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World Standards Day Paper Competition Theme Announced: "Building Global Security Through Standards"


New York, May 21, 2003

In conjunction with the World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee, the Standards Engineering Society (SES), a membership organization dedicated to promoting the use of standards and standardization, has announced "Building Global Security Through Standards" as the theme for its annual Paper Contest. Open exclusively to U.S.-based organizations and individuals, the paper competition should focus on the overall theme encompassing any area where standards and conformity assessment programs contribute to making this a more secure world to live. Examples include information security, better communications, physical security, threat detection and protection, strengthened building construction, fire safety, law enforcement tools, and improved emergency response. This list is only meant to stimulate ideas, and does not represent a complete list of suggested topics.

The winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony during the World Standards Day Exhibits, Reception and Banquet on Tuesday, September 30 in Washington, DC. The first place winner will receive $2,500 and a commemorative plaque; second and third place winners will receive cash awards of $1000 and $500 respectively. In addition, winning papers will be published in the SES journal, Standards Engineering. The first place winning entry will also appear as a special feature article in the ANSI Reporter, the Institute's quarterly newsmagazine.

Papers will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges selected by SES and approved by the 2003 World Standards Day Planning Committee. The judges will have absolute discretion to decide the winner of the competition or, in the event of no papers being of sufficient merit, to withhold any award. All submissions shall be received with an official entry form no later than midnight August 15, 2003 by the SES Executive Director (no exceptions).

Winners in the past have focused on timely issues within the standards and conformity assessment community as they pertain to the annual WSD theme. Last year, Laura E. Hitchcock, senior standards specialist at the Boeing Company, authored the first place paper, Standards During Times of Change: Aerospace Strategies for Keeping Standards and Business Linked. Second place went to Robert C. Thompson of New York State, Building Codes Division, for his piece on New York State: Building a Case for Standards. Andrew Bank, vice president of business development at TechStreet, was awarded third place for his paper, The Standards Distribution Market: Serving Customers Between "All" and "Nothing."

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