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W. T. Cavanaugh Award to Be Presented to James S. Pierce

James S. Pierce, chief of the water resources services division, technical service center, of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, Colo., and a long-time member of ASTM International, will receive the society’s 2004 W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. ASTM cites Pierce’s outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting and strengthening the voluntary standards system both nationally and internationally.

The Cavanaugh Award recognizes people of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system. The award, established in 1987, honors W. T. Cavanaugh, who established ASTM as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards during his service as the ASTM chief executive officer from 1970 until his death in 1985.

Pierce, an ASTM member for more than 30 years, is active on ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, and C27 on Precast Concrete. He has also been a member and chairman of the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations, and has served on the ASTM Board of Directors, including his terms as vice chairman and chairman of the board.

During and since his term as chairman of the ASTM board Pierce traveled to China, South America, the Middle East, and Trinidad and Tobago, furthering cooperation between ASTM and standards organizations in these countries by providing training, entering into cooperative agreements, and promoting the use of ASTM cement and concrete standards.

A 2002 ASTM International Award of Merit recipient, Pierce has also been recognized with the Katharine and Bryant Mather Award, honorary C09 membership, and the Sanford E. Thompson Award.

Pierce has, in addition to his ASTM activities, also been very involved in the work of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), holding ACI membership for more than 30 years. Currently he chairs the ACI marketing committee, and serves on its committees on proportioning concrete mixtures; aggregates; hydraulic cements; measuring, mixing, transporting, and placing concrete; and the ACI Advisory Committee to Technical Committee 71 on Concrete, Reinforced Concrete, and Prestressed Concrete of the International Organization for Standardization. Pierce has been vice president and president of the ACI board, and has served on numerous board committees. A fellow of ACI, Pierce has also been honored with the ACI Henry C. Turner Medal, and has been the ACI Lewis H. Tuthill Commemorative Lecturer.

Pierce earned his B.S. and his M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University. //

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