konnect Issue-date: 30th September, 2020.

President's Message

Senior Manager
Desmet Ballestra Engineering Center Pvt. Ltd.
ISA Bangalore Section President

My Dear Automation Professionals,

It is great pleasure to connect with you via this 1st newsletter after taking over the responsibility as ISA Bangalore Section President for the term Jul-2020 to Jun-2021. Myself, the Executive Committee (EC) members, and our new Administrative officer are all excited, passionate and committed to do our best to fulfil your faith on us, to strengthen ISA Bangalore section further, on the solid foundation laid by our previous leaders/teams over past many years.

We have planned exciting set of programs and activities for 2020-21 to cater to our regular members and the student sections. Have already started working hard to fulfil them.

After the success of the event ISA/IEC 62443 cybersecurity Certification Training Program which was 1st time in India, we had plans to conduct more of such kind to encourage more certified professionals in the country. But our plans got affected by COVID-10 pandemic which limited the possibility of repeating the same event. With continued efforts to organize the training & certification, VILT (Virtual Instructor-Led Training was successfully organized to one of the corporates where the participants & trainer were connected on Microsoft Teams platform from the safe comfort of their homes. We are hoping to conduct the same more to mixed participation in future.

As the end of the pandemic is unclear, all our programs & meetings were foreseen to happen on virtual platform.

As highlights of events during July, our team of professionals were involved in providing inputs in the process of revising the curriculum for one of the engineering institutions.

The webinars,“Should Businesses go back to a Structured, techTalk Start up Thinking mode in this crisis?” by Mr. Cherian Kuruvila, Business Mentor/ Executive Coach/Leadership facilitator/Writer Increasing Immunity with Nature Cure by Dr. Gauri Rokkam aka Nagashree Ph.D. (Yoga & Life-sciences), M.Sc (Food & Nutrition), Holistic Nutritionist were conducted which were covering the personality development & healthy living during the pandemic situation.

Later during August, we conducted the webinar on “Radiometric measurement solutions for Industrial processes” by Mr. Prasanna Upadhyay - Director – Sales, BERTHOLD TECHNOLOGIES (INDIA) PVT LTD

We have plans to conduct many more events such as webinars, faculty development programs, paid trainings & certifications in future which will be announced in future days. We believe professional members & student sections will benefit from these events.

My sincere thanks to our Outgoing president & the team for all the efforts to highlight ISA Bangalore to get awarded by the HQ. The new team will try the best to keep up the level.

Brief Profile of President:

To introduce myself, I am an Instrumentation Engineer by qualification, started my profession as Instrument Service Engineer, then to sales for a short time and landed into the field Automation Engineering. I had the opportunity to work with budding companies, smaller companies and multinationals like Yokogawa who were all Automation Technology vendors.

My present occupation is in a team of Process Automation Engineering as Senior Manager within Desmet Ballestra Engineeering Center who is a Desmet Ballestra Group (www.desmetballestra.com). My company is one of the major edible oil technology providers across the globe. Based out of Europe (Belgium & France), company has its offices all over the globe catering the technological services to bigger as well smaller players of the Agro industry.

Coming back to my journey with ISA, holding my membership from 2009, I started involving into the voluntary activities of ISA Bangalore section from 2013 onwards with different chair roles.