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MYNAH's Mentoring Program with Process Control Legend, Greg McMillan
By Noelle Weymer on 08.06.13
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MYNAH launches an internal mentoring program with Greg McMillan, focusing on the key aspects of dynamics important for operator training and plant performance.

MYNAH has launched an internal mentoring program with Greg McMillan, focusing on the key aspects of dynamics important for operator training and plant performance. We are fortunate enough to have process control guru Greg McMillan on staff as a Process Simulation Consultant. Greg has a passion for transferring his in-depth knowledge to the next generation of the process control industry. The goal of the MYNAH mentoring program is to teach our dynamic simulation professionals the essentials of process control and dynamic process modeling.

The MYNAH mentoring program follows the ISA book written by Greg McMillan and Hunter Vegas "101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career" in terms of providing concepts, details, watch-outs, insights and rules of thumb. Also, each session includes process dynamic examples generated by a Mimic Simulation Software virtual plant.

Greg will be presenting 6 sessions on the following topics to kick off the mentoring program:

  1. What are the Key Characteristics of Dynamic Terms and Responses?
  2. Why do I need to Learn Dynamics?
  3. Where do Process Dynamics Come From?
  4. Where do Automation System Dynamics Come From?
  5. What are the Sources of Disturbances?
  6. How Can We Speed Up and Adapt Model Dynamics?
MYNAH President, Mart Berutti, introducing Greg McMillan during the kick-off mentoring session

If you know Greg, you will know that he would never get through a presentation without inserting a little humor. Exhibit A:

Top 10 Reasons Why an Automation Engineer Makes a Great Spouse:

10. Reliable from day one
9. Always on the job
8. Low maintenance (minimal grooming, clothing & entertainment costs)
7. Many programmable features
6. Stable
5. Short settling time
4. No frills or extraneous features
3. Relies on feedback
2. Good response to commands and amenable to real time optimization
1. Readily tuned

For what it's worth, my personal favorite is #6. Stability is good! Stay tuned for more of Greg's Top 10 Lists...

Thanks,
Noelle

Noelle Hasser
Marketing Manager
MYNAH Technologies
+1.636.728.2036
noelle.hasser@mynah.com

About Greg McMillan

Gregory K. McMillan, CAP, is a retired Senior Fellow from Solutia/Monsanto where he worked in engineering technology on process control improvement. Greg was also an affiliate professor for Washington University in Saint Louis. Greg is an ISA Fellow and received the ISA "Kermit Fischer Environmental" Award for pH control in 1991, the Control Magazine "Engineer of the Year" Award for the Process Industry in 1994, was inducted into the Control "Process Automation Hall of Fame" in 2001, was honored by InTech Magazine in 2003 as one of the most influential innovators in automation, and received the ISA "Life Achievement Award" in 2010. Greg is the author of numerous books on process control, his most recent being Essentials of Modern Measurements and Final Elements for the Process Industry. Greg has been the monthly "Control Talk" columnist for Control magazine since 2002. Presently, Greg contracts as a consultant for Emerson Process Management and MYNAH Technologies.