Rewarding Leadership

International standards group honors 15 people from industry and government

Washington, DC  November 13, 2002  This week the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) announced the names of 15 standards professionals who are being honored for their leadership, contributions and technical excellence in standards development.

The committee said that more than 2,000 individuals participate in 52 INCITS standards development committees. INCITS recognizes achievement of these participants in five categories each year.

The Chairman's Annual Award is the first category, and it is presented to a standards professional for their service to INCITS. The committee this year gave the award to John Neumann of Open Strategies. According to Hewlett Packard's Karen Higginbottom, chair of INCITS, "John has earned this award many times over due to his dedication to INCITS and success in creatively solving institutional problems. His long-term commitment to strengthening our technical committees, institutional memory, and 'the good of the organization' serve as a strong foundation for the vision and opportunities he brings to INCITS."

The next award is the Merit Award, and INCITS gives it to participants who have demonstrated continuous support for the work of INCITS. Among the award criteria are that the recipient must have served at least 10 years and on two or more international committees. This year's recipients are two delegates who represented Microsoft Corp., Michael Deese and Michel Suignard; Donald F. Nelson, who recently retired from Hewlett-Packard; and Mike Rubinfeld of NIST, a government agency that has had ongoing participation in INCITS standardization activities for all 41 years of its existence.

The Service Award went to Lisa Moore of IBM Corp. and Henry Tom, an individual contributor, who served the INCITS organization through committee work or duties.

Recognizing those who have provided leadership to the group in its national and/ or international work, the Gene Milligan Award for Effective Committee Management was given to Martin Boliek, Ricoh Innovations Inc.; John Lohmeyer, LSI Logic Corp.; Kumar Malavalli, Brocade Communications; and George Penokie, IBM. INCITS said the award honors the memory of Gene Milligan, a technology expert who served as the chair of several INCITS Technical Committees over his nearly two decades of involvement.

Finally, the Technical Excellence award recognizes technical contributions and dedication to the technical program of work. Recipients for 2002 are Ralph Weber, ENDL Texas; Steven Wilson, Brocade Communications; Dr. Michael Marcellin, University of Arizona; and Ken Whistler, Sybase. INCITS said Whistler is the first person to receive the award three consecutive years.