;
Plant Superintendent of Maintenance and Operations; and Plant Mechanic and Electronics Technician.

Drew has served as Chair of the NC AWWA-NEA Operations & Maintenance Committee and on the NC AWWA-NEA Board of Trustees. Earlier in the year, he represented North Carolina at the AWWA’s national conference in Washington, D.C.

The must-attend event for water and wastewater industries professionals

ISA’s WWAC Symposium focuses entirely on the challenges associated with automation and instrumentation in the water and wastewater sectors. The symposium includes an extensive, two-day program of technical presentations; a tour of a local wastewater treatment plant; numerous networking events; a poster session; and a supplier showcase. Register today!

Presented by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division, in collaboration with the Florida AWWA Section, the WEF Automation and Info Tech Committee, the Florida Water Environment Association, and the Instrumentation Testing Association, the WWAC Symposium helps professionals in the water and wastewater industries understand how instrumentation, SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition), and automatic control applications are vital to the treatment and distribution of water; the collection and treatment of wastewater; and the management of stormwater.

Take a minute to review the conference brochure. Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Gain valuable ISA training

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take one of two high-value ISA courses during the event: Application of Industrial Wireless Systems – SP25C (a one-day course to be held 1 August), and Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control System – IC32 (a two-day course to be held 1-2 August). Given that space for the two courses is limited, individuals are encouraged to register soon.

Register for this remarkable event today

To register, and gain more information on the 2016 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium, please visit If you register by 15 June 2016, you’ll save $25.

In addition to registering online, individuals also have the option to complete a printed version of the registration form and fax it to +1 919-549-8288 or the completed form can be scanned and emailed to For assistance, please call ISA customer service directly at +1 919-549-8411.

To gain answers to any questions related to this event, contact Pavol Segedy, 2016 General Symposium Chair, at or Joe Provenzano, the 2016 Symposium Program Chair, at

Take advantage of discounted hotel room rates

The symposium is being held at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort in Orlando, Florida ( ISA has arranged a discounted hotel rate of $89/night (available until 15 July 2016 or until all available rooms are reserved) for symposium attendees for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. Please mention “ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium” when booking, and use the group code “ISA”. To obtain the discounted rate, click here.

About the ISA Water/Wastewater Industries Division

The ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division (WWID) is concerned with all aspects of instrumentation and automated-control related to commercial and public systems associated with water and wastewater management. Membership in the WWID provides the latest news and information relating to instrumentation and control systems in water and wastewater management, including water processing and distribution, as well as wastewater collection and treatment. More information can be found at

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA 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 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 (

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About GrahamNasby

Graham Nasby, P.Eng., PMP, CAP is a project manager and automation engineer who lives in Guelph, Ontario Canada where he is the Water SCADA & Security Specialist for the City of Guelph Waterworks. Graham was the chair of the 2012 and 2013 ISA water/wastewater symposiums, and is currently the editor of the ISA Water/Wastewater newsletter. He can be contacted at