SES News and Front Page Archives
Register now for the 64th Annual SES Conference! (archived August 14,2015)
August 10 – 13, 2015, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
The 64th Annual Conference, Partnering in Innovation through Standards and Conformity Assessment, will start on Monday, August 10 with a welcome reception, followed by two days of technical sessions. The registration fee includes: a welcome reception; keynote address by Joe Bhatia, Chief Executive Officer of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI); seven sessions covering the spectrum of private industry, government agencies, and standard developing organizations (SDOs) among U.S., Canadian, and international interests; expert panels of speakers will cover a number of topics; and breakfast, lunch, morning, and afternoon refreshment breaks included on both days. Click here for more information and to register.
Great opportunities for professional development through courses offered at the 64th Annual SES Conference
While you’re at the conference this summer, make an investment in your own professional development by registering for the exceptional courses being offered this year:
Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment: Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today’s Professional – Monday, August 10, 2015
Business Simulation Workshop – Thursday, August 13, 2015
For more information about the courses, click here.
SES Certification Survey - Please Participate
The SES Certification Committee has started an activity to revise the AStd and CStd certification tests to tie the test questions more closely to the competencies required by standards professionals. A first step in this process is to determine what actual job responsibilities and competencies are associated with standards professionals. The Certification Committee would like to ask your assistance in completing a short survey related to your job and your organization’s use of standards. Please go to http://adobe.ly/1rsWQ5L to complete this survey, which should take no more than 10 to 15 minutes. Your answers can be anonymous if you desire. This survey will close at the end of October. Any questions regarding the survey can be referred to Karl Best, the Certification Committee chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Capital Area Section Networking Event and Happy Hour
Please join the National Capital Area Section of SES for a networking event and happy hour during the 2014 World Standards Week. The event will be Tuesday, October 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at The Daily Grill, 1200 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036. Please RSVP by Friday, October 17.
Upcoming Webinars - Free for Members - Sponsored by Techstreet
The next webinar is scheduled for September 24, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30pm - Convergence of Open Source Projects and Standards Development, presented by Andrew Updegrove, Co-Founder and Partner, Gesmer Updegrove LLP. Click here for more information and to register.
Register Now for the 63rd Annual SES Conference
Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa, Ontario Canada - August 11, 2014 through August 14, 2014
The 63rd Annual Conference, Standardization and Conformity Assessment Across Borders, will start on Monday, August 11 with a welcome reception, followed by two days of technical sessions. The registration fee includes: a welcome reception; keynote address by John Walter, Chief Executive Officer of the Standards Council of Canada (SCC); seven sessions covering the spectrum of private industry, government agencies, and standard developing organizations (SDOs) among U.S., Canadian, and international interests; expert panels of speakers will cover a number of topics; and breakfast, lunch, morning, and afternoon refreshment breaks included on both days.
Professional development courses will be offered on Monday, August 11 (Fundamentals of Standards and Conformity Assessment: Basic Knowledge and Tools for Today’s Professional) and Thursday, August 14 (Standards for Industry and Government). These courses are an excellent way to gain points for your certification. Click here for more information and to register.
2014 World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced
The World Standards Day Paper Competition is co-sponsored by the SES - The Society for Standards Professionals and the US World Standards Day Planning Committee in an effort to celebrate the global importance of standards and to honor individuals in the U.S. standards community. This year’s theme is “Standards Level the Playing Field.” Papers must be submitted to SES by no later than August 8, 2014. For additional information regarding the 2014 World Standards Day Paper Competition, click here.
SES and ICES 2014 Conferences Offered Back-to-Back
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals and the International Cooperation for Education about Standardization (ICES) are pleased to announce the co-location of their annual conferences in Canada this year in the nation's capital, Ottawa, Ontario. Both organizations are committed to further developing the standards profession by enhancing the teaching of standardization at universities as well as training of emerging and current standards professionals. Click here for additional information.
