Don Dickinson named as 2018 General Symposium Chair

The International Society of Automation (ISA) is pleased to announce that Don Dickinson, of Phoenix Contact, has been named as general symposium chair for the upcoming 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium.

wwac2016_img_8848Taking place at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda Maryland on 7-9 August 2018 and only 15 minutes from the nation’s capitol, the symposium will feature two days of technical speakers, an exhibitor hall, a tour of a local water plant, and technical training courses on a variety of topics.  The event, now it its fifteenth year, brings together automation professionals in the municipal water/wastewater sector from around the world.

“The ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium, also known as WWAC, is unique in its focus,” says Graham Nasby, chair of the ISA-112 SCADA systems standards committee, “It is the only symposium in North America that is entirely devoted to the needs to automation professionals in the municipal water/wastewater sector. We are delighted to have Don Dickinson head up this important event for us in 2018.”

Don and Phoenix Contact have been involved with the WWAC symposium for many years. In 2012, when the event was rebooted as a modern conference, Phoenix Contact was one of the key sponsors of the event, a role they have held ever since.  Over the years Don has served a presenter, a member of the program committee, assistant symposium chair, and now in the role of General Symposium Chair.

dondickinson“I look forward to continuing to lead what has been a very successful symposium for the ISA”, says Don Dickinson in a recent interview, “Automation plays an integral role in addressing the significant challenges that we face in our industry such as modernizing  aging infrastructure.  The WWAC symposium is focused on ensuring that the automation workforce is equipped to deal with these challenges and continues to benefit from advances in technology. ”

Each year the symposium boasts an attendance of 200-300 water professionals, which includes plant managers, operators, engineers, and system integration personnel. With its focus on SCADA, Instrumentation and Automation, it offers targeted training and knowledge-sharing that is not available at other conferences.

The symposium partners with local sections of the AWWA (American Water Works Association) and the WEF (Water Environment Federation), in order to offer MDE/state-approved Continuing Education Credits (CEU), which can be used state-licensed water operators for their annual license renewals.  The event also offers PDH (professional developments hours) that can be used by both engineers and CAP (certified automation professionals) to meet their continuing education requirements.

Abstracts are currently being solicited for the 2018 symposium.  Potential authors are welcome to submit a 250 word write-up about proposed presentations and papers for the 2018 conference. Submissions are due on January 31, 2018.  The complete Call for Papers, author information kit, and a list of suggested areas of interest can be found at  Announcements about invited and guest speakers will be made in the New Year.  In the meantime please continue checking the website for updates.

More information about the 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic controls Symposium can be found at  Abstracts are currently being solicited for potential speakers for the 7-9 August 2018 event in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.


About the 2018 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium

Presented by the ISA Water and Wastewater Industries Division, the ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls (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 storm water. As a three-day event, the symposium features technical speakers, invited speakers, an exhibit hall, plant tour, training and a general reception. The 2018 symposium will be taking place 7-9 August 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, Maryland, USA. 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 (