Erik Puskar is a Senior Standards Specialist within the Standards Coordination Office (SCO) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Erik provides technical information related to standards and supports Federal agencies by monitoring developments in standards and conformity assessment internationally. He helps equip US industry with the standards-related tools and information necessary to effectively compete in the global marketplace and provides support for U.S. trade negotiations and discussions. He leads the Office’s impact assessment efforts and helped launch NIST’s initiative on standards education. Erik serves on the International Policy Committee of ANSI and is a former vice-chair of the Committee on Education (COE). He is a previous chair of the International Committee for Education About Standardization (ICES). Previously he was a program manager with the Advanced Technology Program of NIST and has held other positions with the U.S. Government, international development organizations, and in consulting and was an assessor for the Maryland Performance Excellence Award program. He has experience in working in over 30 countries. Erik holds a degree in economics from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in public management and policy from Carnegie-Mellon University.