2018 Power Industry Division Symposium, Knoxville, TN | ISA

ISA's Power Industry Division Symposium comes to Knoxville, Tennessee!


Conference: 26-28 June Training: 25 June  

2018 ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium!

Attend this industry-specific event focused on solving critical power generation challenges! 

Join ISA and other leading power industry professionals in Knoxville, Tennessee for a week of networking, technical presentations, and ISA-led training courses at this year's POWID Symposium. 

Through insights and presentations from leading industry experts, you'll gain the knowledge and perspectives needed to stay ahead in the rapidly evolving power generation landscape. 

See photos from last year's event here.

Presentation Topics Include:

Fossil Environmental Controls —Scrubbers —SCR Controls —Regulatory Challenges —MATS Compliance

Combustion Turbine and Combined Cycle Plants —Operational Flexibility —Start-up and Ramp Rates —Load Range Extension

Existing and Future Fossil —Regulatory Challenges —Cycling —Operation Flexibility

Cybersecurity Case Studies in Cybersecurity Implementations & Audits —Balancing Compliance Requirements with Security Needs —Analysis, Developments, Applications and Case Studies on Cybersecurity —Analysis on the Efficacy of ICS/SCADA Cybersecurity Technologies or Processes

Monitoring and Diagnostics Equipment Development —New Sensors —Wireless Sensors —Embedded Sensing

Human Factors Engineering —Alarm Management —High Performance HMI —Control Center Design

Fleet Management —Inspection & Maintenance —Condition Monitoring —Alarm Management —Monitoring, Diagnostics & Prognostics —Big Data & IIoT

Renewable & Distributed Renewable Optimization —Thermal Cycle Augmentation —Energy Storage —Process Modeling and Predictive Controls —Long Term Reliability and Maintenance Issues —Renewable Power Forecast and Management

Nuclear Operating Nuclear Plants —Digital Upgrades —I&C, System Upgrades —Plant Life Extensions —EMC Qualification Testing —Wireless Sensors and Device Implementation

New Nuclear Plants —Commercial Reactors —Small Modular Reactors —Regulatory Challenges

Programmatic Issues —Setpoints, Uncertainties, and TSTF-493 Implementation —Operability Determinations —Suspect & Counterfeit Parts

Emerging Technologies Simulation and Training —Advanced Control —Advanced Sensors —Automation

Interested in presenting? Share your expertise at the 2018 event. Download the Call for Papers here. Abstracts are due 9 March.

Authors and presenters, we welcome your participation in the upcoming POWID Symposium! Each Spring for over 60 years, the ISA Power Industry Division has hosted this technical Symposium specifically dedicated to Instrumentation and Controls in the power industry. Over the years many innovations in the I&C arena have been presented, reflecive of the issues facing the industry at the time of each Symposium. And, we anticipate this year's Symposium will follow suit due to the never ending challenges facing the power industry, virtually redefining the industry daily. 

In accordance with the Call For Papers, below you will find the instructions for participation, links for guidelines for formats and templates, instructions for submissions, and details about the entire review process and associated timelines. Your abstract, paper or presentation will be assigned to a Session Developer who will keep you informed about progress, provide feedback and who will also serve as the session moderator on the day your paper/presentation is to be presented during the Symposium. 

If you have any questions, please contact your Session Developer or one of the Program Chairs. A list of contacts is provided at the bottom of this website.

Important Deadlines

Abstract Submission..................................................................9 March Draft Paper.................................................................................6 April Reviewers' Comments to Author................................................4 May Final Paper for Publication.........................................................25 May Draft Presentation......................................................................25 May Rights and Responsibilities Form..............................................25 May Presentation Reviewers Comments..........................................1 June Final Presentation.....................................................................8 June 

Top 5 Reasons to Attend 

1. Capitalize on the latest innovations in instrumentation, controls, and automation technologies.

2. Stay informed of critical regulatroy requirements and updates.

3. Meet face-to-face with highly recognized power generation professionals and industry experts.

4. Build a network of valuable contacts.

5. Learn about the latest power industry products and services.


Tuesday, 26 June:

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Registration

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.: Welcome/Conference Opening Remarks

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.: Keynote Addresses

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.: Break/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Keynote Address

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Round Table Discussion

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Honors and Awards Luncheon/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Session 2 Track Break Outs

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Student Career Development Forum

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Networking Reception/Vendor Exhibits

Wednesday, 27 June:

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Registration

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Session 3 Track Break Outs

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Session 4 Track Break Outs

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Student Career Development Forum

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.: Networking Reception/Vendor Exhibits

Thursday, 28 June:

7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Registration

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast/Networking/Vendor Exhibits

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: ISA67 Committee Meeting

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Session 5 Track Break Outs

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Lunch/Networking

**Subject to change, as the final program is still under development.


Need help in justifying your attendance at this relevant, one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity?

Get the justification you need for 2018 budget approval with our Conference Attendance Toolkit (aka Convince Your Boss), which provides all the right information and tools you need to prove ROI through your attendance to enhance your skills/expertise, make valuable contacts and bring back value to your organization following the event.


