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