ASTM International President Visits China
James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International, visited China from May 29 through June 5. Accompanied by Mr. Liu Fei, chief representative, ASTM International China office, Thomas traveled to Beijing; Guangzhou, Guangdong Province and Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, meeting with various officials and experts and speaking on the topic of international standardization.
On May 30, the American National Standards Institute and the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China jointly sponsored the U.S.-China Symposium on Active Industry Participation in Standardization to enhance the bilateral cooperation in standardization since the U.S.-China Standards Portal launched last September. Thomas was invited to speak at the conference on “Standards, Companies and Senior Executives: What We Discovered.”
In his speech, Thomas described two case studies conducted by ASTM that gave insight into the opinions that companies and executives have about the benefits of standards to their business operations. The studies found that participation in standards development is essential for market entry and successful competition. In addition, standardization has positive effects on profitability by influencing quality and production time and encouraging international business. Thomas also moderated a panel discussion overview of other international standards development processes and their role in the global economy.
On May 31, the Guangzhou Institute of Standardization (GZIS), together with the South China University of Technology, organized a discussion on the international development of materials technology and standards. At this event, Thomas spoke to an audience of mostly undergraduate and post-graduate students about ASTM’s century-long history in materials standardization in a presentation titled “Past, Present and Future of International Development of Materials Technology and Standards.” Thomas also talked about ASTM’s educational outreach efforts, including the 2007 Year of the Student campaign, and explained the many benefits of ASTM’s student membership program.
After his presentation, Thom as answered questions from the audience on the ASTM standards development process and balloting system and the differences between ASTM and its Chinese counterparts with regard to standardization in areas such as human health, safety and the environment.
On June 1, Thomas met with the GZIS and the Standards Office of the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision, as well as the Guangdong Provincial Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision and Guangdong Institute of Standardization. During these visits, the parties exchanged information on standards activities and discussed opportunities for mutual cooperation in standardization and conducting training sessions and seminars.
On June 4, the Zhejiang Institute of Standardization and the Standards Office of Zhejiang Provincial Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision held a seminar on intellectual property rights in standards. Thomas was invited to present on the ASTM International standardization system and intellectual property policy in standards to the dozens of local standards and testing experts who deal with these issues in their industries. The enthusiastic audience responded with many questions for the ASTM president, including inquiries about the difference between ASTM and ISO/IEC and standard testing methods for textiles, among others.
On June 5, just before his return to the U.S., Thomas attended a breakfast meeting with Mr. Zheng Weihua, president of the China National Institute of Standardization. The two discussed how to enhance mutual cooperation and future training programs on energy conservation, bioenergy and environment assessment. //
ASTM Provides Technical Assistance Trainingin Vietnam
Recently, Vietnam has faced difficulties in managing the quality of imported gasoline. As a state management organization in the fields of standardization, quality and metrology, the Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ) is in charge of gasoline quality management in Vietnam and has sought technical assistance to train STAMEQ technicians and other relevant people in gasoline testing skills.
Trainer Salvatore Rand (front row, center) poses with participants in the Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology training workshop in Hanoi, Vietnam (click here to enlarge photo)
Fortunately, two technical assistance courses were recently provided to STAMEQ through its memorandum of understanding with ASTM International. The courses, “Gasoline: Specification, Testing and Technology” and a “train the trainer” course, were held in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 29-June 2. Salvatore Rand, second vice chairman of Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, conducted both courses. Rand provided the trainees with a wide range of knowledge regarding gasoline specifications, technology and test methods.
Thirty people from the following organizations participated in the gasoline courses: Petrolimex and its regional branches; Vietnam Air Petrol Company; the PETECH Company; the Institute of Chemistry of the University of Technology; the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology; the Petrol Chemical Testing Center; Quality Assurance and Testing Center 1,2,3 of STAMEQ; and the Department for Standards, Metrology and Quality of Hanoi, Hai Phong and Ha Nam.
ASTM has a portfolio of technical and professional training courses that cover many different standardization fields. For more information on the technical assistance training program, contact Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation (phone: 610/832-9693) or visit the ASTM International Web site. //
Korean Delegation Discusses Use of Private Sector Standards at ASTM International Headquarters
On June 27, ASTM International hosted a delegation from the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards, with whom ASTM has a memorandum of understanding. The purpose of the meeting was to conduct a general exchange of information and to discuss federal government use, particularly U.S. Department of Defense use, of private sector standards.
