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2016 SES Awards
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2016 SES Award Recipients


2016 Leo B. Moore Award Recipient:


Recipient: Roy Swift, Executive Director, Workcred

Dr. Roy Swift has served on many national committees, non‐profit Boards of Directors, and federal and state government advisory committees. He has served as chair of the Assembly of Review Committee Chairs of the former Council on Allied Health Education and Accreditation of the American Medical Association; chair of the American Occupational Therapy Association Accreditation Committee (Academic Accreditation); and on the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Certification. Dr. Swift recently served on an Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Panel dealing with Provision of Mental Health Counseling Services under TRICARE, and a planning committee for the future of Allied Health Practice.

In addition, Dr. Swift recently chaired an international working group within the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) to recognize personnel certifications among member countries through the development of multilateral recognition arrangements. He is also active on working groups related to personnel credentialing in the International Organizational for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Geneva on credentialing.

Dr. Swift is currently the executive director of Workcred and served as the chief workforce development officer at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). His previous position at ANSI was the senior director of personnel credentialing accreditation programs. Prior to ANSI, he was a consultant to educational, certification, licensure and health care organizations. From 1993‐1998, he was executive director of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). This appointment followed a 28‐year career in the United States Army Medical Department. In his last position, he was chief of the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the Army Surgeon General’s Office with policy responsibility for Army occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, and physician assistants throughout the world.

Dr. Swift holds a B.S. in occupational therapy from the University of Kansas, an M.S. Ed. from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in continuing and vocational education with an emphasis in continuing competency in the professions from the University of Wisconsin‐Madison. He has also successfully completed the University of Chicago’s three‐week management development course.

SES/ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award


Recipient: Roger V. Bostelman, Electrical Engineer, Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group, Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The contributions of Roger Bostelman to the course of voluntary standardization since joining ASTM, and particularly over the past year, exemplify the ideals of both ASTM and SES. He has been a determined advocate for the development and application of voluntary standards for the complex area of automated guided vehicle (AGV) systems. Mr. Bostelman was the primary stakeholder who initially proposed the idea for a new activity on AGVs and their application to ASTM, and was instrumental in its formation as Committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles. His commitment to this activity was further rewarded by his peers when he was elected to serve as the inaugural Chairman of the committee. During his tenure, Committee F45 was initiated, structured, organized, and populated. During the last year, the committee has grown to over 75 members from 10 countries, and currently is comprised of five subject and one administrative subcommittees. To date, three work items have been registered and are in various stages of development (with a fourth to be registered in late Q1 2016) – it is particularly noteworthy that (beginning in early 2015) Mr. Bostelman has served as the primary author and technical contact for terminology and test method standards, and has, most recently, served as lead for an ongoing series of virtual meetings designed to evolve the drafts from concept to practical reality; all are expected to be approved within the first half of 2016.

Mr. Bostelman joined ASTM in 2014 as a pioneering member of Committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles. He was elected chairman of the Committee later that year, and still serves in that capacity.

Mr. Bostelman has spent the entirety of his career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and currently serves in the Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group of the Intelligent Systems Division. Over his tenure, he has been recognized on multiple occasions and holds six (6) patents in the area of mobile manipulation. Mr. Bostelman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, an MS in Technology Management, University of Maryland University College, and his PhD in Robotics, University of Bourgogne, France, is in process with graduation expected May 2017 – Thesis topic: Performance Measurement of Mobile Manipulators.

2016 Honorary Life Member Recipient:


Mr. John Bambei Jr., Retired Chief of Engineering, Denver Water

John Bambei has over 40 years of experience in performing and leading engineering efforts in the preparation of designs, plans and specifications, and studies for capital improvements and maintenance efforts for a wide variety of facilities relating to the water system including collection, storage, treatment and distribution of treated water. For 20 years, he was the Chief of Engineering for Denver Water’s Engineering Department and he participated in and directed studies involving complex cooperative water supply alternatives dealing with various water users, suppliers, utilities, and many regulatory agencies with the goal of determining the most efficient, cost effective, environmentally sound, and publicly acceptable ways to satisfy needs of water users and special interest groups. He is currently Owner of Bambei Engineering Services, LLC. Has a BS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Is a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado. Has authored or coauthored more than a dozen professional papers. Has Professional Society membership in AWWA, AWS, ASCE, NACE and SSPC. Has received the AWWA George Warren Fuller Award, ASCE Rickey Medal and Stephen D. Bechtel Pipeline Engineering Award. Been a member of the AWWA Air Valve Committee and the Steel Pipe Committee and Chair for the past 12 years. Member of the AWWA Standards Council for 13 years.

