Dr. Steindel received his bachelor's and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He then served as a clinical chemist for the US Army Medical Laboratory at Fort McPherson, Georgia, and for Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He founded and worked at several software development companies in Atlanta whose systems are widely used in administrative computing. In 1993 he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he rose through the ranks to become Director of Data Standards and Vocabulary at the National Center for Public Health Informatics. He has staffed the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) under an appointment by CDC, and has participated in the NCVHS Standards and Security Subcommittee that has issued many letters and reports related to HIPAA Policy and implementation. He also was a major participant in the federal government's Consolidated Health Informatics project, and led six CHI domain workgroups, including Domain Selection, Messaging, Laboratory Results, Units, Anatomy and Physiology, and Chemicals. As an expert in the area of standards and vocabularies, he is a member of the SNOMED editorial board and worked to create the no-cost US distribution license for SNOMED. His election to the College recognizes these diverse and sustained contributions.