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Kite & Key 2010 Recipients


John P. Goodsell, PE
Vice President Research and Engineering, Hubbell Electrical Systems

He has been responsible for the design and development of a wide range of electrical and electronic products, including wiring devices, ground-fault circuit interrupters, marine products, raceway products, floor boxes, fittings, telcom and data products, undercarpet wiring, manufactured wiring systems, and many others, as well as related standards activities.

Mr. Goodsell currently serves as vice chair and parliamentarian for NEMA’s Codes and Standards Committee. He is also a member of the International and Regional Standardization Committee, NEMA-UL Policy Committee, and the Environmental Design Call to Action Steering Committee. He actively participates in several NEMA sections.

As a past chair of the Personnel Protection (5PP) Section, Mr. Goodsell represents NEMA on the National Fire Protection Association Code-Making Panel (CMP) 19 for the National Electrical Code ® and previously was member of CMP 13. He is also an active member of several UL and CSA committees.

He has been involved in CANENA (Council for Harmonization of Electrotechnical Standards of the Nations of the Americas) since its inception and served as its U.S. vice president from 2005 to 2007. He is currently a member of several technical harmonization committees.

Internationally, Mr. Goodsell participates on the U.S. National Committee IEC Council and is a past member of its Technical Management Committee.

Helen J. Harris
Financial Analyst, Schneider Electric

Helen J. Harris, financial analyst, joined Schneider Electric in 1991 and has had a working relationship with NEMA for more than 15 years. Previously, she worked in the insurance and healthcare industries.

At Schneider, Ms. Harris has been responsible for all aspects of market share reporting and administration of the global product structure for North America. She is also responsible for global annual market reviews, top line reporting, and coordination of subsidiary/international data sourcing.

Reporting consistency has always been her top priority. Currently, she chairs the NEMA 1IS Statistics Committee, a role she has held for many years. As a member of the 1IS Business Committee (constituent committee of Industrial Automation Control Products & Systems Section), she has worked with this group to design new reports, find solutions for various reporting issues, and bring more industry members into statistical reporting.

Ms. Harris also represents Schneider Electric on the Low Voltage Distribution Equipment, Transformer, and Switchgear statistical committees. Most recently, she has taken on the additional responsibilities of the Lighting and Motor & Generator statistics committees.

She partly credits her accomplishments in the field of statistical reporting to her interest in fiber arts, citing attention to detail as a parallel to integrity of data. As an artist, she is inspired by Native American and western cultures.

Frank K. Kitzantides
Senior Technology Advisor

With a career that began at NEMA in 1976, Mr. Kitzantides has held various positions in the association's engineering department and served as NEMA’s representative on boards and management committees of other organizations, including ANSI, National Fire Protection Association, and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

In 1990, he was appointed vice president of engineering, where he was responsible for the management and administration of all technical programs, including national and international standards, and liaison with external organizations on standardization and conformity assessment issues. His career at NEMA culminated as senior vice president and chief technical officer in 2006. He currently serves as NEMA’s senior technology advisor and continues to provide advice to NEMA on standardization and conformity assessment matters at regional and international levels.

Throughout his career, Mr. Kitzantides has also been active with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). Over the last seven years, he has been dedicated to fulfilling responsibilities as vice president of IEC; a member of its executive committee; and chairman of the Standardization Management Board, IEC's decision-making body responsible for the management of its technical work.

Mr. Kitzantides received ANSI’s prestigious Astin-Polk International Standards Medal in 2004 and the Howard Coonley Medal in 2010. In August 2002, the Standards Engineering Society recognized him as a Fellow. He also is a life member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Harry P. Solomon
Interoperability Architect, GE Healthcare

Harry Solomon, an interoperability architect at GE Healthcare, senior member of the IEEE, and a university lecturer in healthcare standards, began his electroindustry career in software and systems engineering for signals intelligence processing. His work with distributed clusters of minicomputers included algorithm design, user interfaces, and network communication protocols and standards.

Through his involvement with GE Medical Systems for the digitization of the cardiac catheterization laboratory, Mr. Solomon participated in the ad hoc work group that established standards for cardiac image exchange. He was a member of the joint committee of the American College of Radiology and NEMA for the Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) standard. He has been involved in that work ever since, and is now chair of DICOM WG-01, Cardiac and Vascular Information.

Mr. Solomon is active in many healthcare standards bodies, citing their importance as the industry undergoes a rapid transformation to electronic records and information exchange. He is currently responsible for DICOM’s use of the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine standard and co-chairs the liaison committee between DICOM and the Health Level Seven (HL7) standard.

Mr. Solomon’s current passion is expanding standards education for the new generation of healthcare information technology leaders. He teaches the popular interoperability and standards course in the Masters of Biomedical Informatics programs at Northwestern University and Oregon Health and Science University. The course is being adapted for use at additional schools through the HL7 University Project.

Vince Saporita, PE
Vice President, Technical Sales, Cooper Bussmann

Vince Saporita participates in and provides leadership for many NEMA activities and committees. He is currently a vice chair of NEMA Codes and Standards Committee, chair of the NEMA-UL Technical Forum Committee, chair of the Fuse Technical Committee, and chair of the Fuse Ad-Hoc Committee.

He participates in the Low Voltage Distribution Equipment (LVDE) switch and panelboard sections, as well as the Industrial Control Section, and serves as NEMA’s representative on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. He was instrumental in the development of IEEE 1584 Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculationsand IEEE training videos and materials.

He contributed to NFPA 70E arc-flash hazard assessment requirements, assisted in the inclusion of IEEE 1584 arc-flash equations and materials into NFPA 70E, and participates as a steering committee member on the IEEE/NFPA Collaboration on Arc Flash Phenomena.

By participating on IEEE committees, Mr. Saporita he has been at the forefront in developing methods to quantify arc-flash hazards. He has been a major contributor in the protocols for arc-flash testing by conducting tests and then developing equations for determining the incident energy based on specific variables.

Mr. Saporita has contributed engineering methods to mitigate arc-flash hazards via technical materials, articles, and seminars, and represents the fuse industry on National Electrical Code ® Panels 10 and 11.

Mr. Saporita has been with Cooper Bussmann for 36 years and is currently vice president, technical sales.