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July/August 2011

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ASTM International Annual Report Now Available

ASTM International’s 2010 Annual Report, “Innovation and Standardization,” is now available for viewing online. The report describes organizational initiatives and the use of ASTM’s standards by governments and industry around the world.

ASTM Corporate Communications Department Receives Awards

The corporate communications department at ASTM International received several awards this spring.

PRNews Nonprofit Award
Both ASTM Standardization News and ASTM’s eNews, the monthly email newsletter for ASTM members, received the PRNews Nonprofit Award for Volunteer and Member Communications.

Communicator Award
ASTM’s 2009 annual report, Align 2009, has won an Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards program. This is the second year in a row that the annual report has won a Communicator Award.

Hermes Creative Awards
For the second year in a row, SN and ASTM’s annual report, Align 2009, have won Hermes Platinum Awards.

Apex Awards
For the second year in a row, SN has won an Apex Award of Excellence for Print Magazines and Journals over 32 Pages.

Magnum Opus Award
Align 2009 also won a Best Overall Editorial Honorable Mention Magnum Opus Award in the print annual report category.

flax fiber information exchange

Discussion at the flax fiber information exchange in Beijing, China, focused on flax fiber research, cotton quality testing collaboration and the use of natural fibers in composites.

Flax Fiber Information Exchange Held in Beijing

ASTM International Subcommittee D13.17 on Flax and Linen, the ASTM China Office and the Canada Composites Innovation Center jointly held a successful flax fiber information exchange session in Beijing, China, on May 13. Chinese attendees represented such organizations as the China Textile and Apparel Council Testing Center, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and Design Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Intertek Tianjin and the China Hemp Research Center.
Discussions focused on flax fiber research, cotton quality testing collaboration and the use of natural fibers in composites. Wang Chunhong, associate professor, Tianjin Polytechnic University, presented information about natural fiber composite research in China, particularly as it relates to fiber quality.

The information exchange was another effort by ASTM International D13.17 and parent group, Committee D13 on Textiles, to engage greater international participation in the committee’s standards development activities to enhance the global relevance and applicability of D13 standards.

Pollak and Grove

Peter Pollak (left), professor, Northern Virginia Community College, and Jeffrey Grove, vice president, global policy and industry affairs, ASTM International.

Importance of Standards Emphasized at Class Presentation

ASTM Global Policy Vice President Speaks at Northern Virginia Community College

On April 26 and 28, Professor Peter Pollak’s “Introduction to Engineering” class at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Va., learned about the importance of standards through a presentation given by Jeffrey Grove, vice president, global policy and industry affairs, ASTM International. Grove’s presentation focused on the strategic use of standards for materials and product safety, quality, interoperability and trade.

Formerly affiliated with the Aluminum Association, Pollak is active in ASTM standards committees such as Committee B07 on Light Metals and Alloys, and in the work of other international standards bodies. Northern Virginia Community College is the largest educational institution in Virginia and the second-largest community college in the United States, comprising more than 75,000 students and 2,600 faculty and staff members. The college is also one of the most internationally diverse in the United States, with a student body consisting of individuals from more than 180 countries. For more information regarding ASTM academic outreach efforts, please see the ASTM Campus section of the ASTM website.


ASTM International Announces 2011 Graduate Scholarship Winners

Doctoral Students from the University of Arkansas and the University of Southern California Receive Awards

ASTM International has announced that University of Arkansas student Santosh Narasimhachary and University of Southern California student Mark Blanchette are the recipients of the 2011 ASTM International Graduate Scholarship.

The ASTM Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students (master’s or doctoral) who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM International standards.

NarasimhacharyA Ph.D. candidate in the department of mechanical engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Narasimhachary is conducting research on displacement controlled creep-fatigue crack growth test development using DEN specimens under the advisement of ASTM member Ashok Saxena, Ph.D., distinguished professor and dean of engineering at the university. Narasimhachary has been a research assistant in the university mechanical properties research laboratory since 2009. Before that he was an R&D engineer at Wellman Products Group, a division of Hawk Corp.

Narasimhachary, who earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla., in 2007, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Anna University in Chennai, India, in 2005, is a student member of ASTM International and has made significant contributions to ASTM Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture. He is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

BlanchetteBlanchette is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of biokinesiology and physical therapy at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif. His research focuses on biokinesiology and biomechanics, specifically the relation between footwear tread design and slip resistance, slip testing, tribometer validation and high-heeled gait. He currently works as a forensics assistant at Semper Scientific Inc. in Mission Viejo, Calif., and as an independent contractor conducting biomechanical and materials testing at J2 Engineering in Fresno, Calif.

Blanchette earned a master’s degree in biokinesiology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., in 2007 and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I., in 2004. A student member of ASTM International and Committee F13 on Pedestrian/Walkway Safety and Footwear, Blanchette is also a member of the American Society of Biomechanics and the Footwear Biomechanics Group of the International Society of Biomechanics.

For more information about ASTM International’s student membership, scholarships and other academic activities, please click here.

Peru and Chile College Representatives Meet with ASTM Staff Member

representatives meet with ASTM staff

James Olshefsky met with staff of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in May.

James Olshefsky, director external relations, ASTM International, visited two colleges during a trip to South America in May.

On May 9, Olshefsky met with José Carlos Flores Molina, director, Intitute for Quality, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima, Peru. During this visit, several key professors met with Olshefsky to talk about the benefits of standards education. The university has online access to ASTM standards and uses them almost exclusively in the relevant curricula. In addition, the school is part of a pilot project to deliver an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation course covering standardization and to provide feedback on the course.

The following day, Olshefsky visited with Mauricio Lopez, associate dean of undergraduate studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Chile. Lopez, also an ASTM International member, noted that his graduate students are the ones most likely to use ASTM standards in the laboratory. Olshefsky and Lopez discussed the tools and resources available for students, including sample curricula.

Staff Service Awards

ASTM International staff members were honored for years of service on June 2. ASTM presents service awards to employees reaching anniversaries of 5, 10, 15, 20 years and beyond.

ASTM staffThe ASTM Service Club is made up of all staff who have worked at ASTM for 25 or more years. Newly inducted into the Service Club was Barbara Lake for 25 years of service. Service Club members also receiving awards this year include: (30 years) Marsha Firman, Doris Hilton, Philip Lively, Hannah Loudenslager, Lisa Mitchell, Barbara Schindler, Betty Jean Steiner, Marcy Travis, Maryann Zamorski; (35 years) Kenneth Pearson and (40 years) Robert Bendig.

ASTM staffASTM staff who received awards for 20 years of service are (left to right): William Wilson, David Bradley, Helen Bucci, Carla Falco, Janice Bardi, Annette Drennen-Adams, Shannon Aubry and John Zack.

ASTM staffASTM staff who received awards for 15 years of service are (left to right): Thomas O’Toole, Janet Newmeyer and Pat Picariello.

ASTM staffASTM staff who received awards for 10 years of service are Jessica Rosiak (far left) and Lindsey Limone (not pictured). ASTM staff who received awards for five years of service are (left to right): John Williams, Jake Palmer, Ashley Wiand, Kathleen McClung, Dan Gallagher and James S. Thomas.

In addition, ASTM presented service awards to staff members at the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory in Gaithersburg, Md. The following CCRL staff received awards: (35 years) Robin Haupt; (10 years) Tanner Rebeil; (five years) Wendy King, Benjamin Kwendi, William Mihlmester and Andrew Sartor.

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