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IEEE-SA Standards Board meets in Berlin

The IEEE-SA Standards Board (SASB) held its September meeting series in Berlin, Germany. The SASB coordinates the development of IEEE standards which includes approving the initiation of IEEE standards projects and reviewing them for consensus, due process, openness, and balance before final approval of an IEEE standard prior to publication.

While the SASB was in Berlin the IEEE-SA 2009-2010 President Chuck Adams and IEEE-SA 2011-2012 President-Elect Steve Mills led a team of SASB members and IEEE-SA staff in a meeting with a number of the IEEE Region 8 Industry Relations Subcommittee (IRSC) members. Two IEEE Region 8 conferences that IEEE-SA had visibility at were discussed. There were also discussions about the Standards Speakers Bureau and other educational programs, as well as the IEEE-SA Corporate Program.

Outreach meetings were also held with several key German standards development organizations and government institutions devoted to informing them of IEEE-SA standardization practices and programs and to learn more about similar activities in Germany.

Outreach meetings including Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), the federally acknowledged national standards body that represents German interests in European and international standards organizations, Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), the federal network agency that regulates the telecommunications sector in Germany, the German Commission for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies of DIN and VDE (DKE) responsible for the elaboration of standards and safety specifications covering the areas of electrical engineering, electronics and information technology in Germany.

IEEE-SA leadership also had the opportunity to meet with the European Patent Office to continue ongoing collaboration in the areas of green energy, in particular smart grids, and patents.

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There’s plenty they don’t teach in engineering school, such as the ins and outs of negotiating a contract or managing people. The list also includes learning about industry standards, but the IEEE hopes that won’t be the case much longer. It is seeking to incorporate learning about standards into engineering, technology, and computing curricula so graduates will be more adept at applying standards in their projects.

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