Standardization and Conformity Assessment Analysis from ANSI
The American National Standards Institutes Global Action Report
provides a point-in-time view of U.S. initiatives in the international
standardization and conformity assessment arenas. The document
identifies recent trends that have led to the introduction of
new policies and procedures both domestically and globally, examines
the current state of U.S. involvement and influence on international
and regional standardization and conformity assessment activities,
and reviews examples of successful U.S. influence in various industry
sectors. Hard copies of the text are available for $30 from ANSI
Customer Service at 212/642-4900 or download a pdf file free.
For the 15th year, the National Educators Workshop: Update series
will offer a workshop on new and evolving topics in engineering
materials, science, and technology. The workshop emphasizes gathering
experiments and demonstrations for use in materials lab courses
as well as a presentation of topics on emerging technology. Submit
abstracts of experiments or demonstrations to NEW:Update 2000,
School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University, 700
Park Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504-8060, Attn: Jim Jacobs (757/823-8109; fax: 757/823-8215).
Scholarships in Site-Cast Reinforced Concrete Construction
The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Foundation plans to award
scholarships of $2,500 each year to senior students who are majoring
in civil engineering or architectural engineering, and of $3000
each to incoming graduate students (masters degree) in civil
engineering, structural engineering, or architectural engineering.
Preference will be given to applicants who have shown an interest,
either through their educational program or by work experience,
in some phase of the reinforced concrete industry. Students having
hands-on experience from full-time, part-time, or co-op work
in site-cast reinforced concrete construction are especially encouraged
to apply. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 26.
Contact David P. Gustafson, Assistant Secretary of CRSI Foundation,
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, 933 N. Plum Grove Rd., Schaumburg,
MEASUREnet.gov is an interactive Internet-video conferencing system
intended to support training and collaborative work between NIST
and state weights and measures laboratories. It will enable NIST
to provide technical assistance and training more frequently and
efficiently and to develop standards in partnership with states.
U.S. industry relies on the state weights and measures laboratories
to calibrate standards for a variety of processes from manufacturing
pharmaceuticals to filling cereal boxes. See the new Web site.
Star Status for Engineers
Top Ten lists for the century just past continue to be developed!
Tau Beta Pi, the National Engineering Honor Society, has named
the Top Ten Engineers of the 20th Century. Engineers:
1. Thomas A. Edison
2. Orville and Wilbur Wright
3. Henry Ford
4. Wernher von Braun
5. William B. Shockley
6. Charles P. Steinmetz
7. Lee deForest
8. George W. Goethals
9. Herbert C. Hoover
10. Hyman G. Rickover
The U.S. EPA and Battelle are co-sponsoring the 23rd Annual Conference
on Analysis of Pollutants in the Environment, to be held on May
15-16, 2000, in Pittsburgh, Pa. Also known as The Norfolk Conference,
the event is a forum for discussion of technical issues related
to environmental water regulations and compliance monitoring.
It is targeted to environmental professionals from commercial
environmental labs, regulated industries, state and federal regulatory
agencies, consulting and contracting firms, municipal water and
wastewater labs, and lab equipment manufacturers. Contact: Lynn
McLeod (781/952-5381) or register on-line.
Harmonized Fire Code
The National Fire Protection Association and the Western Fire Chiefs Association have signed an agreement to jointly develop a harmonized fire
code that integrates NFPA 1, Fire Prevention Code, and the Uniform
Fire Code, the two most widely adopted fire codes in the country.
NFPA and WFCA both have existing agreements with the International
Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, the publisher
of the Uniform Plumbing Code, Uniform Mechanical Code, and other
uniform codes and standards. It is the intent of all three organizations
to work collaboratively to develop a consistent, compatible set
of codes and standards for the built environment.
New Web Tool for Textile Experts and Students
The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry has added a Bibliography Database Search to help anyone in the
nonwovens industry find papers that have been presented at INDA
conferences since 1989. There are nearly 1000 papers available
on the database. Also new to the Web site is the academic Research
Facilities Database, which lists research facilities that would
prove beneficial to the nonwovens industry. Also new to INDAs
Web site are classified ads and a job mart.
Copper in the News
On July 4, 2005, the worlds first copper spacecraft is scheduled
to collide with the comet Tempel 1. The historic collision will
be visible by telescope from Earth and will also be televised.
The collision is expected to help reveal through spectral analysis
the primordial materials that formed the solar system four billion
years ago, when comets were created. The spacecraft is made of
copper because when copper burnswhich it will from the enormous
force of the impactit is less likely than other metals to create
bright, confusing emission lines in the spectrum of interest.
(Source: Copper Topics, Number 88). //