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SES 2018 Awards Recipient Bios

Leo B. Moore Award

Mary Saunders, Vice President Government Relations and Public Policy American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Mary Saunders joined the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Policy in March 2017.  She leads ANSI’s efforts to advocate greater use of voluntary consensus standards and conformance programs by government agencies and broader participation by agency personnel in standards development. Through ANSI’s Government Member Forum, which is made up of representatives from a variety of state, local and federal agencies, she works to enhance ANSI’s relationship with its government members. She also works with ANSI members to create standardization-related outreach programs to legislators and to increase understanding of the private-sector standards community among agencies involved in trade and commerce issues. Mary is a key player at ANSI in fostering understanding among opinion leaders of the major role standards and conformance play in the international and domestic marketplace.


Ms. Saunders has extensive federal government executive-level experience and served in a variety of positions within the Department of Commerce prior to joining the ANSI staff, most recently as the Associate Director for Management Resources at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As Director of NIST’s Standards Coordination Office, she represented NIST and its significant interests in the standards and conformity assessment community, advising the NIST Director and other officials throughout the Administration on policy and strategy as they relate to the federal government’s role in standardization.  She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services in the International Trade Administration, managing more than 200 industry specialists, economists and international trade experts. In that capacity, she helped strengthen the competitive position of U.S. industries globally by coordinating Commerce Department strategies, policies and programs with U.S. industries in mind. Mary’s standards-related career dates to 1989, when she served as a member of an ITA-wide team responsible for analyzing the EC’s Internal Market program and reporting on implications for U.S. market access.


Ms. Saunders earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics from Vanderbilt University, and holds a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University.


SES/ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award

Hany Demian, Standards Executive,US Food and Drug Administration

The contributions of Hany Demian to the course of voluntary standardization over the past year exemplify the ideals of both ASTM International (ASTM) and SES. He has been a dedicated advocate for the development and application of voluntary standards for the critical and complex areas of medical devices and additive manufacturing. In his capacity as FDA’s Standards Executive, he has spearheaded multiple outreach programs to the standards developing community that have enabled essential interaction between the volunteer membership of several standards developing committees and the FDA leadership within the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH).


Access to a Federal Agency is an essential component of a viable standards activity. The combination of the breadth of the FDA and the hypercritical nature of the topics under its jurisdiction renders effective communication a necessity.  Relative to the work product of ASTM Committees F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices and F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies, Mr. Demian has accelerated the development of standards that connect the medical device industry with a series of transformative technologies. Via the placement of key FDA staff at various levels within the committees, the facilitation of continuous interaction among FDA and ASTM, and the fostering of an open and accessible work environment, Mr. Demian has greatly enhanced the ability of F04 and F42 to operate collaboratively, efficiently, and effectively. He has helped provide a vehicle to develop high quality, market relevant standards to serve as the bridge between research and market allowing the application of leading edge additive manufacturing technology to the medical device world.


ASTM Service

Mr. Demian joined ASTM in 1995, and in addition to Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices (where he has served as the General Interest Vice Chairman since 2012), he is also a member of F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging and E56 on Nanotechnology.


Biographical Data

Hany Demian has spent the entirety of his professional career with the US Food and Drug Administration. He was hired in 1994 as an Expert Biomedical Engineer, and over the next 24 years has held no less than 11 positions as he progressed through their ranks. In his current role as Standards Executive, he serves as the Chair of the FDA Standards Committee (FDASC) and maintains the Standards Management Program (SMP) for FDA to develop and operate a unified standards system within the Agency. This involves coordination of standards development among FDA Centers, including establishment of mechanisms to enable the Agency to speak with a consensus voice on cross cutting standards issues. It also establishes and maintains liaison with other components of the Agency; high level officials of other National or International government agencies; and national professional medical, education, industry, patient, and lay user organizations for the purpose of carrying out the mission of the Agency.


Honors & Awards

  • ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices Patrick G. Laing Award (formerly F04 Award of Merit) May 2013  
  • ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices Leroy Wyman Award May 2008
  • ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices Science and Engineering with Sensitivity Award May 2000  
  • USPHS Engineering Literary Award May 1999  


Clemson University

M.S. Bioengineering, 1994

B.S. Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies, 1991


SES/CSA Lorne K. Wagner Memorial Award

Craig Cerniglia - Comm2000

Craig Cerniglia is Vice President of Operations for Comm2000, where he has global responsibility for sales and distribution of UL Standards. Comm2000 offers an extensive range of services for clients accessing Standards from Underwriters Laboratories (UL). 


