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 January 2007
Standards in Education

The Year of the Student

Building the Future Today

Underscoring the growing importance for standards education at the college and university level, ASTM International will embark on an enhanced academic outreach effort throughout 2007. ASTM’s Year of the Student initiative is aimed at building greater awareness and involvement in standardization among students and educators worldwide.

The multi-faceted Year of the Student campaign expands on ASTM’s ongoing educational outreach programs, including its popular student membership category launched in 2003. Highlighting the Year of the Student initiative will be new product offerings aimed at helping professors incorporate ASTM International standards in their course curricula; rollout of the newly designed ASTM Campus, a focused area of the ASTM Web site for students and professors; campus visits and training sessions by ASTM members and staff; participation in the 2007 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program; continued growth and promotion of ASTM’s student membership category; and more. All of these programs share a common goal and message for university-level students worldwide: standards education can expand your knowledge and better prepare you for a rewarding career.

Commenting on the importance of the Year of the Student initiative, ASTM International President James A. Thomas noted, “ASTM has over a century of excellence in consensus standards development thanks to the contributions of our members — the world’s leading technical experts. What better way to build the foundation for our next hundred years then by helping to educate a new generation of technical experts? The Year of the Student campaign offers college students the unique opportunity to become familiar with the form and content
of voluntary consensus standards, which are key instruments of science and global trade. Through increased exposure to the field of standards, students can better position themselves for future success, wherever their career leads them.”

New Product Offerings Bring ASTM Standards to Campus

A major component of the Year of the Student outreach campaign is the rollout of new standards product offerings from ASTM International specifically tailored to the academic community. These new products enable university professors and instructors to easily and cost effectively include ASTM standards in their coursework and overall curriculum. Now, students can expand their classroom learning by reviewing ASTM standards related to the particular engineering, technical or business-related curricula they are studying.

With ASTM’s new “Standards on Campus” product, instructors can incorporate a set of up to 10 ASTM standards tailored to the content of an individual course. Standards on Campus facilitates easy download of designated ASTM standards for just $10 per student.

ASTM’s also offers a campus-wide service option that provides multi-user, desktop access to ASTM’s entire library of more than 12,000 standards. Through this service, every department or branch campus of a school, regardless of location, can have access to ASTM standards. Pricing is on an annual basis and is flexible depending on estimated usage.

“ASTM Standards on Campus is fabulous! We encourage students to use the appropriate standards in their design and testing projects,” commented Judy Schneider, Ph.D., associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, Mississippi State University. “With Standards on Campus, students are able to download the ASTM standards they need in their senior design project. I intend to continue using it every semester for our senior design class.”

New and Improved ASTM Campus Web Site

To further spread the message of standardization, ASTM International has revamped and expanded ASTM Campus — the popular area of its Web site geared toward university and college students, as well as professors and instructors. The newly designed ASTM Campus provides easy access and navigation to a wealth of educational content related to standards for students and professors. Students also have the opportunity to participate in various awards and scholarship opportunities sponsored by ASTM technical committees.

Also new to ASTM Campus in 2007 are tutorials on various aspects of standardization and ASTM International. These modules are readily available for online viewing or downloading by instructors for use in the classroom setting.

Bringing the Message to College Campuses

Building on its highly successful outreach efforts in 2006, ASTM members and staff will share firsthand perspectives on standardization directly with students via university and college campus visits throughout the year. These sessions will provide students with a living “case study” on the field of standards. ASTM representatives will discuss their involvement in the standardization process and share their insights into the importance of standards to the future careers of university-level students.

Campus visits will occur during 2007 at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Last year, ASTM International visited major colleges in the U.S. such as Arizona State University, Southern Methodist University, Georgia Tech, and Drexel University, as well as Hanyang University in South Korea and Tsinghua University and Beihang University in China.

Get WISE: Washington Internship Program in 2007

ASTM International will also be a participating organization in the 2007 WISE (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering) program. The WISE program offers eligible engineering students an opportunity to work a paid summer internship in Washington, D.C. Students learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy issues.

Student interns participating in the program will spend time at various government agencies, as well as the Washington, D.C., offices of various organizations. Later in the internship, students research and write a paper, working with their advising organization to select a topic. In addition to ASTM International, other sponsoring organizations include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical Engineering, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

ASTM Student Membership: The Path to Future Leadership

Another important element of ASTM’s Year of the Student initiative in 2007 will be the continued promotion and growth of the student membership category. Launched in 2003, ASTM’s student membership has grown to include thousands of college and university students from 71 countries around the world. ASTM student membership is provided at no cost to individuals enrolled in full-time graduate or undergraduate programs. Students receive a wide range of benefits, including free attendance at ASTM symposia and electronic editions of ASTM magazines and newsletters. Upon graduation, students can become regular members of ASTM International at a reduced fee.

Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM’s director of external relations, commented, “The overriding goal of all of our Year of the Student initiatives is to increase student awareness of the importance of standards right now. Student membership in ASTM International is the perfect front-row seat to the standardization process and enables students to enhance their knowledge, develop new skills and better prepare for their future careers.”

For more information on ASTM’s Year of the Student initiative, visit www.yearofthestudent.org or contact Teresa Cendrowska (phone: 610/832-9718). //

 
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