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“Standards Connect the World” and the U.S. Standardization Community on World Standards Day 2004

Washington DC, Oct 13, 2004

Nearly 200 members of the standards and conformity assessment community convened for the 2004 U.S. World Standards Day (WSD) exhibit, dinner and celebration this evening at the United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington, DC. The ceremony included the presentation of the prestigious Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award to MasterCard International’s vice president of infrastructure and standards, Simon Pugh, in recognition of his support for U.S. standardization efforts.

“I'm privileged to have been awarded the Ronald Brown Standards Leadership Award and to have been selected as honorary chairman for this important event,” said Mr. Pugh. “Our efforts will help encourage the further adoption and deployment of national and international standards for comprehensive security and interoperability. This is a great way to promote our goal of achieving global standardization and celebrate the progress the payments industry has made thus far.”

The award Pugh received was named in honor of former U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown, who died in a plane crash while on a trade mission to Central Europe.

Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of the winners of the World Standards Day Paper Competition. Open to U.S.-based organizations and individuals, the 2004 competition was based on the U.S. World Standards Day theme, "Standards Connecting the World." Entries were judged by their achievement in specifically illustrating issues, concerns, and applications of standards or conformity assessment programs pertaining to business, and how these systems foster a healthier economy. Papers were reviewed by a panel of independent judges selected by the Standards Engineering Society (SES) and approved by the 2004 World Standards Day Planning Committee.

First place was awarded to Alicia Clay, computer security division chief, and Michael Hogan, standards liason, both of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Their paper titled “Securely Connecting the World with Cyber Security Standards” earned them a check for $2,500 and a commemorative plaque for the winning entry in the paper competition.

The second place award was presented to William Rippey, electronics engineer at NIST, for his paper, “We Need Better Information Connections for Welding Manufacturing.” Rippey was presented with a check for $1000. Third Place and a $500 award went to Gordon Gillerman, of Gaithersburg, MD, for his entry, "Making the Confidence Connection: Conformity Assessment System Design.”

The winning papers will be published in SES' Standards Engineering, with the first place winner also appearing in a special article in the ANSI Reporter.

The event also recognized the Society of Automotive Engineers on the organization's 100th anniversary.

The aim of World Standards Day is to raise the 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. This international event pays tribute to the thousands of volunteers around the world who participate in standardization activities.

The U.S. celebration World Standards Day is a joint effort between the private and public sector. This year's World Standards Day events were coordinated and funded by the World Standards Day Committee, consisting of representatives from more than 50 major companies, professional and technical societies, trade associations, standards developing organizations and government agencies. The Committee was co-chaired by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); the 2004 Administrating Organization was the Aerospace Industries Association.

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