Craig is also co-founder of Intellectual Property Shield which was founded in 2005.  IP-Shield provides online courses related to standards development, compliance and copyright.  The company has grown its user base to over 10,000 consumers worldwide.  In 2013 Craig was instrumental in organizing The IP-Alliance.  IP-Shield and SES formed the Alliance to encourage proper use of intellectual property, including standards and codes, by educating users on the importance of copyrights. 


He has been a member of SES since 2010.  In August 2011, Craig obtained his AStd Certification, and became a member of the Education Committee where he assisted in obtaining the 1st educational grant received by SES.  In 2014, Craig was asked to chair the first Financial Audit Committee and soon thereafter was elected to the Board of Directors as Treasurer, a title he currently holds.


Craig resides in Hoffman Estates, Illinois with his wife Emily and their three children.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Global Corporate Communications from Northern Illinois University. 


Honorary Life Member Award

Mr. Jim Shannon, President IEC

Since January, 2017 James M. Shannon has been President of the IEC, the world’s leading producer of International Standards for electrotechnology.  Before that he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the NFPA from 2002 until 2014. NFPA is the leading advocate of fire prevention and developer of fire safety standards and the National Electrical Code. From 1991 until assuming the presidency in 2002 Mr. Shannon served as NFPA’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.


During his tenure as NFPA president, Mr. Shannon launched a successful national effort to require that all cigarettes sold in the U.S. be “fire safe” and a national campaign that is still underway advocating the use of fire sprinklers in all new one and two-family homes. He devised NFPA’s “free access” policy that made NFPA the first major standards developer to provide the public free access online to all of its codes and standards.


Prior to joining NFPA Mr. Shannon was elected Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a position he held from 1987 until 1991.  As Massachusetts Attorney General Mr. Shannon was recognized as a strong advocate of consumer rights and civil rights. He personally argued cases before the United States Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Circuit Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He also served as Chair of the Antitrust Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General.


From 1985 until 1987 Mr. Shannon was a Senior Partner in the Boston office of Hale & Dorr (now WilmerHale).


Mr. Shannon was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing the Fifth Congressional District of Massachusetts in 1978 and, at 26, was the youngest member of the 96th Congress. As a freshman he was appointed to the Ways and Means Committee where he worked on major tax legislation and was actively involved in legislative efforts to strengthen Social Security. He was re-elected in 1980 and 1982, and left Congress after an unsuccessful campaign for the Senate in 1984.


Mr. Shannon serves on the board of UL.


Mr. Shannon received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and his J.D. from George Washington University Law School.


SES Fellows

Michael Merker Associate Executive Director, Standards and Certification, ASME


As Associate Executive Director, Standards and Certification, Michael Merker is responsible for the standards, conformity assessment and publications activities of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Mr. Merker has served on the Society’s codes and standards technical staff for over 37 years and holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and an MBA in Marketing from Pace University.  He has served on numerous technical and administrative standards committees and has interacted with government agencies, industry and standards developing organizations throughout the world.  Mr. Merker is a member of the ASME Council on Standards and Certification, The Standards Engineering Society, and the Standards Publishing Advisory Board.


Keith Porter - The Boeing Company

Keith Porter has spent the last three decades developing, applying, and managing standards. He has worked for The Boeing Company since 1984 and started in what was then Boeing's Corporate Standard Organization. His first assignment was as the company's focal point for metrication.


Keith's current responsibilities include managing the creation, implementation, and execution of multiple business processes, enabling the787 Dreamliner program to realize its goal of fewer and simpler parts and assuring that standards are available to support scheduled need dates for design and production. Keith provides technical, business, and integration leadership to individuals and teams within and across multiple Life-Cycle Product Teams (LCPTs).


Keith has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from the University of Washington.


Keith has been a member of the Society of Standards Professionals (SES) since 1990. He was recognized by SES (Distinguished Service Award) in 1997 for his work on the society's first web-site.


