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SES Webinars - Sponsored by Techstreet a division of Clarivate

Our 2018 webinars begin again in September. You can register for them now. Members login to get the webinars at no cost.

The webinars provide an excellent opportunity for education in the areas of emerging and current standards topics. Each webinar lasts approximately one hour with up to an additional half hour question and answer session.

All webinars will be offered free of charge to SES members! If you would like to become a member of SES, visit our Membership page.

Webinars count toward Certification! Don't forget that attending a webinar - attending live or viewing later from the SES website - will count as three points toward your AStd or CStd certification requirements. 

Up Coming Webinars

September 2018 Webinar

September 19, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

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The Operational Art of Standards

Presented by: Phil Mattson, Director, Office of Standards, Department of Homeland Security

The Operational Art of Standards

Presented by: Phil Mattson, Director, Office of Standards, Department of Homeland Security

Documentary standards are not in themselves the answer, especially when developing and fielding a technology to be used by emergency responders.  Standards are a critical enabler though.  Between the hands on, “tactical” level of standards development, conducted at the working group/technical committee level in the SDO, and the high level, overarching realm of standards roadmaps, strategies and strategic plans, lies another area, the operational level.  This operational level is where the various activities that support the development and deployment of a standards-enabled capability occur.  This can include research to inform standards and test methods, development and validation of test methods, development of an appropriate conformity assessment program, and providing guidance on the capabilities and limitations inherent in the standards so the user can train and effectively integrate the new capability into their concept of operations.  These activities are usually carried out by multiple organizations, and without an understanding of the dynamics, time phasing and resource requirements, a successful outcome can be delayed.  An understanding of the considerations of the operational art of standards can help mitigate some of choke points in the process.

About the Speaker

Philip Mattson serves as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Standards Executive and the Director of the Office of Standards in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate. He coordinates and manages a broad portfolio of standards development projects executed through the Office of Standards, and across the Department. Prior to coming to DHS, he served as the Program Manager for Critical Incident Technologies at the Office of Law Enforcement Standards, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he managed programs developing a suite standards supporting the needs of first responders. He has served as co-chair of the Committee on Homeland and National Security (CHNS) Subcommittee on Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Standards (SOS-CBRNE), the federal Co-chair of the Standards Coordination Subgroup of the Inter Aency Board for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability (IAB), and is the Chair of the ASTM E54 Homeland Security Applications Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Oregon State University, and a Master’s Degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has extensive training in nuclear weapons and radiological incident management, and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a retired Army officer; serving over 20 years as a combat engineer and nuclear physicist.


October 2018 Webinar

October 17, 2018 1:00-2:30 eastern

“The Intersection of Research and Standards” 

The development of performance-based safety standards has been the focus and Mission of UL since its’ inception in 1894. There are various methods and procedures for developing safety standards, but the preferred method is to convene a diverse set of stakeholders from interest groups as defined by American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In all cases, it is important to submit critical safety information regarding the defined focus of the standard to help educate and inform the Standards Technical Panel members as part of their consensus deliberation process. This “research” information is often derived from direct assessment or previous safety evaluations based upon “foreseeable use” of the focus of the standard. It also is supported by information derived from accident or incident reports from government or other reputable agencies. It might also be generated by Fault Tree Analysis (FTA) or Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) studies and these methodologies have been defined by prominent organizations such as NASA, US Military and academic institutions. This presentation will provide an overview of how UL leverages safety science research in the Standards Development process and illustrate the discussion with key projects and the outcome that was achieved.


UL Corporate Fellow
Vice President, Research
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.


Dr. J. Thomas Chapin is the Vice President, Research at Underwriters Laboratories Inc.  Tom is a UL William Henry Merrill Society Corporate Fellow and Chairman of the UL Fire Council.  He focuses on emerging technologies, safety trends, aging, failure and forensic analysis, fire dynamics and the evolving definition of safety.  Previously, Tom managed UL research activities related to UL standards, testing and certification, and surveillance services.

As a trained materials scientist, Chapin’s career has been dedicated to the study of polymer synthesis, characterization, product development, large-scale manufacturing and material processing, degradation, aging and fire behavior.  Tom joined UL in 2001 after a 21-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and three years at The Upjohn Co.  He has 17 patents in telecommunication product and materials science. Tom has made over 300 technical presentations at conferences and has in excess of 150 technical publications in chemistry, materials and polymer science. He is serving as an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University lecturing on chemistry, polymer science and fire dynamics.

Tom was the past international chairman of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee, TC 113 on “Nanotechnology Standardization for Electrical and Electronic Components and Subsystems”.

Chapin received his BS in Chemistry with Honors in 1974 from the University of Connecticut and a Ph.D. in Polymer Science in 1977 from the Institute of Materials Science at the University of Connecticut. 


