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Sam Herb, P.E.

Owner, JAOMAD Consultancy


Samuel M. Herb, P.E. has worked in the Utility and Process Controls industries for more than five decades performing various roles in marketing, business development, marketing communications, control applications, product management, systems engineering, project management, product evaluation, technical publications, and education.

Background ranges from design and testing of components within instrumentation, to responsibility for overall product line viability. Experience includes sensors, transmitters, pneumatic and electric controllers, final control elements, indicators and recorders, each as individual products as well as their combined use within systems. For well over a quarter century, he has been primarily involved with microprocessor-based distributed process control systems.

Designed Control Room for Gasifiers on largest coal refinery in the world; one of the world's first large scale video-based control rooms. Large project involvement included Safeguard Antimissile System for Army Signal Corps, Fast Flux Test Facility Breeder Reactor for Westinghouse Hanford, SASOL Coal Gasification Plant for Republic of South Africa, and Yanbu Refinery for ARAMCO of Saudi Arabia.

Holds BS/EE from Drexel University, member of Industrial Computing Society as well as senior life member of ISA – The International Society of Automation; served six years on faculty of Spring Garden College, PA as well as consultant to several companies. Author of dozens of journal articles and technical papers for a variety of professional societies and technical publications; developed and has internationally presented talks, seminars, webcasts, and courses in instrumentation for four decades, consultant on several ISA video tape series, member of ISA SP 95 committee for Enterprise – Control System Integration standard.

Co-authored textbook "Understanding Distributed Process Control," authored chapters in Practical Guide Series on Continuous Control, and authored textbook "Understanding Distributed Processor Systems for Control," from which seven “Mini-books” have been developed by ISA for both on-line and hard copy; developed five on-line courses & CDs on control systems;


Summary of his professional achievement:

- Twice received ISA Eagle Award for section service, Donald P. Eckman Award for education, and Distinguished Society Service Award.