Dr. J. Wesley Hines Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department, The University of Tennessee 

Dr. J. Wesley Hines is the Head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Hines received the BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University in 1985, and then served as a nuclear qualified submarine officer in the US Navy. He later received both an MBA and an MS in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from The Ohio State University in 1994. He has served the University of Tennessee for over 22 years. On the scholarly side, Dr. Hines teaches and conducts research in artificial intelligence and advanced statistical techniques applied to process diagnostics, condition based maintenance, and prognostics; and has made notable accomplishments in the invention and development of reliability enhancing condition monitoring technologies. He has led over 100 research projects with awards totaling over $14M sponsored by both government and commercial entities in the US and abroad. Dr. Hines has authored over 330 technical papers and is invited to speak around the world on topics ranging from his research activities, distance education delivery approaches, nuclear engineering education, reliability and maintainability education, and national nuclear strategy. His notable academic and scholarly accomplishments which were recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Nuclear Engineering Division, through their Glenn Murphy Distinguished Nuclear Engineering Educator Award in 2014 and also by being selected as an American Nuclear Society Fellow in 2015.  

Dr. Joe Hoagland Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation, TVA

Dr. Joe Hoagland is Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation is TVA’s Designated Federal Officer for both the Regional Energy Resource Council and the Regional Resource Stewardship Council. He is responsible for strategic engagement of stakeholders around various issues including TVA’s energy resources, natural resource stewardship, and other key issues. In addition, Hoagland directs TVA’s strategy on technology innovation research, development, and implementation to improve TVA’s power system. 

He has extensive experience in utility research and development including generation, technologies, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, storage, and environmental regulations. Some of Hoagland’s key responsibilities have included environmental policy, R&D strategy, and retail regulation, while serving in numerous TVA organizations including River Operations, Customer Relations, and Office of CEO. 

Hoagland has served on boards and committees for several industry related organizations including Electric Power Research Institute, Smart Electric Power Association, Electricity Storage Association, Department of Energy, and The Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors.

Dr. Peter G. Martin Vice President of Innovation and Marketing, Schneider Electric

Dr. Martin has over 37 years in industrial control and automation. He has authored numerous articles, technical papers, and books. He holds multiple patents. Fortune named Dr. Martin a Hero of U.S. Manufacturing. He was also named as one of the 50 Most Influential Innovators of All Time by InTech and received the Life Achievement Award by the International Society of Automation (ISA). In 2013 Dr. Martin was elected to the Process Automation Hall of Fame and was selected as a Fellow of the International Society of Automation. In 2017 he was named as one of the 30 Internet of Things Executives Whose Names You Should Know by CRN. In 2018 he was named to the Measurement, Control and Automation Hall of Fame. He holds BA and MS degrees in Mathematics and an MA degree in Administration and Management, a Master of Biblical Studies degree, a PhD in Industrial Engineering, and a PhD in Biblical Studies.


Cutting-edge technical training for the power industry professional

To complement the content you gain through your attendance, a number of ISA-sponsored, technical training courses will be offered before and after the event. The course list will be posted on this site soon; check back for more information on training opportunities being offered at this year's event.

Note: Training courses require a separate registration and fee. Combination discounts are available.

Once the course list is posted on this site, you'll be able to click on each one to register and to gain more course information. You will also be able register by contacting ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 or info@isa.org.  


The University of Tennessee Conference Center 600 Henley Street Knoxville, TN 37996 USA Phone: +1 865-974-1000 

Directions and Parking: 

Driving Directions


Parking Locust Street Garage: $7/day, NO in/out privileges  

Nearby Hotels:

Hilton Knoxville Phone: 865-523-2300  

Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park Phone: 865-522-2800  

Hampton Inn Phone: 865-522-4100  


Received by 30 May

ISA Member: US$ 540

ISA Affiliate Member: US$ 620

Non-Member/List: US$ 700

One-day ISA Member: US$ 320

One-day Non-Member: US$ 375

Authors/Speakers (each): US$ 400

Additional Exhibitor Sales Personnel: US$ 300

Students: US$ 125

Retirees: US$ 125

Guest Only Awards/Lunch/Reception: US$ 50

Received after 30 May

ISA Member: US$ 640

ISA Affiliate Member: US$ 720

Non-Member/List: US$ 800

One-day ISA Member: US$ 320

One-day Non-Member: US$ 375

Authors/Speakers (each): US$ 400

Additional Exhibitor Sales Personnel: US$ 300

Students: US$ 125

Retirees: US$ 125

Guest Only Awards/Lunch/Reception: US$ 50


Special Utility and Group Pricing NOW AVAILABLE! Register 3 or more people on the same registration for $1,500! Contact ISA Customer Service at +1 919-549-8411 for details.  

Event Refund-Cancellation Policy While we hope your plans do not change, we understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise. If you cancel at least two weeks before the start date of the event, you can receive a full refund. If you cancel less than two weeks before the event start date, you can utilize your credit to transfer to a future technical event offering in the remaining year, or use for the purchase of other ISA products/services of comparable value, but there will be no refunds. In the unlikely occurrence of an event cancellation and circumstances beyond our control, ISA will also attempt to notify all registrants no later than ten days prior to the scheduled event date. ISA is not responsible for any travel or related scheduling expenses incurred prior to a cancellation decision. Please note that all outstanding registration fees are also due prior to your event attendance. 


Exhibit/Sponsorship Opportunities! 

POWID 2018 will give sponsors the opportunity to meet face to face with a variety of industry decision makers searching for solutions, products, services, and partners they can trust to make their jobs easier.  

Guarantee your access to this prime audience of prospects, customers, buyers, and influential leaders in the power generation industries by booking your booth today! Contact one of our Account Managers below for more information!  

Laura Martinez +1 919-314-6708 lmartinez@isa.org  

Chris Nelson +1 919-990-9265 cnelson@isa.org  

Richard Simpson +1 919-414-7395 rsimpson@isa.org

Thank you to our current 2018 sponsors and exhibitors!

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