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 January 2006 ASTM International News

ASTM International Signs MOU with Afghan NSB
Chinese Delegation Visits ASTM Headquarters
ASTM Meets with Moroccan Delegation in Washington
Student Outreach at Southern Methodist University
Staff Trip to Japan and Korea
ASTM International's Community Outreach

ASTM International Strengthens Relationship with National Standardization Authority of Afghanistan

A new memorandum of understanding between ASTM International and the Afghan National Standardization Authority will promote communication in standards development, facilitate technology transfer and trade, and improve the quality of life in Afghanistan by enhancing public safety, health and environmental welfare through the utilization of ASTM standards.

The newly established Afghan National Standardization Authority (ANSA) and ASTM International recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). Shown in the photo from left are Mr. Ziauddin Zia, Afghanistan’s deputy minister of commerce who also serves as the director of ANSA, and James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International.

ASTM International President James A. Thomas stated, “This MOU is an opportunity to collaborate with the Afghan government and industry technical experts to identify and develop standards that meet Afghan regulatory and commercial interests. ASTM standards are used globally in key industrial sectors including agribusiness, construction, manufacturing, energy and transportation. I am pleased that ANSA recognizes the importance of utilizing globally recognized standards to assist in the continued development of infrastructure in Afghanistan, to raise their capability to export and compete in global markets, and to meet the emerging needs of consumers, regulators and industry.”

ANSA is an independent agency of the government of Afghanistan, responsible for all aspects of the establishment, maintenance, dissemination and enforcement of national standards and technical regulations for that nation. The Honorable Ziauddin Zia, deputy minister of commerce of Afghanistan, who also serves as the director of the ANSA, and Eugene Julies, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, visited ASTM International Headquarters in November 2005 to introduce the newly established ANSA and to sign the MOU.

The MOU, the 43rd signed between ASTM International and a national standards body, will provide the opportunity for ANSA and ASTM to have closer communications and allow ASTM International’s technical resources to strengthen the national standards system of Afghanistan. ASTM International provided the complete set of its 12,000 standards to ANSA for its use in developing Afghanistan national standards. ASTM and ANSA will jointly take steps to encourage and support greater Afghan participation in ASTM standards development activities and in laboratory proficiency testing programs, and will pursue professional exchange programs for ANSA experts to come to ASTM International Headquarters for extended study of the ASTM International standards development process.

“I am proud that ASTM International is positioned to serve as an important source of technological information to assist Afghanistan in developing its economy and infrastructure, and to improve the quality of life for the Afghan people. I look forward to working with, and learning from, our Afghan colleagues,” concluded Thomas.//

Chinese Delegation Learns About ASTM Curtain Wall Systems Standards During Visit

Six delegates from the China Academy of Building Research and one from the Standards Management Institute of the Ministry of Construction of China visited ASTM International in November 2005.

The delegation’s purpose was to gain a better understanding of the codes, standards and test methods on existing curtain wall systems. Steve Mawn, ASTM staff manager for Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings and Jeff Adkins, staff manager for Committee C18 on Dimension Stone, presented on curtain wall topics related to their committees.

First row, left to right: Chen Guoyi, Ministry of Construction; Steve Mawn, ASTM; Li Chaoxu, China Academy of Building Research; Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM; Hong Jiang, CABR; Jessica Hychalk, ASTM. Second row, left to right: Huang Xiaokun, CABR; Liu Jun Jin, CABR; Jim Olshefsky, ASTM; Wang Hongtao, CABR; Jeff Adkins, ASTM; and Lee Victor, CABR.

Jim Olshefsky, director, committee services; Teresa Cendrowska, director, external relations; and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global relations, also presented on topics relating to ASTM International, specifically building codes and cooperation between China and ASTM International. //

ASTM Staff Members Meet with Moroccan Delegation in Washington, D.C.

ASTM International staff members Teresa Cendrowska, director, external relations, and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, made presentations on ASTM to a Moroccan delegation at the U.S.-based Leather Standards Consultations. The training was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program, in close cooperation with the International Executive Service Corps, and took place on Nov. 15, 2005, in Washington, D.C. The Moroccan delegation consisted of 15 participants representing shoe, purse, and wallet manufacturers, as well as the Ministry of Industry. The presentations included a brief discussion on standards as tools of trade, an overview of ASTM International, key information regarding Committee D31 on Leather, and information about the electronic tools that facilitate participation in ASTM’s standardization process.

ASTM signed an MOU agreement with the Moroccan national standards body, Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine, in July 2003. Participating in the CLDP program provided an open forum for the Moroccan delegates as well as for ASTM International. //

ASTM International Visits Southern Methodist University

The full attention of undergraduate and graduate engineering students was directed toward the speakers on the evening of Nov. 9, 2005, on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. There, representatives of ASTM International made presentations on the subject of technical standards to students interested in the field of fatigue and fracture.

Titled “Setting Standards for Fatigue and Fracture,” the session was the first of its kind that reinforced a renewed effort by ASTM International to convey the strategic importance of standardization to the future careers of university-level students. With ASTM standards development meetings under way in Dallas during the same week, the ASTM visit offered SMU students the opportunity to connect face-to-face with technical experts who are currently involved in drafting ASTM standards.  

The event was coordinated with the SMU student section of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. Welcoming remarks were given by the ASME student section advisor at SMU, David A. Willis, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Hanson Lau, 2005-2006 president of the ASME student section at SMU. Approximately 20 students attended the informational session.

Following a brief overview of ASTM International given by Robert Morgan, a director in ASTM’s Technical Committee Operations Division, two members of ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture addressed the room. With experience in both industry and academia, the ASTM members provided examples of the importance of understanding standards throughout various stages of one’s professional career.

