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July/August 2009

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University of Miami Student To Be ASTM WISE Intern

Caitlin M. Augustin, in her third year at the University of Miami and a student member of ASTM, will be sponsored by ASTM International in the 2009 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program. Augustin is studying industrial engineering with a research focus on renewable energies and sustainable technologies, particularly solar technology design and implementation.

Augustin has recently presented research on implementing solar technology at the Summit on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges and at the Engineering for the Americas conference in Panama City, Panama. She serves as president of the University of Miami’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders and spent her most recent spring break working on a water project in El Socorro, Honduras.

The WISE program gives eligible engineering students an opportunity for a paid summer internship in Washington, D.C. During the program, interns learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy issues. In addition to ASTM International, other sponsors of the program are the American Association of Engineering Societies, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Nuclear Society, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and SAE International.

To learn more about the WISE program, click here. For further information on ASTM’s academic outreach activities, contact James Olshefsky, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9714).

ASTM supports local fire companyASTM International continued its support of Washington Fire Co. No. 1 in Conshohocken, Pa., with a recent donation of more than $5,000 that was used to purchase lifesaving equipment. Shown from left: Frank Carlin, firefighter (driver’s seat); Rob Dronitsky, captain, Washington Fire Co.; Ken Pearson, ASTM senior vice president; Jim Simon, firefighter (rear seat); Bob Rockett, firefighter; Robert Bendig, ASTM director, general services; and Jerry Laskey, firefighter.

ASTM supports local science and nature programThrough an ongoing program sponsored by ASTM International, children from the Bridgeport, Conshohocken and Whitehall elementary schools have been learning about science and nature this spring at Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa. Experts from Riverbend visit the schools for classroom lessons, which are reinforced by class field trips to the center. Visits to Riverbend this spring have allowed students to learn firsthand about watersheds, streams and ponds, pollution and macrobiology. In the photo, Lesley West, ASTM director, graphic design, digital output and production services, poses with first-grade students from Bridgeport Elementary School.

Staff Service Awards

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

The ASTM Service Club is made up of all staff who have worked for ASTM for 25 or more years. New inductees who celebrated 25 years at ASTM this year are Lisa Drennen, Sharon Ennis, Anne Galligan, Kathie Morgan and Scott Orthey. Service Club members who received awards for 30 years are Maureen Houck, Kathy Peters and Diane Sciascia. Staff celebrating 35 years are Kathie Donohue, Dorothy Fitzpatrick and Eileen Mullen.


ASTM staff receiving awards for 20 years of service are (left to right): Eileen Finn, Steve Mawn, Don Porreca, Helene Skloff, Karen Wilson and Teresa Cendrowska (not pictured: Mark Legradi).





ASTM staff receiving awards for five and 10 years of service are (left to right): Mary Mikolajewski (5), Joe Ermigiotti (5), John Henderson (10), Kelly Dennison (5) and Jeff Grove (5).





MOU Program: Rwanda and Dominican Republic Are Latest MOU Signings

ASTM International has signed its 66th and 67th memorandums of understanding with national standards bodies.

In late April, ASTM signed an MOU with the Rwanda Bureau of Standards. James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International, and Kimonyou Anastase, director general, RBS, signed the MOU.

On May 12, ASTM signed an MOU with La Dirección General de Normas y Sistemas de Calidad
(DIGENOR), the national standards body of the Dominican Republic. James Olshefsky, ASTM director, external relations, and Julio Santana, DIGENOR director general, signed the MOU in the capital city, Santo Domingo.

MOUs allow ASTM and national standards bodies to join together to achieve standardization goals for both organizations. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM and NSBs; promotes knowledge of each other’s standards development activities; facilitates greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process and facilitates the development of national standards that aid health, safety, environmental and economic institutions. More information on the ASTM MOU program can be found by clicking here.

ASTM supports local libraryThe Conshohocken Free Library recently received a donation of $3,000 from ASTM International. These funds were used to further enhance the library’s collection of materials for middle and high school students, as well as to purchase shelving units for collections of serial books in the children’s section. Shown from left to right: Jane Leven, branch manager, Conshohocken Free Library; Brian Coll, president, Conshohocken Free Library board of directors; and John Pace, vice president, Publications and Marketing, ASTM International.

ASTM supports local youth programASTM International has made a monetary donation to the Conshohocken Catholic School Catholic Youth Organization program. ASTM’s donation will help to pay for gym time, court time, games and new uniforms, among other expenses. Shown in the photo are: Teresa Cendrowska (left), vice president, Global Cooperation, ASTM International; Carol Beausoleil (second from right), vice president, Conshohocken Catholic School CYO; and students.



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Polytechnic institute
As ASTM International’s Year of the Professor continues, Earl Ruth, director of technology, Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co., and a member of ASTM International Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing, and Kevin Shanahan, staff manager, ASTM, met with 26 students at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. The meeting took place March 30 as a result of a request from an ASTM student member who used resources on ASTM’s Web site.

In addition to explaining the tools and resources available for students and professors, Ruth, who also serves on ASTM’s board of directors, shared insights about his career and the benefits of being involved in the standards development process.

“To interact with engineering students and see their interest in the ASTM standards development process was a pleasure,” says Ruth. “The students already have a good understanding of the important role standards will play in their careers.”

James Olshefsky, ASTM’s director of external relations, spoke to an international business class at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pa., on April 1.

Eastern University
James Olshefsky, ASTM’s director of external relations, visited an international business class at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pa., on April 1 as a guest lecturer. Olshefsky presented information on international standards and their importance in the global marketplace.

Topics covered in the lecture included an overview of ASTM and its global policy objectives as well as information about the World Trade Organization and the Technical Barriers to Trade principles for the development of international standards. The lecture has become a regular part of the curriculum during class discussions on import and export practices.

For more information on ASTM International’s academic outreach activities, click here.

Widener University
Vicki Brown, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, department of civil engineering, Widener University, Chester, Pa., invited ASTM International to speak to a class of 70 engineering students as part of ASTM’s continuing campus visit program. The visit, held on April 22, was the second to the university in as many years. The guest speaker was Colin Lobo, Ph.D., of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, an active member on ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. Lobo made a 45-minute presentation and took questions via Web conference with the help of ASTM staff members James Olshefsky and Ileane Smith, who were on-site in the classroom.

Virtual training in Oman

More than 25 GSO members attended a virtual training session focused on international standards for paints and varnishes that was held in Muscat, Oman.

Paint Standards Are Subject of Virtual Training

Session Is Part of GSO Paint and Varnishes Program Held in Oman

On March 3, ASTM International held a virtual training session in cooperation with the Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GSO) during a program focused on international standards for paints and varnishes that was held in Muscat, Oman.

GSO has been active in promoting ASTM International standards in the Gulf Cooperation Council region since signing a memorandum of understanding with ASTM in February 2006. ASTM staff members Jeff Adkins and James Olshefsky were joined by Eugene Praschan, former chair, ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications. More than 25 members from the GCC countries participated in the virtual meeting, resulting in a useful exchange of technical information during the 90-minute session.

ASTM supports local charityASTM International has made a $9,000 donation to the Fellowship House of Conshohocken. This donation will be used for the summer playground program at the Fellowship House. The program includes a six-week summer camp for children ages 6-11, a coed basketball league for children ages 6-16 and other educational and recreational activities. Darlene Hildebrand (left), executive director, the Fellowship House of Conshohocken, and Ken Pearson (right), senior vice president, ASTM International, pose in the recreation room at the Fellowship House.