Provost Blais recognized for service to ISA professional organization

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Roger Blais, provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Tulsa, has received a 2008 ISA Distinguished Society Service Award for his more than 15 years of dedicated service and leadership to ISA -- the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society.

The award was presented to Blais during a formal ceremony in conjunction with ISA EXPO in Houston. The honor recognizes key ISA society members whose long service has contributed to the professional organization as a whole and its organizational units. Blais has been an instrumental leader in ISA’s Test Measurement Division, which covers the measurement, instrumentation and techniques associated with providing test data for product development and evaluation.

Blais has served as provost at TU since 1999 and as an associate director of the petroleum research group, Tulsa University Artificial Lift Projects, since 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and French literature from the University of Minnesota and his doctorate in experimental physics from the University of Oklahoma.

Earlier this year, Blais was honored with ISA’s Neal P. Baum Award, the highest technical award offered by the Test Measurements Division of ISA. The prestigious award recognized Blais for his outstanding technical leadership in the test measurements field. The award also provided a $2,000 scholarship for an upper-class engineering, chemistry, physics or mathematics student at TU.

ISA is an international nonprofit professional association of 35,000 engineers and scientists who work in the general areas of scientific instruments, instrumentation/computer systems and automation technology. The Test Measurement Division (TMD) is one of 17 divisions of ISA and specializes in measurements of temperature, pressure and flow.