The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently honored three Kite & Key award winners during its annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend, on November 8, in San Diego, California.
This year’s winners are Pekka Hakkarainen, PhD, vice president of Lutron Electronics Company; Kevin Coderre, technical director at RSCC Wire & Cable; and Mike Leibowitz, program manager at NEMA.
Dr. Hakkarainen has been involved in NEMA activities since the mid-1990s. His first chair position at NEMA was with the Lighting Controls Council from 2002 to 2004. During his tenure as chair, the council became the Lighting Controls Section in late 2004. Dr. Hakkarainen is the immediate past chair of the Lighting Systems Division, and currently chairs the High Performance Buildings Council and the Daylight Management Council. He has also served on the board of the Global Lighting Association, of which NEMA is a member.
Mr. Coderre became involved with NEMA High Performance Wire and Cable Section in 1990, developing the next generation aerospace wires. He first served as a chair of the 7HW Shipboard Technical Committee beginning in the mid-1990s until 2000, and then again from 2001 until 2011. This committee, which he now vice-chairs, upgraded Navy cable specifications with state-of-the-art electronic cables. He also has chaired the High Performance Wire and Cable Aerospace Technical Committee since 2004. This committee is tasked with converting numerous military standards into NEMA documents. The most significant is ANSI/NEMA WC 27500, which is the main cable standard for most aerospace platforms worldwide.
Mr. Leibowitz is the first NEMA staff person to be honored with a Kite & Key award. Since becoming a program manager in 1991, he has led the building wire and cable, conduit fittings, flexible cord, magnet wire, and outlet box industries in meeting their technical and product standardization objectives. During this time, Mr. Leibowitz also served as secretary of IEC Technical Committee 55 Winding wires; secretary of the U.S. National Committee Technical Advisory Groups for IEC SC 23A Cable management systems, IEC TC 55 Winding wires, IEC TC 90 Superconductivity, and IEC TC 113 Nanotechnology for electrical and electronic products and systems; and secretary to several technical harmonization committees of CANENA, the Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards in the Americas.