Congratulations to the Winners of the World Standards Day Paper Competition
The winners of the 2013 WSD Paper Competition are: 1st place - Ann Brigida of InfoComm International - At Work and Play and Everything in Between: Standards Keep the Ball Rolling; 2nd place - Amelia Acker of UCLA - The Global System for Mobile Communication: The Hidden Influence of Standards in Text Messaging and Wireless Communication; 3rd place - Joe Bocchiaro III of InfoComm International - Slopes, Skis and Standards - Having Fun Skiing Safely, Responsibly and Sustainably. Click here to read the papers and more about the World Standards Day Paper Competition.
New Standards Engineering Editor Hired
SES is pleased to announce that Stephen Oksala (Oksala Consulting, LLC) has accepted the position of Editor of the SES Journal Standards Engineering. We are delighted to have Mr. Oksala bring his many years of standards knowledge, experience, and networking to the SES Publications Team. Mr. Oksala will work with Standards Engineering current Editor, Diane Thompson prior to permanently taking over the Editor role in June. If you have any ideas for possible Standards Engineering articles, please contact email@example.com.
Deadline Extended - Call for Nominations for the 2014 SES Awards Program
Recognizing outstanding contributions to standardization or service to SES - The Society for Standards Professionals.
Nominations are being solicited for the 2014 SES awards, to be presented at the Society’s annual conference in August. Submissions should include a brief statement of up to 300 words stating the achievements in support of the nomination against the award criteria. Please list accomplishments specific to the award criteria. Nominations should be submitted by Friday, February 21, 2014. For more details on the awards and how to submit nominations, click here.
Upcoming Webinars - Free for Members - Sponsored by Techstreet (Archived, September 19, 2013)
The next webinar is scheduled for September 18, 2013, 1:00 to 2:30pm. Bill Kelly, Director of External Affairs at ASEE (American Society for Engineering Education) will be speaking on ASEE and How Standards Find Their Way into the Classroom. For registration and more information on this and other upcoming webinars, click here.
Register Now for the 62nd Annual SES Conference - The Art and Science of Standardization (Archived, August 15, 2013)
The 2013 SES Conference will be held at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto in Savannah, Georgia. With a new schedule this year, the Conference will begin with a Welcome Reception on Monday, August 12, followed by two days of technical sessions. There will be additional courses offered on Monday, August 12 and Thursday, August 15. Click here for more information and registration!
2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced (Archived, August 6, 2013)
The World Standards Day Paper Competition is co-sponsored by the SES - The Society for Standards Professionals and the US World Standards Day Planning Committee in an effort to celebrate the global importance of standards and to honor individuals in the U.S. standards community. This year’s theme is “Standards for a World at Work and Play.” Papers must be submitted to SES by no later than August 3, 2013. For additional information regarding the 2013 World Standards Day Paper Competition, click here.
June Webinar (Archived, July 9, 2013)
Please join us for the next SES Webinar on June 19, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30pm ET. Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., Standards Executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of ASTM International, will be speaking on EPA and the Giant Circular. For registration and more information, click here.
May Webinar (Archived, May 23, 2013)
Please join us for the next SES Webinar on May 22, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30pm ET. Donald Purcell, Adjunct Faculty for Strategic Standardization, School of Engineering, Engineering Management Program, Catholic University of America, will be speaking on Insights on the Strategic Value of Standards Education. For registration and more information, click here.
Networking Event - National Capital Area Section of SES (Archived, April 20, 2013)
You are cordially invited to join the National Capital Area Section of SES - The Society for Standards Professionals, for a Networking Event and Happy Hour on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The event is being held at Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Located directly across the street from the Dupont Circle [south exit] metro station). Special food, beverage, and game pricing has been arranged for SES attendees and guests. Please RSVP by Monday, April 15th to Kerrianne Conn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Announcement (Archived, January 30, 2013)
The Executive Director, in conjunction with the SES Board of Directors (BOD) has convened a Search Committee for the position of Editor of Standards Engineering, the official, bi-monthly Journal of SES - The Society for Standards Professionals. The Editor of Standards Engineering is primarily responsible for soliciting articles for each issue of the Journal, writing some articles for the Journal including an editorial for each issue, editing all Journal content, working with vendors on layout and production, and actively participating in the Publications Committee which is responsible for overseeing the Journal. Applications are due by Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to email@example.com.
To view the full job description and for further information, click here.
