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Biomedical Technology Standards Development Process Panel - Part 1

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

4:00 PM-5:30 PM

BIOMED Seminar

Biomedical Technology Standards Development Process Panel - Part 1

Sharon Tsai-hsuan Ku, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Engineering and Society
University of Virginia

Travis Murdock, MPA
Technical Committee Operations
ASTM International

Jay Bhatt, MS
Liaison Librarian
Drexel University Libraries

Sharon Tsai-hsuan Ku: "Standardization Matters: Drexel Standard Education Result and Recent Standard Development” – This portion of today’s seminar will discuss the result of the interdisciplinary course “Standardization in Action” offered to BME undergraduates at Winter 2017. In addition, some recent standard development will be updated to demonstrate the need of developing Humanity-Engineering standardization courses for the next generation engineers.

Travis Murdock: While the majority of the working world are aware of the existence of consensus developed standards, few realize that standards are living documents. In order for standards to maintain marketplace relevance, it is critical for subject matter experts of all disciplines to not only learn about the adoption of standards, but also about the process by which they are developed and maintained. ASTM International has a proven track record of standards development that began back in the 1890’s and continues to thrive today. This is why knowledge of ASTM, the creation and revision process, and the importance of standards are necessary to help foster a healthy marketplace for all stakeholders. Through this understanding, experts in industry can both use and revise standards to help improve their quality of impact in industry.

Jay Bhatt: As new academic research initiatives become increasingly interdisciplinary, it becomes critically important for both faculty and students to become familiar with a variety of information resources available through our online information system developed by our Libraries. The need for being able to access standards and codes for the development of safe and regulated products is clearly very important from the perspectives of commercialization of technologies. These technologies usually depend on the interdisciplinary expertise used in the process. We, therefore, envision another critically important information need among scientists, researchers and students. No regulatory standards may currently exist for newly designed and developed products at Drexel. How do we envision a process for developing standards for these innovative products? What information resources can be used to help us in the development of new standards for them? This presentation highlights some of those resources that can be utilized in order to envision a process for developing new standards. Through dialog, interaction and brainstorming, we will generate new ideas to move forward with the process.

Dr. Sharon Ku is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Engineering and Society in University of Virginia and a former Drexel member at the Department of History. She has a dual background in physics and STS, specializing in the sociology of scientific knowledge and science policy.  She has developed multi-sited research in nanotechnology knowledge translation and international standardization in both US and Asia. She also has served as a nominated expert for the ANSI/ISO-TC229 Nanotechnologies Committee since 2012, and a formal member of ASTM E56 since 2010. She teaches engineering history, ethics and responsibility in global context, including developing global classrooms with Chinese Universities to address the ongoing political, economic and technological interactions between US and China through the lens of standardization.  She is the co-PI on two NIST standard education grants: "Standards and Society" (2014) and “Standardization in Action” (2016, with Banu Onaral/BME).

Travis Murdock is a Manager of Technical Committees Operations at ASTM International in West Conshohocken, PA. His primary function at ASTM is the management of 7 of the 148 technical committees that cover the development of various standards related, but not limited to, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical product manufacturing, occupational health and safety, and sustainability. Prior to joining ASTM in May 2016, Travis began his standards career in 2010 with the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), where he was responsible for the development and continued maintenance of coaxial and fiber optical cable and connector interface standards and best practices. In early 2017, Travis took over responsibility of all ASTM Academic Outreach activities designed to promote awareness and education of standards to the next generation of workers. He was also recently elected to chairman of the ANSI Committee on Education beginning in 2018. Travis holds a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications from Penn State University, as well as an MPA in Nonprofit Administration from West Chester University.

Jay Bhatt is the Liaison Librarian for Engineering at the Drexel University Libraries. He is responsible for building library collections in engineering subject areas, outreach to faculty and students, and teaching information and research skills to faculty and students in Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and related subject areas. He provides individual and small group consultations to students, instructional sessions to specific classes, online research support in both face to face and distance learning programs, and workshops for specialized research areas. Jay is actively involved with the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. He Jay has published and presented papers extensively in the area of information literacy for engineering students.

Jay was named the Engineering Librarian of the Year by the Engineering Division of the Special Library Association (SLA) in 2017. Jay received the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished service award from the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2010. In 2016, he was nominated for Drexel University’s Presidential Award for Excellence for Professional Staff. He received the outstanding staff award at the 2016 graduate student Association Awards from the Graduate College at Drexel University and the Exceptional Service Award from Drexel University Libraries in 2014. He was awarded the Learning Partner Award from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University in 2014. In 2013, he received the Outstanding Staff Mentor Award from the Graduate Student Association of Drexel University. He received IEEE's mentorship award and a Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of outstanding leadership as the Drexel University IEEE Graduate Students Forum Partnership Coordinator and Student Branch Liaison 2006-2007. In 2003, he received Drexel University's Harold Myers Distinguished Service Award.

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