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World Standards Day 2002 Paper Competition Winners Posted

New York, Dec 03, 2002

The Standards Engineering Society (SES), administrator of the U.S. annual World Standards Day paper competition, recently announced that the three winning papers from the 2002 competition have been posted to the Library of its website.

Entries in this year's contest were intended to focus on the overall theme of "Standards Mean Business" by specifically illustrating issues, concerns, and applications of standards or conformity assessment programs pertaining to business. In selecting the theme, it was the intent of the planning committee to define "business" in broad terms. Papers could explore how standards affect the production, distribution, marketing, and/or sales of goods and services, or how business is conducted nationally, regionally, or globally.

Laura E. Hitchcock, senior standards specialist at the Boeing Company, authored the first place paper, Standards During Times of Change: Aerospace Strategies for Keeping Standards and Business Linked, and was awarded $2,500. Second place went to Robert C. Thompson of New York State, Building Codes Division, for his piece on New York State: Building a Case for Standards. Andrew Bank, vice president of business development at TechStreet, was awarded third place for his paper, The Standards Distribution Market: Serving Customers Between "All" and "Nothing." The second and third place winners received $1,000 and $500 respectively.

Winners were acknowledged and presented with their awards during the annual World Standards Day ceremonies on October 16, 2002 in Washington, DC. The first place winner will also appear as a special article in the ANSI Reporter.

Papers may be reproduced by permission of the Standards Engineering Society. The SES, an ANSI membership organization dedicated to promoting the use of standards and standardization, co-sponsors the paper competition with the World Standards Day (WSD) Planning Committee.

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