ISA Interchange

Welcome to the official blog of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

This blog covers numerous topics on industrial automation such as operations & management, continuous & batch processing, connectivity, manufacturing & machine control, and Industry 4.0.

The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. ISA blog posts may be authored by ISA staff and guest authors from the automation community. Views and opinions expressed by a guest author are solely their own, and do not necessarily represent those of ISA. Posts made by guest authors have been subject to peer review.

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The ISA Connect Challenge

I wrote last March about what it means to be an ISA volunteer and shared thoughts on the benefits of getting involved. Some of the most cited benefits of volunteering are related to professional networking, such as:

  • Broadening your network of global professionals
  • Sharing and gaining knowledge
  • Giving back to the profession
  • Enhancing your influence and recognition as an expert and leader
  • Achieving professional growth and personal satisfaction

ISA offers a great tool, exclusive to its members, where you can connect with the automation community and grow your professional network. It’s called ISA Connect, and its purpose is to foster collaboration and technical conversations. If you have not logged in recently, you will notice that ISA Connect has a new look. I believe that it looks much nicer and is now even easier to use. We have been receiving a lot of positive feedback from our members.


However, some of you have not started connecting. Therefore, I would like to launch the following challenge to all of our members: #ConnectWithCarlos.




  • To have 100% of our members using ISA Connect before the end of the year


  1. Access ISA Connect
  2. Login using the same username and password that you use to login to If you have forgotten your login credentials, click here
  3. If this is your first time logging in, you will need to accept the Terms of Use
  4. Add me as a contact



Contact Me

I love to connect with our members and listen to their opinions about automation, what ISA is doing now, and what ISA should be doing to answer their needs. Please connect with me on ISA Connect, LinkedIn, or send an email to


The Latest at ISA

  • We have great news: The execution of our Strategy continues to progress well. Our membership growth target for the year is 2% and we have grown to more than 5% to date, with our member retention improving. The number of people attending our courses and events is increasing in the US and around the world.
  • Check out the updated Key Results on our Strategy Dashboard on the ISA Connect homepage where you can monitor our progress.
  • Various conferences have registrations open, including the Automation and Leadership Conference (ALC). Check out the ISA 2022 Events Calendar and register today. Virtual event registrations are FREE for our members.
  • Our Smart Manufacturing and IIoT Division (SM/IIoT) worked with InTech Magazine to create the first division-lead edition! The entire magazine is jam-packed with SM/IIOT topics and insights.
  • Do you know that members have access to all standards developed by ISA?
  • Have you read the latest ISA Interchange blog post?
  • Are you using ISA Connect? There are a ton of great technical discussions happening.
  • Have you invited anyone to join ISA? If you are interested in inviting your colleagues and would like to learn more about what ISA Membership has to offer, please refer to our brochure.


Carlos Mandolesi
Carlos Mandolesi

Carlos Mandolesi is an electrical engineer, graduating from the Federal University of Itajubá (UNIFEI) in 1992 and post-graduated in Business Management from the University São Francisco in 2006. He has a career of over 25 years in the field of industrial automation and industrial networks, having worked in companies like General Electric (GE) and Sigma Automation. Carlos currently serves as Project Portfolio Manager at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Carlos is the President-elect for the 2021-2022 term of the International Society of Automation (ISA). See Carlos on ISA Connect.

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