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Save the Date: World Standards Day – October 6, 2005

WSD rounds out week of events in Washington

New York, Jun 17, 2005

The U.S. standardization and conformity assessment community will celebrate World Standards Week 2005 with a blend of stimulating forums, networking events and ceremonies during the week of October 3-7, 2005, in Washington, DC. The annual week of activities grew out of the U.S. observance of World Standards Day, which began as a celebration of the birth of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on October 14, 1946. Today, World Standards Day is sponsored annually by ISO; the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

World Standards Day
The goal of World Standards Day is to raise awareness of the importance of global standardization to the world economy and to promote its role in helping meet the needs of business, industry, government, and consumers worldwide. The international event pays tribute to the value of standardization in the global marketplace, to the consuming public and to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The 2005 U.S. theme of World Standards Day is "Improving Safety and Security Through Standards." Standards and conformity assessment programs for products, services, or processes that have safety and security as their foundation can foster a better society by defending against threats, protecting critical infrastructure, and even saving lives.

The U.S. observance of World Standards Day will be held on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. ASME president Richard E. Feigel will serve as honorary chairman during the WSD exhibition, reception and dinner. Feigel is vice president of engineering for Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company in Hartford, Conn. In this capacity, he is responsible for risk analysis and consults with clients worldwide on strategies for risk mitigation, inspection, and maintenance of boilers and related pressure systems. He has worked at Hartford Steam Boiler since 1977.

At ASME, Feigel has been involved in technical standards development for more than 25 years. Among the many positions he has held are chair, B31 Piping Main Committee; chair and senior vice president, Council on Codes and Standards, and vice president, Pressure Technology Codes and Standards.

Mr. Feigel is also the recipient of the Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award, which is named for the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce who was killed while on a trade mission to Central Europe. This award recognizes demonstrated leadership in promoting the important role of standardization in eliminating global barriers to trade. The award will be presented during the WSD dinner program.

WSD is co-chaired by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and ANSI. The administrating organization for this year's event is the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). With participation by some 50 trade associations, professional societies, standards development organizations, corporations, and government agencies, the celebration pays tribute to the value of standardization to the nation's economy and the consuming public.

Watch ANSI Online for information on obtaining tickets to attend the World Standards Day banquet and exhibition.

SES Paper Contest
In conjunction with the World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee, the Standards Engineering Society (SES), an ANSI member and accredited standards developer, will sponsor the 2005 WSD Paper Contest on "Improving Safety and Security Through Standards." The paper contest offers standards professionals the opportunity to demonstrate the multifaceted contributions that standards afford for a safe and secure existence.

Open exclusively to U.S.-based organizations and individuals, the competition provides a means by which every entrant can help educate industry and government leaders to the importance of standards, and foster meaningful communication within the standards community.

The winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony during the World Standards Day exhibition, reception and dinner on Thursday, October 6. 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.

Papers will be reviewed by a panel of independent judges selected by SES and approved by the 2005 World Standards Day Planning Committee. All submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight September 2, 2005 by the SES Executive Director, at the following address:

2005 WSD Paper Competition
13340 SW 96th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33176

For rules and other contest information, please visit the SES website.

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