Urmilla Sowell Talks About her New Role as GANA's New Technical
November 23, 2009
this month the Glass Association of North America (GANA) announced
Urmilla Sowell P.E. as its new technical director, replacing Greg
Carney who recently formed his own glass industry consulting business
HERE for related article).
Sowell joined GANA as assistant technical director in 2007, has
been involved in many of the group's technical activities and projects
and in her new role will take over the management of all GANA technical
activities, continuing to serve as the liaison with other industry
organizations. She is GANA's representative at the ASHRAE SSPC 90.1
Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings
Committee, ASTM International activities including the new Glass
for Solar Applications Subcommittee and to the Protective Glazing
Council (PGC) International, where she serves as that association's
Sowell earned her bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering
from Texas Tech University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer.
Prior to joining GANA she was employed by Hurricane Test Laboratory
LLC as the assistant operations manager.
Though her new responsibilities are keeping her busy, Sowell found
a few minutes to share with USGNN.com some of what she's most
excited about in her new role with GANA.
Q. What have been some of your most rewarding projects so far?
Working on the 50th edition of the GANA Glazing Manual, as
well as visiting a float glass plant and seeing a beautiful, pristine
ribbon of glass and knowing the possibilities for that ribbon are
Q. What are some things you are looking forward to as GANA's new
I am excited about working closely with GANA's members on different
projects such as creating new technical resources. I am also looking
forward to educating more [people] about glass through our resources
such as the Glass Informational Bulletins and other documents.
Q. What have been some of your biggest lessons learned so far?
I have learned that there is a lot about glass that those outside
the glass and glazing industry are not aware of.
Q. For the association, what are some things you'd like to see it
GANA is continuing to expand its technical activities and we are
now focusing more and more on areas that include energy and advocacy
issues, so I think [this shows] that our members are seeing that
their requests are being answered and addressed.
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