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Paper Competition Announced for U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day 2012


Papers addressing ""Standards Increase Efficiency"" are due by August 10

The 2012 World Standards Day Paper Competition has been announced by the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day Planning Committee and the paper competition's sponsor, SES - The Society for Standards Professionals.

The theme for this year's paper competition, "Standards Increase Efficiency," recognizes that standards and codes help to measure, compare, and increase efficiency and reduce waste in all forms. They create a solid base from which to develop innovative products and services and provide practical guidance on issues that assist economies and organizations to increase their efficiency and effectiveness in meeting customer needs. The state-of-the art know-how contained in international standards and codes helps companies and organizations compete globally, produce more efficiently for more markets, and reduce costs.

This year, the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day - Standards Increase Efficiency - will recognize the crucial role of standards, codes, and conformance activities in driving more efficient processes, services, systems, and built environments worldwide.

Paper competition winners will be announced and given their awards during a banquet at the celebration, which will be held on October 11, 2012, at The Fairmont Hotel in Washington, DC.

Cash prizes will be awarded for up to three papers selected by a panel of judges. The first place winner would receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners would receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers would be published in the SES journal, Standards Engineering.

All paper competition submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight, August 10, 2012, by Leona Nisbet, SES executive director, 1950 Lafayette Road, Box 1, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801. For details on the winners' recognition, cash awards, judging, and rules, click here to visit the SES website.

About SES - The Society for Standards Professionals
SES was founded in 1947 as a non-profit, technical association dedicated to furthering the knowledge and use of standards and standardization. SES is unique in that it is the only organization in North America committed exclusively to furthering public awareness and knowledge of standards and standardization. SES provides a neutral forum where standards users and developers can come together to address mutual issues, opportunities, and interests in ways that work to the benefit of everyone involved with, or affected by, standards. The Society's members are standards developers, users, managers, and information specialists from industry, government, standards developing organizations, trade associations, and academia. To find out more about SES please visit our website at

About the U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day
Since the initial celebration in 1970, World Standards Day (WSD) is now recognized in nations around the globe. U.S. activities are organized annually by a planning committee consisting of representatives from across the standards and conformity assessment community. The event is co-chaired each year by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The International Code Council (ICC) will act as the administrating organization for WSD 2012. For more information or to register, please visit


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