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ANSI announces winners of 2013 Student Paper Competition: theme was the role standards play in disaster recovery and business continuity

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has announced the winners of its 2013 Student Paper Competition. Entrants in this year’s competition were asked to submit papers examining the role standards play in disaster recovery and business continuity, and to discuss how standards can be effectively used to prepare for or respond to an emergency situation.

The winning paper, ‘The Role of Standards in Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity’ was written by Chris Golden of New York’s Columbia University. Second place was awarded to Heather R. Schimmelpfennig of Alabama’s Columbia Southern University.

The contest is part of an ANSI-led effort to raise awareness about the strategic importance of standards and conformance among US undergraduate and graduate students.

Mr. Golden’s winning paper examines the essential role played by standards in preparation for and response to natural disasters, with a particular focus on the ways standards can lessen the impacts of such disasters on affected organizations. The paper draws on Mr. Golden’s experiences working on the recovery effort following 2012’s Hurricane Sandy.

The second place–winning paper, ‘After the Disaster: Business Continuity,’ by Ms. Schimmelpfennig, looks at how natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other disruptive events have challenged existing crisis-response approaches and emergency management systems. The paper discusses how these events have influenced related voluntary consensus standards and their adoption and use by government agencies and private sector organizations.

Mr. Golden will receive $2,500 in award money for his winning paper, while Ms. Schimmelpfennig will receive the $1,000 second-place prize. Both winners and their respective universities will receive certificates commemorating their selection.

Read the two papers as PDFs:

•Date: 19th July 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: BC general

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