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U.S. celebrates World Standards Day 2008.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 29, 2008 Nearly 250 members of standards and conformity assessment community joined together in Washington D.C. for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2008. Event honored people, partnerships, and accomplishments that have supported standards and conformity assessment community over past year, with focus on Intelligent and Sustainable Buildings. It is co-chaired each year by American National Standards Institute and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
ANSI relaunches 'Standards That Make a Difference' survey.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 29, 2008 In commemoration of its 90th anniversary, ANSI relaunched 2002 survey to learn which standards are making a difference in global marketplace. Participants were asked to identify standards considered to be most valuable by members of standards and conformity assessment community, and offer brief explanation highlighting benefits for consumers, government, or industry. More than 200 entries were submitted, and 3 winners were selected at random during World Standards Week 2008.
ANSI celebrates its 90-year anniversary.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 29, 2008 Founded in 1918 as American Engineering Standards Committee, ANSI celebrated its 90th anniversary as part of World Standards Week 2008. More than 125 members of standards and conformity assessment community joined in celebration, held during ANSI's 2008 Annual Business Meeting luncheon. Meeting combined overview of ANSI's current pursuits and milestones with recognition of the anniversary, bringing past and future to the table in discussion of organization's growth and progress.
ANSI Forum meets during World Standards Week 2008.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)    New York, NY 10036
October 29, 2008 Over 100 members of the ANSI Federation convened at an October 23 meeting of the Joint Member Forum (JMF) to discuss business issues in the standards and conformity assessment community. Opening with introductory remarks from S. Joe Bhatia, the meeting featured a discussion of Strategic Business Risk: 2009 - the Top 10 Risks for Business, by keynote speaker Steve Patton. Also, Forum chairs participated in a roundtable discussion addressing issues facing the Federation.
A&WMA issues call for abstracts for May, 2009 conference.
Air & Waste Management Association    Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1435
October 29, 2008 The A&WMA has issued a call for abstracts for Practical Sustainability, a conference to be held May 7-8, 2009, in St. Louis, MO. Abstracts should be 300 words or less and demonstrate innovative, scientific approaches to the implementation of sustainability methods. Topics may include strategy development, process management, and data collection, analysis, and reporting. Submittal deadline is December 5, 2008 and authors will be notified of acceptance by January 16, 2009.
SME elects 2009 Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
October 29, 2008 Effective January 1, 2009, SME Education Foundation officers include Khalil S. Taraman, PhD, FSME, PE, as President; Charles M. Chambers, PhD, JD, as VP/Secretary; Peter F. Mackie as Treasurer/Chair of Finance; and Kenneth Vedra, Ed.D., as Assistant Treasurer/Vice Chair of Finance. Newly elected members include F. Brian Holmes, CMfgE, and Brian A. Ruestow. The organization also elected or reelected 4 directors to serve 1- or 2-yr terms.
SIIA Conference to include keynotes by top executives.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
October 29, 2008 During SIIA OnDemand Conference, Software as a Service leaders will gather to learn how leading companies that enable or deliver SaaS solutions are tackling challenges and adapting for future success. Keynote speakers will include Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com, Josh James of Omniture, Anthony Lye of Oracle CRM, and Zach Nelson of NetSuite. Some topics will include harnessing growth in evolving economy, shifting from product- to service-led business, and developing vertical market strategies.
State Transportation Officials focus on federal program reform.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
October 28, 2008 At meeting in Hartford, CT, AASHTO approved slate of recommendations for next year's authorization of federal highway and transit programs. Multi-modal package of recommendations urges that federal program focus on areas of national interest, such as preservation and renewal, interstate commerce, safety, congestion, system reliability, and enhanced environment and quality of life. States would self-define targets that would deliver accountability for investment of federal funds.
AWWA Webcast to present forecast of next administration.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
October 28, 2008 Scheduled for Nov 12 at 1 p.m. ET, webcast titled "The New Administration: A Forecast" will be moderated by Tom Curtis, AWWA's Deputy Executive Director for Government Affairs. He will be joined by experts who will spend 45 minutes exploring how new presidential administration may impact water utilities over next 4 years. Webcast presenters include Tracy Mehan, former EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Sector, and Len Simon, proprietor of Simon and Company.
Manufacturing Careers Campaign spreads to 15 regions.
National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)    Washington, DC 20004
October 27, 2008 NAM congratulated Southeast Indiana Dream It. Do It. team as Mayor Fred Armstrong of Columbus, Indiana, declared October 23 "Dream It. Do It. Day" in recognition of many benefits that manufacturing has to offer Southeast Indiana regional economy. Campaign creates strong regional alliances of industry, government, and education leaders to increase awareness and interest about manufacturing's high-paying careers and help young people acquire necessary education and skills.
