ASTM International is currently seeking nominees for the 2009 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship as well as the 2009 ASTM International Graduate Scholarship. The application deadline for both scholarships is April 30.
The Katherine and Bryant Mather Scholarship
Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction. Full-time undergraduate students completing at least their second/sophomore year of college or graduate students specializing in cement or concrete materials technology are eligible to apply for this award, which consists of $7,500 in tuition assistance.
The ASTM Graduate Scholarship
In addition to the aforementioned scholarship, ASTM International is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students, the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship, which rewards up to four graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards. Each recipient of the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship shall receive $10,000 to be used for their educational expenses, including tuition, books, fees and materials.
Miami Students Visit Committee Week
Several graduate students at the University of Miami attended meetings at the 2008 October committee week held at the Doral Hotel in Miami, Fla. Students were invited to the event through invitation to Ann Helmers, director, career services and alumni relations in the College of Engineering, University of Miami.
The event, hosted by ASTM staff in attendance at the meetings, included a luncheon presentation about ASTM and a chance to sit in on an ASTM Subcommittee meeting.
Another visit was planned for students during the December committee week, also to be held in Miami, Florida.
For more information on ASTM International’s academic outreach activities, visit the “ASTM campus”.
Pakistan Standards Body Staff Receive Virtual Training
PSQCA Signed MOU with ASTM in July 2008
Thirteen staff members from the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority received virtual training conducted from ASTM International headquarters to PSQCA’s office in Karachi, Pakistan. The training focused on how to participate in the ASTM standards developing process and how to search for technical information on the ASTM Web site.
All national standards bodies that have signed MOUs with ASTM are eligible to receive virtual training. For more information, contact James Olshefsky, ASTM director of external relations (phone: 610-832-9717) or visit the global cooperation section of the ASTM Web site.
ASTM Training Notes
A Variety of Subjects Covered in Global Training Sessions
Saudi Arabia and Qatar
In November, members of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates presented two technical assistance training programs in the Gulf Region. Both sessions dealt with ASTM standards on concrete, cement and reinforcing steel that are referenced in ACI 318, the American Concrete Institute design standard for structural concrete. The ACI design standard is referenced in the International Building Code, which is being adopted in many countries, including Saudi Arabia.
Nicholas J. Carino, past chair of Committee C09, and Anthony E. Fiorato, former ASTM board chair and current chair of C09, presented the three-day training program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 15-17, 2008. This session was organized with the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) and was co-sponsored by Saudi Readymix. Zaki M. Mohammed, head of training section, GSO, opened the session and welcomed the 46 participants, including engineers, codes and standards officials, technicians, and researchers. Sami F. Al-Braidi of GSO assisted in organizing the program.
On Nov. 18-20, 2008, the same course was presented in Doha, Qatar. The program was organized in cooperation with the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS). Mohsen S. Zeedan, international relations officer, QS, was responsible for local arrangements. The three-day session was opened by Abdulrahman Bin and Yousif Al-Abduljabbar, director of standards and metrology, QS. Mohammad Bin Saif Al Kuwari, general director, QS, presented the participants with their training certificates.
ASTM International member Frank Sinibaldi conducted a technical assistance training course, “Statistics and Standards Development: Test Method Development and Validation,” at the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality facility in Cairo, Egypt, on Oct. 21-23, 2008. The attendees were largely comprised of professionals from EOS.
The formal presentation covered the basic development of test methods from the beginning through method validation, along with training in understanding the basic statistics involved throughout all phases of test method development.
Sinibaldi noted that the participation of the attendees was great, including questions that helped the class gain a better understanding and appreciation of the process of developing a test method. A portion of the course was devoted to the workings and relationships of ASTM International, with a number of attendees applying for a one-year free membership in ASTM International.
In October 2008, Salvatore Rand, Ph.D., a member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, presented the ASTM training course, “Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology,” at the request of the South African Bureau of Standards at their facility in Pretoria, South Africa. The full three-day course included many topics relevant to gasoline, from its properties to its use in a gasoline engine, and quality issues and testing including new fuels regulated by the U.S. Clean Air Act.
More than 25 participants attended the course and at least 17 attendees submitted membership applications to ASTM. The attendees included representatives from SABS as well as from SABS clients such as automobile parts manufacturers, fuel additive vendors and engineers from the Sasol oil refinery. In addition, five representatives from the Botswana Bureau of Standards also participated in the course. There was much discussion and networking among the attendees, and all benefited from the cross-fertilization of ideas as well as suggestions for problem solving.
During his visit, Rand also took the opportunity to tour the extensive facilities of SABS including their many laboratories devoted to the testing of commercial products including fuels, and met a number of their 1300 employees.
For more information on the technical assistance program, contact Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9693).
Dudley Medal Nominees Sought
The ASTM Committee on Publications is soliciting candidate publications from ASTM committees for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. Each committee may submit one publication for consideration.
The award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature. A minimum of three years must have elapsed between the date of publication of a nominee and the nomination deadline of April 15.
Eligible candidate publications may be:
Submittals should be made on or before April 15, and must contain the following information:
Submit nominations to Kathy Dernoga, Committee on Publications, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Dr., P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.
ASTM Member Places 1-Millionth Order on Web Site
Carboni Renews Membership
Michele Carboni recently renewed her ASTM International membership though ASTM’s Web site and, in doing so, placed the 1-millionth order on ASTM’s Web site. To celebrate the occasion, Carboni was offered a free volume of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards.
Carboni works in the department of mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Milan, in Milan, Italy.
ASTM Annual Business Meeting
Bylaws Revision to Be Open for Discussion