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2016 Monday Course August 8
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SES - The Society for Standards Professionals

presents the following course
in conjunction with the 65th Annual SES Conference

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday, August 8, 2016

Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment:
Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today’s Professional

This high-energy, information-packed course covers the fundamentals of standards, conformity assessment, and the various processes, business models and issues encountered in standards setting and conformity assessment practices. Key Concepts covered include the importance of standards and, , researching standards, the Federal use of standards, and some of the issues and drivers facing today’s standards developers and users. This course is designed to enhance the knowledge of those working with standards and conformity schemes – whether newcomers or seasoned professionals. This course will provide fundamentals along with tools and resources to be used throughout one’s career. Attendees will also earn 15 credits towards the SES Certification program for standards professionals.

Topics covered will include:

  • What Are Standards?
  • Elements of a Standards System
  • Business Models for Standards Development
  • Standards Mapping
  • The Standards Life-Cycle
  • Standards and Conformity Assessment in Global Trade
  • How Standards Are Used?
  • Conformity Assessment Basics
  • Federal Use of Standards
  • Researching US and International Standards
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Standards

Who should attend?
New standards professionals and anyone working with or interested in standards and conformity assessment (corporate managers, engineers, government and public administration staff, standards developing organization staff and volunteers, consumers, and faculty and students).

Course Instructors
Laura Hitchcock
is responsible for External Standards Strategy and Policy for The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington. Laura has over 35 years of diversified experience in standards, standards administration, and management and has held numerous leadership positions with key standards developers including ANSI, ASTM, IEEE, SAE, ASME, and ISO. Laura will teach the morning session of the course.

Karen Reczek, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD. Karen has over 20 years of experience in standards and conformity assessment and research techniques, and has held leadership position in SES and SLA (Special Libraries Association.) Karen will instruct on researching US & International standards.

Mary Donaldson, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD. Mary has over 30 years diversified experience in federal agency use of standards, regulations and standards policy. She serves as the Executive Secretary for the Interagency Committee on Standards Policy (ICSP) for the US government, and serves on the ANSI Executive Standards Council and the ANSI ISO Council. Mary will teach the section on Federal Use of Standards.

Lisa Carnahan, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD. Lisa is currently responsible for helping to develop conformity assessment programs within the federal government and the private sector to meet key U.S. national needs. Lisa’s key areas of focus include health information technology, cloud computing, cyber security and personal protective technologies. Lisa will provide an introduction to conformity assessment.

Andrew Updegrove, Gesmer Updegrove LLP. Andy is a co-founder of the Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove LLP. He has helped launch and represented more than 140 standards consortia, and more recently, open source foundations, as well as represented ANSI-accredited SDOs. In 2003, he launched the website.

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