August 16, 2005

Malcolm O’Hagan (NEMA) Receives ANSI Award

New York, NY, August 15, 2005 – The American National Standards Institute announced today the recipients of its 2005 Leadership and Service Awards. The individuals listed below have been recognized for their significant contributions to national and international standardization activities and ongoing commitment to their industry, their nation and the enhancement of the global voluntary consensus standards system:

Charles H. Piersall has been awarded the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal, which honors distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations through personal participation in the advancement, development, or administration of international standardization, measurements, or certification. Captain Piersall has had an impressive career, first in the service of his country as a military officer, and more recently serving the commercial marine industry by focusing on the cause of international standardization. He is a recognized leader worldwide in the field of maritime standards, and serves as chairman of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committee on Ships and Marine Technology.

Malcolm O’Hagan has been selected to receive the Howard Coonley Medal, which recognizes an executive that has rendered great service to the national economy through voluntary standardization and has given outstanding support to standardization as a management tool. Mr. O’Hagan has served as president of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) for fourteen years, contributing invaluable support to domestic, regional, and international standards activities, supporting scores of technical committees and providing leadership in several organizations, including ANSI, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and CANENA.

Mark K. Eyer is the recipient of the Finegan Standards Medal, which honors an individual who has shown extraordinary leadership in the actual development and application of voluntary standards. Mr. Eyer’s career has spanned more than thirty years with over a decade devoted to standards work. He is director of the technology standards office at Sony Electronics, chair of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) Transport Group, a contributing member of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and a member of multiple committees of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

Albert P. Brazauski has been selected as the recipient of the Edward Lohse Information Technology Medal, which recognizes the contributions of an individual to the national and international information technology standards community through leadership and fostering of cooperation among the bodies involved in global standardization. Currently the senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., Mr. Brazauski is well known and highly respected in the field of information technology product safety. His accomplishments in the development of safety standards for the IT industry span more than forty years, and he has achieved many successes in harmonizing both national and international safety requirements.

Dr. Nina McClelland has been awarded the George S. Wham Leadership Medal, which honors an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the voluntary standardization community and provided long-term direction and visionary qualities in support of the ANSI Federation. As the chief executive officer of NSF International, Dr. McClelland amassed a remarkable success record by focusing on science and standardization to improve water quality around the world. She then took her leadership skills to the American Chemical Society where she served three terms as chairman of the board. Her exemplary commitment to the cause of standardization has made her a key figure and respected colleague in the standards community.

Andrew Updegrove is the recipient of the President’s Award for Journalism, which recognizes outstanding journalistic work that helps to illuminate the role that standardization and conformity assessment activities play in improving the health and safety of Americans, while strengthening the competitiveness of U.S. business in a global marketplace. Mr. Updegrove acts as editor and publisher of the Consortium Standards Bulletin, which offers a wealth of information on standards and standards-setting, both online and in print. The Bulletin and website,, have helped to raise the profile of standards and highlight their importance to commerce and daily life, as well as encourage greater support for their use and development.

Dr. Arden Bement is recognized with the Chairman’s Award, which honors outstanding accomplishments performed by a group or individual on behalf of ANSI or the ANSI Federation. As director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Dr. Bement’s leadership was a cornerstone in the support of strong private and public sector cooperation in the standards arena. Recently appointed as director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Bement combines an expansive knowledge of science and technology. His distinguished career spans nearly forty years in industry, government, and academia.

Four executives were selected for the Meritorious Service Award in recognition of their outstanding service in enabling ANSI to attain the objectives for which it was founded through significant contribution to the U.S. voluntary standardization system:

Henry Oppermann, a weights and measures consultant, has a broad range of experience and expertise in the weighing and measuring system. He has been very involved in understanding and effecting standards in the United States and internationally, and maintained a strong focus on training and education to promote intergrity in laboratory metrology and weights and measures requirements.

Herbert Van de Sompel, Digital Library Research & Prototyping, Los Alamos National Laboratory, was instrumental in the development of the ANSI/NISO OpenURL standard, which has transformed information services within the scholarly and bibliographic community. The research he undertook over many years demonstrates Mr. Van de Sompel’s capacity to recognize the changes in his environment and respond, and the ability to apply remarkable energy to his technical vision.

Michael Taubitz, global health and safety regulatory liaison for the General Motors Corporation, is a standards executive with a dedication to collaboration and continuous improvement. He is a key technical liaison for emerging global health and safety issues impacting manufacturing environments, and works to harmonize standards with future manufacturing processes.

Eric F. Van de Velde, director of library information technology, CalTech Library System, has provided committee leadership and command of the ANSI process. His work in the emerging field of digital libraries led to the ANSI/NISO OpenURL standard, which has given institutions such as libraries and archives a tool to open their collections and make them accessible in new ways. He is now focused on identifying, developing, and deploying software and information services that enhance the library-user experience.

The five standards leadership medals, and President’s, Chairman’s, and Meritorious Service Awards will be presented during an October 5 ceremony held in conjunction with the World Standards Week celebration.

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