On September 2, 2015, Howard Wolfman, recipient of the IEEE Centennial Medal and the IEEE Millennium Medal and Founder and Principal of Lumispec Consulting, represented IEEE Standards Education to an audience of over 150 at the first-ever Engineering Standards Workshop held at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. Joined by panelists from CWRU, AAMI, ANSI, ASTM, CSA Group, and UL, Mr. Wolfman explained to CWRU undergraduates, graduates, faculty, alumni, and staff what IEEE standards are, how they are used, and why it is vital that engineering students have a working knowledge of standards during this evening event dedicated to exploring how standards impact education and daily life.
The Engineering Standards Workshop, organized by CWRU’s Kelvin Smith Library, was inspired by the questions of how to raise the level of awareness of standards education within the CWRU campus community and how address the need for standards education at CWRU. According to Daniela Solomon, Research Services Librarian for Engineering at the Kelvin Smith Library and one of the key organizers of the event, the idea to hold the workshop started small before growing rather quickly due to the great levels of interest with which the idea was met.
Ms. Solomon explained that she had “many conversations with Case School of Engineering faculty over several months…to gauge their interest in this workshop and collect suggestions on how to make it most beneficial to the CWRU community.“ The resulting enthusiasm helped shape the workshop and panelist list and may likely result in even more discussions at CWRU around the topic of standards education in the future. IEEE Standards Education is pleased to support universities such as CWRU that are interested in exploring more about standards and how to incorporate standards into academic curricula, and offers many resources to professors and students alike through its online IEEE Standards University.
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