The first ASTM member to speak was Markus B. Heinimann, Ph.D., technical specialist in Alcoa’s Aerospace Product Design and Analysis group and an active member of ASTM’s fatigue and fracture committee. Heinimann explained that his involvement with ASTM International as a student was inspired by his faculty advisor. He recalled presenting a paper at an ASTM symposium as a student and at the time recognizing that some of the individuals involved in the symposium were the authors of the textbooks that he had studied.

Heinimann, who holds degrees in aeronautics and astronautics and who received the Best Student Paper Award from ASTM Committee E08 in 1997 and the Keith J. Miller Young Investigator Award in 2004 from E08, says that ASTM offers opportunities to develop leadership skills outside of school or the workplace. Prior to Alcoa, Heinimann worked for Cessna Aircraft Company, where he was responsible for all durability and damage tolerance activity on the Citation Sovereign business jet; he also was an adjunct professor at the Department of Aeronautical Engineering at Wichita State University.

The SMU students also heard from Michael R. Mitchell, Ph.D., current chairman of ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, editor-in-chief of ASTM’s Journal of Testing and Evaluation, and a 30-year member of ASTM International. “ASTM is the best place to meet and get to know people in your profession,” said Mitchell, who recalled presenting his master’s thesis at an ASTM meeting in Toronto in 1970. It was at this particular ASTM meeting that he met his Ph.D. thesis advisor-to-be, Professor JoDean Morrow.

Mitchell works as a consultant and adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering from Lawrence Technological University, metallurgical engineering from Wayne State University, and theoretical/applied mechanics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Prior to his current position, Mitchell was employed at W.L. Gore Associates, Medical Products Division in Flagstaff, Ariz., for 25 years as senior research scientist at the Rockwell International Science Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and at Ford Motor Company, Scientific Research Staff in Dearborn, Mich.

“Networking with peers is critical for engineers and scientists,” said Heinimann, who has also articulated the benefits to his employer of his involvement in ASTM International. “Volunteering within ASTM presents opportunities to review and discuss technical issues with specialists from throughout industry. ASTM provides direct access to many companies, universities, and research institutions.”

For more information on education outreach at ASTM International, contact Teresa Cendrowska, director of external relations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9718; tcendrow@ astm.org). For more information on ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture, contact the ASTM staff manager for Committee E08, Jeffrey Adkins (phone: 610/832-9738). For information on student membership in ASTM International, which is free of charge, visit the ASTM Campus Web site. //

ASTM Staff Manager Discusses Medical and Surgical Materials, Light Sport Aircraft During Meetings in Japan and Korea

Daniel Schultz, ASTM International staff manager, met with representatives of several organizations during a 10-day visit to Korea and Japan in October 2005. The meetings Schultz attended during this trip touched on several standardization issues, particularly in the areas of medical devices and light sport aircraft.

Mr. Murata and Hiroyuki Kirishima of the Japanese chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association meet with Dan Schultz in Tokyo.

Schultz first attended an International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 150 (Implants for Surgery) conference in Seoul, Korea. Recently, TC 150 and ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices have been striving to enhance awareness of the ongoing work within each group, in an attempt to avoid duplication of effort. More specifically, Schultz and joint members of TC 150 and F04 worked to ensure normative referencing to portfolios of ASTM standards that cover magnetic resonance imaging and tissue engineered medical products.

Following the ISO conference, Schultz visited the Korean Agency for Technology and Standardization. Schultz conducted an educational session that detailed the ASTM standards development process, membership, and the benefits of partnership with ASTM through the MOU program.

While in Japan, Schultz met in Tokyo with Takashi Yamane, deputy director of the Institute for Human Science and Biomedical Engineering for the Japanese National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology. Discussions centered on achieving a mutual understanding of the goals of both ASTM and AIST, with an emphasis on medical and surgical devices.

During his trip to Japan, Schultz also met with Takefumi Itagaki, Yamaha Aeronautic Operations. Mr. Itagaki, also active in Japan’s Unmanned Air Vehicle Association, discussed with Schultz the differences regarding unmanned air vehicle regulations in different regions of the world. Finally, while in Tokyo, Schultz met with Hiroyuki Kirishima of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Japanese chapter to discuss their ultralight regulations vis a vis those in other regions of the world. It is thought that a new category of aircraft, like that of the U.S. light sport aircraft category, would assist in making flying more affordable and popular in Japan. Many countries have adopted similar regulation, most of which references the portfolio of standards in ASTM Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft.

Returning to Korea, Schultz spoke at a symposium regarding standards and regulations for the medical device industry. The symposium was sponsored by the Korean Food and Drug Administration, and chaired by their senior research officer, Won Kyu Lee. Schultz said there was much interest in learning how regulators around the world deal with reviewing and approving cutting-edge technology. There were also many detailed questions regarding ASTM materials standards and their implementation in regulation and application.

From aircraft to medical devices, the trip was very productive. The various sessions demonstrated to many Asian colleagues the importance of ASTM International standards and how they provide communication among industry members as well as between regulators and industry. //

ASTM International Supports Environmental Education at Riverbend

During the 2005 school year, ASTM International awarded two grants to the Riverbend Environmental Education Center to support programs for students at Bridgeport Elementary School. The donations reached approximately 240 Bridgeport-area youngsters from grades 1 through 4. The photo shows the second grade class of Bridgeport Elementary at Riverbend with Dan Smith, director, ASTM International’s Technical Committee Operations Division, who manages several ASTM committees that develop environmental standards. On this Nov. 18, 2005, visit to Riverbend, the children learned about bird watching, how to use binoculars, and how to be “nature detectives.”

 
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