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July/August 2008

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Geosynthetics Committee Is Subject of Campus Visit to Drexel

Jonathan Cheng, Drexel University, and Kevin Shanahan, staff manager, ASTM International, participated in an educational event for engineering students at Drexel in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 21.

Cheng, an associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, is an active member of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and the chairman of Subcommittee D35.93 on Editorial and Terminology. He explained to the students the value of standards in geosynthetics and the importance of participation in ASTM technical committees. Cheng has been a member of Committee D35 since 1986 and recently joined Committee E11 on Statistics.

Cheng elaborated on the ASTM standards development process and emphasized the international significance of Committee D35 as a leader in standards for geosynthetics.

Peter Brazaitis, a senior majoring in civil engineering and the president of the Drexel student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, helped organize the event in conjunction with the organization.

ASTM International continues to promote academic outreach to universities and students, as well as the Standards on Campus product. For more information, please contact Ileane Smith (phone: 610-832-9552).

ASTM Sponsors Missouri Student as WISE Intern

In 2008, ASTM International will again join six other societies as a sponsor of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program. Through this program, interns learn how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy issues over nine weeks in Washington, D.C. Each intern is also required to develop a policy paper on a topic of mutual interest to themselves and their sponsoring organization.

James M. Bryce


ASTM’s intern for 2008 is James M. Bryce. Bryce is a senior studying civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his emphasis will be on the geotechnical applications of recycled materials and industrial byproducts. During the internship, Bryce will be working with members from new Subcommittee D18.14 on Geotechnics of Sustainable Construction and with the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The chair of new Subcommittee D18.14, Tuncer Edil, helps to lead the research efforts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Recycled Materials Research Center. Bryce’s WISE intern project falls right in line with part of the RMRC’s mission, which is “to work cooperatively with federal and state officials to reduce the institutional barriers that limit widespread use of recycled materials and to ensure that such increased use is consistent with the sustained environmental and physical integrity.”

For more information about the WISE program or ASTM’s student outreach activities, please contact James Olshefsky, director, external relations (phone: 610-832-9714).

ASTM Summer Intern to Focus on Academic Outreach

Daniel DiGiovanni


Daniel DiGiovanni, a junior at the University of Scranton, Scranton, Pa., is currently employed at ASTM International as a summer intern and focused on the area of academic outreach. During his internship, DiGiovanni, who is studying operations management, will be working on improving the value of resources for ASTM International student members and educators. ASTM’s internship program provides career-related work experience to college students while providing ASTM with capable, flexible personnel.



ASTM International Participates in High School Career Day

James OlshefskyASTM International recently participated in the Career Day at Delaware County Christian School in Newtown Square, Pa. The biennial event for juniors and seniors is a way for students to investigate various occupational fields, and it provides them with the opportunity to ask questions of working professionals. In the photo, Rick Howe (right), guidance director, DCCS, takes a moment to greet James Olshefsky (left), director, external relations, ASTM International, during a break. Olshefsky participated in two sessions to talk with students interested in science and engineering about the importance of standards and the benefits industry gains through active participation in the development process.


ASTM Staff Attend COPANT, AAHE Meetings in Buenos Aires

ASTM International staff members Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, participated in the two-day meeting of the Comisión Panamericana de Normas Técnicas (COPANT) as members of the ANSI delegation on May 6 and 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cendrowska and Hychalk also attended a COPANT workshop relating to biofuels on May 7. Established in 1956, COPANT is a voluntary, independent organization of national standards bodies representing the countries of the Americas. The objective of COPANT, which includes 30 nations from North and South America and the Caribbean (12 of which have MOUs with ASTM) is the development of technical standardization and related activities in its member countries with the aim of promoting their industrial, scientific and technological development to benefit the exchange of goods and the provision of services, while facilitating cooperation in intellectual, scientific and social fields.

While in Buenos Aires, Cendrowska and Hychalk also visited with members of the board of directors of the Asociación Argentina del Hormigón Elaborado to discuss continuing opportunities for collaboration. Topics of conversation included the information center, hosted by AAHE, at which users have instantaneous, electronic view-only access to ASTM standards. Also discussed was participation in ASTM technical subcommittee activities on self-compacting concrete and pervious concrete, an upcoming virtual meeting scheduled for the next meeting of the Federación Iberoamericana del Hormigón Premezclado to be conducted in Guatemala City, Guatemala, at the end of May, and ASTM’s participation in the FIHP 1st Ready Mixed Concrete Congress of the Americas 2010, scheduled to take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina, Nov. 8-10, 2010.

AMIC and ASTM International Sign Information Center Agreement

ASTM International and the Asociación Mexicana de la Industria del Concreto Premezclado, A.C. (AMIC) recently signed an agreement to establish an information center at AMIC’s offices in Mexico City, Mexico. The information center at AMIC will make ASTM standards and its Digital Library more accessible to users of ASTM information. The electronic access provided to the information center provides users and visitors with convenient “view only” access to technical information with the option to purchase. Photographed at the signing event were (left to right) Luis F. Ordóñez, ASTM consultant in Mexico; Vanessa Corona Villatoro, ASTM contact administrator in Mexico City; and Claudio Calzado Wulff, director, AMIC.


Spellerberg Retires from Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory, Lenker Becomes New

Peter Spellerberg


Peter Spellerberg, general manager of the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory, retired on April 25. CCRL is a research associate program under the sponsorship of ASTM International, located at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.

