1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on International Standardization

March 29, 2018 - 10:30 am

1st Interdisciplinary Workshop on International Standardization

March 29, 2018

Exploring Education, Leadership, and Innovation Opportunities with Standards Development Organizations

Sponsored by

Engineering & Society

Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR)

Biomedical Engineering

SEAS - Office of the Dean


With the increasing complexity of technology and societal impacts, “standardization” has gained prominence in regulation, national and global trade discussions, and innovation policies. New standards development in the areas of smart cities, multifunctional materials, personalized medicine/digital health are being negotiated within international standardization groups to address the pressing demands on commercialization, regulation and public health/safety.  How should UVA, an intellectual leader in these cross-cutting initiatives respond to these grand technical and societal challenges?

This day long workshop invites the UVA community to explore the power and politics of standards with international standard developers, emphasizing what we can do together to make better procedures for supporting innovative technologies and improving societies.

  • How can international standard education at UVA prepare students for future careers in industry, academia, policy, and entrepreneurship?
  • How do we leverage international standardization as a platform of collective innovation, where technical breakthrough and societal impacts can be better understood and addressed in diverse cultural and international contexts?
  • What research projects and funding opportunities should be developed across disciplines to inform current policymaking/standard setting surrounding emerging technologies and their applications?
  • What curriculum design is needed to train next generation engineers taking the responsibility of being thought leaders and rule-makers for planning technology development strategies and desirable societal implications?



For more information, contact:

Sharon Tsai-hsuan Ku –

Sean M. Ferguson –

Developing strategies and action of international standard education in UVA

When: 10:30am - 1:00pm (Lunch will be provided; Please RSVP)

Where: Rodman Room Thornton A-wing

Who: SDOs, Key SEAS Faculty and Staff {facilitated by Maite Brandt-Pearce}


10:30-10:50    Welcome and introduction

10:50-11:15    Connecting UVA grand challenges with International Standard Education

11:15-01:00    Working Lunch for Learning about Opportunities and Development of Action Items

This panel discussion invites members of the School of Engineering to lead discussion with Committees of Education from ASTM, ISO and the IEEE Standard University on funding and resources, standardization for understanding social impact, graduate and undergraduate training, and UVA opportunities to engage in innovation path development



Standardization and global innovation in a changing world

When: 2:00 pm - 4:30pm

Where: Robertson Hall 120

Who: UVA students/faculty and Community


2:00-2:15        Welcome

2:15-2:40        Standardization Policy and Education in US

Erik Pusker/Pat Harris, Standards Coordination Office, NIST

2:40-3:05        IEEE Global Initiative and Standard University Program

Robert Craig & P7000 member, IEEE Standard Association

3:05-3:30        International Standard Development at ASTM International

Travis Murdock, Manager, Technical Committee Operations



3:35-3:50        From academic research to commercialization: Standardization as a vehicle

Banu Onaral, Drexel University/IEEE-SA Neurotechnology Standard Committee

3:50-4:15        Standardization as Knowledge Codification: Innovation, Education and Career

Frederick Klaessig, ASTM E56.01 Nanoinformatics Chair/Pennsylvania Bio Nano Systems, LLC

4:15-4:30        Wrap up and final Q & A


Shaping our Future with Standards Making

When: 6:30pm - 8:30 pm

Where: Robertson Hall 120

Who: Anyone interested in making the world a better place or understanding future making


What grants standards the power to shape daily life?  Starting with Thomas Jefferson’s insights tying America’s fate to standardization this interactive presentation explores the complex evolution of standards, culture, policy, and politics.  Panel members include Travis Murdock explaining the earliest history of ASTM (1893), Sean Ferguson considering the role in failed biobased chemicals in the 1980s, and Darwin Millard representing the leading edge of standards making for UVA and C’ville farmers.