AWWA releases 2008 State of the Industry Report.
American Water Works Association    Denver, CO 80235
October 27, 2008 According to AWWA, source water supply and protection emerged as top areas of concern among North American water professionals in 2008 State of the Industry Report. Respondents expressed concerns about ensuring adequate future water resources. Many stressed need for effective water efficiency and conservation programs, while others indicated interest in technologies such as water reuse and desalination. Additional topics of concern included infrastructure, regulatory issues, and financing.
ASHRAE hosts industry partners at Headquarters renewal event.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
October 27, 2008 On Oct 23, some 200 people gathered for ASHRAE's Headquarter dedication ceremony in Atlanta. Guests included industry partners who donated nearly $1.65 million in equipment and services for $7.65 million renovation. Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president stated that generous donations by companies and firms have not only ensured that building will be there for a long time to come, but also that ASHRAE can continue to provide sustainable building technology guidance.
ATA comments on Secure Flight Final Rule.
Air Transport Association Of America, Inc. (ATA)    Washington, DC 20004
October 24, 2008 ATA President and CEO, James C. May, welcomed announcement by Homeland Security Secretary, Michael Chertoff and TSA Administrator, Kip Hawley regarding Secure Flight Final Rule. He stated, "while we expect there will be details in the rule that need attention and clarification once the Final Rule is published and available for review, the airline industry is committed to working through this process as efficiently and cooperatively as possible."
SME reports Las Vegas show exceeds attendance expectations.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
October 24, 2008 More than 12,000 manufacturing and welding professionals attended the opening day of the 2008 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show, introducing METALFORM, in Las Vegas, with more than 21,000 for the entire 3-day event. A reported 56% were first-time attendees, 32% were from the West Coast, and 16% were international attendees, up from 10% the past 2 yr. Records indicate 83% of attendees either make or influence purchasing decisions.
PMA releases October Business Conditions Report.
Precision Metalforming Association    Independence, OH 44130
October 24, 2008 According to October 2008 Business Conditions Report, metalforming companies expect severe deterioration in business conditions during next 3 months. Report indicates that 67% of participants expect activity will decline, while 26% predict activity will remain unchanged, and only 7% forecast improvement in business conditions. Fifty-four percent of companies anticipate decrease in orders, while 34% expect no change, and 12% forecast increase in orders.
IEEE Conference addresses India's power self-sufficiency.
Institute Of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, Inc., The (IEEE)    Piscataway, NJ 08855
October 24, 2008 Experts discussed India's energy scenario and way to self-sufficiency at IEEE's Power and Energy Society's PowerCon 2008. Various topics were included under the theme, Technological advancements for the development of the power sector, including strategies for future energy challenges to India's energy security, discussed by Wanda K. Reder. Also touched upon were business opportunities from efficient lighting systems and energy conservation to manufacturing, among others.
ISA Alarm Management Draft nears committee ballot.
ISA (The Instrumentation Systems & Automation Society)    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
October 23, 2008 Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries elicited 2,500+ comments in the last 12 months from end users, vendors, and other process industry professionals. The ISA18 standards committee on Instrument Signals and Alarms plans 1 final review cycle prior to submitting draft ISA-18.00.02 for committee ballot by year's end. Nick Sands of DuPont said the standard will "...help users understand the elements of alarm management from philosophy and rationalization to monitoring and audit."
BIO calls for 2009 World Congress proposals.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
October 23, 2008 Biotechnology Industry Organization invites leaders from biotechnology, chemical, and agricultural industries to submit proposals for panels and individual papers for 2009 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing. Program tracks include biofuels/bioenergy technologies; renewable feedstocks and sustainability; renewable chemicals and biomaterials; fine chemicals, food ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and personal care; and business development, infrastructure, and public policy.
Florida Senate President honored as BIO Legislator of the Year.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
October 23, 2008 During BioFlorida Annual Conference, Florida Senate President Ken Pruitt was presented with Legislator of the Year Award for 2007-2008. According to BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood, Pruitt is committed to providing tools that growing companies need to succeed and compete and has been a leader in economic development, job creation, and continued innovation. He is an ardent supporter of Florida's biotechnology industry and understands benefits industry provides in the form of economic stability.
BIO expects growth in attendance at BIO Investor Forum.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
October 23, 2008 Scheduled for Oct 29-31 in San Francisco, Seventh Annual BIO Investor Forum will include more than 240 venture capital and public market investors, representing 40% increase in participation compared to 2007. Forum will also feature more than 140 presentations by private and publicly traded companies, 28 distinguished clinicians and investigators, 9 Therapeutic Workshops(TM), and 6 Business Roundtables, which have been reviewed by Advisory Committee of industry leaders.

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