Conference: 4 - 6 November Training: 7 November Houston, TX USA  


ISA PIC is THE Process Event for Industry Professionals

This year’s event has been expanded to deliver more comprehensive technical content to a broader range of professionals in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries.  

ISA PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference combines the technical expertise, knowledge, and experience of ISA—the global leader in process automation standards, training, and education—along with leading experts across critical areas covering: process instrumentation/control, cybersecurity & safety systems, open architecture & infrastructure, and operational excellence as well as robotics and subsea automation. 

Program Benefits


By offering a leading-edge technical program for addressing the demands of a changing world, ISA PIC 2019—Process Industry Conference is the process industry event that engineers and automation professionals can't afford to miss. 

  • Keynote presenters will reflect on the imagination of today’s thought leaders and innovators and provide perspective on the latest advances and trends in manufacturing technologies and applications. 
  • Comprehensive technical tracks will cover the crucial issues facing today’s manufacturing decision-makers—and those expected to determine both success and failure in the years ahead. 
  • Expert-led training courses will provide an added advantage for professional development on topics related to industrial cybersecurity, alarm management, and safety instrumented system criticalities. 
  • An exhibitor showcase of networking and promotional opportunities providing prime access to key industry products, services, and solutions.  

See photos from last year's event here.

Featured Speakers

Monday, 4 November

Dr. Dennis Ong Head of 5G Mobility Verizon Smart Communities 5G – Enabling Industrial Mobile Robots, Industrial IoT, and Autonomous Vehicles  

Dr. Dennis Ong is a TEDx speaker, distinguished architect, and head of the 5G Mobility at Verizon Smart Communities. Previously, he served as chief architect and director at Nokia where he led the systems engineering team for the IoT IMPACT platform, which received the "Best IoT Innovation for Mobile Networks" award at Mobile World Congress. At Alcatel-Lucent, he and his solution architecture team collaborated with three start-ups, based in India, Israel, and Silicon Valley, in creating a highly scalable analytics video optimization platform that served 50 million mobile subscribers worldwide.  

Dr. Ong was a TEDx speaker at The Ohio State University (OSU) on "Transforming IoT with Machine Learning" in February of 2018 and at Dayton on "Securing the World with Blockchain" in October of 2019. Dennis regularly speaks at conferences worldwide on machine learning, 5G, smart city, autonomous vehicle, IoT, and blockchain.  

He received an MBA with honors from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from OSU as a University Fellow. Dennis was also an adjunct faculty at OSU. 

Tuesday, 5 November

Dr. John Thomas Executive Director - Engineering Systems Lab MIT A Systems Approach to Safety  

Dr. John Thomas is the Executive Director of MIT’s Engineering Systems Lab. His research studies engineering mistakes, design flaws, and human error to develop more effective methods to anticipate and address them—especially in safety-critical and security-critical applications. He teaches classes on system safety, cybersecurity, system engineering, software and digital hardware engineering, human factors, and system architecture.  

His work has been widely adopted in industry, including techniques for developing requirements, anticipating unexpected or dysfunctional interactions in engineered systems, analyzing software-intensive systems, human-centered design processes, and others. He works closely with industry to ensure his research is not only theoretically sound but practical, usable, and useful for real engineers solving real problems. Applications include autonomous vehicles (land, air, and space), oil & gas, nuclear power, medical devices, and others.  

Wednesday, 6 November

Steve Mustard President & CEO National Automation, Inc. Incoming ISA President 2021 What Do You Need To Know—To Know Industrial Cybersecurity  

Steve Mustard, is an independent automation consultant and subject matter expert for the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella association, the Automation Federation. He is also an ISA executive board member and author of the ISA book, Mission Critical Operations Primer.

Backed by nearly 30 years of software development experience, Mustard specializes in: the development and management of real-time embedded equipment and automation systems; and the integration of real-time processing, decision-support, and other disparate systems to improve business processes. He serves as president of National Automation, Inc. 

Mustard is a recognized authority on industrial cybersecurity, having developed and delivered cybersecurity management systems, procedures, training, and guidance to multiple critical infrastructure organizations. He serves as the chair of the Automation Federation's Cybersecurity Committee. 

Mustard is a licensed professional Engineer, UK registered chartered Engineer, a European registered Eur Ing an ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®), and a certified Global Industrial Cybersecurity Professional (GICSP). He also is a Fellow in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Senior member of ISA.  

Top 5 Reasons to Attend

1. View state-of-the-art products and technology services and solutions 

2. Gain a competitve edge by participating in ISA training courses

3. Attend thought-provoking keynote sessions delivered by industry leaders

4. Participate in a variety of technical tracks and topical sessions

5. Network with peers and make valuable professional connections

Full Conference Registration Fees 

ISA Member: 750 USD Non-Member/List: 900 USD Student/Retirees: 125 USD  






2019 PIC Program Committee

Technical Program Chair Edward Naranjo, Emerson 

Education Papers Chair Kelvin Erickson, Missouri University of Science & Technology 

ChemPID/PMCD Session Chair Cheri Haarmeyer, Dow

 SharePoint Site Coordinator Sandeep Vysyaraju, Searles Valley Minerals, Inc.

Training Chair Ardis Bartle, Apex Measurement  

PMCD Session Chairs Nick Sands, DuPont Haritha Srinivasan, FM Global Pankaj Goel, Texas A&M University  

Safety Paper Chairs Simon Lucchini, Director-Elect, ISA Safety & Security Division Iwan Van Beurden, exida

Security Paper Chairs John Cusimano, aeSolutions Dave Gunter, aeSolutions  

ACARD Paper Chair Yogesh Balajee, Siemens

Society for Underwater Technology Chris Curran

ARC Advisory Group Mark Sen Gupta Mark Luciw Larry O'Brien 

Center for Operator Performance Track David Strobhar, Beville Engineering, Inc.  

Open Process Automation Forum Track Don Bartusiak, ExxonMobil  

XCD System Analyst Kash Behdinan, Pointfair Automation 

ISA Staff Kim Belinsky