|Millane and Turner Receive William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award
John A. Millane, president of Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co.
in Willow Grove, Pa., and James H. Turner, Jr., chief democratic
counsel of the Committee on Science, U.S. House of Representatives,
have received the 2000 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. The
award, granted to a person or persons of widely recognized eminence
in the voluntary standards system, was established in 1987 in
memory of the late William T. Cavanaugh, chief executive officer
of ASTM from 1970 until his death in 1985.
John A. Millane was cited for his years of devoted leadership
in advancing the technology and standards for mechanical testing
of materials both nationally and internationally. An active ASTM
member since joining Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing in 1966,
Millane has also been very involved in the International Organization
for Standardization (ISO) as chairman of the U.S. Technical Advisory
Group (TAG) for Technical Committee 164 on Mechanical Testing.
In his work on E28, Millane, a graduate of Lehigh University with
a B.S. in metallurgical engineering, has been instrumental in
setting goals and directions for the committee. Three years after
joining ASTM, Millane was elected secretary of E28. From 1980
to 1986, Millane served as chairman of the committee. He has participated
actively in task groups responsible for writing numerous standard
test methods that are regularly employed throughout industry for
determining mechanical properties of materials.
Millane has also led ASTM in top executive board positions through
serving as chairman of the Board of Directors in 1991, vice-chairman
from 1989 to 1990, and director from 1986 to 1988. A 1985 ASTM
Award of Merit recipient, which recognized his meritorious and
dedicated leadership serving E28, Millane also received an Award
of Appreciation for dedicated service. ASM International also
recognized Millane by bestowing on him an International Distinguished
Life Member Award in 1994 in recognition of time, knowledge,
and ability devoted to the advancement of the materials industry.
ASTM also made him a fellow in 1999.
In his capacity as chairman of the U.S. TAG for ISO TC 164 on
Mechanical Testing, Millane has had the responsibility of ensuring
that U.S. interests are best represented at the international
ISO meetings through qualified U.S. experts. Millanes dedication
to this work has included fund raising to provide travel assistance
for some experts to attend ISO meetings. In addition, Millane
is secretary for ISO/TC164/SC4 on Toughness Testing, which is
made up of three subgroups on Fracture, Pendulum, and Tear. His
responsibilities include meeting organization and arrangements
as well as minutes preparation, solving international issues,
and other secretarial duties.
To acknowledge his dedication and extraordinary contributions
to the acceptance and recognition of the value of the voluntary
consensus standards system by the U.S. Congress and the Federal
Regulatory System reads the citation on James H. Turner, Jr.s,
plaque. Turner has focused much of his work and career in supporting
the U.S. voluntary consensus standards process.
Turner first began working on standards matters in 1985 as the
head of the Technology Group within the U.S. House of Representatives
Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. Turner had proposed
an amendment to encourage steel research by the then-National
Bureau of Standards (NBS) in a year when the NBS budget was frozen.
Turners efforts played an important part in breaking that freeze.
Turner was also instrumental in helping to create a flexible personnel
system for NBS and in the hard research and preparation work that
resulted in the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
In a bipartisan manner, Turner has contributed greatly to Congresss
general awareness of the importance of standards. He has accomplished
this task by visiting with members of Congress on the subject
of standards and organizing Congressional hearings on standards
issues that have benefited both members and the public at large.
Topics covered include the decentralized and voluntary nature
of the U.S. standardization system and the role of standards in
Through the years Turner has consistently supported ASTM by inviting
and listening to ASTMs input and by holding working sessions
with all major standards development organizations. Through Turners
work, ASTM has been given the opportunity to meet and exchange
points of view with key members of the Congressional staff.
Throughout the early 1990s, Turner worked closely with ASTM and
other U.S. standards development organizations to ensure the passage
of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act. This
landmark legislation contains key provisions pertaining to standards.
First, all federal agencies must use technical standards developed
or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies when carrying
out procurements and policy objectives; and second, the only exceptions
to this use of voluntary consensus standards are when those standards
are either inconsistent with applicable law or otherwise impractical
to use. Federal agencies and departments are expected to participate
in the development of voluntary consensus standards.
Turner, who lives in McLean, Va., has more than 20 years experience
working in Congress. A graduate of Westminster College, Turner
received a Masters of Divinity from Yale University, and his J.D.
from Georgetown University Law Center. He currently holds overall
Democratic staff responsibility for the legislative process including
parliamentary matters and moving legislation through Congress.
Prior to assuming his current position, Turner was the full committee
staff member of the Democratic staff with responsibility for technology
and competitiveness matters. //
Copyright 2000, ASTM