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 August 2006 Spotlight

Well-Earned Recognition

Each year the Defense Standardization Program Office presents achievement awards to individuals and groups within U.S. military departments and defense agencies who have made significant improvements in interoperability, cost reduction, quality, reliability and readiness through standardization.

Dr. Jose-Luis Sagripanti, left, U.S. Army winner of the 2005 Defense Standardization Program Award, receives the Army Materiel Command Medallion from Ronald Davis, Jr., Army standardization executive

ASTM International member Dr. Jose-Luis Sagripanti received the DSPO’s 2005 Achievement Award on May 23 from Ronald Davis, Jr., army standardization executive. Dr. Sagripanti earned the award for his research, which became the basis for an important new ASTM standard that is leading the way to more effective methods of biological decontamination. The standard, E 2414, Test Method for Quantitative Sporicidal Three-Step Method (TSM) to Determine Sporicidal Efficacy of Liquids, Liquid Sprays, and Vapor or Gases on Contaminated Carrier Surfaces, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E54.03 on Decontamination, which is part of ASTM Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications.

Dr. Sagripanti, a research scientist at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, was intimately involved in all stages of test method E 2414’s development. His studies have shed light on what has and has not worked with these agents, including their use in cleaning up after the anthrax attacks in Washington, D.C., and other locations in 2001.

Dr. Sagripanti’s work represents the first time that the effectiveness of decontamination products has been seriously studied; it is important because the proper use of these products is critical to reliable decontamination of vehicles, weapons, equipment, buildings and any other materiel used in military operations. The standard that developed from this work, E 2414, is an accurate, economical and rapid test and is expected to become the referenced procedure for evaluating decontamination products among U.S. allied nations and coalition partners. This will allow for the dependable interchange of decon products among participating military units.

Test method E 2414 can be used to evaluate sporicidal products (such as decontaminants and disinfectants) that are suspected of or claimed or assumed to have sporicidal activity. It allows the user to establish the sporicidal efficacy of different disinfectants, identify the effect of surface materials on sporicidal efficacy and compare the relative resistance to disinfection of different microbial species or strains.

According to Dr. Karim Abdian, army standardization manager, the defense and army standardization policy strongly encourages the use of commercially accepted standards in which military needs can be met in a way that provides access to U.S. and global production and technology. Standards such as E 2414 are an important part of this process, which results in better product availability and pricing. The use of E 2414 will save the Department of Defense millions of dollars by preventing the purchase of ineffective decontamination products.
Dr. Sagripanti is a member of ASTM International Committees E54 on Homeland Security Applications and E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents. His educational background is varied and extensive, with a doctorate in virology/biological chemistry from the University of Buenos Aires; biochemist diplomat (equivalent to a Ph.D. in clinical biochemistry) with honors from the University of Rosario, Argentina; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering with a medal of merit from the Polytechnic Institute, University of Rosario.

In addition to his scientific degrees, Dr. Sagripanti also graduated from the program for senior executives in national and international security at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, in 2003.

Dr. Sagripanti was one of the youngest scientists to receive a Fogarty Fellowship to do biomedical research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, from 1980 to 1982.

“Critical to the success of every ASTM International activity is the degree of relevance shown by its work product,” says Pat Picariello, ASTM International’s director, developmental operations. “In the case of E 2414, the relevance is quite obvious given the Department of Defense’s recognition of the standard and the role played by Dr. Jose-Luis Sagripanti. Dr. Sagripanti has helped develop a valuable addition to the growing suite of standards under the jurisdiction of Committee E54.”

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