January Webinar (Archived, January 17, 2013)
Our next webinar is scheduled for January 16, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET. Michael Kirschner, Principal Consultant at ENVIRON International Corp., will be speaking on: How Environmental Performance Changes the Standards Landscape. For registration and more information on this webinar, click here.
Upcoming Webinar (Archived, November 19, 2012)
Our next webinar is scheduled for November 15, 2012 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM ET. Emily Bremer, Attorney Advisor of the Administrative Conference of the United State (ACUS), will be speaking on: Incorporation by Reference in Federal Regulations. For registration and more information on this webinar, click here.
2012 SES Member Survey – Due Date 10/19/12 (Archived, October 22, 2012)
In order to find ways to increase the value of membership in the Society, the SES Board of Directors is requesting that each member complete the below survey covering areas such as the Annual Conference, Education Programs, Publications, and Technical Development. Please provide your responses via the online form by no later than October 19, 2012.
Join the National Capital Area Section of SES for a World Standards Week Networking Event and Happy Hour (Archived, October 10, 2012)
Are you a DC Metropolitan Area Standards Professional, or are you going to be in the DC area for World Standards Week? If so, join your fellow standards professionals for a networking event on Tuesday, October 9, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm at Redline (707 G St., NW, Washington DC - accessible from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro). For more information or to RSVP, contact Kerrianne Conn (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 4.
61st Annual SES Conference - Online Registration Now Available (Archived, August 22, 2012)
The 61st Annual SES Conference, Building the Future through Standards, will be held at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, from August 19th to August 22, 2012. Click here for registration and additional information.
Upcoming Webinar (Archived, June 18, 2012 due to cancellation)
Our next webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET. Roberta Nelson Shea, Director, Safety Consulting Services, Applied Manufacturing Technoligies, will be speaking on: Trends in Machinery/Automation Safety. For registration and more information on this and other upcoming webinars, click here.
Announcing ANSI/SES-1 Standards Action (Archived, May 7, 2012)
ANSI/SES-1: Recommended Practice for The Designation and Organization of Standards will be open for Public Review from February 24 through April 9. This has been announced through ANSI’s “Standards Action.”
Abstract: This recommended practice provides guidance on designating and organizing standards for standards developers and users. It also standardizes where information should be located within broad generic types of standards. Separate sections on referenced publications, definitions, standards elements, and arrangement are included.
SES 1:2002 Rev 2012 DS-1 may be obtained upon request from: email@example.com
Upcoming Webinar--POSTPONED (Archived, April 20, 2012)
Our next webinar is scheduled for April 18, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET. Lee Webster, Director of HR Standards at SHRM, will be speaking on: Using ANSI Human Resource Standards to Create a Business Advantage in the Workplace. For registration and more information on this and other upcoming SES webinars, click here.
Announcement (Archived, February 14, 2012)
The Executive Committee of the SES Board of Directors (BoD) has convened a Search Committee to receive applications for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director is primarily responsible for managing the Society’s finances, conducting day-to-day business, managing the Annual Conference, providing staff support to fulfill actions and directives of the BOD, and assisting the BOD in developing policies and strategies to achieve the mission, vision, and goals of the Society. Applications are due by Friday, February 3, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org. View the job description here.
Standardization Feedback Requested for Sub-Committee on Standards (Archived, October 18, 2011)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s Sub-Committee on Standards, invites interested parties to provide their perspectives on the effectiveness of Federal agencies’ participation in the development and implementation of standards and conformity assessment activities and programs. This information will help the Sub-Committee on Standards develop case studies that Federal agencies can consider in their future engagement in standards development and conformity assessment, particularly for multi-disciplinary technologies, or for technologies involving engagement in multiple Federal agencies. The request for information can be found in a Federal Register Notice dated December 8, 2010, with comments due on or before 11:59 p.m. on March 7, 2011. The comments received by NIST have been posted by NIST at: http://standards.gov/standards_gov/mastercomments030711.cfm
Please Join the National Capital Area Section of SES for a Networking Event and Happy Hour (Archived, October 18, 2011)
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Redline (707 G Street NW, Washington, DC--closest to Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro). We will have food and drink specials and networking. Please RSVP to Kerriann Conn (email@example.com).
