The theme of the 2013 ANSI Student Paper Competition is Standards and Emerging Technology Decisions - What Role Do Standards Play in Disaster Recovery and Business Recovery? In 2012, the Northeast experienced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and standards played a critical role in the response, especially in regards to public safety and welfare. With a destructive hurricane such as this, standards were important across various areas including health, medical, water and food safety, environment and climate, power (Smart Grid) and utilities, evacuation and emergency response, transportation, communications (e.g., cell towers), financial (e.g., national mortgage standards), fuel delivery, business continuity, product safety, energy efficiency, waste treatment, and building.
Submitted papers should examine the role standards play in disaster recovery and business continuity, providing specific examples of where, how and which standards were or could have been invoked in an emergency situation. Papers may also identify areas where existing standards could be improved and new standards could be developed and introduced for emergency management.
Entries must not exceed 2,000 words and must be formatted in accordance with the submission criteria in the paper competition flyer linked below. Submissions will be screened by members of the ANSI CoE to ensure they meet specified criteria and finalists will be recommended to ANSI for consideration. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges.
The winning entry will be awarded $2,500, while the second place and third place entries will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively. The three winning papers will be announced in May 2013 and presented at a later ANSI event.
About the ANSI Committee on Education
The Committee on Education (CoE) oversees all Institute initiatives related to standards and conformity assessment education and outreach, fulfills the objectives of the United States Standards Strategy (USSS), and responds to other issues that may be delegated by the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, or the National Policy Committee.