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MOU Signed Between ASTM and Trinidad and Tobago

Jim Thomas, president of ASTM and Lawford Dupres, director of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) signed a memorandum of understanding on Feb. 25. Similar to those recently established with the national standards bodies of Colombia and Uruguay, the intent of the MOU is to strengthen the relationship between ASTM International and the TTBS to enhance the ability for ASTM and TTBS standards to support the needs of the Trinidadian people, continue growth of Trinidad’s economy, and aid in the development of Trinidad’s national standards for health, safety, and the environment. As a first step in the new relationship, TTBS is planning to adopt two ASTM standards as Trinidad and Tobago standards: D 5710, Specification for Trinidad Lake Modified Asphalt, and D 6626, Standard Specification for Graded Trinidad Lake Asphalt Binder. For further information on the MOU, contact Kitty Kono, vice president, ASTM Global Cooperation.

New President of IEC

Sei-Ichi Takayanagi has begun his three-year term as president of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an international standards and conformity assessment body for all fields of electrotechnology. The IEC has reinforced his commitment to putting into action the Masterplan 2000, a document that outlines the long-range strategic objectives of the IEC. Takayanagi is currently technology advisor for Toshiba Corporation in Japan.

FEC Enthusiastic About Use of Voluntary Standards for Election Reform

Members of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Federation presented a case to government officials and a representative from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for the use of the voluntary standards process in election reform. The FEC staff person stated that the agency was “enthusiastic” to work with the Institute in this area. ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), joined ANSI Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs David Karmol, in a late-January workshop on election procedures to explain the benefits of the voluntary consensus standards development process. The spokesman from IEEE reported that it had begun an ANS “Standard for the Evaluation of Voting Equipment” and had signed up 135 persons from diverse backgrounds to participate in the development of the standard. A UL representative explained that the association had developed a number of ANS documents in the areas of security and theft prevention, and had expertise in testing such products. The representative indicated that this expertise and background was a resource available to the elections technology community, and invited them to take advantage of UL’s abilities.

Scholarships Available

The Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Foundation has announced the availability of scholarships for the 2002-2003 academic year. The scholarships are intended to foster the development of practicing engineers in the field of site-cast reinforced concrete construction. CRSI plans to award scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each to senior students majoring in civil engineering or architectural engineering, and $3,000 each to incoming graduate students (master’s degree) in civil engineering, structural engineering, or architectural engineering. Preference will be given to applicants who have shown an interest, either through their educational program or by work experience, in some phase of the reinforced concrete industry. The deadline for receipt of applications is June 3. Contact: David P. Gustafson, CRSI, Schaumburg, Ill. (fax: 847/517-1206).

National Educators Workshop: Update 2002

For the 17th year, the National Educators’ Workshop series will offer a workshop on evolving topics in engineering materials, science, and technology. The workshop emphasizes gathering experiments and demonstrations for use in materials lab courses as well as a presentation of topics on emerging technology. Experiment abstracts are sought. The abstract due date is April 22. Contact: Jim Jacobs, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Va. (phone: 757/823-8109).

ICE 2002 Focuses on Theme of Global Connectivity

For 2002, the International Coatings Expo (ICE) will focus on the theme of “Global Connectivity.” Sponsored by the Federation of Societies for Coating Technology, ICE 2002 will be held in New Orleans, La., on Oct. 30 to Nov. 1. ICE 2002 combines the world’s most recognized coatings manufacturing exhibition, the International Coatings Expo, with a wide variety of educational programs offered through its 80th Annual Meeting Program and the International Coatings Technology Conference. Contact: FSCT, Blue Bell, Pa. (phone: 610/940-0777). //

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