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For Immediate Release - August 15, 2012

Valerie Maguire to facilitate at IEEE educational workshop on standards development

Valerie Maguire, BSEE, director of standards and technology at infrastructure expert Siemon, is to play a key role in the forthcoming IEEE Workshop on Engineering Standards, to be held on 18 September 2012 in London. Ms Maguire, a renowned expert in balanced twisted-pair and optical fibre telecommunications cabling and transmission theory, holds roles on many IEEE standards committees, is a published technical author and acclaimed industry speaker.

The workshop, designed to demystify the standards process, is sponsored by the IEEE Standards Education Committee and will be hosted at City University London. Registration is free and the workshop is open to both students and professionals within the fields of IT and engineering. Its aim is to promote standards education amongst the engineering community and it promises to deliver learning about fundamentals of the technical standards, focusing on the standards development process and working through the standards development lifecycle.

Excitingly, the session will include a practical, hands-on activity to simulate how standards are made. It is this latter, experiential exercise that Valerie Maguire will help to facilitate; assisting in the co-ordination of a contentious case study debate that will prompt attendees to reach group consensus, following IEEE procedures.

Explaining her role in the event, Valerie Maguire, said, "This Workshop will provide an overview of the IEEE standards development process, with a focus on the aspects of procedure and reaching consensus. I very much look forward to co-ordinating the case study exercise, which I believe will provide real insight for the attendees: It will afford them a unique opportunity to experience a taste of the challenge and responsibility of creating the standards that provide direction, guidance and progress for the industry. Standards development is something that I have dedicated a significant part of my career to and it will be invigorating to encourage some of the future thought leaders to join our important arena."

Valerie Maguire is vice chair of the TIA TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Engineering Committee, vice chair of the TIA TR-42.7 Copper Cabling Subcommittee, TIA TR-42 appointed liaison to IEEE 802.3, treasurer of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group, secretary of the IEEE 802.3 Maintenance Task Force, and clause 1 editor of pending IEEE Std 802.3-2012. In addition, Valerie has authored over 45 technical articles and engineering papers, holds one US Patent and received the 2008 Harry J Pfister Award for Excellence in Telecommunications.

The IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. It is the world's leading standards developer and a leading source of information and resources on those standards, their applications and their impact on designing new products, processes and services. The IEEE states that it is committed to promoting the importance of standards in meeting technical, economic, environmental and societal challenges. Its education programme includes shorts course about the standards needed in the design and development phases of professional practice.

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About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
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