2016 SES/CSA Lorne K. Wagner Memorial Award Recipient:


Recipient: Ashley DeGiacomo, Vice President of Sales, The Comm Group

Ashley has worked in the standards arena with SDOs, SSOs, and Consortia for 10 years. She has extensive business development, and leadership experience with a genuine interest in standardization, standards development processes and governance. Her public speaking experience is wide‐ranging, including presentations and trainings on standards education and training materials for standards professionals.

Ashley has been an active member of SES ‐ The Society for Standards Professionals – since 2008. She serves in many volunteer roles for SES including: member of the financial audit committee, secretary of the publications committee, and member of the education committee. She additionally served for four years on the Board as Education Council Director, overseeing organizational strategy for SES' educational products and services. Ashley is also a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is an active member of the ANSI Committee on Education.

Ashley's experience includes over 10 years of client service and sales in the high‐tech field. Currently, she holds the role of Vice President of Sales with The Comm Group, an organization with three arms, one of those specializing in standards and copyright education.

2016 SES Fellow Recipients:


Recipient: Sonya M. Bird, International Standards Manager, Global Standards Dept., UL, Inc.

Ms. Bird is active in regional and international standards activities. She is a member of the US National Committee (USNC) Council of the IEC, after previously participating on the USNC Technical Management Committee (TMC).

She is the current vice‐chair of the TMC, and was recently elected as USNC Vice‐President Technical. In this position, she will chair the TMC, and she will also represent the US on the IEC Standards Management Board (SMB). Sonya leads the USNC TMC Task Force on Model Operating Procedures Verification Process, a group responsible for reviewing and affirming unique procedures of the USTAGs. She is involved in the ANSI International Forum (AIF), the International Policy Committee (IPC) of ANSI, and the ANSI Regional Steering Committees. Sonya also serves as the Secretary of IEC TC 61 (household appliances). Previously, she served as Secretary of USTAG for IEC TC 69 (electric vehicles), and Secretary of the e‐TAG for IEC SMB SG#6 (Electrotechnology for Mobility).

A member of SES – The Society for Standards Professionals – since 2004, she has served on the SES Board of Directors as President, Vice‐President, and Membership Director and has also served as SES Conference Committee Chair and SES Membership Committee chair. She is also a long‐time participant on the Executive Committee of CANENA (Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas), where she previously served as Treasurer of the Council, and chair of the CANENA Audit Committee.

Sonya was awarded the IEC Thomas A. Edison award during the 2013 IEC General Meeting. She was also named a 2011 ANSI Meritorious Service Award recipient. In 2012, she was named a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Underwriters Laboratories in recognition of significant and sustained contributions to the fulfillment of UL’s public safety mission.

Sonya Bird is the International Standards Manager in the Global Standards Department of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL). In this role, she leads UL’s international standards outreach and international harmonization activities. Sonya holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She is also a graduate of the UL Global Leadership Program (GLP), an extensive educational program provided by UL for its global leaders.

Recipient: Steve Oksala, President, Oksala Consulting, LLC

Mr. Oksala became involved in the ANSI Company Member Forum in 1988 when he became the director of standards and regulatory compliance at Unisys. He joined the ANSI Board of Directors in 1991 as chair of the Information Technology Consultative Committee (ITCC). He remained a Board member through 2014. Over the course of his twenty‐four years on the Board he served as chair of the National Policy Committee and the Conformity Assessment Policy Committee, and served two terms as vice chairman of the Board. He was active in the International Policy Committee (chairing the Regional Standards Committee for Europe), the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee, and the Company and Organizational Member Forums. Mr. Oksala was the editor of the original US Standards Strategy. Mr. Oksala received the Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal in 1999, the George Wham Leadership Medal in 2009, and the President’s Award for Journalism in 2015.

