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 April 2007
ASTM International News

ASTM International to Host Open House for Standards Developers from Sub-Saharan Africa

ASTM International, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology and the American National Standards Institute, will be hosting an Open House for Sub-Saharan Africa at ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa., on May 16-18. Standards organizations from the following 17 African countries have been invited to the open house: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The purpose of the open house is to open lines of communication and to find new ways to work cooperatively. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss important issues regarding international standardization, challenges of developing countries, new technologies for standards development, ASTM’s memorandum of understanding program and other issues of importance.

The keynote speaker at the open house will be Frank Lavin, undersecretary of commerce for international trade, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. Other speakers will include: Joe Bhatia, president and CEO, ANSI; Hratch Semerjian, chief scientist, NIST; Mary Saunders, chief of the standards services division, NIST; June Ling, associate executive director, codes and standards, American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Jay Peters, executive director, plumbing and mechanical programs, International Code Council; Greg Saunders, chairman of the board, ASTM International, and director of the Defense Standardization Program, U.S. Department of Defense; James Thomas, president, ASTM International; Kitty Kono, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM International; and James Olshefsky, director, committee services, ASTM International. For further information regarding the open house, please contact Kitty Kono (610/832-9687). //

ASTM Staff Participate in Vietnam-U.S. Standards Workshop

Daniel Smith, a director in the Technical Committee Operations department, ASTM International, and Martin Farrell, director of international sales, ASTM, participated in the Vietnam-U.S. Standards Workshop: Enhancing Technology and Trade in January. About 160 participants from Vietnamese industry and standardization programs attended the workshop, which was held at the Hanoi headquarters of the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ), the national standards body of Vietnam.

Participants in the Vietnam-U.S. Standards workshop pose for a photo at STAMEQ headquarters in Hanoi, Vietnam

Smith and Farrell were welcomed to STAMEQ by Dr. Ngo Quy Viet, director general, and spoke on a variety of topics during the workshop. Their presentations included general information on standards, an overview of ASTM International, how to participate in the development of ASTM standards, a description of ASTM products and services, and a discussion of copyright issues involving standards.

In addition to the presentations given by Smith and Farrell, Dao Minh Le, commercial officer of the U.S. Trade Commercial Services in Vietnam, spoke about U.S. Trade Law and Regulation. A staff member from the Vietnam Standards and Quality Center spoke on “Different Standards/Different Processes” and a representative from the STAMEQ information center gave an overview of STAMEQ products and services. //

ASTM Launches Technical Assistance Program with Training in Bolivia and Ecuador

As part of its memorandum of understanding program, ASTM International is sponsoring technical assistance training for up to 10 national standards bodies in 2007. In February, ASTM launched the technical assistance program with a two-day training course on ASTM textile standards given for 10 experts in La Paz, Bolivia. The course, which was taught by Robert Holcombe, a vice chairman of Committee D13 on Textiles, was held in cooperation with Bolivia’s national standards body, Instituto Boliviano de Normalización y Calidad (IBNORCA). Also in February, a three-day training course on ASTM gasoline standards was conducted by Salvatore Rand, second vice chairman of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, for 35 experts in Quito, Ecuador. The workshop was given in cooperation with Ecuador’s national standards body, Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización (INEN).

Robert Holcombe (standing, right), vice chairman of Committee D13 on Textiles, at the technical assistance training session in La Paz, Bolivia.

Courses on ASTM gasoline standards are also scheduled to take place this spring in Vietnam in cooperation with the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) and in Jordan in cooperation with the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology (JISM). In June, a course on building codes and standards will be conducted in Zambia in cooperation with the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS).

ASTM has a portfolio of technical and professional training courses that cover many different standardization fields, including standards for the environment, textiles, petroleum, plastics and packaging. For more information on the technical assistance training program, contact Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation (phone: 610/832-9693), or visit www.astm.org/TRAIN on the ASTM International Web site. //

ASTM Sponsors Engineering Intern in WISE Program

Saurabh Anand, a mechanical engineering student at the Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and a student member of ASTM, will be sponsored by ASTM International in the 2007 WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program. The WISE program gives eligible engineering students an opportunity to work a paid summer internship in Washington, D.C. In addition to ASTM, other sponsors of the WISE program include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.

