Technology professor receives education award

September 18 2006

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - In recognition for his work in systems and automation, Gerald W. Cockrell, Ed.D., professor of electronics and computer technology at Indiana State University, has been selected by ISA, a global, nonprofit organization for automation, to receive the Donald P. Eckman Education Award at its annual honors and awards gala. Held in conjunction with ISA EXPO 2006, the awards gala will take place Oct. 16, 2006, at the Hyatt Regency Houston Hotel in Houston, Tex.

A professor in ISU?s College of Technology, Dr. Cockrell is being recognized for outstanding dedication and innovation in training; student competitions; and in international distance education in instrumentation, systems and automation.

Cockrell is a recognized international leader in the development and delivery of distance (internet-based) process control and automation programs and courses. He is a pioneer in the design and development of distance delivery of real-time laboratory experience. Cockrell developed a distance degree program for the ISU Master of Science in Electronics and Computer Technology. He established a distance project management course with the Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI) in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and coordinated an exchange program between SUAI and Indiana State U.

A senior Member of ISA, Cockrell spearheaded the development of the Society's scholarship program for technical, undergraduate and graduate students. He was instrumental in the creation of the International Student Bowl competition held in conjunction with ISA's annual EXPO event each Fall and in conducting student competitions at the District level.

The Donald P. Eckman Award recognizes an outstanding contribution toward education and training in the science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, systems and automation. The award is named for Dr. Donald P. Eckman, formerly of Case-Western Reserve University, to recognize profound individual accomplishments and contributions to instrumentation. The award carries a $1,000 honorarium and plaque.

About ISA
ISA (www.isa.org) is a global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere.

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Dr. Gerald Cockrell

Contact: Gerald Cockrell, Ed.D., professor of electronics/computer technology, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3394

Writer: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Gerald W. Cockrell, Ed.D., professor of electronics and computer technology at Indiana State University, has been selected by ISA, a global, nonprofit organization for automation, to receive the Donald P. Eckman Education Award at its annual honors and awards gala Oct. 16, 2006.

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