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10th IFAN

The 10th International Conference of Standards Users (IFAN) will be held September 27-28 in Berlin, Germany. The core theme of the conference is World Trade and Standardization, and will address 1) international standards, 2) the future role of national standards organizations, 3) conformity assessment and standardization, and 4) standardization as a tool of industrial policy. ASTM President Jim Thomas will be a speaker. The conference languages are English and German. Contact: Conference office at Deutsches Institut für Normung.

Building Research

Several government and academic groups are researching building structural performance in an unusual way: by directing the wind of a Hercules C-130 turboprop airplane at several test homes. Researchers and engineers from Texas Tech University, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy will subject the homes to three sustained wind levels with propeller blasts. Detailed measurements will be made of air flow properties and the aerodynamic load on selected points on the buildings’ envelopes. Along with these structural performance measures, important energy performance assessments also will be conducted. Turboprops provide a wind source not available in traditional wind tunnels since existing systems cannot envelop an entire house. Contact: Emil Simiu, NIST, Gaithersburg, Md. (phone: 301/975-6076).

Sea Horse

The 52nd Sea Horse Institute, a marine corrosion conference, will be held Aug. 13-16, 2001, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It is sponsored by the LaQue Center for Corrosion Technology, Inc., with partial support from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, and brings together engineers, scientists, technicians, maintenance personnel, plant managers, manufacturers, and consultants from around the world to share their knowledge and experience. The conference provides an open dialogue format to discuss the use, performance, corrosion, and protection of materials in marine
environments. Contact: LaQue Center for Corrosion Technology, Wrightsville Beach, N.C. (phone: 910/256-2271).

Getting from Here to There: New Excellence in Transportation Award

The Society of Automotive Engineers has developed the Environmental Excellence in Transportation Award. The SAE Environmental Activity created this award to recognize individuals who, through their ingenuity and dedication, make significant innovations in reducing the environmental impact in the transportation industries. There are eight categories within the award: Education, Training, and Public Awareness; New Methods and Tools; Mobile Energy and Emissions; Stationary Energy and Emissions; Recycling, Reuse, Remanufacturing; Process Innovations; Service, Maintenance, and Logistics; and Materials Development and Usage. Contact: Sandra Gadzia, SAE International, Warrendale, Pa. (phone: 724/772-7198).

Money for School

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Foundation has made scholarships available for the 2001-2002 academic year. The scholarships are intended to foster the development of practicing engineers in the field of site-cast reinforced concrete construction. Amounts of $2500 and $3000 are available to senior students majoring in civil or architectural engineering and incoming graduate students (master’s degree) in civil, structural, or architectural engineering, respectively. Deadline for receipt of applications is June 1. Contact: David P. Gustafson, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Schaumburg, Ill. (fax 847/517-1206).


The 16th Annual NEW: Update 2001 (National Educators Workshop Update) will be held Oct. 14-17 at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. Abstracts of experiments or demonstrations for the workshop are sought. The deadline for abstracts is May 1. Contact: Jim Jacobs, NEW: Update, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va. (phone: 757/823-8109). //

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