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May/June 2009
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ISO Secretary-General to Speak at 2009 SES Conference

Rob Steele, secretary-general of the International Organization for Standardization, will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 Standards Engineering Society conference, which will be held Aug. 17-18 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Steele took up the ISO post Jan. 1 of this year; he had been CEO of Standards New Zealand until 2007 and after that was a consultant about business, public policy, energy efficiency and standards issues. Over the course of the two days of the SES conference, speakers from across the spectrum of standardization will discuss topics such as green standards, professional certification, careers in standardization, standards business models and more. For more information about the conference, visit the SES Web site.

2009 Open Forum for Standards Developers to Be Held in June

The American National Standards Institute is sponsoring the 2009 Open Forum for Standards Developers June 16-17 in Washington, D.C. The fifth such event, the forum will bring together leaders of both accredited and non-accredited standards developers. The event is open to all interested stakeholders belonging to standards developing organizations, consortia and other forums, industry, government and consumers. For more information, contact Elizabeth Neiman, ANSI (phone: 212-642-4911).

AISI Standards Council Commences Cold-Formed Steel Design Projects

The Standards Council of the American Iron and Steel Institute has announced three new projects to improve or add to tools available for cold-formed steel design. The projects, which will begin this year, include development of supplements for AISI S110-07, the Standard for Seismic Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Systems — Special Bolted Moment Frames, and for AISI S213-7, the North American Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing — Lateral Design, and a new project to develop a beam test method for cold-formed steel diaphragms. For more information, click here.

Papers Sought for Upcoming ACI Conventions

The American Concrete Institute is currently seeking papers for sessions taking place during the ACI Fall 2009 Convention in New Orleans, La., Nov. 8-12, and the ACI Spring 2010 Convention in Chicago, Ill., March 21-25, 2010. For more information about current calls for papers, click here.

Certificate Accreditation Program Launched

A new accreditation program for organizations that issue education and training certificates to U.S. workers has been launched by the American National Standards Institute. The program will provide third-party attestation that a given certificate program leads to better educated and qualified workers, and it also is expected to provide quality benchmarks for the design of future certificate programs. ASTM E2659, Practice for Certificate Programs, from Committee E36 on Laboratory and Inspection Agency Accreditation, has been chosen by ANSI as the standard against which certificate programs will be evaluated for potential accreditation.