Established in 2005, the Standards Expert Program (SEP) is a key benefit offered to MOU signatories. Each year, through the SEP, ASTM offers to host three standards experts for a one-month period at ASTM headquarters. During their stay, the expert learns about ASTM International and its operations, ASTM technical committees and ASTM’s virtual tools. The experts also travel to a Committee Week and visit other standards-related public and private organizations located in Washington, D.C. Each expert is asked to identify a key sector with which we can conduct a virtual meeting with the expert’s participation from headquarters and they are asked to provide staff with a presentation on the structure and function of their respective national standards body.
SEPs hosted to date:
2005 (2) - China
2006 (3) - Indonesia, Vietnam, Zambia
2007 (2) - Colombia and Saudi Arabia
2008 (2) - Peru and Korea
2009 (4) - China, Ghana, Israel, Jamaica
2010 (2) - South Africa, Vietnam
2011 (2) - Jordan, Malaysia
2012 (4) - Mongolia, Qatar, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Standards Expert Program (SEP),
2005 - 2012
Standards Admin. of China
At the time of her visit, He Ting had been with SAC for two years and worked within the machinery and materials division on industry and transportation. Her responsibilities at SAC included working with the steel, nonferrous metals and other materials committees. She is a graduate of Tsinghua University where she majored in materials science and engineering.
Badan Standardisasi Nasional
Ari Wibowo spent a month in the fall of 2006 at ASTM International headquarters as part of the SEEP. His intent was to learn about ASTM’s history and organizational structure as well as the process by which BSN could adopt ASTM standards as national standards.
Directorate for Standards and Quality
Nguyen Minh Bang, who was deputy director of the standards department at STAMEQ at the time of his visit, came to ASTM headquarters for one month in 2006 to learn about standards development.
Zambia Bureau of Standards
ASTM welcomed Margaret Lungu - a standards development manager at ZABS at the time of her visit - for a month-long standards expert internship in 2006.
Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council
At the time of his visit to ASTM International, Mohammed A. Al-Dablan was a construction and buildings materials standards researcher at the Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Dablan earned a B.S. in civil engineering with a sub-major in structural and geotechnical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh.
Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación
Daniel Trillos was a standardization professional at ICONTEC (Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación), the national standards body of Colombia at the time of his visit to ASTM. Trillos holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, and an M.S. in environmental management from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
At the time of his visit to ASTM, Jun-ho Kim was responsible for planning national standardization and supporting standards developing organizations at the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. Previously, he was a researcher of renewable energy, rotating machinery and nuclear energy standardization. Jun-ho earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in power electronics from the Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual
At the time of her visit to ASTM International, Patricia Castro Espinoza worked as an analyst for the Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI), where she was in charge of management and coordination of national technical committees, and was also involved in several regional, national and international standards issues. Espinoza has a degree from the National Agrarian University, La Molina Lima, Peru.
Standards Administration of China
Pan Biechen has served as an officer in the division of materials of the industrial standards department at SAC since 2007. His work has revolved around China national standards for buildings and construction.
Ghana Standards Board
Adelaide Teimle Leigh has been with GSB since 2006 and is currently the assistant standards officer. She performs tests and prepares reports on products for the building and construction industry.
Standards Institution of Israel
Napthali Pollak has worked in standards development at SII since 1996. He prepares drafts of Israeli national standards and directs various standardization committees.
Bureau of Standards Jamaica
Ajani Blake has worked at BSJ since 2006 and is currently a standards development and certification officer. He handles conformity assessment audits and works on Jamaican national standards for cement.
South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Percy Malatsi works as the Project Leader in the Chemical and Mining department at SABS. He is Studying Chemical Engineering. An MOU was signed between ASTM and SABS in September 2003. In 2008, SABS adopted five ASTM standards as identical South Africa national standards and consulted 139 ASTM standards in the preparation of national standards.
Vietnam’s Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ)
Nguyen Van Khoi has worked at STAMEQ since 1995 and is currently the Senior Official of the Standards Department. His main responsibilities include developing policy, law & regulations and technical guidance for standard activities in Vietnam. An MOU was signed between ASTM and STAMEQ in February 2004. According to STAMEQ, close to 150 ASTM International standards have been used as the basis for Vietnamese national standards and 12 ASTM standards have been referenced in Vietnamese regulations. The ASTM International standards cover a wide range of sectors important to Vietnamese industry, including metals, petroleum, paint, soil and rock, construction and roofing materials, aviation fuels, rubber and plastics.
Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO)
Ruba Ayeid Al-Thawabeia is a standardization officer at the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization, where she is responsible for the secretariats of three national technical committees related to the chemical sector: chemicals, cosmetics and fertilizers. Al-Thawabeia is also responsible for standards and technical regulations on toy safety.
Lee Hooi Lan is a senior executive of the engineering standards management and consulting services section, Standards Research and Management Center, SIRIM Berhad, in Malaysia. As a senior executive, she is responsible for overseeing standards development activities for the sectors within the assigned group. This responsibility includes training, subcontract personnel, monitoring projects and maintaining coordination.
Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM)
Soronzonbold Sukhbaatar is a Senior Officer and Petroleum Engineer from the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM). His main responsibilities are coordinating the daily activities of Mongolian Standardization National Council as well as the activities between the National Standardization Technical Committees and organizing the Mongolian Standardization National Council meetings.
Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS)
Jabor Mohamed Al-Naimi is a Senior Engineer and Head of Mechanical Standards -Standards and Metrology Department at the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS). He started his career as a specialist in Metrology and Calibration Laboratories, then as a Standards Specialist attending various workshops and seminars on standardization and Technical Barriers to Trade issues and represented the State of Qatar in regional and international standards-related events.
Turkish Standards Institution (TSE)
Bekir Çengelci is the Director to the Turkish Standards Institution's (TSE) President’s Office. Prior to his appointment to the President’s Office, Bekir worked in the Strategic Planning Department and was responsible for preparing TSE’s Strategic Plan, annual performance program and annual report.
Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ)
Romana Marunda is a Standards Development and Information Management expert at the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ). She currently manages the Standards Development & Information division. Romana is primarily responsible for managing the national standards development programme and the standards information centre which is also Zimbabwe’s WTO/TBT Enquiry Point.
Other International Visiting Experts
Japanese Standards Assoc.
ASTM hosted Kenichi Shimosakai of the standards department at the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) for a 90-day internship position that enabled him and JSA to learn more about ASTM’s standards development processes, information technology, intellectual property policies, and cooperative programs with other standards developing organizations. The internship lasted from November 2003 to February 2004.
Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision
ASTM International welcomed Zhang Li Hong, who held the position of vice director of the standardization division at the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision at the time of her visit, for a two-month internship at ASTM headquarters that began in June 2004. Zhang’s internship was developed as part of the cooperation agreement signed in 2003 between ASTM and the Shanghai Institute of Standardization, which reports to SMBQTS.
China National Institute of Standardization
Guo Dehua, a graduate of Tianjin University who majored in precision instruments, has worked at the China National Institute of Standardization for more than 11 years. At the time of her visit with ASTM, Guo Dehua worked in the library of standards at CNIS and did research work in standards information management. She was also responsible for overseeing the cooperation agreement signed in 2003 between CNIS and ASTM International.
Xiaohe Branch of the Guiyang Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision
Huang Xiaopu visited ASTM from March 30-Sept. 25, 2006. Mrs. Huang has worked in standardization management at the Xiaohe branch of the Guiyang Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision since 1999. In September 2005, Mrs. Huang received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to visit ASTM International.
Shanghai Institute of Standardization
Zhang Minglan of the Shanghai Institute of Standardization, visited ASTM International for one month in spring of 2006. Ms. Zhang, who has worked at SIS since 1998, was vice director of the Center of Standardization Research, which consists of nearly 20 researchers, at the time of her visit. Ms. Zhang’s main responsibilities included administration of the center, harmonization within and across the center, and organization of standardization research projects.
Shanghai Institute of Standardization
Ma Na, who has been at SIS since 2003, was a researcher in the SIS Center of Standardization Research at the time of her ASTM visit. In the past, Ms. Ma has taken a lead role in drafting three standards on project management and two on environmental assessment at SIS. She is also a member of ASTM International Committee D34 on Waste Management.
Japanese Standards Assoc.
Tomoko Nagata, an official from the Japanese Standards Association, spent two weeks visiting ASTM International ieadquarters in the fall of 2006). At the time of her visit, Ms. Nagata worked in division I of the standards development department at JSA. While here, Ms. Nagata learned more about ASTM’s role in international standardization.
Shandong Provincial Institute of Standardization in China
Shujuan “Carrie” Xie, a standards expert from the Shandong Provincial Institute of Standardization in China, spent six weeks at ASTM International headquarters in November 2007 as part of her yearlong visit to study standards and conformity assessment in the United States. Carrie was the recipient of a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council which she chose to use to support her time in the U.S. as a guest researcher.
International Standardization Activities Support Center
Japanese Standards Association
South African Bureau of Standards
Mr. Saziso (Sazi) Zangga visited ASTM from April – June 2012. At the time, Mr. Zangga’s position was International Relations Specialist: ISO-Division. He has been involved in the standardization environment for the past 11 years. Sazi has extensive knowledge in quality management systems; standards development, processes and procedures, development and facilitation of Standards-related training to the enterprise, industry, and African communities.
Korean Standards Agency (KSA)
Jongwook Kim spent 2 weeks at ASTM in the early winter of 2012. At the time, Mr. Kim was a Senior Researcher conducting the project of “Standard Infrastructure Enhancement Program” for KSA.
Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS)
Jonah Ernest, with 12 years of standards experience, was Principal Standards Engineer at the time of his 2 week visit in April, 2012. He also served as Secretary to four Technical Committees and was the lead inspector for companies certified by BOBS.
Korean Agency for Technology & Standards (KATS)
Chang-Hwan Koo has an electrical engineering background and spent 2 weeks in the early winter of 2012 at ASTM. At the time of his visit, Mr. Koo managed the New Convergence Technology Standards Division of KATS.