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ANSI Director of International Policy Steven P. Cornish Honored by American Welding Society


New York, Feb 21, 2006

The American Welding Society (AWS) recently announced that Steven P. Cornish of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has been selected as a recipient of the International Meritorious Certificate Award. Presented to individuals demonstrating outstanding service to the welding community, the award honors noteworthy accomplishment in the science, technology and application of welding.

“Mr. Cornish’s continued efforts have resulted in significant victories for the U.S. and other non-European countries involved in the development of ISO welding standards,” said Walter J. Sperko, chairman of the AWS International Standards Committee.

Through his role as a permanent member of the International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Management Board, Mr. Cornish has been instrumental in advancing the global relevance of ISO welding standards. He has supported the development of a number of welding standards, including ISO 9606-1 Approval Testing of Welders—Fusion Welding—Part 1: Steel which addresses the qualification of welders for welding steel.

“Steven Cornish has been in the forefront of global relevance issue in ISO for several years, not only as a policy matter, but also as a subject that has direct influence on specific sectors, said Gary Kushnier, ANSI vice president, international policy. “Steven is well deserving of this award from AWS in recognition of his efforts on their behalf, but also on behalf of the United States standards system in general.”

Mr. Cornish currently serves as the ANSI director of international policy in support of ISO programs. In this position, he is responsible for supporting the ANSI ISO Council, the Institute’s policy-level committee related to the work of the ISO. Mr. Cornish serves as ANSI’s representative to the ISO Technical Management Board—the body responsible for the organization, coordination, strategic planning and programming of the ISO technical program—and a number of its subgroups. In addition, Mr. Cornish is also responsible for supporting the ANSI International Policy Committee, which oversees the development of ANSI’s overarching international policy positions and strategic directions.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Cornish was a program manager within ANSI’s standards facilitation group where he worked with U.S. interests on national, regional and international standardization in a variety of sectors including image technology, medical devices, safety and health, and the environment. Additionally, he held leadership positions in the international committee (ISO/TC 207) developing ISO’s environmental management system standards (ISO 14000).

Mr. Cornish will be honored at the AWS Foundation Recognition Ceremony and Luncheon held in conjunction with the 2006 FABTECH International and AWS Welding Show in Atlanta Georgia, October 31-November 2, 2006.

Founded in 1919, AWS aims to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related disciplines through welding education and technology development. An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, AWS offers a wide range of technical publications, as well as educational, certification, and professional programs. AWS currently serves 50,000 members worldwide.

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