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Standards Forum 2021 |  A tribute to our standards committee members

On Wednesday 13th October NSAI virtually held the World Standards Day Forum where they recognised the collaborative efforts of thousands of experts worldwide who volunteer their time to develop the technical agreements that are published as Irish and International Standards. 

1997 Awards

The 1997 Award is awarded to members of NSAI Committees in recognition of the significant contribution to the standards work of NSAI over many years. The 1997 award was introduced following the establishment of NSAI by the National Standards Authority of Ireland Act, 1996. 

Congratulations to this years recipients:

Cathal MacMathúna - BEng Civil, Consultant
Committee member of: Roads Consultative Committee; Aggregates Panel & Concrete Consultative Committee

Brendan Kavanagh - Fire Safety Consultant (Dublin Airport Fire Service)
Committee member of: Fire Safety Consultative Committee

Edmund Gray - Software Developer, Tubbercurry Software Ltd & Lecturer, IT Sligo
Committee member of: Chair of eProcurement SC of NSAI ICT SCC. 

Mary Cleary - Secretary General Irish Computer Society
Committee member of: CEN/TC 428 eCompetences and ICT Professionalism; ICT Standards Consultative Committee

Ray Walshe - Assistant Professor, DCU and ADAPT
Committee member of: ICT Standards Consultative Committee

Paul O’Connell - Operations Director, Gas Technical Standards Committee
Committee member of: CEN/TC 286 LPG Equipment & Accessories


Innovation Award

The Innovation Award is awarded to companies who participate on NSAI Standards Committees. The Award recognises a company's efforts to influence standards to assist in achieving their innovative goals. This year the award went to Dr Steven Darby of Munster Technological University. 

Steven has a PhD in atmospheric chemistry and worked for several years in viral diagnostics.Currently he works in the Research Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis, Munster Technological University, where he conducts contract research for industry. 

Steven led the technical group in 2020 which informed the NSAI SWiFT-19 (FastTrack document ~ equivalent to a CWA) and he was nominated to the CEN Workshop that developed the CEN Workshop Agreement for community face coverings. He is presently the Chair of NSAI Technical Committee 67 on Face coverings that contributes to CEN/TC 248 Working Group 38 for “Community face coverings”.  

As a recipient of Science Foundation Ireland Rapid Response Covid Funding he conducted research into masks, leading to the award of SFI research image of the year 2020. His research continues to contribute to CEN TS 17553 (CEN/TC248/WG38).

Watch Steven and his colleagues in this short video on RDI and Standards: Working Together

NSAI thank the following for volunteering their time and expertise:

Fiona Kelty - National Council of the Blind
NSAI/TC 23/SC 1 Universal Design | Accessibility in the Built Environment

Michael Byrne - Roadstone 
NSAI/TC 17 Roads | Aggregates Panel

Brian Moran - ECSSA Electrical Contractors Safety & Standards Association 
NSAI/ETC/TC 2 Electrotechnical | Electrical Installations

Tom Weafer - Electrician 
NSAI/ETC/TC 4 Electrotechnical
Switchgear, control gear and associated equipment

Hugh O’Kelly - BSc MPhil CEng FIEI FIET MIEEE
NSAI/ETC/TC 20 Electrotechnical
Smart Grids, Renewables, Electric Vehicles and Energy Efficiency

Three Electrotechnical Professionals to represent NSAI at the IEC Young Professionals Workshop

NSAI would like to congratulate Aidan Heffernan, Eamonn O’Malley and Neale Dalton who have been chosen to represent Ireland at this year’s International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) Young Professionals Workshop next month.

Read about these Electrotechnical Professionals and learn more about the IEC Young Professionals Programme.