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NIST Awards Funding to Five Universities to Advance Standards Education


To support the integration of standards education in undergraduate and graduate curricula nationwide, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded approximately $500,000 in grants to five U.S. universities. 

Launched 10 years ago, NIST’s Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program supports integration of content on documentary standards and standardization processes into courses, modules, seminars, and learning resources, including sustainable approaches that can be replicated and built upon by other educational programs.

The five recipients of the award are: Purdue University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Florida, University of Houston, and University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Disciplines supported by the awards include infrastructure improvement and resilience, building information modeling, nanomaterials engineering, aerospace, robotics and sustainability.

“Investing in the next generation of standards leaders can help ensure U.S. technology leadership worldwide,” said Gordon Gillerman, director of NIST’s Standards Coordination Office. “Not only are standards important to innovation, safety and a fair marketplace, a standards-savvy workforce is critical to the U.S. leadership in international standards development.”

NIST’s support has also helped integrate standards into law education: Last month, the Penn Program on Regulation (PPR) at the University of Pennsylvania, announced that it had expanded its resource site showcasing the importance of voluntary codes and standards:

ANSI Supports Standards Education Initiatives

As part of its long-term commitment to foster the next generation of standards leaders and leverage their skills with unique educational opportunities, the ANSI Committee on Education (COE) leads various activities and interactive workshops related to standards education all year, and within campus communities:

  • ANSI’s 2023 Student Paper Competition is now underway, and open to students who are enrolled full- or part-time in US associate, undergraduate, or graduate programs during the period of September 2022 to June 2023. Submissions, requested by June 2, 2023, should reflect the theme: Standards Supporting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Supported with input by the ANSI COE, and ANSI members, accredited standards developers, and other partners, ANSI offers a directory of educational resources within the standards community. ANSI also provides online a number of webinars and online offerings (directory of courses) that provide an introduction to the standardization system and the value of getting involved.
  • Standards are everywhere: on ANSI’S K-12 Student Page, visitors can access free resources to download to help spread the word to students and educators about the critical role of standards in their everyday lives.
  • ANSI also provides free access for faculty and students to any defined group of standards currently available in the collections of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) through its University Outreach Program.


Jana Zabinski

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Beth Goodbaum

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