|Donald N. Heirman was
recently awarded the 2003 Finegan Standards Medal from the American
National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The award nomination cited Dons extraordinary leadership,
technical contributions and the development and delivery of education
and training in support of standards and related processes that
has made major contributions to the strengthening of ANSI electromagnetic
compatibility standards in North America and worldwide. This is
exemplified by his successful work in getting the preeminent ANSI
C63.4 (measurement methods referenced by the FCC) and C63.7 (covering
guidance on construction of the universal RF emission compliance
test facility) to the marketplace, which was instrumental in making
repeatable and accurate compliance measurements possible. In his
IEEE standards work, he continues a pivotal role in leading the
work and role of the IEEE Standards Association as well as the EMC
Society, where his influence in EMC standards began in 1982 when
he started multi-year terms as chair of its standards committee.
His efforts extend to the international standardization program
of the IEC via technical contributions and leadership in the US
National Committee and in the IEC Special International Committee
on Radio Interference (CISPR). In the USNC Technical Management
Committee he has promoted US positions on a wide range of technical
and political EMC matters. His work in product compliance laboratory
accreditation led him to the presidency of the US National Cooperation
for Laboratory Accreditation (NACLA) where he signed ground breaking
agreements with the National Institute of Standards and Technology,
the Standards Council of Canada, and the Mexican calibration authorities.
In his over 20 years of national and international standards technical
and administrative leadership in ANSI ASC C63, the IEEE Standards
Association and its EMC Society, the US National Committee of the
IEC, the IEC CISPR, and NACLA, Don is a most recognized name as
an elected and appointed leader, technical contributor, and most
importantly as the one to contact to make it happen
or find out what is happening that might impact industry. He continues
to be a resource in getting user friendly and technically sound
standards to industry, ensuring that these goals are listened to
in the many forums in which he participates both nationally and
|Don Heirman is flanked by (from left)
Rati Thanawala of Lucent, George Arnold, Chairman of the ANSI
Board of Directors, and Herb Bertine, Director of Standards
and Intellectual Property for Lucent. Lucent sponsored Mr.
Heirman for his well-deserved award.
|Lois and Don Heirman at the Awards
Reception. The prestigious Finegan Standards Medal recognized
Mr. Heirmans extraordinary leadership in the development
and application of voluntary standards.