ANSI - American National Standards Institute

Senior Staff

Mr. Stephen P. Oksala

Stephen P. Oksala

Vice Chair

Mr. Oksala is the vice-president of Standards for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE). In this position he is responsible for a wide-ranging standards program for the cable telecommunications industry covering topics from connectors to cable modems. Prior to joining SCTE at the beginning of 2001, he spent 35 years with the Unisys Corporation, including 12 years as Director of Standards and Regulatory Compliance. He has also held management positions in system design, hardware design, operating systems and languages and applications development.

A member of the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) since 1990, Mr. Oksala was elected as a vice-chair of the Board in December of 2001. He chairs the Board National Issues Committee (NIC), which is responsible for domestic standards and government relations policy, and led the group that produced the ANSI National Standards Strategy in 2000. He is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board's International Committee, and participates in ANSI's Organizational Member Council and the Company Members Telecommunications Caucus. Prior to his position as chair of the NIC, he chaired the Regional Standing Committee on Europe, and led delegations to ANSI-European meetings. Previous standards experience includes management activities with the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnicla Commission Joint Technical Committee (JTC 1) Technical Advisory Group and the U.S. standards developer NCITS.

A recipient of the 1999 ANSI Edward Lohse medal for standardization in Information Technology, Mr. Oksala has twice won awards in the World Standards Day paper contest (first place in 1996 and second place in 2000). He has testified before Congress on several occasions on the subject of standards and conformity assessment and the role of government in these processes.

Mr. Oksala holds a BSEE from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Wayne State University. He resides with his wife Junede in Exton, Pennsylvania.