Steve Lowell, left, Defense Standardization Program, met with staff members from ASTM International and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards in June (click here to enlarge photo).
Presentations by ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska and Timothy Brooke provided an overview of ASTM International and the application of its standards domestically and internationally. Steve Lowell, deputy director of the U.S. DoD’s Defense Standardization Program Office, provided in-depth information about the DoD’s nongovernment standards program. Lowell addressed a broad range of topics such as the establishment and structure of the defense standardization program, the DoD adoption process and the robust ASSIST database that serves as the official source for DoD standards and specifications.
Young Chan Myong, deputy director of KATS’ international standards cooperation division, presented an overview of the Korean national standards body, the national standardization system in Korea, KATS’ global outreach activities and the various roles of the international standards cooperation division. He was joined by three researchers from KATS: Yong-Deuk Kim, machinery and construction standards division; Jong-Yoon Jun, standards and technology supporting division; and Myoung-Gon Kim, electrical and electronics standards division. //
The 2007 ASTM board of directors met at ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa, in April (from left, top row): Paul H. Shipp, Paul K. Whitcraft (vice chair), Earl A. Lawrence, Roger E. Stoller (finance and audit chair), Manuel A. Lascarro, Kenneth F. Yarosh, James A. Horton, James A. Luppens; (middle row): Richard W. Reaves, Roger L. Blaine, Anthony E. Fiorato (past chair), James A. Thomas (president), Gregory E. Saunders (chair), N. David Smith (past chair), Earl A. Ruth, Rashid Ahmad Bin-Fahad, Sandra L. Niks; (front row): Thomas S. Jones, Catherine H. Pilarz, Richard F. Kayser (vice chair), Julie H. Kilgore, Thomas A. Schwartz. Not pictured: Ronald F. Silletti, James H. Turner, Jr., Robert B. Waller, Jr. (click here to enlarge photo)
Candidates for 2008 ASTM International Board of Directors Announced
ASTM International announces the slate of candidates selected by the Society’s Nominating Committee for the 2008 board of directors:
• Chairman of the board: Richard F. Kayser, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology.
• Vice chairman of the board (two-year term): Roger E. Stoller, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Directors (three-year terms):
• Eric R. Boes, Delta Faucet Company
• Benedict R. Bonazza, Ph.D., TI Automotive Systems, LLC
• Ricardo Rodrigues Fragoso, Associação Brasileira de Normas Técnicas
• Daniel M. Harrington, Ph.D., Lehigh Cement Company
• Mary McKiel, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Peter M. Woyciesjes, Ph.D., Honeywell International
Voting instructions and biographies will appear for your approval in the October issue of SN. In addition to electing the 2008 board of directors, please recommend candidates from the ASTM International membership to serve on next year’s nominating committee. Contact Maureen Houck (phone: 610/832-9594) for more information. //
ASTM International Joins Leading Engineering Societies to Sponsor Research and Development Symposium
ASTM International recently joined nearly 20 engineering organizations to sponsor the 5th Annual Engineering R&D Symposium in Washington, D.C. Taking place in the Rayburn Building of the U.S. House of Representatives on May 8, the event was convened to bring together leaders from various engineering organizations to learn about the federal government’s current and future investment in research and development and its impact on engineering research. The American Society of Mechanical Engineers served as the administering organization, and the event was held in conjunction with the annual National Academy of Engineering Convocation.
Speakers provided their perspectives on the outlook for research and development. Richard Russell, associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, provided an overview of the Bush Administration’s Fiscal Year 2008 budget for research and development at the federal agencies. Russell spoke about the American Competitiveness Initiative and its commitment to doubling R&D funding for physical sciences and engineering at the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Members of Congress offered their perspectives on federal R&D priorities as well and encouraged engineers to improve the process by becoming more involved at the grassroots level. //
ASTM International President Testifies Before U.S. Congress
On May 15, ASTM International President James A. Thomas testified before the Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing was titled “Protecting Our Children: Current Issues in Children’s Product Safety.” In the ASTM testimony, Thomas discussed the role of voluntary consensus standards in the United States system of standardization and explained how ASTM has served society for over 100 years as a venue for consumers, industry and regulators to work together by crafting consensus solutions and standards that promote health, safety and improve overall quality of life.
