Urmilla Sowell, P.E. Named GANA Technical Director
November 12, 2009

Urmilla Sowell, P.E. has been named the Glass Association of North America's (GANA) technical director. Ms. Sowell joined GANA as assistant technical director in 2007, working with former technical director Greg Carney, who has since formed an independent consulting firm and will continue to serve the organization through a planned seamless transition (CLICK HERE related article). The GANA board of directors supported the promotion of Sowell, which took effect November 1.

"Urmilla will take over the management of all GANA technical activities and will continue to serve as the liaison with other industry organizations," says GANA's executive vice president Bill Yanek. "She is currently 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 president."

With GANA's technical efforts stronger than ever, GANA is broadening its scope to include energy related issues and taking on the Glazing Industry Code Committee's mission under its newly formed GANA: Advocacy Committee. As part of these efforts, Sowell will collaborate with a variety of consultants, including Carney.

"GANA has always been, and will continue to be, a leader on glass and glazing industry technical issues," says Sowell. "I look forward to working with GANA members and industry leadership to deliver expert technical solutions and guidance."

Sowell earned both her Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Texas Tech University, and is a licensed Professional Engineer. She was previously employed by Hurricane Test Laboratory LLC, where she served as the assistant operations manager.

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