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Standards and the Global Village: U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2007

Dr. James Hill Receives Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award

Washington, DC, Oct 18, 2007

intro image Nearly 250 members of the standards and conformity assessment community convened this evening in Washington, DC, for the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2007. An exhibition, dinner, and celebration paid tribute to the people, partnerships, and accomplishments that have strengthened the relationship between standards and the well-being of citizens in every corner of the world.

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day is organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) served as the 2007 administrating organization.

“Tonight, leaders of business, industry, academia, consumer organizations, and government commemorate the integration of standards and compliance systems throughout society and the economy,” said S. Joe Bhatia, president and CEO of ANSI. “As we look to the future, we foresee an even stronger and more open standardization system that provides the building blocks for continued global economic growth and the well being of all of the world’s inhabitants.”

The dinner ceremony included the presentation of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award to Dr. James Hill, recently retired acting deputy director of NIST. Dr. Hill, a former president of ASHRAE, was recognized for the outstanding contributions he has made throughout his career to building codes and standards, as well as fire safety and emergency response practices. Dr. Hill is shown in the photo at left with Michael Brown, son of Ronald H. Brown and chairman of the foundation named after his father. (photo courtesy of Thompson Consulting Inc.)
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Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winner of the World Standards Day Paper Competition. Elizabeth H. Kujan was presented with a check for $2,500 and a commemorative plaque for her paper titled, “Mitigating Global Climate Change through Equipment Standards: Telecom Experience.” The paper will be published in the Standards Engineering Society’s (SES) journal, Standards Engineering.

“We in the United States stand out as a model of cooperation among differing interests,” said James Turner, acting director at NIST. “This community's technical contributions have delivered enormous benefits to individuals, to organizations, and to society. We are truly an example for the global village to follow.”

Celebrated annually each October, World Standards Day pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities and helps to raise awareness of the role that standards play in addressing national and global priorities. Since the initial celebration in 1970, the event is now recognized in nations around the globe.

More information about the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2007, “Standards and the Global Village,” is available at

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