UL fosters safe living and working conditions for people everywhere through the application of science to solve safety, security and sustainability challenges.  The UL Mark engenders trust enabling the safe adoption of innovative new products and technologies. Everyone at UL shares a passion to make the world a safer place.  We test, inspect, audit, certify, validate, verify, advise and train and we support these efforts with software solutions for safety and sustainability.  To learn more about us, visit

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“The Intersection of Research and Standards” 

Presented by :  J. Thomas Chapin Ph.D. , VP Research Underwriters Laboratories


SES – The Society for Standards Professionals (SES) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). SES and SCC are both committed to the development and promotion of standards and conformity assessment professionals.  As a result, SES and SCC recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding intended to join forces to assist the standards community.  The MOU was signed during the annual SES conference held in Denver, Colorado in August 2016.  Under the agreement, SES and SCC will cooperate and promote standards educational offerings, share relevant news of interest to members, promote North American standards and conformity assessment harmonization, collaborate on joint webinars to the benefit of members, and collaborate on new initiatives and programs targeting students and young professionals. Click here for the full News Release.

September/October Issue of Standards Engineering

The September/October issue always highlights the SES annual conference - celebrate this year’s award winners and honor the incoming Board of Directors and the SES committees, plus the full text of the president’s State of the Society address.

SES to Review SES2 2011 Model Procedure for the Development of Standards.

SES SC has started the review of its SES2 2011 Model Procedure for the Development of Standards. Some of the areas identified for review are:

Consensus requirements – the three current “Options” would become examples;  other popular ones could be added.  The committee is considering what to do with abstentions?

Opportunity to vote – letter ballots, vote during meetings, etc.

Disposition of comments –treatment for those submitted with affirmative or negative votes, options to address them and get consensus on resolutions, level of consensus needed function of the stage of the approval process.

To submit comments or suggestions around these areas email

SES Recording and Slides Webinar - Sponsored by Techstreet a division of Clarivate

SES-3 - The Essential Framework for Joint Standards Development

Recent trends in standards development indicate an increase in efforts where two or more organizations enter into an agreement for the development and publication of a Joint Standard. SES-3 was published in 2016 to provide guidance to interested parties by outlining the key components of a Joint Standards Agreement and a recommended process for managing the development of Joint Standards. This webinar presents an overview of the SES-3 standard.

Download the recording or the slides of the November 2016 Webinar presented by two members of the SES Publications Committee, Mark Ramlochan, Standards Project Manager at ULC Standards, and Tricia Sena, Standards Project Manager at UL Standards.

Click here to view the recording

Click here to view the slides

Now Available!! SES 3:2016, Recommended Practice for Joint Standards Development

This recommended practice provides guidance to Standards Development Organizations for the development of Joint Standards by outlining the key components of a Joint Standards Agreement and a recommended process for managing the development of Joint Standards. Click here for more information on SES 3 and to purchase your copy!

NEWS RELEASE - ICC Assist Efforts of SES in Providing Support for SDOs

The International Code Council is pleased to be collaborating with SES - The Society for Standards Professionals in the distribution of two key resources design to assist Standard Developers and others who utilize or are involved in the standards development process. These two publications,ANSI/SES-1:2013, Recommended Practice for Designation and Organization of Standards and SES-2:2012, Model Procedure for the Development of Standards provide guidance for those interested in the effective creation and implementation of standards. Click here to read the full News Release

SES Refer A Friend (RAF) Program

Refer business associates or friends who you think can benefit from a SES membership, and be rewarded. Through the SES Refer a Friend (RAF) Program, SES rewards your efforts to promote SES and recruit new Members. Entering is easy. Complete the “Refer a Friend” section on the SES Website under My Profile and we’ll take care of the rest. The SES website will track the members who have joined via your invitation.

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Standards Engineering

The bi-monthly journal of SES, Standards Engineering brings together, in one place, an easy-to-read accumulation of timely articles, best practices, advice on processes, and new technology innovations, and a series of feature columns by some of the profession's best thinkers and active participants. The journal can be viewed in multiple e-pub formats, log in to the Member's Only area of this site to view the current and historical editions of Standards Engineering.

SES and IP-Shield Announce the IP Alliance

SDOs lose revenue via unintentional and sometimes illegal distribution of their standards. While we may never be able to police the infringement from unauthorized sales, we CAN support the SDOs by calling attention to common misuses in the workplace. SES and IP-Shield bring you the IP Alliance, which believes education is the key to stopping copyright infringement. By joining the alliance we provide you with resources including a short video to post on your website to help your users mitigate risk. For more information visit: IP Alliance.

SES Sponsored Training

In partnership with IP-Shield, SES offers Standards Aware™, a collection of 8 IACET approved courses designed for anyone who develops, uses, references, or distributes standards. From new hires and recent college graduates, to seasoned engineers and professionals across industries, this collection offers something for everyone. Users can take individual courses relevant to their needs, or the entire series. Curious to learn more, take a sneak peak here:

Learn more about modules and pricing!

SES Online Store

Click here to visit the SES Online Store for standards-related publications and professional development courses.


Interested in learning more about the benefits of individual or organizational membership in SES?  Go to membership to find out how to join and why standards professionals choose to belong to SES.

United States Standards Strategy (USSS) - Third Edition

The United States Standards Strategy provides a framework that can be used by all interested parties to further advance trade issues, and a vision for the future of the U.S. standards system in today’s globally competitive economy.  To access the Strategy click here.

Canadian Standards Strategy

The purpose of the Canadian Standards Strategy (CSS) is to provide direction and leadership on how to best use standardization to advance the social and economic well-being of Canadians in a global economy.  A key priority is balancing health, safety and environmental concerns with trade, innovation and economic competitiveness.  To view the Canadian Standards Strategy 2009-2012 click here.


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