Nominations for the 2011 Board of Directors
In accordance with the ASTM International bylaws, we are pleased to announce the slate of candidates selected by the society’s Nominating Committee for election to ASTM offices for terms commencing Jan. 1, 2011: chairman of the board — one-year term; vice chairman — two-year term; and six directors — three-year terms. The election is official when the ballot closes on Dec. 3.
This election is administered via the ASTM website. E-mails will be sent to ASTM members containing links for accessing the online ballot. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request a hard copy of the ballot from Maureen Houck at 610-832-9594. Whether using the website or hard copy, remember that the deadline for receipt of all ballots is Dec. 3.
2011 Chairman of the Board
Catherine (Kitty) H. Pilarz
CATHERINE (KITTY) H. PILARZ is senior director of Mattel/Fisher-Price product safety in East Aurora, N.Y., which designs, manufactures and markets toys and family products sold in more than 150 nations around the world.
In her professional position, which she assumed in 2001, Pilarz is responsible for the safety policy of the Mattel and Fisher-Price product lines, which help to assure that all products conform to corporate safety requirements. She is responsible for the Mattel hazard analysis procedures, which are used to audit new products to assure safety and conformity to standards, and provides technical direction for product development related to safety issues.
In 1980, Pilarz graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, and that same year she started working for Fisher-Price as an engineer-in-training. While a project engineer in international operations and conducting analysis and planning for international production, she received her M.B.A. from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y., in 1983. She additionally held positions as a manufacturing engineer and as a quality control engineer before becoming manager of product safety and reliability in 1987.
Pilarz is vice chair of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association Certification Committee, which oversees the JPMA certification program, a mechanism whereby independent laboratory testing validates a baby and toddler product manufacturer’s compliance with ASTM International safety standards. In addition, Plarz is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Quality Control. Through ASQC, she has earned the designations of certified reliability engineer and certified quality engineer.
In ASTM International, Pilarz is vice chairman of new projects for Committee F15 on Consumer Products, co-chairman of Subcommittee F15.18 Cribs, Toddler Beds, Play Yards, Bassinets, Cradles and Changing Tables, and a participant in many other F15 subcommittees. She was honored with the 2006 ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow for her contributions to F15.
Pilarz has served as symposium chair for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, and as president and board member of that group, which works to promote product safety through education and communication. She received a 40 under 40 Award in 1998 from Business First magazine.
2011-2012 Vice Chairman
Mary C. McKiel
MARY C. McKIEL, Ph.D., is the standards executive with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
As the standards executive for EPA, McKiel directs the agency’s implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act and OMB Circular A-119, Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities. She establishes standards-related policies for the agency and aids EPA offices in using voluntary standards and participating in standards developing organizations such as ASTM International. She has been instrumental in assisting EPA offices to use voluntary consensus standards both in rule-making actions as well as in voluntary programs. McKiel also represents the agency in various domestic and international standards-related arenas in both the public and private sectors. For her standards work, EPA has honored McKiel with bronze, silver and gold medals.
McKiel has worked on various ASTM committees for more than 20 years and currently serves on Committees E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action and E60 on Sustainability. In addition to this standards work, McKiel is a former vice chairman of the American National Standards Institute, a position she held for eight years. She currently chairs the ANSI National Policy Committee and is an ex-officio member of the ANSI board of directors. In 2008, she was awarded the ANSI George S. Wham Leadership Medal for her contributions to standardization. She is also the recipient of the 2010 Leo B. Moore Medal for achievement, service and contributions in the field of standardization from the Standards Engineering Society. She has written about the federal use of consensus standards for a wide variety of governmental and private sector publications and has delivered presentations to both national and international audiences. McKiel also serves on environmental and management advisory boards for Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
McKiel holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from American University in Washington, D.C.
Shaun E. Donnelly
SHAUN E. DONNELLY is vice president of Middle East affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In its work on behalf of free enterprise, the chamber represents the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors and regions as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.
Ambassador Donnelly had previously been senior director for international business policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, where he worked on investment policy, regulatory and standards matters, exports controls, intellectual property, and customs and border issues.
Before his positions at the chamber and at NAM, Donnelly had been a career foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on international economic and commercial policy. He served as the assistant U.S. trade representative for Europe and the Middle East; as principal deputy assistant secretary of state and as special negotiator for agricultural biotechnology, both in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; as U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka and to the Republic of Maldives; and as deputy assistant secretary of state for trade policy and programs. He represented the United States at governing board meetings of the International Energy Agency and was chairman of the IEA Standing Group on Long-Term Cooperation. In assignments as a deputy assistant secretary of state, he was responsible for international trade policy, energy policy and economic sanctions. Donnelly had also been posted as a diplomat in U.S. embassies in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
Donnelly has been recognized with several honors, including the U.S. Department of State’s Career Achievement Award, a Superior Honor Award and the Cordell Hull Award for excellence in international economic policy.