Upcoming Webinar (Archived, October 7, 2011)
Our next webinar is scheduled for October 6, 2011 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm ET. Please join our speaker Haim Oren, Managing Director, the Oren Group for a webinar on B2B Social Media.
In this webinar, Mr. Oren will explain why standard users should use social media to develop relationships with their target audiences. He will describe case studies of US companies and organizations that have successfully adopted social media in their ongoing marketing. I will evaluate the current social media strategies & platforms and their contribution to standard users from around the world to effectively exchange ideas, interact and promote International standards. Click here to Register
IFAN Survey on the Acquisition and Use of Standards 2011 (Archived September 15, 2011)
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals is a founding, National Member of IFAN (International Federation of Standards Users). As part of SES' commitment to represent the interests of the United States and Canada within IFAN, we are pleased to present the following IFAN survey for your valued input.
Entitled, "IFAN Survey on the Acquisition and Use of Standards 2011", this short 15-question survey will take standards users’ interests and views on the acquisition and use of standards. The results of this survey will play an essential role in developing positions that are important to our members.
IFAN survey will be valid until September 30th, after that time, IFAN will randomly pick 3 people who filled out the survey completely and will award 100 CHF (approx. $127 USD) in the form of an AMEX gift card. On behalf of SES and IFAN, we appreciate your participation and support.
Please click on the URL to enter the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IFAN-StandardsUse2011
2011 World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced (Archived, September 15, 2011)
The 2011 World Standards Day Paper Competition theme has been announced by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee and the paper competition's sponsor, SES - The Society for Standards Professionals. For details, go to the 2011 WSD Paper Competition.
Register Now for the 60th Annual SES Conference (Archived, August 25, 2011)
The Annual SES Conference will be held at the Encore at Wynn, Las Vegas, Nevada, from August 14 through August 18, 2011. The Conference theme will be “The Evolving World of Standards: What’s on the Horizon?” The Conference includes a welcome reception, keynote address by James A. Thomas, President of ASTM International, and two days of technical sessions. These sessions will include topics such as: How Standards Development Becomes a Profession; and Government Standards Initiatives that Address Critical Issues. Two professional development courses will be offered for an additional cost following the Conference. The keynote address and technical sessions will be broadcast live from the Encore on August 15 and August 16, 2011, as a Virtual Conference. If you are not able to make it in person, plan to attend virtually! Click here for additional information on the Conference.
Take Part in the World Standards Day 2011 Poster Competition (Archived, July 29, 2011)
This year, IEC, ISO and ITU have launched a competition, open to everyone, to design a poster illustrating the 2011 World Standards Day theme: International Standards – Creating confidence globally. The designer(s) of the best poster will win 1500 Swiss francs, with the three runners-up receiving 500 Swiss francs each. You can follow the World Standards Day poster competition on Twitter and Facebook. You will be able to vote for your favorite design through your Facebook account. We hope to see your inspiring creations that will no doubt establish fruitful conversations between individuals, businesses and organizations across the globe about the role of standards in increasing global confidence. For additional information, ideas, and FAQs, visit the World Standards Cooperation website
Keynote Presentation available
The 59th Annual SES Conference was held at the Marriott Long Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts from August 15 through August 19, 2010 and had a record number of attendees. The Honorable James M. Shannon, former Massachusetts Representative and current President and CEO of NFPA, was the keynote speaker. The Conference theme was "Strategic Leadership in the Development and Use of Standards."
Click here to listen to the keynote presentation.
The 2nd SES Interactive Webinar will be held on February 10, 2011 from 1:00-2:30 PM EST
It will feature Amy Marasco of Microsoft Corporation on Standards, Patents and Competition Considerations - Views on Openness and Transparency.
SES hosted its first webinar on Friday, January 21, 2011 from 1:00-2:30 PM EST. This was presented by Don Snyder and Dan Ryan of UL's Environment Program on the Development of Environmentally Preferable Product Standards.Roundtable on Federal Government Engagement in Standards
Center for Global Standards Analysis Survey
The Center for Global Standards Analysis released a survey on the "Strategic Value of Standards Education" in August of 2008. The survey includes responses from 11 organizations, highlights the value of standards education, and suggests the value of preparing today's student. The September/October issue of the SES Journal includes an article about the survey - "Education is the Key to the 21st Century" by Donald Purcell, Chairman, The Center for Global Standards Analysis." Click here to review the survey.
