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 March 2005 Global Notebook

New Leaders Take Office in ISO and IEC

Renzo Tani, a former CEO of Siemens SpA in Italy, began his three-year term as president of the International Electrotechnical Commission at the beginning of this year with the aim of developing closer ties to industry, organizations and governments. Masami Tanaka, of Japan, has begun his two-year term of office as president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), succeeding Oliver R. Smoot, of the United States. Tanaka, a citizen of Japan, is currently director general of the Japan Chemical Industry Association.

Nominations Accepted for Highest U.S. Honor in Technological Innovation

Nominations are being accepted for the 2006 National Medal of Technology awards, the nation’s highest honor awarded by the president to America’s leading technological innovators. Nominators should consider the high-impact contributions made by colleagues, mentors or associates in areas such as technology manpower/workforce training/education, technology management and policy, technology product and process, and environmental technology. The deadline for submitting 2006 nominations is April 27. Nomination forms and guidelines may be downloaded from the National Medal of Technology Web site and should be submitted by e-mail to Mildred Porter, Director, National Medal of Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.

Updated: Trade Capacity Building Database

The Trade Capacity Building Database has been established as an ongoing activity by the World Trade Organization jointly with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to provide information on trade-related technical assistance and capacity building projects. It covers national as well as regional projects. The 2004 Joint WTO/OECD Report on Trade-Related Technical Assistance and Capacity Building has been updated on the Internet. Data is reported from bilateral donors and multilateral/regional agencies. A search of the database can be performed either by trade category or beneficiary country or donor country or agency. The statistical analysis option allows quantitative analysis of trade capacity building data by these categories. For more on technical assistance, click here.

Faculty Workshop on Incorporating Standards into Capstone Design Courses

The ANSI Committee on Education has identified establishing standards education as a high priority within the U.S. private, public and academic sectors. Current committee programs support the roll-out of a long-term university outreach strategy that will promote the integration of standards and conformity assessment content in program curricula. As part of this effort, a second workshop for American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) faculty will be presented at the ASEE Spring Mid-Atlantic Conference, April 15, 2005. The workshop, “Incorporating Standards into Capstone Design Courses,” will help define the minimum standards literacy for students. Panelists from industry and academia will provide insight in to the world of voluntary standards and discuss examples of current standardization issues from the perspective of instructional design. The workshop will be held at Farleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. For more information, contact Pamela Suett, ANSI Education and Training (phone: 212/642-4976).

Helping Future Engineers Use Today’s Design Plans

Digital design software has virtually replaced blueprints across all manufacturing sectors. STEP (the Standard for the Exchange of Product Data), a universal format for product data that allows industrial partners with different proprietary software to understand and share engineering data, has accelerated this change. The National Institute of Standards and Technology and PDES, Inc., an industry consortium, have just introduced a new STEP standard that should help ensure that tomorrow’s engineers will be able to understand today’s complex designs. The new standard, called AP203 Edition 2, allows more sophisticated descriptions of proprietary designs and processes. This should eliminate the need for manufacturers to understand and consult a wide variety of original software programs. The additional descriptive information covering three-dimensional mechanical designs and assemblies also should help engineers to duplicate or repair complex machines such as aircraft, or ships, long after the original design and manufacturing software has been discontinued or changed beyond recognition.

Acoustic Emission Working Group

The 48th meeting of the Acoustic Emission Working Group will be held in Houston, Texas, near the Johnson Space Center, May 9 - 11. This meeting will consist of a primer/short course (May 9), two days of technical presentations (May 10 and 11), and an optional tour of the testing and material laboratories of Stress Engineering Services on May 12. Topics to be discussed at the meeting will cover all areas of acoustic emission testing, including materials research (metals, polymers, composites, concrete, wood and rock), structures (pressure vessels, piping, bridges, aircraft, and aerospace vehicles), manufacturing (welding, machining, casting, and composite processing), diagnostics (leak detection, maintenance, wear and machine condition monitoring), instrumentation (sensors, software and signal conditioning equipment) and codes and standards (ASTM, ASME and CARP). Contact: Claudio Allevato, Stress Engineering Services, Inc., Houston, Texas (phone: 281/955-2900). //

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