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Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

SES Webinar on February 15: Setting Standards for the 21st Century Smart Electric Grid
On February 15, SES - the Society for Standards Professionals will host a webinar, Setting Standards for the 21st Century Smart Electric Grid. The webinar will feature George W. Arnold, director of the Smart Grid and Cyberphysical Systems Program, and National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The Smart Grid will eventually enable the dynamic, two-way flow of electricity and information needed to support growing use of distributed green generation sources such as wind and solar, widespread use of electric vehicles, and ubiquitous intelligent appliances and buildings that can dynamically adjust power consumption in response to conditions on the grid. The webinar will describe how the public and private sectors are working together to develop interoperability and cybersecurity standards at the national and international levels to support the Smart Grid.

This session is part of a monthly series of SES webinars, and will include extensive opportunity for discussion with the presenter. The webinar will run from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. ET. Click here for more information and to register.

SCTE-TUCK Executive Leadership Program to Focus on Opportunities for Women Engineers
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth will address the need for increased representation of women in cable engineering during the SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program at Dartmouth College to be held April 29 - May 4.

"The shortage of women engineers is depriving our industry of a significant pool of talent, just at the time when demand for new services and expertise is increasing," said Cathy Oakes, senior vice president, operations for SCTE. "The inclusion of diversity programs within our SCTE-Tuck Executive Leadership Program . . . is designed to provide women and others with the support they need to choose and thrive in cable engineering careers."

Among the activities planned to support increased diversity within the cable industry's top engineering and operations positions are a panel discussion with leading women engineers, a networking reception, and a luncheon question-and-answer session with Marshall Goldsmith, one of the world's leading executive coaches.

Applications are being accepted through February 15 for the SCTE-Tuck program, which is open to qualified executives in the United States and abroad. Click here to learn more.

AIHA Launches Consumer-Focused Website
The ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) recently launched a new consumer-focused website allowing the general public to access resources and information about industrial hygiene and related fields.

The site,, provides a consumer guide to the profession, careers, and matters of concern to industrial hygienists. The website provides information about day-to-day responsibilities of an industrial hygienist, what it takes to achieve an industrial hygiene career, and the important issues and challenges an IH professional routinely addresses.

To access the new website, visit

IAPMO, Brazil Sign MoU to Develop Codes, Training Systems
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), an ANSI member and audited designator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Brazilian government that calls for the two to work together in developing codes, standards, training, product evaluation, and compliance services for the South American nation. The agreement is with the Associação Brasileira pela Conformidade e Eficiência de Instalações (ABRINSTAL), a public-private partnership consisting of construction trade groups in Brazil.

Allen Inlow, IAPMO's senior director of business and product development said, "IAPMO's Uniform Codes, along with its industry-leading education, will play a vital role in ensuring that ABRINSTAL accomplishes its goal of enhancing the safety and training practices of the Brazilian construction industry."

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