Donnelly is a member of the American Foreign Service Association; the International Executive Service Corps, where he serves as a board member; and the Executive Council on Diplomacy, where he is a member of the Ambassadors Advisory Board.
A graduate of Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., with a B.A. in economics, Donnelly also has an M.A. in economics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.
D. Thomas Marsh
D. THOMAS MARSH is president of Centrotrade Minerals and Metals Inc. in Chesapeake, Va., a distributor of and technical advisory company for rubber, latex and chemicals. In his position, which he has held since 1999, Marsh directs day-to-day operations; provides technical, regulatory and standards organization oversight to sister groups in Europe and Asia; and administers material specifications and contracts.
An ASTM International member since 1990, Marsh currently serves as first vice chairman of Committee D11 on Rubber, chairman of Subcommittee D11.22 on Natural Rubber and as secretary of Subcommittee D11.23 on Synthetic Rubbers. He previously had been D11 secretary from 2004 to 2007 and held other D11 subcommittee officer roles. In 2007, Committee D11 recognized Marsh with a Distinguished Service Award. He also served on the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations from 2007 to 2009 and received an award for that service.
Marsh began his career as a technician for General Latex and Chemical Corp. in Ashland, Ohio, and then worked as a latex chemist for Abbott Laboratories from 1981 to 1987. He became laboratory and technical services manager for Ansell Inc. in Troy, Ala., before his position as president of the Ore and Chemical Corp. in Virginia Beach, Va., from 1989 to 1998, managing its daily operations and implementing ASTM testing for natural rubber and latex. He was vice president of Microflex Corp., Reno, Nev., before joining Centrotrade.
In addition to ASTM International, Marsh is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Management Association, the Ohio Rubber Group and the Rubber Trade Association of North America, where he is a member of the board of directors and a past president. He is also a U.S. voting delegate to Technical Committee 45 for Rubber and Rubber Goods of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Marsh holds a general sciences degree from Ohio State University, a bachelor’s degree in business management from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va., and is working on his master’s degree in management and leadership at that institution.
Ralph M. Paroli
RALPH M. PAROLI, Ph.D., is director of building envelope and structure, Institute for Research in Construction, at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In this position, which he has held since 1998, he has responsibility for the NRC research program addressing concrete materials durability and repair, wall and window systems performance, and thermal and moisture performance of materials and roofing systems. Possessing more than 20 years of experience in spectroscopy and thermal analysis, and more than 15 years experience related to roofing, Paroli is currently involved with national and international committees in developing and assessing new techniques to characterize roofing materials and systems. As a researcher at NRC, Paroli has been honored with several NRC awards, and he has participated in and led government research projects on roof system performance. He joined the organization in 1988.
Paroli currently serves as chairman of Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing, which honored him with an Award of Appreciation in 2004. He is also a member of Committees D11 on Rubber and E60 on Sustainability. Paroli joined ASTM International in 1994 and was a member of the Committee on Standards from 2006 to 2008, for which he received a 2008 Service Award.
Chairman of the CIB/RILEM Joint Committee on Roofing Membrane Systems (Construction Industries Board/International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures), Paroli is past president of the Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy (formerly the Spectroscopy Society of Canada), which honored him with a Distinguished Service Award in 2006, and of the Canadian Thermal Analysis Society. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario, the Canadian Roofing Contractors’ Association National Technical Committee, the Chemical Institute of Canada (Canadian Society of Chemistry), and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Paroli was honored with the Canadian Roofers Contractors Association Frank Ladner Award in 1998.
Paroli holds a B.Sc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Concordia in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and a Ph.D. in physical and inorganic chemistry from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Dennis D. Rounds
DENNIS D. ROUNDS is executive director of two South Dakota agencies, the Office of Risk Management and the Petroleum Release Compensation Fund, in Pierre, S.D. For the risk management office, Rounds directs all activities, including litigation management, claims administration and loss control programs. For the latter role, he is responsible for the state program that provides financial assurance for the pollution cleanup of petroleum releases.