Keith has been the industry chair of the National Defense Industrial Association's (NDIA) Technical Information Division (TID) Specifications and Standards section since 1995.


As a member of the Aerospace Industry Association's (AIA) Early Warning Project Group (EWPG), he helped define the industry's response to cancelation of hundreds of military specifications and standards.


Keith was born in Seattle, WA and has been a life-long resident of the Pacific Northwest.


Keith married Susan Anderson in 1984. They have two adult children, Amanda and Daniel. Keith and Susan live near Carnation, WA. 


SES Emerging Professionals Award

Mark Ramlochan, PMP, AStd

Mark Ramlochan pursues his passion for public safety as an Operations Manager for UL/ULC Standards, where he leads the standards development operations for industry sectors including oil and gas, wire and cable, and electrical conduits. For the past decade, he has contributed valuable expertise on standards-related matters across North America, has represented the needs of stakeholders in drafting standards policy, and advocates for the education and participation of young professionals in the Standards development profession. Mark is strategic in his focus with the communication, interpersonal and diplomacy skills necessary to drive positive outcomes.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University. He is a licensed Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and Associate Standards Professional (AStd) by SES. Mark currently serves as President of the National Capital Region Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, SFPE.

Mark was the recipient of the 2016 Young Leader Award presented by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

Kerrianne Haresign

Kerrianne (Conn) Haresign is the Senior Manager in the Technology & Standards Department of the CTA®, the U.S. trade association representing over 2,200 consumer electronics companies and owning and producing CES®, the global stage for innovation. She is responsible for the management of CTA’s Health, Fitness & Wellness Technology Committee, AR/VR Committee, Technology Council and their associated working groups that develop standards, bulletins and other technical publications. These efforts cover a broad range of technology subjects including sleep monitoring, physical activity monitoring, consumer stress monitoring, mobile health applications, and augmented/virtual Reality. Prior to joining CTA in 2016, Haresign served as the Manager for Knowledge Management at the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions. She is an active member of SES and participates in a variety of other standards activities including the ANSI Executive Standards Council. Additionally, she is a proud past recipient of the ANSI Next Generation Award.


SES Student Scholarship Recipients

Gregory Fiola

Greg is a Fire Protection Engineering student at the University of Maryland (UMD). He is on track to finish at the top of his class this semester and currently has a GPA of 3.95.

Greg was recognized with a scholarship in honor of A. James Clark, the founder of the UM engineering school, as well as a scholarship from his local Maryland Delegate for his academic performance. He has been recognized with the Robert J. Taylor Academic Achievement award for the highest GPA in his class, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society and Salamander Honors Society, the Fire Protection honor society.

Greg has organized and participated in campus events such as club gatherings, fundraisers, and team activities. Other volunteerism includes the annual Greenfest in his community, a festival to promote sustainability and well-being, and Maryland day, where he showcases fire protection engineering to the community and prospective UMD students. He has also been a white-water rafting guide and a safety officer on the Ultimate Frisbee Club at UMD.

In his Fire Protection Engineering course, Greg makes use of test standards regularly to ensure safety and acceptance of products, materials, and features. He utilizes ASTM International, UL, and Factory Mutual (FM) standards.

Following graduation, Greg plans to work in the research and development sector of Fire Protection Engineering. 


Tyler Kleinsasser

Tyler Kleinsasser is a Civil Engineering student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. His current 4.0 GPA is proof of his stellar academic performance. He has been selected for several academic awards including the Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society Scholarship and the Associated School Boards Governor's Academic Top One Percent Honor.

Tyler has developed numerous leadership qualities such as teamwork, communication, integrity, delegation, inspiration, creativity, and empathy. Because of his involvement in campus leadership, he has been selected for several professional development events such as the RAppin Resident Assistant Conferences and the National Conference on Student Leadership.

Tyler has volunteered in his local community and in several countries outside of the United States. He used his engineering and construction skills to make a difference by installing solar panels at an orphanage in Chile, working at the Salvation Army School for the Blind in Jamaica, and constructing a playground for mentally disabled children in Peru.

Following graduation, Tyler's professional aspiration is to find a challenging and rewarding career in the oil and gas industry. He knows that standards will continue to play an important role in business, regardless of the industry