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This Award is presented by invitation of the Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee, for Professional distinction in, and special contribution to, the field of standardization, as: 

An Executive, Manager, Scientist, Engineer, Technologist, Writer, or Information Specialist engaged in the field of Standards or Standardization who has attained professional distinction; who has been engaged in this discipline for at least 10 years; and, who has directed or participated in important work applying the principles of standardization for at least three (3) years, or: 

  • A Professor or Teacher in a University, College, or School of recognized standing, who has contributed to the advancement of the principles of Standardization; 

  • An individual who has done notable original work which has contributed to the advancement of standardization, and has thereby attained professional distinction; or,

  • An individual regularly engaged in standards or standardization work for at least 10 years, and, who by special contribution to the advancement of standardization or related documentation, has attained professional distinction.

Nominations are considered on an annual basis. Only individuals who have been members of SES for the past ten (10) years are eligible for nomination.


2020 SES Fellow Recipients:


Recipient: Chris Carnahan

Chris Carnahan serves as Assistant Vice President for Technical Operations and Standards at the Aerospace Industries Association. In this role, he is responsible for supporting AIA's Technical Operations & Standards division and leads AIA's National Aerospace Standards program. The National Aerospace Standards are industry standards that provide standard practices and part standards for the aerospace & defense industry.

Before joining AIA in 2009, Carnahan was the Manager, Standards Operations for the Compressed Gas Association, a trade association in the DC area that develops safety standards for the compressed gas and medical gas industry.

Carnahan has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Mary Washington and a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University.

Nomination Procedure: 

For each nomination, include individual name, organization, and contact information. Also, provide a supporting statement of 350 words or less stating the achievements in support of the nomination.

Using the nomination form as a guide, you can submit qualified nominations in one of three ways: 

Email: SES Executive Director

Telephone: 1 309-716-6504

Mike Morrell
Executive Director
SES - The Society for Standards Professionals
1950 Lafayette Road
Suite 200
Portsmouth, NH 03801 

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