Rounds is currently first vice chairman of Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action; chairman of Subcommittee E50.04 on Corrective Action; and a member of Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. An ASTM International member since 1993, Rounds served on the Committee on Technical Committee Operations from 2007 to 2009 and on the Committee on Standards from 2004 to 2009, including a term as COS chairman from 2007 to 2009. Both COS and COTCO honored Rounds with service awards. For his contributions to E50 committee work, Rounds received an Award of Appreciation in 2008 and a Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
After graduating from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., in 1979, with a bachelor of science in environmental engineering technology, Rounds began his career as a natural resources engineer with the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources. Rounds gained additional experience as a planner with the Black Hills Council of Local Governments, a hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and as an engineer with Special Resource Management Inc., before he starting working for the State of South Dakota. He became director of engineering at the South Dakota Petroleum Release Compensation Fund in 1990, and executive director of the fund in 1993. Rounds assumed his position at the Office of Risk Management in 2005.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree, Rounds holds a master of science degree in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines. He is chairman of the professional advisory board for the civil and environmental engineering programs at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and he is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, the Public Risk Management Association and the State Risk and Insurance Management Association.
S. Shyam Sunder
S. SHYAM SUNDER, Sc.D., is director of the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. The laboratory is the primary federal organization serving the construction industry, and it promotes U.S. innovation and competitiveness through measurement science, standards and technology.
NIST Director Dr. Patrick Gallagher has designated Sunder to be director of the Engineering Laboratory that is being created as part of a reorganization of the NIST Laboratories effective October 4. This new laboratory, which will combine BFRL with the majority of NIST's Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory, will promote the development and dissemination of advanced technologies, guidelines, and services to the U.S. manufacturing and construction industries through activities that include measurement science research, performance metrics, tools and methodologies for engineering applications, and critical technical contributions to standards and codes development.
Sunder’s current responsibilities for BFRL include co-chairing the Buildings Technology Research and Development Subcommittee of the President’s National Science and Technology Council, overseeing the multi-agency U.S. National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program and chairing the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction. He also led the U.S. federal investigation of the World Trade Center disaster.
In 1978, Sunder began his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. Initially a research assistant and instructor, Sunder rose to the positions of associate professor and senior research scientist. In 1994 he became manager of the BFRL High Performance Construction Materials and Systems Program, then an analyst and senior analyst in the program office of the NIST director. In 1998, Sunder was named chief of the BFRL Structures Division, and in 2002, chief of the Materials and Construction Research Division. From 2005 to 2007 he served as BFRL deputy director, and he assumed his current position in 2007.
A member of the Construction Industry Institute board of advisers, Sunder currently serves as vice president of the board of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB). He is also on the advisory board for the Building Seismic Safety Council and for the National Research Council of Canada’s Institute for Research in Construction.
Sunder has received several honors, including, most recently, the Gold Medal award for distinguished leadership from the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2005. Sunder graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He earned his master’s in civil engineering in 1979 and his doctorate in structural engineering in 1981, both from MIT.
Anthony W. Thornton
ANTHONY W. THORNTON is director of product integrity and performance and a senior product scientist for Micromeritics Instrument Corp., Norcross, Ga., a developer and manufacturer of instruments used for materials science.
Thornton’s responsibilities include ensuring that all new products and updates meet customer requirement specifications and that product development procedures are followed. He also provides product applications and operational support, delivers technical training, represents his company in standards development groups and participates in product development performance testing.
An ASTM International fellow and Award of Merit recipient for his contributions to Committee B09 on Metal Powders and Metal Powder Products, Thornton currently serves as B09’s first vice chairman and as chairman of three B09 subcommittees: B09.01 on Nomenclature and Technical Data, B09.92 on Awards and B09.98 on Planning. Thornton is also chairman of Subcommittee C21.04 on Raw Materials, part of Committee C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products; chairman of Subcommittee E29.02 on Non-Sieving Methods, part of Committee E29 on Particle and Spray Characterization; and membership secretary of Committee E56 on Nanotechnology. In addition, he is a member of Committees C01 on Cement, C07 on Lime, C28 on Advanced Ceramics, D11 on Rubber, D20 on Plastics, D24 on Carbon Black and the Committee on Standards. He was honored with a B09 Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and an E29 Award of Appreciation in 2002. He served as E29 chairman from 1996 to 2002 and as E29 secretary before that. Thornton has been involved in ASTM International work since 1987.
After earning his B.S. in chemistry and M.S. in analytical chemistry from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., Thornton joined the Micromeritics staff as a research chemist in 1980. He became a technical specialist at the company in 1984, a laboratory manager in 1987, and a training manager in 1995. He assumed his senior product scientist position in 2000 and his director position in 2009.
In addition to his ASTM International, Thornton is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Catalysis Society of South Africa, the International Adsorption Society and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).