IFAN International Poster Contest Announced
The International Federation of Standards User (IFAN) is inviting all persons wishing to express their artistic vision of the importance of standards and benefits of standards and standardization to take part in the first IFAN international contest by preparing a poster depicting the theme "Standards make the world go round". Submissions are due April 1, 2008. Go to www.ifan.org for details.
The next workshop of the International Committee for Education about Standardization (ICES) will take place at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland during February 21-22, 2008.
The aim of the workshop, “Global Perspectives and Strategies for Education about Standardization” is to promote and support awareness of education about standardization worldwide. Participants will learn about current activities, exchange and discuss ideas to develop education programs, learn more about ICES, and identify strategic areas for future activities.
For more information and to register, go to http://ts.nist.gov/Standards/ICES-Workshop.cfm.
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United States Standards Strategy - from Apr 2005
The United States Standards Strategy Committee is currently revising the National Standard Strategy for the United States. The revised Strategy, now referred to as the “United States Standards Strategy,” is available for review by contacting the American National Standards Institute. The name change of the second edition recognizes globalization and the need for standards designed to meet stakeholder needs irrespective of national borders. The new name also reflects a standardization environment that incorporates new types of standards development activities, more flexible approaches and new structures. Full details may be found here.
National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) 10th Anniversary - from March 2006
In recognition of the NTTAA’s 10th anniversary since being signed into law in March 1996, SES has published a booklet containing examples from over 30 standards developing organizations, federal agencies, and companies to illustrate the positive impact of the NTTAA so far. The NTTAA requires that all federal agencies use standards developed by voluntary consensus standards bodies instead of government-unique standards wherever possible. But perhaps even more importantly, the act included provisions that encouraged federal agencies to partner with the private sector in the development of standards, which not only helps improve the efficiency and effectiveness of government, but strengthens the US position in the global marketplace. Click here to view a copy of the Booklet (4.88 mb). Paper copies of this publication may be purchased by utilizing the online store.
2010 World Standards Day Paper Winners Announced
The 2010 World Standards Day Paper Competition winners have been announced. The first place winner was Roger Vernon Bostelman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology for "International Standards Efforts Towards Safe Accessibility Technology for Persons with Disabilities: Cross-Industry Activities." The second place winner was Joseph Bocchiaro, III, of Infocomm for "Audiovisual Technology Standards Support Accessibility." The winning papers will be published in the SES Journal, Standards Engineering. Contact the SES office for copies or subscription information at
On January 25, 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will host a moderated panel discussion with thought leaders from industry and academia on the subject of federal government engagement in standards. The roundtable will take place in Washington, D.C. and also will be webcast. For details about the event, including an agenda, registration, and related information, please visit the event website here.
2011 Virtual Conference Replay (Archived, March 15, 2012)
SES is pleased to offer the replay of its 60th Annual Conference, recorded at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in August 2011. The replay will include the Keynote Address and seven relevant sessions focused on issues critical to private industry, government agencies, and standards developing organizations. In addition to providing access for attendees to the virtual conference, non-attendees can purchase conference access as well.
If you would like more information, if you are interested in purchasing a particular session or the conference in its entirety please click here.
Keynote Presentation Available (Archived, March 15, 2012)
The 60th Annual SES Conference was held at the Encore at Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada from August 14 through August 18, 2011. We had a record number of attendees including our Keynote Speaker, James A. Thomas, President of ASTM International. The Conference theme was "The Evolving World of Standards: What's on the Horizon?"
Click here to listen to the keynote presentation.
SES Nominations (Archived, March 15, 2012)
The terms of office for SES Marketing Council, Publications Council, and Technical Council Directors expire in 2012 and nominations are being sought to fill these offices. Nominations, and the election of each eligible office, shall be in compliance with the SES Bylaws, Article B5: Nominations and Elections. Nominations may be made by petition to the Nominations Committee Chair, signed or affirmed by at least fifteen (15) current members. E-mail nomination petitions or self-nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org.