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Winners of 2013 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced

New York, Oct 08, 2013

The U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee has announced that Ann Brigida of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) member and accredited standards developer InfoComm International is the first-place winner of the 2013 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Paper Competition. Second place has been awarded to Amelia Acker of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and third place to Joe Bocchiaro III of InfoComm International.

This year’s paper competition, which was sponsored by ANSI member and accredited standards developer SES – The Society for Standards Professionals, focused on the theme of “Standards for a World at Work and Play,” reflecting the many ways that standards function as tool to bolster consistency, repeatability, dependability, and excellence in a wide variety of technologies and fields.

In her first place paper, titled “At Work and Play and Everything in Between: Standards Keep the Ball Rolling,” Ms. Brigida describes an average morning in the life of the fictional Harrison family in order to demonstrate the myriad ways that standards influence and affect even the most basic aspects of modern life, providing a foundation for innovation while also supporting safety and sustainability worldwide:

The Harrisons probably haven’t thought much about it, but each step in their daily lives at work and play is affected by a network of standards and codes that is so all-encompassing it’s hard to imagine. Standards form the underpinning of everything they do, from eating to watching a concert. It’s a cycle that repeats, without any intrusion or even awareness of the fact that standards are the reason almost every major episode of daily life is safer, more efficient, more dependable, more flexible, and more capable of being interconnected. Without any intrusion, the way the family functions from the time they awake to the end of their day is materially affected by the work of millions of people working together, striving to create a framework for stability and well-being of our society on a very grand scale.

Ms. Acker’s paper, “The Global System for Mobile Communication: The Hidden Influence of Standards in Text Messaging and Wireless Communication,” examines how standards play a major role in supporting innovation, with a particular focus on how standards assisted the creation of mobile networks and devices. Mr. Bocchiaro’s paper, “Slopes, Skis and Standards - Having Fun Skiing Safely, Responsibly and Sustainably,” uses a ski trip as a jumping off point for a discussion of the multitude of standards protecting and assisting skiers, snowboarders, and other winter sports enthusiasts. All three winning papers are available online.

The winners of the paper competition were announced during the 2013 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day, which took place on Thursday, October 3, at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C. [see related story]. Ms. Brigida was awarded a plaque and a prize of $2,500, while Ms. Acker and Mr. Bocchiaro received $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with certificates. All three winning papers will be published in an upcoming issue of Standards Engineering, SES’s journal.

For more information about the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2013, visit

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