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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;
  • Administrative and/or technical leadership as Council director or Chairman of a Standing Committee;
  • Development of noteworthy publications on behalf of SES; or,
  • Leadership of a special project on behalf of SES.


SES Distinguished Service Award Recipients

2020 Recipient: Robert B. Toth - President R.B. Toth & Associates

Bob graduated from the University of Detroit in 1954 with a degree in mechanical engineering and additional experience in metallurgy. He joined RCA to gain more experience in electronics, and the following year joined SES, the Standards Engineering Society. His career path has concentrated exclusively on standards and associated technologies since then. Throughout his career, which continues today, his primary resource has been SES and its members.

In the very earliest days of missiles and rockets  (before NASA) Chrysler had been chosen to build the Redstone missile and develop the larger Jupiter under the leadership of Werner von Braun. They were assembling a small cadre of young engineers for instruction by the Germans in aerospace technology. Soon after Toth was charged to organize a components engineering department for the Missile Division.This was the height of the Cold War and all activities were hurry-up and hush-hush. Bob recruited, hired, trained and organized the Components Engineering Department which was responsible for the performance and reliability of al purchased parts and components, and later for all materials. Within three years the department had three laboratories and grown to 91 people, half of them engineers. The pace never slowed. In 1957 the Soviets launched the first earth- orbiting satellite, Sputnik. In less than three months the U.S. Explorer was in orbit after launch by a Redstone-C. In 1959 NASA initiated its man-in-space program and a critical step was to convince the astronauts that parts and components were not necessarily bought from the lowest bidder. Chrysler Corporation decided to concentrate on its core business and wound down its missile and space projects. Chrysler Missile Division, however, is still remembered for an unmatched legacy: Every one of the 142 launches of its missiles and space vehicles, including five carrying humans, was successful. In those early days and even now this is considered a unique achievement. Toth went on to Martin Orlando for 15 years and another five as Director of Standardization at the Aerospace Industries Association in Washington D.C. He founded R.B. Toth Associates in 1981 to provide strategic services to existing standardization and certification organizations and provide the expertise to enable emerging industrialized nations to establish national metrology, standardization, testing and quality services. He has been responsible for these infrastructure projects in twenty-two countries, and has defined more than $115 million in World Bank technical assistance projects.


2020 Recipient: Michael Woodford - Assistant Vice President American Heating and Refrigeration Institute

Mike Woodford has been a member of SES for 30 years.  During that time, he has been a member of the certification committee. He was responsible helping to prepare guidelines for certification, preparing the exams and presenting awardees with their certifications at the annual conference. His diligence to these tasks has contributed to the growth in certifications and qualifies him to receive this award.


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 

Past Award Recipients