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ANSI Networking Breakfast and Workshop: Educating the Next Generation of Standards Professionals

Interactive simulation on standards development and negotiation for students, new professionals, and new faculty

WSWeek 2012

October 12, 2012
8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Newseum
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20001
(Please use Freedom Forum Entrance on 6th Street)
703.416.1600

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In an effort to foster networking and mentoring amongst ANSI members and the next generation of standards and conformity assessment professionals, ANSI hosted a breakfast and workshop in Washington, DC on October 12, 2012, as part of the World Standards Week series of events.

Generously sponsored by ASTM International, IEEE, and INCITS, Educating the Next Generation of Standards Professionals: Interactive simulation on standards development and negotiation for students, new professionals, and new faculty, began with a free networking breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. where veteran standards and conformance professionals met and mingled with students and young professionals entering the field.

NISTThe invitation-only workshop began at 9:45 a.m. and focused on a standards simulation exercise provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entitled Setting Standards: Exercise in Strategy and Cooperation in Standardization Process that explored the analytical and practical skills needed to successfully engage in standards negotiations. The simulation enabled participants to acquire a feeling for the political-economic stakes in standardization, gain insight in standards-related interests and strategies, experience the importance of standards procedures, and understand the role of individuals in standards processes.

Under the guidance of a moderator, participants negotiated a standard for a fictional next generation technology and simulated a real standardization process by role-playing and completing strategic tasks. Afterwards, a three-phased evaluation was used to reflect on participants’ experiences, focusing on lessons for real-life standardization. This one-day workshop was an excellent skill-builder for both newcomers and those already participating on standards development committees at the national or international level.

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The networking breakfast is free and open to all World Standard Week 2012 participants, including ANSI members and stakeholders from government, industry, business, consumer groups, and academia.

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Newseum
Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20001
(Please use Freedom Forum Entrance on 6th Street)
703.416.1600


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Elizabeth Neiman
American National Standards Institute
Tel: 1.212.642.4911
Fax: 1.212.398.0023
E-mail: eneiman@ansi.org

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