Mary C. McKiel, Ph.D., is president and CEO of The McKiel Group and the former standards executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C.
The McKiel Group is dedicated to helping private sector organizations be more effective in working with governmental bodies in the areas of standardization and conformity assessment. In 2014, the McKiel Group provided expert consultations on federal use of voluntary standards as well as training in the federal implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act with several private sector organizations.
From 1993 through 2013 McKiel directed EPA’s use of voluntary standards and the agency’s participation in private sector standardization organizations such as ASTM. She also represented the agency in various standards organizations in the U.S. and abroad, including the Pacific Area Standards Congress, the Pan-American Technical Norms Commission, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the United Nations Working Party on Regulatory Practices in Standards. She received a number of EPA commendations along with bronze, silver and gold medals for her standards work.
Prior to working at EPA, McKiel was director of quality standards at what was then the Federal Supply Service of the General Services Administration, and for her first five years of public service was an analytical chemist with the then National Archives and Records Services.
McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for more than 20 years and currently serves on Committees E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and E60 on Sustainability. She served as vice chairman of the ASTM board of directors from 2011 to 2012 and was chairman of the board in 2013.
Outside ASTM, McKiel is a vice chairman of the board of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and has been a member of management advisory councils for Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) for more than 15 years. She was awarded the ANSI George S. Wham Leadership Medal for her leadership and contributions to standardization in 2008, and received the Leo B. Moore Medal from the SES - Society for Standards Professionals for achievements, service and contributions in the field of standardization in 2010. In 2014, McKiel was honored with the ANSI Astin-Polk International Standards Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of international standardization
McKiel has written about the federal use of nongovernment standards for a wide variety of governmental and private sector publications worldwide and has delivered presentations in person and via television to both national and international audiences.