Kite & Key Award Winners Dedicated to Codes, Standards, Advocacy

Kite & Key Award Winners Dedicated to Codes, Standards, Advocacy

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

Roger Daugherty, PhD; Maryrose Sylvester, chairwoman of the 2016 NEMA Board of Governors; and James Wright

The Kite & Key Award recognizes industry leaders whose pioneering innovations epitomize the best in codes, standards, and advocacy. The 2016 award winners are Roger Daugherty, PhD, Baldor Electric Company, a member of ABB; and James Wright, Siemens Industry.

A consulting engineer in the Advanced Development Technology Group for Baldor Electric, Dr. Daugherty is passionate about motor standards.

Since 1984, he has served on numerous committees, subcommittees, and working groups within the NEMA Motor and Generator Section, including chair of the Medium Machine Subcommittee and chair of the technical committee as it assumed responsibility for all machine types and sizes within the NEMA scope.

According to Daniel E. Delaney, current chair of the Motor and Generator Section, Dr. Daugherty is an international leader in the development of higher efficiency electric motors through his work on design analysis tools and product development.

“Roger’s strong presence representing the electric motor industry in technical and government circles not only helped to strengthen the motor industry positions but also raised the status of NEMA as a global authority for motor issues and policies,” Mr. Delaney said.

He was instrumental in the establishment of efficiency standards for energy-efficient induction motors. This work culminated with Congress passing the landmark Energy Policy Act of 1992. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology turned to him as they wrote implementing regulations for the efficiency testing and certification of these motors.

Dr. Daugherty represented the NEMA Motor and Generator Section on all subsequent DOE motor rulemakings, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the Small Motor Rule and Test Procedures in 2010, and the Integral Horsepower Motor Rule and Test Procedures in 2014.

He has been influential in the continuous revision of NEMA MG 1 Motors and Generators and other NEMA standards and guides and has traveled the world to participate in the development of global motor standards.


Jim Wright’s tireless participation in standards development for industrial control equipment has been making the world a safer place for more than 50 years.

During his nearly 40-year careers at Siemens Industry and as current manager for standards and certification in the Siemens Digital Factory Control Products business, Mr. Wright has been active in the development and use of standards for industrial control equipment for electromechanical and solid-state products. He also coordinates activities with Siemen’s standards and certification offices in Germany, providing guidance concerning the requirements of North American standards and how they affect global products.

Brian Carlson, Eaton vice president of engineering and chairman of the NEMA Industrial Automation Control Products and Systems Section, commended Mr. Wright for his dedication to standards and safety.

“Jim is a true guiding force in the electroindustry,” Mr. Carlson said. “He is passionate about codes and standards and has worked tirelessly to bring global standardization closer to reality. He has been an integral force behind NEMA’s efforts in this area.”

In his drive to achieve that goal, this year alone Mr. Wright crisscrossed the globe an equivalent distance of more than four times Earth’s circumference. He has taken pioneering steps in international harmonization subcommittees and working groups in order to bring the concept of global standardization to reality.

In addition to decades of participating in NEMA activities, Mr. Wright chairs the NEMA Codes and Standards Committee. He is a representative on seven committees and subcommittees and is active in the NEMA Industrial Automation Control Products and Systems Section, the Standards and Conformity Assessment Committee, and on numerous technical subcommittees covering general rules, low-voltage contactors, motor control centers, and control circuit devices.

He also serves as the NEMA representative at the National Electric Code® meetings for Code Making Panel 11.

Read the December 2016 issue of electroindustry.

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