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James Hill Named Recipient of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award


New York, Apr 06, 2007

Dr. James Hill, a recognized leader in the building and fire industries, has been selected by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee as the 2007 recipient of the prestigious Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. He will be honored by members of the U.S. standardization community on Thursday evening, October 18, 2007, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC.

Named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce, the Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award is presented annually during the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day. Its recipient is a champion for standardization activities and an advocate for programs that safeguard the health and safety of the world’s citizens, protect the environment, and foster global commerce.

Dr. Hill was nominated by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). A former president of ASHRAE, Dr. Hill currently serves as the acting deputy director at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In this position, he is responsible for overall operation of the Institute and the effectiveness of NIST’s technical programs. In a previous post as director of the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory, Dr. Hill led the investigation of World Trade Center building failures on September 11, and the performance evaluation of structures in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Under his leadership, NIST researchers have recommended dozens of major safety enhancements for U.S. building codes and standards, and fire safety and emergency response practices.

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. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired 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) serves as the 2007 administrating organization.

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

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