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Movers and Shakers


Movers and Shakers highlights the career advancements and accomplishments 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.

Nora Khalil has been appointed the vice president of legislative affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), where she will serve as AIA’s top liaison on Capitol Hill.

Khalil has more than two decades of experience in the private and public sectors, including tenures in Congress and the Executive Branch. In her most recent role, Khalil was a professional staff member for the House Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee. She also served as the top Republican staffer on the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Committee.

Previously, Khalil served as the associate administrator for external affairs at the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She has also held similar roles at the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and the Naval Reactors division of NNSA. Khalil launched her career on Capitol Hill serving as legislative director for former Rep. Ron Packard (R-Calif.), and Chairwoman Emerita Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas).

“The Aerospace Industries Association is thrilled to welcome Nora Khalil aboard to lead our outreach on Capitol Hill,” said Eric Fanning, AIA president and CEO. “At this pivotal moment for innovation and deterrence, having a seasoned and strong voice like Nora to represent America’s aerospace and defense industry is crucial. Nora brings decades of experience and a critical skill set to our already exceptional leadership team. I know she’ll hit the ground running as Congress kicks off the annual appropriations and authorization markup cycle.”  

AIA reports that the strategic addition of Khalil’s role underscores the organization’s commitment to advancing industry interests through robust legislative engagement.


Bruce Main, long-time member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and first-ever vice chair of the ANSI/ASSP Z590.3, Prevention through Design Standard Committee, is a recipient of the 2024 Prevention through Design (PtD) Award, for his outstanding leadership in reducing workplace hazards through design methods.

The award is a collective effort of ASSP, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the National Safety Council (NSC), and the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA). The award honors individuals, teams, businesses, and other organizations that have eliminated or reduced hazards through designs or redesigns—or have contributed to the body of knowledge that enables PtD solutions. It reflects how proactive efforts can target hazards to safeguard people, property, and the environment.

Main’s expertise in safety and health covers many technical areas, including mechanical design, machine guarding, control of hazardous energy, accident reconstruction, and product safety evaluation. He is a consultant, researcher, author, instructor, and speaker at universities and industry conferences. He earned ASSP’s Thomas F. Bresnahan Standards Medal in 2015 for his extensive work in developing and advocating for voluntary national consensus standards in occupational safety and health.

Main was a founding member of NSC’s Institute for Safety Through Design in 1995. He currently chairs the ANSI/ASSP Z244.1 Accredited Standards Committee that establishes requirements for controlling hazardous energy through lockout/tagout measures and alternative methods.

“Assessing workplace environments and designing out hazards is an innovative and long-term approach to business sustainability and preventing worker injuries, illnesses, and fatalities,” said ASSP president-elect Pam Walaski. “Bruce has trained thousands of engineers and professionals in risk assessment and has elevated prevention through design principles and practical applications. His enthusiastic approach to risk mitigation and worker safety has saved countless lives across many industries.”


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