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Naval Scholarships

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is again providing scholarships on the undergraduate and graduate levels to encourage people to pursue studies in the naval architectural, marine engineering, ocean engineering, or closely related fields. Contact: Robert J. Scott, Chairman, Scholarships Committee, 601 Pavonia Ave., Ste. 400, Jersey City, NJ 07306. Applications are due Feb. 1.

National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week is February 18-24. ASTM is a contributing society to the week, which is celebrated each year at the time of George Washington’s birthday. Washington was a military engineer and a land surveyor. National Engineers Week is observed across the country through activities such as Discover “E”, a program through which engineers visit K-12 classrooms to talk with students about what engineers do and show the practical applications of math, science, and engineering. In the National Engineers Week Future City Competition®, engineer-volunteers help seventh and eighth grade students design and build computer generated cities of the 21st century. Winners of local contests compete in Washington during National Engineers Week.

Small Businesses Can Make Room for Quality

Quality criteria systems like those for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award can offer small businesses practical ways to improve processes and services. A new 16-minute video, “Take the Journey! A Baldrige Invitation to American Small Business” includes interviews with top executives of several of the 10 small business Baldrige Award winners explaining why the Baldrige program leads to the kind of improvements that translate into bottom-line success. The video is available free of charge in VHS or CD formats. Call 301/975-2036 or e-mail nqp@nist.gov.

White House Fellowships

The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships is accepting applications for White House Fellows. Since 1964, the White House Fellowships have offered a select group of outstanding men and women a year-long opportunity to participate in federal government at the highest levels. Between 11 and 19 fellows are chosen each year to serve the president as full-time, paid, special assistants to Cabinet members and senior White House staff. Fellows are selected for their demonstrated leadership, character, professional contributions and commitment to community service. Contact: Jacqueline Lain, President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (phone: 202/395-7470).

IAMS Changes Name

The Institute of Advanced Manufacturing Sciences (IAMS) has adopted a new name and corresponding Internet domain, TechSolve. TechSolve is a not-for-profit organization focused on helping manufacturers through solution-focused and implementable process improvements. It is affiliated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology through their Manufacturing Extension Partnership program.

ANSI Names New VP of Conformity Assessment

The American National Standards Institute has announced the appointment of Lane Hallenbeck as its new vice-president of conformity assessment. John Donaldson, ANSI’s current vice president of conformity assessment, will be retiring from the position early this year. Hallenbeck joins ANSI from his position as a senior consultant for EXCEL Partnership in Houston, Texas, where he provided consulting and training services in business process improvement and management system implementation. He is a former president of the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars, and the Registrar Accreditation Board Board of Directors, the International Accreditation Forum, and the Independent International Organization of Certification. //

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