Outside ANSI, Mr. Oksala has participated over the years in X3 (now NICTS; he was the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee), ITI, ISO/IEC JTC 1, IEC TC 100, ITU‐T. T1 (now ATIS), ETSI, and ECMA.

Mr. Oksala has been a member of SES – the Society for Standards Professionals since 1999. He was the first place winner of World Standards Day paper competition in 1996, and took second place in 2000. He has been the editor of the SES journal Standards Engineering since the September/October issue of 2013.

Mr. Oksala was the director, standards and regulatory compliance, for the Unisys Corporation from 1987 to 2000. He and his staff set standards policy and represented the company in external standards organizations and trade associations. From 2000 to 2012 Mr. Oksala was the vice president of standards for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). He led SCTE from a small SDO (twelve standards, fifty members, no standards revenue) to a major one (over 250 standards, over 150 members and over $1 million in dues revenue). Following his retirement from SCTE in 2012, Mr. Oksala has worked as a standards consultant.


SES Distinguished Service Award

The Award is authorized by the Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee, to recognize noteworthy contribution or service to the growth and development of SES, through:

         Effective participation and leadership as an SES Officer, or,

         Administrative and/or technical leadership as Council director or Chairman of a Standing Committee, or,                   

         Development of noteworthy publications on behalf of SES, or,

         Leadership of a special project on behalf of SES.

Recipient: Joseph Bocchiaro, Principal Consultant, The Sextant Group

Joseph Bocchiaro has worked in the technology side of building design and systems integration for over 30 years, primarily with audiovisual/IT systems. As a Principal Consultant for The Sextant Group, a nationwide building technology consulting firm, he is privileged to work with clients such as architects and owners towards sophisticated building technology implementations. Joe has also worked as the VP of Standards and Industry Innovations for InfoComm International, the audiovisual trade association. His role there included forward‐looking projects in AV/IT systems, energy efficiency, sustainable events, and intelligent buildings, leading to joint ANSI Standards at InfoComm, TIA, CEA, CEDIA, IES, and ISA. As a Certified Standards Professional, Joe is aware of and is involved with the interconnected nature of building technologists, architects, engineers, and the construction industry, and how specifications and codes are developed. He is particularly interested in the commissioning and systems verification aspects of construction projects, and is integral in improving these processes at The Sextant Group. Joe holds a B.S. in Electro‐Optical Engineering, a B.A. in Film Studies, an M.A. in Media Studies, and a Ph.D. in Educational Technology, and is an active global presenter and author. His enthusiasm for sustainability parallels his lifelong involvement with Boy Scouts of America.


During his tenure at InfoComm International, Joe was tasked with starting a Standards Department for the audiovisual industry, which included joint standards projects. His networking led him to SES, where he found the necessary documents, certifications, and education to build a program around. By adopting ANSI/SES‐1 and SES‐2 as the basis for their ANSI Accredited Standards Developer documentation, InfoComm was able to quickly become an ASD. Joe’s in‐depth study of and gratitude for these documents led to an interest in updating and revising them, and he became the Chair of the Standards Committee. This work later led to his appointment to the SES Board as the Director of the Technical Council. Through eight years of volunteerism, Joe was able to maintain SES as an ANSI ASD, updating all of the TORs and SES Standards Development Procedures. He led the Committees to revise both ANSI/SES‐1 and SES‐2, and to launch the SES‐3 initiative on Joint Standards. During this time, Joe participated in all of the SES conferences, and was pleased to introduce his InfoComm staff to SES and to have them become certified. Joe also enjoyed participating in the World Standards Day Paper Competition through this time, and won it four times. Other SES projects included Conference Planning Committee Membership, World Standards Day Paper Competition judging, presenting at the SES Annual Conference twice and presenting two SES Webinars.

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