In particular, Thomas discussed ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products. Committee F15 has developed numerous standards over the past 30 years that help address the safety of pools, spas and playgrounds; prevent strangulation by clothing drawstrings; reduce bunk bed and baby walker injuries; eliminate the toxicity of crayons and other art supplies; and enhance the fire safety of juvenile and common household products.
Much of the testimony focused on ASTM F 963, Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety, which establishes recognized safety requirements for toys intended for use by children under the age of 14. Members of Congress expressed interest in a recent revision to F 963 to address incidents of magnet ingestion by requiring that magnets and magnetic components be reliably contained within a toy or carry a warning describing the dangers posed by functional small ingestible magnets. Thomas concluded the ASTM testimony by inviting deeper public participation in the important work of ASTM Committee F15. //
Supervisors from the Saudi Aramco Eastern Region Distribution Department recently gathered in Dhahran City, Saudi Arabia, to attend an ASTM International course, “Transportation Fuels Technology: Gasoline, Diesel and Aviation Fuels.” The course was conducted by Ubaidallah S. Alghamdi, member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and president of the Arabian Fuels Technology Center. Participants learned about the latest ASTM standards and technologies that are most related to their daily work in providing quality products and services. In addition to the course in Dhahran City, the Arabian Fuels Technology Center had three additional aviation fuels courses scheduled, as well as one to be held in Bahrain (click here to enlarge photo).
ASTM International Represented at World of Concrete Mexico
The fourth annual World Of Concrete Mexico was held at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City, June 19-21. ASTM International hosted a booth at the exposition that highlighted the latest technologies in machinery, equipment and commercial construction products and services from leading industry suppliers. ASTM International staff liaisons from the Mexico office, Luis Ordonez and Zaira Odette assisted James Olshefsky, ASTM staff manager for Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, during the event.
Luis Ordonez, Zaira Odette and Jim Olshefsky host an ASTM International booth at World of Concrete Mexico 2007 in June (click here to enlarge photo).
Olshefsky also participated in the International Conference Program, in which international professionals shared their knowledge, solutions and expertise with the Mexican construction sector. One of the program’s objectives was to provide the tools that professionals require to develop their construction projects in an efficient way.
Nearly 150 people attended Olshefsky’s two-hour presentation, which provided an overview of ASTM International and its standards, important cement and concrete standards, including recent standards on self-consolidating concrete, and initiatives that ASTM International has taken throughout Latin America. //
ASTM Makes Equipment Donation to Fire Company
ASTM International recently made an equipment donation of over $3,500 to the Washington Hose and Steam Fire Engine Company No. 1 in Conshohocken, Pa. The equipment purchased from this donation will be used to outfit a new rescue vehicle and will assist the firefighters as they continue their work to serve the expanding Conshohocken community. Shown from left are: Bill Kopf, Washington captain; Robert Bendig, ASTM International’s director of buildings and grounds; Paul Hunsinger, Washington lieutenant; and Ken Pearson, ASTM International senior vice president.
In June, staff members were honored for their years of service to ASTM International. ASTM presents service awards to employees reaching five, 10, 15, 20, 25 years and beyond.
ASTM staff members receiving awards for five years of service are Ken Gleason, Joe Koury, Erin McElrone, David Terruso, Leah Hepler, Mike Wells, David von Glahn, Derek Franco, Joe Hugo, Catherine Allan, Len Morrissey and Barbara Smith (not pictured: Christi Sierk) (click here to enlarge photo).
ASTM staff members receiving awards for 10 years of service are Lesley Boylan West, Robert Dreyfuss, Kathryn Stella and Marcus Moore (click here to enlarge photo).
ASTM staff members receiving awards for 15 or 20 years of service are George Zajdel (15), Nicole Baldini (15), Felicia Otero (20), Cathi Friend (15) and Dan Smith (15) (click here to enlarge photo).
The ASTM Service Club, made up of all staff working for ASTM for 25 or more years, poses for a photo after their annual luncheon. The following staff were inducted into the club this year for 25 years of service: Joyce Barton, Anne McKlindon, Robert Morgan and Anthony Trainer. In addition, the following Service Club members received awards: Helen Mahy and Marianne McKeever (each 30 years), and Ellen McGlinchey and James Thomas (each 35 years) (click here to enlarge photo).