Spellerberg began his career as an ASTM employee, where he spent more than six years inspecting laboratories for both the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Materials Reference Laboratory and CCRL. He also managed the AMRL proficiency sample programs. Following this, Spellerberg spent 29 years as an employee of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. At his retirement, Spellerberg managed AMRL and CCRL for the final three years of his career.

Spellerberg has served on ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, D04 on Road and Paving Materials, D18 on Soil and Rock, E17 on Vehicle-Pavement Systems and E36 on Laboratory and Inspection Agency Accreditation. He is a recipient of Committee D18’s A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to the ASTM Institute for Standards Research Soil and Testing Program.

Steven E. Lenker


Steven E. Lenker has become the new CCRL director. Lenker comes to NIST after serving as vice president of engineering and operations at the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, where he was responsible for administrative and technical activities covering the engineering and operations aspects of the aggregate industry. In addition, he managed the major educational and training activities of the association, and the NSSGA’s support of the Aggregates Foundation for Technology, Research and Education.

Before joining NSSGA in 2000, Lenker spent two years as the director of the Construction Materials Group of Fugro South, managing materials testing associated with construction projects in the Houston, Texas, metro area. Lenker spent the first 13 years of his career working for AASHTO as manager of the AMRL Soil and Aggregate Programs and then as coordinator of AASHTO’s National Transportation Product Evaluation Program.

Lenker has been involved in numerous AASHTO, ASTM and SME activities including chairing of ASTM D18.03 on Texture Plasticity and Density Characteristics of Soils and other subcommittees and task groups. A registered professional engineer, Lenker received a bachelor of science degree in materials engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Marge Cassidy Vernice Mayer

ASTM International continues its longstanding commitment to Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa., by sponsoring educational programs for elementary schools in the Norristown Area School District. Marge Cassidy, treasurer, ASTM International (shown with net, left top), also joined in the fun and learning at Riverbend during a May 6 visit of first graders from Bridgeport Elementary School. In the photo left bottom, third-grade students from Whitehall Elementary School show Vernice Mayer, director, standards publications, at ASTM International, a tadpole found in a pond at Riverbend on April 25.







Posing in front of a SmartBoard donated by ASTM International are members of the Pre-K 4 class at Conshohocken Catholic School, primary campus, along with their teacher, Christian Johnson (far right) and Dan Smith, assistant vice president, technical committee operations, ASTM International (far left). The SmartBoard, as well as a computer and a DSL Internet connection, make possible the presentation of online lessons for 70 of the youngest members of the school’s student body. This donation is the most recent in a series of supplementary teaching materials given by ASTM International to schools in the Conshohocken community.


Staff Service Awards

In May, staff members were honored for their years of service to ASTM International. ASTM presents service awards to employees reaching five, 10, 15, 20, 25 years and beyond.

Staff with five years ASTM serviceASTM staff members receiving awards for five years of service are, from left: Thomas O’Brien, Kevin Shanahan, John Pace, Jessica Hychalk, Matthew Olcese. Continuing from left, staff members receiving awards for ten years of service are Emilie Olcese, Jennifer Rodgers, Julie Wright and Nicholas Furcola. (Ten-year staff members not pictured: Lisa Grayo, James Olshefsky, Daniel Schultz).


15 to 20 years ASTM service

ASTM staff member Scott Murphy (far right) received an award for 15 years of service. Staff members (from left) Sean Bailey, Yvonnie Reese and Maryann Gorman received awards for 20 years of service.


The ASTM Service Club, made up of all staff working for ASTM for 25 or more years, poses for a photo after their annual luncheon. The following staff were inducted into the club this year for 25 years of service: Sandra Brunswick, Vernice Mayer, Jacqueline Nolden, Diane Rehiel and Ileane Smith. In addition, the following Service Club members received awards: Thomas Arabia, Kathleen Dernoga, Corice Leonard, Dorothy Meyers (each 30 years); Theresa Kaminski, Judy Pino (each 35 years); and Beverly Benson (40 years).

Staff Notes

Diane Rehiel


ASTM staff member Diane Rehiel moved to the ASTM meetings department from her position as a technical committee operations staff manager.

Rehiel has worked at ASTM International since August 1983 when she started as secretary in the acquisition and review department in the publications and marketing division. Since that time, Rehiel has held several positions within ASTM. Most recently, in July 2000 Diane was promoted to Manager II in TCO where she was responsible for managing several ASTM technical committees.

Rehiel is matriculating in the Bachelor of Arts in business management program at Holy Family University.

Kate McClung


Kate McClung has been promoted to the position of technical committee staff manager.

McClung has worked at ASTM International since October 2006 as accounting and financial reporting specialist in the accounting and financial services department. In her new position, McClung will be responsible for ASTM International Committees A04 on Iron Castings, B08 on Metallic and Inorganic Coatings, C04 on Vitrified Clay Pipe, C08 on Refractories, C21 on Ceramic Whitewares and Related Products, D12 on Soaps and Other Detergents, D21 on Polishes, D28 on Activated Carbon, D32 on Catalysts, E04 on Metallography, E15 on Industrial and Specialty Chemicals, F10 on Livestock, Meat and Poultry Evaluation Systems and G02 on Wear and Erosion.

McClung has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a major in accounting from LaSalle University.

Hu Yanan (Nancy)


On May 1 Hu Yanan (Nancy) joined the ASTM International China Office in Beijing, China, as operations manager. Hu is responsible for administrative and logistical support, including program planning and coordination, conducting limited market research and promotion, facilitating industry visits and virtual meetings and presenting information about ASTM International, its balloting process and electronic tools.