Robotic Industries Association appoints new director of standards development

The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) has announced the hiring of Carole Franklin, PMP, as the new Director of Standards Development for RIA.

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The Robotics Industries Association (RIA) has announced the hiring of Carole Franklin, PMP, as the new Director of Standards Development for RIA.

Franklin is an expert project manager and facilitator whose work with consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton included process improvement and communication projects for clients at a federal research and development facility (TARDEC). TARDEC’s work focuses on advancements in mobile and collaborative robots, including those used to defuse bombs or explore hazardous environments. Franklin became familiar with automation while working with the TARDEC robotics team to help projects run more smoothly and to communicate the subject to non-technical experts.

Franklin noted in the RIA press release that she sees the work of the standards committees as vital to ensuring the interoperability of automation equipment and the safety of its human operators.

"Automation is such a great driver of productivity growth," said Franklin. "After seeing robotics up close while supporting TARDEC, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to get more deeply involved in the industry. I’m very excited about the future with RIA."

Jeff Burnstein, President of RIA, also commented: "Carole’s areas of expertise position her well to build on the great work our standards team has done," he said. "We’re glad to have Carole join our team."

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