SPRING 2009 

ISTO Celebrates 10 Years With Updated Website

The IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO) celebrated its ten year anniversary this January.  ISTO was established in January 1999 as a global, not-for-profit corporation [501(c)(6)] designed to accelerate and extend standards development and adoption activities for technology industry consortia.  To help commemorate this milestone, the ISTO website has been completely redesigned.  The new site retains all the Program News information, including links to each Program, as well as ISTO News.  One new highlight of the site is the recently launched IEEE Conformity Assessment Program mini site.    Click here to visit the new website.

ISTO to Host IEEE Conference on Product Certification & Conformity Assessment Set for This June

The IEEE Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO) will host the 1st annual IEEE Conference on Product Certification and Conformity Assessment. The conference will take place 1-2 June 2009, at the IEEE Conference Center, located at its Piscataway, New Jersey headquarters.

The conference is being organized by the ISTO, in collaboration with the IEEE Standards Association, in support of their joint initiative on supporting industry conformity assessment activities. This initiative operates as the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP), providing support to IEEE members and standards development groups in helping accelerate the implementation of new standards and technologies through conformity assessment activities and related programs.  For additional information on the conference, including registration click here.

How To Write Maintainable Engineering Specifications by Forrest Warthman and Rob Johnson

The following article was written by Forrest Warthman and Rob Johnson, who are both Technical Editors for ISTO - An engineering specification serves several important functions. It clarifies agreement on design goals; serves as the learning guide for new hires in the engineering team; and often becomes a starting point for other essential documents, including patent applications, user documentation, and marketing collateral. In all of these functions, the audiences change but much of the specification’s content is reusable, if that content is written and formatted with maintainability in mind. This article describes some things that will make your specification maintainable and expandable over time. Examples using both Microsoft® Word and Adobe® FrameMaker® are presented.   Read the entire article here.

Staff Spotlight

ISTO Board Announced Organizational Restructuring to Facilitate Growth of the Organization 

The IEEE-ISTO Board of Directors recently announced an organizational restructuring to facilitate continued growth of the organization. Peter Lefkin, former COO/CFO, will assume a new role as ISTO Marketing and Business Development Executive reporting to the ISTO President. Greg Kohn, Staff Director ISTO Operations and Janet Malasig, Controller ISTO, will now report to the ISTO President. The ISTO Board of Directors recognizes the need for a strong business development effort in today’s business environment to ensure the ISTO and its Federation of Programs remains strong. This new organizational alignment, and creation of the new position, will enhance ISTO’s emphasis on Marketing and Business Development activities, including the recently announced IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP). 

Janet Malasig Joins ISTO Senior Management Team

Janet Malasig, ISTO Controller, has joined ISTO’s Senior Management Team. The Senior Management Team is focused to enable and support ISTO-wide initiatives, Organizational Goals and Strategies, through staff actions in the areas of: Finance, Business Development and Marketing, Information Technology, Conformity Assessment, Human Resources, Organizational Performance Management, IEEE Relations and the ISTO Board.  Janet’s role as Controller and her continued contributions to the overall financial administration and management of the ISTO will provide important input to the team.   Other members of the team include:  the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President/CEO, Staff Director, and Marketing & Business Development Executive.

Left the Organization:  Margaux Siena, Marketing Programs Manager; Laura Ciarrocca, Program Administrator


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