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SES Awarded Two NIST Grants

PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE (October 11, 2012) – SES - The Society for Standards Professionals is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two grants from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under a special NIST Education Challenge Grant program.

The Education Challenge Grants are a special funding opportunity offered by the NIST Standards Services Group to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization and support the integration of standards education into the undergraduate or graduate course curriculum in a meaningful way. These small grants are intended to encourage programs of higher education in the fields of business, engineering, and information technology and information science to design, test, and evaluate specific innovations in the teaching methods, curricula, class assignments, student projects (including capstone projects). The goal is to educate students about the impact and nature of standards and standardization so that they enter the workforce and or continue their academic studies with a strong understanding and appreciation for the value and benefits of standards and standardization. A secondary goal of the SSG Grant Program is to identify new approaches, methods, and models that can be replicated or built-on by other educational programs.

In its applications for the NIST grants, SES proposed solutions aimed at the lack of standards-related educational programs in colleges and universities, citing the fact that standards are widely used in the workplace, and graduates often are expected to use standards, but rarely are they equipped with the knowledge of standards, and how to work with and apply them to real-world situations. To further exacerbate the problem, the typical STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) faculty member has not received any education in standards. The first NIST grant funds a pilot project to introduce the Standards Aware™ series of online e-learning courses, which cover the fundamentals of standards and conformity assessment, as well as related case studies into the STEM curriculum at Purdue University. SES will use multimedia technology (including animation, video, 3D graphics, and audio) to develop a blended instructional model combining the case studies and the Standards Aware™ courses for Purdue STEM students. In addition, the pilot will include online access to the standards referenced in the case studies.

Under the second NIST grant, SES will develop a new course in the Standards Aware™ e-learning series that illustrates how the various STEM disciplines use standards. Practical examples of standards used in a variety of real-world applications will be featured in this course.

SES Executive Director Mike Morrell noted, “From its inception 65 years ago, the Society has focused its efforts on programs and services to educate the public and private sectors, academia, and consumers about the benefits of standards. The SES projects funded by the NIST grants support the goals of the SSG Grant Program to educate students about the impact and nature of standards and standardization so that they may enter the workforce and or continue their academic studies with a strong understanding and appreciation for the value and benefits of standards and standardization. In addition, the SES projects meet the secondary goal of the NIST grant program to identify new approaches, methods, and models that can be replicated or built-on by other educational programs.”

About SES
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals was founded in 1947 as the Standards Engineering Society, a not-for-profit professional membership society dedicated to furthering the knowledge and use of standards and standardization. SES is unique in that it is the only organization in North America committed exclusively to this effort. It also manages the world's only certification program for standards professionals. SES provides a neutral forum where standards users and developers can come together to address mutual issues, opportunities, and interests in ways that work to the benefit of everyone involved with, or affected by, standards. SES members are primarily involved in the development, application, and use of company, government, national, regional, and international standards. SES is the member body for Canada and the United States in the International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN), and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

Contact:
Mike Morrell, AStd, FSES
Executive Director
SES -The Society for Standards Professionals
Phone: 1 603 926 0750
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