Original Press Release
ANSI Announces Recipients of the 2011 Leadership and Service Awards
Press release date: August 15, 2011
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the recipients of its 2011 Leadership and Service Awards. Recipients have been recognized for their significant contributions to national and international standardization activities, as well as an ongoing commitment to their industry, their nation, and the enhancement of the global voluntary consensus standards system. ANSI will honor these fourteen distinguished award recipients during an October 12 ceremony held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2011.
James E. Matthews III, director of technical standards and standards policy at Corning Incorporated, has been awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal, which honors distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through the advancement, development, or administration of international standardization, measurements, or certification.
Robert A. Williams, vice president, standards, at Underwriters Laboratories Inc., will receive the Howard Coonley Medal, which recognizes an executive who has benefited the national economy through voluntary standardization and conformity assessment and has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool.
Richard DeBlasio, chief engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, will receive the Finegan Standards Medal, which honors an individual who has shown extraordinary leadership in the development and application of voluntary standards.
Keith A. Mowry, manager of accreditation services at Underwriters Laboratories Inc., will receive the Gerald H. Ritterbusch Conformity Assessment Medal, which honors distinguished service in promoting the understanding and application of conformity assessment methods as a means of providing confidence in standards compliance for the marketplace.
Ralph M. Showers, Ph.D. , emeritus professor of electrical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal, which honors an individual who has contributed in an exceptional, dedicated way to the field of electrotechnology standardization, conformity assessment, and related activities at the national and international levels.
Mary H. Saunders, director of the standards coordination office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, will receive the George S. Wham Leadership Medal, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the voluntary standardization community and provided long-term direction and visionary qualities in support of the ANSI Federation.
Diane C. Thompson, president of Thompson Consulting and editor of Standards Engineering, was chosen as the recipient of the President's Award for Journalism, which recognizes a journalist whose work helps to illuminate the role that standardization and conformity assessment activities play in improving the health and safety of Americans and in strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. business in a global marketplace.
E. Clayton Teague, Ph.D., former director of the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Office and former chair of the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 229 on nanotechnologies, was selected as the recipients of the Chairman's Award, which honors outstanding accomplishments by any group or individual on behalf of ANSI or the ANSI Federation.
Matthew R. Young, an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, will receive the Next Generation Award, which honors individuals who have been engaged in standardization or conformity assessment activities for less than eight years and who have, during this time, demonstrated vision, leadership, dedication, and significant contributions to their chosen field of activity.
Meritorious Service Awards Five individuals will receive the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the U.S. voluntary standardization system. Each has demonstrated outstanding service in enabling ANSI to attain the objectives for which it was founded. The awardees are:
John G. Abbott, Ph.D., director of regulatory affairs at Philips Healthcare Jean M. Baronas, a consultant for Sony Electronics Inc. Sonya M. Bird, program manager for international standards at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Brian K. Daly, director of core network and government regulatory standards at AT&T Ramona Saar, program manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
These fourteen individuals will be honored at the 2011 ANSI Leadership and Service Awards, a banquet and ceremony to be held on Wednesday evening, October 12, at the Newseum in Washington, DC. For more information, visit www.ansi.org/wsweek.
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