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People on the Move highlights the career advancements of high-level trailblazers working professionally in diverse areas of standardization, contributing every day to the strength and success of the U.S. standards and conformance community.

The American Clean Power Association (ACP) has announced that Josh Kaplowitz is its new vice president of offshore wind. In this newly created role, he will oversee ACP’s offshore wind advocacy efforts, with an emphasis on engaging with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and other federal partners, as well collaborating with state and local governments, stakeholders, and the public.

Mr. Kaplowitz has nearly a decade of offshore wind legal and policy experience in the federal government and the offshore wind industry. He comes to ACP from GE Renewable Energy, where he was a commercial counsel for its U.S. offshore wind business and advised GE and ACP on federal offshore wind policy. Previously, Mr. Kaplowitz served for five years in the Solicitor’s Office at the U.S. Department of the Interior as an attorney for BOEM’s Offshore Renewable Energy Programs. Other prior positions include working as an environmental and tort litigator and pro bono with the American Wind Energy Association on offshore wind permitting issues.

“Josh’s experience and knowledge of the offshore wind industry will be a tremendous asset to American Clean Power and our member companies as the industry continues its rapid growth,” said Heather Zichal, ACP CEO. “The Administration’s goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 is jump-starting this industry and could create up to 83,000 jobs and $25 billion in annual economic output. Josh joins ACP at an exciting time for the industry and will be a valuable leader for our member companies.”


The International Code Council (ICC) has named Mark Fasel as its new director of plumbing, mechanical, and fuel gas (PMG) resources. In this role, Mr. Fasel will support the development, coordination, and implementation of PMG programs and services related to the International Codes (I-Codes).

Mr. Fasel has 28 years of experience in the field, most recently serving as manager of government affairs and codes and standards for North America at Viega LLC. In this role, he oversaw Viega’s policies and objectives involving state and federal government affairs, codes, and standards to represent and protect organizational interests in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Fasel is a member of the Code Council and has served on a variety of committees as a building official.

“I am excited to have Mark on our PMG team to help educate and train contractors, code officials, and industry professionals on what the Code Council has to offer when it comes to plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, and swimming pool/spa codes, standards, and services,” says Matt Sigler, Code Council PMG executive director. “I have known Mark for over two decades. His expertise, energy, and leadership skills will help us to expand the adoption of ICC’s PMG codes and advance the building safety infrastructure throughout the U.S.”


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has named Joannie Chin, Ph.D., as the director of its Engineering Laboratory. Dr. Chin has been at NIST for 26 years, most recently serving as the lab's acting director.

Dr. Chin previously led NIST research on the durability and service lives of polymeric materials used in building and construction applications. Before joining NIST she was a research scientist with Gould Inc.; a research associate with the chemistry department of Virginia Tech; and a postdoctoral research associate in the materials science department of Virginia Tech. She has also been a member of the Structural Composites Committee of the Transportation Research Board, and served a three-year term on the ASTM International Board of Directors.

Dr. Chin received the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal in 2002 for her role in the development of the NIST integrating sphere-based weathering device, on which she also holds a U.S. patent. And among many other honors, she received a Best Paper Awards from ASTM Committee D30 on Composites Materials. Dr. Chin received a B.S. in polymer science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in materials engineering science from Virginia Tech.

NIST’s Engineering Laboratory covers a wide range of research on engineered systems and includes programs focused on the development of measurement science for critical national needs, including infrastructure renewal, building performance and energy efficiency, fire science, advanced manufacturing, and improving resilience to natural and human-made disasters. The lab also leads NIST’s two current National Construction Safety Team investigations into the impacts of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico and the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium, in Surfside, Florida.

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