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Issue: Volume 60, Number 1 / December 2017

ISO/TC 209 Launches New Cleanroom Standards and Outreach Projects
Roberta Burrows, David S. Ensor
US-led Outreach Task Team to foster promotion and education of the expanding body of ISO/TC 209 Standards. The October 2017 ISO Technical Committee (TC) 209 meeting held in Sydney, Australia centered on creating a coordinated approach for the standards within the committee's work program of Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments. The approach is well needed as ISO/TC 209 introduces two projects — a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) ISO 14644-17 on particle deposition rates and a Preliminary Work Item (PWI) on the assessment of the suitability of consumables in cleanrooms.  
Beyond the ISO Cleanroom Standards—Comprehensive Guidance from IEST
Roberta Burrows, Anne Marie Dixon-Heathman
Balancing the Needs of Global Uniformity and Specific Applications. An example of IEST's nonprofit mission to aid industry and government in overcoming knowledge barriers can be seen in the inter-relationship of guidance documents developed by the IEST Contamination Control Division with standards developed by ISO Technical Committee 209 (ISO/TC 209) Cleanrooms and associated controlled environments. For IEST, the broad mission includes Recommended Practices (RP), Standards (STD), and Guides (G) that together embody the most complete range of contamination control resources currently available. For ISO/TC 209, the goal is a defined focus on a generic body of overarching international cleanroom standards under the ISO 14644 and ISO 14698 series. 

Issue: Volume 59, Number 1 / November 2016
IEST Leads Development of First ISO 14644 Nanotechnology Standard
David S. Ensor, Anne Marie Dixon, Roberta Burrows

Issue: Volume 57, Number 1 / October 2014
ISO Technical Committee on Cleanrooms and Associated Controlled Environments
Enters Third Decade with New Changes on Horizon

David S. Ensor
Issue: Volume 56, Number 1 / March 2013
IEST and UGIM Working Together
John R. Weaver
Case Study: Design and Construction of the Draper Laboratory Microfabrication Center
Richard H. Morrison, Livia M. Racz, David J. Carter

Facilities Planning for Safety and Emergency Response: Bridging the Gap between Design Features and Safety Planning
Steve Schultz, Jack Paul

Financial and Operational Survey of 12 Major University Nanofabrication Facilities: A Benchmarking Study
Dennis Grimard, Lisa Jones

Retrospective: Historical Highlights of an Evolving Society

Willis J. Whitfield: Father of the Modern Cleanroom

Issue: Volume 53, Number 2 / October 2010

The Clothes Truly Did Make This Man
Heidi Parsons
Mitigating the Risk of Counterfeit Parts
Reprinted from WSTIAC Quarterly; based on a report by the Government Accounting Office

Volume 53, Number 1 / April 2010

Facts and Fiction in Cleanroom Metrology
Lothar Gail, Dirk Stanischewski

Issue: Volume 52, Number 1 / April 2009

Cornerstone Cleanroom Standards Under Revision
TWR, Multi-exciter Testing Added to New Revision MIL-STD-810G
Evaluating Clean-Air Devices

Issue: Volume 51, Number 2 / October 2008

IEST leads ISO 14644 Experts in Focus on Nanotechnology in Cleanrooms
Anne Marie Dixon, David Ensor, Roberta Burrows
Nanotech Facility Hosts ESTECH Tour

Issue: Volume 51, Number 1 / April 2008

Forging New Frontiers
Diana Granitto, Senior Editor
IEST Updates Recommended Practices to Reflect Leading-edge Methods
An In-Depth Assessment of Internal Contamination in the Wide Field/Planetary Camera: Republished from the Journal of the IEST May-June 1990 issue
Carl Maag, Jerry Millard, Mark Anderson

Issue: Volume 50, Number 2 / October 2007

New ISO Draft Standard Classifies Surface Particle Cleanliness
New Reliability Prediction Methodology Incorporates Field and Test Experience
David Nicholls

Volume 50, Number 1 / April 2007

Updated IEST-RP-CC012 a "Must Read" for Cleanroom Planners and Designers
ISO 14644-5 Offers a One-stop Guide to Cleanroom Operations
Anne Marie Dixon
Industry Responds to Proposed Changes to USP Sterile Compounding Rules