During the WISE program, Anand and other participants will learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy issues. Anand will be working on a public policy paper related to ASTM International Committee F38 on Unmanned Air Vehicle Systems.
ASTM International’s participation in the WISE program is part of its 2007 Year of the Student initiative. For more information, click here or contact Teresa Cendrowska (phone: 610/832-9718). //

ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2007 Annual Business Meeting will be featured during the Wednesday, May 23, ASTM members’ breakfast at the May Committee Week meetings in Norfolk, Va. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Waterside Convention Center. Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International, for further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

ASTM International Visits University of California, Irvine

ASTM International conducted its first campus visit of the year at the University of California, Irvine, on Jan. 31. ASTM has marked 2007 as the Year of the Student in an effort to build greater awareness of standardization among students and educators worldwide. This latest event was coordinated in conjunction with the ASTM standards development meetings held in Anaheim, Calif., the same week.

Approximately 20 graduate and undergraduate engineering students from UC Irvine attended the event, where representatives from ASTM International spoke of the benefits of ASTM membership and the importance of technical standards, with a focus on the electronics and metal industries. Students in attendance were from the MatSci and IEEE organizations at the university. MatSci is a student-run organization that includes both graduate and undergraduate materials science engineering students. IEEE is the student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers at UCI.

Kurt Moser, product development manager, Fabricated Products Group, H.C. Starck Inc., and an active member of ASTM International for over 10 years, spoke to the group about the benefits both he and his company receive from his work with ASTM. Moser, a member of Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys and Committee F01 on Electronics, spoke of the support he receives from his company to attend ASTM meetings and what it is like to work alongside both his customers and competitors on the committees. As chairman of Committee F01.17 on Sputter Metallization, Moser also fielded questions on that subject and spoke of his work with reactive and refractory metals and Committee B10.

Scott Orthey, a manager in the Technical Committee Operations Division at ASTM International, gave a brief overview of ASTM and the benefits of student membership. Undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled full time are eligible to become ASTM student members free of charge and receive benefits such as free attendance at ASTM symposia, monthly electronic editions of ASTM magazines and newsletters, and reduced membership fees upon graduation. An ASTM membership gives students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of standards before they start using them in the workplace.

To become a student member of ASTM International, visit the Web site. To learn more about ASTM’s Year of the Student, click here. For more information about academic outreach at ASTM, contact Teresa Cendrowska, director of external relations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9718). //

ASTM Staff, Members Meet With Representatives of Indian Oil Industry

On Feb. 5, ASTM representatives met with a delegation of 12 representatives of the oil and gas refinery industry in India at an event held at the offices of the American Petroleum Institute in Washington, D.C. The delegates, participants in an orientation visit sponsored by the United States Trade and Development Agency, represented India’s major oil companies. Over the 10-day visit, the delegates had the opportunity to learn about U.S. technology; licensors; engineering and construction contractors; consulting firms; equipment and materials suppliers; and meet with key industry associations and federal government agencies.

The event, held at API headquarters, featured a collaborative presentation. An overview of ASTM and consensus development principles was provided by Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM’s director, external relations. Janet Lane of ExxonMobil as well as second vice-chair of ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and chair of Subcommittee D02.06 on Analysis of Lubricants, presented information regarding the committee and related intralaboratory test programs and technical and professional training programs, as well as the benefits of membership. Also participating from ASTM were Jeffrey Grove, director for government and industry affairs, and David Bradley, D02 manager. Tina Briskin, API’s manager, inspector certification programs, presented on behalf of API. //

ASTM International Sales Director Visits Indonesia

In January, Martin Farrell, ASTM International’s director of international sales, traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, to meet with the staff of Badan Standardisai Nacional (BSN), the national standards body of Indonesia. BSN signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM in August 2004. This trip was an opportunity to follow up on the MOU and provide information to BSN staff on how they can access ASTM’s technical assistance programs.

Farrell met with the Mr. Iman Sudarwo, chairman of BSN, and Mr. Sunyoto, executive secretary, as well as 25 members of the BSN staff. He provided an overview of the ASTM International standards development process, information on how BSN can adopt ASTM standards as their national standards, and discussed plans for future training programs between the two organizations. ASTM hosted a young standards expert staff representative from BSN, Mr. Ari Wibowo, for four weeks in November 2006. //

Standards Organization of Nigeria Participates in Virtual Training Session

Staff from the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) took part in a virtual training session in February. James Olshefsky, director, committee services, ASTM International, presented an overview of ASTM, discussed the use of the ASTM Web site to participate in the standards developing process and outlined ASTM activities in the global arena.
ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding with SON in November 2004 in Washington, D.C. Since the signing, SON has adopted 87 ASTM International standards as Nigerian national standards and has appointed 24 Nigerian technical experts to participate on a wide range of different ASTM technical committees.

Virtual training is available for all national standards bodies that have signed MOUs with ASTM International. For more information, contact James Olshefsky (phone: 610/832-9714). //