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World Standards Day 2019 Celebrates U.S. Standardization Leaders, Explores How Standards Build Connections


More than 200 professionals from the standardization community gathered in honor of the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day (WSD) on November 7, 2019, at a networking reception and gala dinner at the Fairmont Washington in Washington, DC. WSD commemorates the critical role of voluntary standards and conformity assessment in driving innovation across every sector. This year, the event celebrated the theme Standards Build Connections.

"Standards and conformance serve as the springboard for innovation – enabling people, businesses, and communities to live, work, and work together – better," said ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. "Living in the age of augmented reality, the Internet of Things, and blockchain technology means people and businesses now have more options to connect – and with greater efficiency – than ever before," he noted to the audience, and explained how standards help support innovative connections.

The World Standards Day event—co-chaired each year by ANSI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)—included the presentation of the 2019 Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award. Dr. Austin Freeman of BP’s Technical Authority for Well Equipment, an expert on standards committees for the American Petroleum Institute (API) and chair of API's Global Industry Services Committee (GISC), received the award. The award is named after the late U.S. Secretary of Commerce and honors an individual who has effectively promoted standardization as a key tool in the elimination of global trade barriers.

SES: The Society for Standards Professionals announced the 2019 World Standards Day Paper Competition winner, Cassandra Robinson, who authored “Building a Better Combat Boot and a Framework for Successful Standards Development."

About World Standards Day

World Standards Day was initially launched in 1970, and is now celebrated by nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from the standards and conformity assessment community. For more information, visit

See the related article, Austin Freeman Named 2019 Recipient of Ronald H. Brown Standards Leadership Award.


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