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Generation Next: Program Set for Discussions on Standards Training in Higher Education


New York, Aug 20, 2002

Education and research on technical standards in institutions of higher education will be the topic of a ground-breaking September 9th conference at Columbia University in New York City.

Organized by the International Center for Standards Research (ICSR), in conjunction with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and hosted by the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI), the afternoon event will bring together interested parties from academia (administrators, professors and students), industry and government to begin forming an agenda for advancing standards education and research at the higher education level.

According to the event organizers, "the need to introduce 'standards education' at the university level has become increasingly important as participation and support diminishes from the industries, organizations and government agencies that depend upon the standards-making process." A call for focused attention on this topic was also identified in the U.S. National Standards Strategy.

Mr. James Alleman, director of research at CITI, will welcome participants and moderate the event, which will be held from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the Columbia Business School. Among the participants will be:

Dr. William E. Kelly, chairman of ANSI's Education Ad Hoc Committee and director of the Center for Global Standards Analysis at Catholic University. Dr. Kelly will lead a panel discussion intended to develop a plan for integrating standards education at the university level.
Dr. Tim Schoechle, director of the ICSR (University of Colorado). Dr. Schoechle will moderate a second panel discussion on the future of standards research in higher education.
Dr. George W. Arnold, vice-chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors and standards and intellectual property vice-president at Lucent Technologies. Dr. Arnold will serve as moderator for a panel discussion on opportunities for collaboration between academia, government and industry.

Participants and panelists will engage in an interactive discussion regarding "best approaches" to incorporate standardization topics - including strategic standardization management - and research into various schools and curricula; possible requirements for incorporating standardization as an element of academic accreditation, and mechanisms to advance these initiatives in the future.

Discussions and outcomes from the September 9th panel will be continued at the ANSI Annual Conference, "Breaking Down Borders-Business, Standards and Trade," on October 15-16 in Washington, D.C.

For more information or to register, please contact CTI at (212) 854-4222 or via their website. Fees are $10 for Academic/Non-Profit, and $15 for Private Sector. Columbia students are free (must pre-register).

Directions

Columbia Business School, Warren Hall is located on 115th Street and Amsterdam Avenue in New York City. You may enter campus through the main gates or 117th Street gates during business hours. Take bus lines (M4, M11, M5, M104) or the subways (Broadway IRT #1 and #9 locals) 116th Street.

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