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TIA Announces Newly Elected Leaders for Engineering Standards Committees TR-42 and TR-42.12

Arlington, VA (April 12, 2018) – The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, announced the election of new chairs and vice-chairs to lead its engineering committees for two year terms. 

Greg Sandels, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at OFS Fitel LLC, will Chair the TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee and Henry Franc, Premises and Data Center Solutions Specialist for Belden Inc, will serve as vice chair.  The TR-42 Telecommunications Cabling Systems Committee sets voluntary industry standards for telecommunications cabling infrastructure.

Patrick Van Vickle, Director of R&D and Product Design Engineering at Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, will Chair the TR-42.12 Optical Fibers and Cables Subcommittee, and Roman Shubochkin, Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at OFS Fitel LLC, will serve as Vice Chair.  TR-42.12 Subcommittee on Optical Fibers and Cables develops and maintains standards and specifications for optical fibers of all types.

“TIA is proud to welcome Greg, Henry, Patrick and Roman as leaders of TIA’s engineering standards committees,” said TIA Senior Director of Standards and Program Development, Marianna Kramáriková. “TIA’s industry standards are incredibly important in an increasingly connected environment—we are grateful for the leadership, expertise and professionalism that Greg, Henry, Patrick and Roman will bring to this critical work.”

TIA actively seeks participation in these projects from the user and general interest communities.

For more information, contact: Marta Soncodi, TIA Senior Manager of IoT Technology at

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