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Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters

Stevens Institute of Technology

NIST Standards Services Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program Awardee (2013)


Design for Standardization: Standards Education from the Classroom to Everyday Practice

To create an upper-level undergraduate course, “Standards and Society”, that will be offered through Stevens’ Program in Science and Technology Studies, and to develop content modules to be incorporated into the Institute’s “Design Spine” in the Schafer School of Engineering and Science.  The Design Spine is a sequence of eight courses for engineering majors, through which students develop a set of competencies in creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork, economics of engineering, project management, communication skills, ethics, environmental awareness, and system thinking and is a unique and innovative way to motivate students to think more seriously about standards in their technical work at Stevens and throughout their careers. 

A paper was published about this award in the SES Journal and is available here: Standardization, the Humanities, and Design: Strategies for Student Engagement, Andrew L. Russell and Lee Jared Vinsel, Stevens Institute of Technology (May/Jun 2015). 

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The contacts for this award are Andrew Russell, arussell [at] (arussell[at]arussell[dot]org) and Lee Vinsel, lee.vinsel [at] (lee[dot]vinsel[at]gmail[dot]com)


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This work (not including the additional related resources) was performed under the sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Institute of Standards and Technology or the U.S. Department of Commerce.




  • NIST Standards Coordination Office Curricula Development Cooperative Agreement Program
Created September 12, 2018, Updated July 28, 2023