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 December 2006
Inside ASTM
Barbara Schindler is ASTM International’s director of Corporate Communications and former editor in chief of SN.
See also Beijing Day sidebar.

Tsinghua University was the site of two visits. Located in Beijing, Tsinghua University is a national center in China for training engineers and scientists. This comprehensive university has 44 departments and more than 7,100 faculty and 20,000 students.

ASTM directors Julie Kilgore and James A. Horton, both actively involved in ASTM environmental committees, spoke to Dr. Xuehua Liu’s class in Tsinghua’s Department of Environmental Science and Engineering. Kilgore is a member of ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management, and Corrective Action and she is an instructor in ASTM’s environmental site assessment training courses. Horton is the chairman of ASTM Committee D18 on Soil and Rock.

Professor Yi Xiaosu (seated, center front) and 40 of her future pilot students attended the ASTM informational program at Beihang University.

ASTM director Roger Stoller, Ph.D., chairman of ASTM Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications and a member of C26 on Nuclear Fuel Cycle, addressed Dr. Wang Kan’s class at Tsinghua’s Department of Engineering Physics. Stoller is a distinguished research staff member in the Metals and Ceramics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and he is also an adjunct professor of nuclear engineering at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor.

Tsinghua’s Department of Engineering Physics had just celebrated its 50th anniversary at the time of the ASTM visit. A letter of congratulations from ASTM International was posted on the university’s Web site.

ASTM chairman Anthony Fiorato leads the discussion at the Industry Forum attended by 60 members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the People’s Republic of China (AmCham-China).

Beihang University, the Beijing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics, is a research-oriented university of engineering science and technology with an emphasis on aeronautic and astronautic engineering. Beihang also hosted a visit from ASTM International.

A member of ASTM’s aviation committees, chairman of ASTM Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft, and vice president of industry and regulatory affairs for the Experimental Aircraft Association, Earl Lawrence lectured at Beihang University. He spoke to some 40 students, who are future pilots, in the classroom of Yi Xiaosu, associate professor and deputy director, Beihang’s International Division, School of Aeronautic Science and Engineering.

Industry Roundtable

An industry forum/roundtable discussion titled “The Relevance of Standards to Regulations, Trade, and Market Access” was co-hosted by the AmCham-China Standards Forum and ASTM International. More than 60 individuals, primarily representing multinational corporations, attended this event, which resulted in an open dialogue with the attendees and the ASTM chairman of the board and the president.

ASTM director Earl Lawrence lectures at Beihang University of Astronautics and Aeronautics in Beijing.

Following an overview of ASTM International, Thomas engaged the participants in an hour-long question and answer session. Discussion topics were varied, ranging from the diversity of ASTM’s technical committees, to the impact on China of out-of-date standards, and ways of speeding up adoption of ASTM standards in China through such measures as reaching out to ministries and trade groups.

Some of the ASTM staff who planned and attended the meetings and special events in Beijing.

In Conclusion

Anthony Fiorato, ASTM chairman of the board, summed up best the purpose and the results of the journey to Beijing. “The board of directors is ASTM International’s highest governing body. Our decision to convene in Beijing is the strongest statement we can make that China is important to us. It demonstrates our conviction that China must be vitally present at any table where international standardization takes place. That is what ASTM International offers to China and to every country in the world: a place to be heard, where interests are expressed and needs are met through standardization.

The staff of the Consortium for Standards and Conformity Assessment (CSCA) office, led by Chris Lanzit, executive director (right).

“Our partnership is made more meaningful and our friendship is deepened by virtue of this historic event, the first meeting of our board of directors in China.” //

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