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2009 Scholarships

ASTM International is currently seeking nominees for the 2009 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship as well as the 2009 ASTM International Graduate Scholarship. The application deadline for both scholarships is April 30.

The Katherine and Bryant Mather Scholarship

Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction. Full-time undergraduate students completing at least their second/sophomore year of college or graduate students specializing in cement or concrete materials technology are eligible to apply for this award, which consists of $7,500 in tuition assistance.

For more information on the Mather Scholarship, click here, or contact Scott Orthey, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9730).

The ASTM Graduate Scholarship

In addition to the aforementioned scholarship, ASTM International is proud to announce a new scholarship opportunity for students, the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship, which rewards up to four graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards. Each recipient of the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship shall receive $10,000 to be used for their educational expenses, including tuition, books, fees and materials.

For more information on the Graduate Scholarship, please visit visit the ASTM campus, or contact James Olshefsky, ASTM director of external relations (phone: 610-832-9714).

Miami outreachMiami Students Visit Committee Week

Several graduate students at the University of Miami attended meetings at the 2008 October committee week held at the Doral Hotel in Miami, Fla. Students were invited to the event through invitation to Ann Helmers, director, career services and alumni relations in the College of Engineering, University of Miami.

The event, hosted by ASTM staff in attendance at the meetings, included a luncheon presentation about ASTM and a chance to sit in on an ASTM Subcommittee meeting.

Another visit was planned for students during the December committee week, also to be held in Miami, Florida.

For more information on ASTM International’s academic outreach activities, visit the “ASTM campus”.

Pakistan Standards Body Staff Receive Virtual Training

PSQCA Signed MOU with ASTM in July 2008

Thirteen staff members from the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority received virtual training conducted from ASTM International headquarters to PSQCA’s office in Karachi, Pakistan. The training focused on how to participate in the ASTM standards developing process and how to search for technical information on the ASTM Web site.

All national standards bodies that have signed MOUs with ASTM are eligible to receive virtual training. For more information, contact James Olshefsky, ASTM director of external relations (phone: 610-832-9717) or visit the global cooperation section of the ASTM Web site.

course participants, Qatar

Participants in the ASTM technical and professional training course on cement and concrete standards in Doha, Qatar, gather with instructor Carino (seventh from left, back row), QS general director Al Kuwari (eighth from left, back row), instructor Anthony E. Fiorato (left, front row), and QS international officer Zeedan (third from left, front row).

ASTM Training Notes

A Variety of Subjects Covered in Global Training Sessions

Saudi Arabia and Qatar

In November, members of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates presented two technical assistance training programs in the Gulf Region. Both sessions dealt with ASTM standards on concrete, cement and reinforcing steel that are referenced in ACI 318, the American Concrete Institute design standard for structural concrete. The ACI design standard is referenced in the International Building Code, which is being adopted in many countries, including Saudi Arabia.

Nicholas J. Carino, past chair of Committee C09, and Anthony E. Fiorato, former ASTM board chair and current chair of C09, presented the three-day training program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 15-17, 2008. This session was organized with the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO) and was co-sponsored by Saudi Readymix. Zaki M. Mohammed, head of training section, GSO, opened the session and welcomed the 46 participants, including engineers, codes and standards officials, technicians, and researchers. Sami F. Al-Braidi of GSO assisted in organizing the program.

course participants, Saudi Arabia

Participants in the cement and concrete standards training program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, gather with instructors Anthony E. Fiorato (front row, third from left) and Nicholas J. Carino (front row, fifth from left).

On Nov. 18-20, 2008, the same course was presented in Doha, Qatar. The program was organized in cooperation with the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS). Mohsen S. Zeedan, international relations officer, QS, was responsible for local arrangements. The three-day session was opened by Abdulrahman Bin and Yousif Al-Abduljabbar, director of standards and metrology, QS. Mohammad Bin Saif Al Kuwari, general director, QS, presented the participants with their training certificates.


ASTM International member Frank Sinibaldi conducted a technical assistance training course, “Statistics and Standards Development: Test Method Development and Validation,” at the Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality facility in Cairo, Egypt, on Oct. 21-23, 2008. The attendees were largely comprised of professionals from EOS.

course participants, South Africa

Attendees of the “Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology” training course at the South African Bureau of Standards.

The formal presentation covered the basic development of test methods from the beginning through method validation, along with training in understanding the basic statistics involved throughout all phases of test method development.

Sinibaldi noted that the participation of the attendees was great, including questions that helped the class gain a better understanding and appreciation of the process of developing a test method. A portion of the course was devoted to the workings and relationships of ASTM International, with a number of attendees applying for a one-year free membership in ASTM International.

South Africa

In October 2008, Salvatore Rand, Ph.D., a member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, presented the ASTM training course, “Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology,” at the request of the South African Bureau of Standards at their facility in Pretoria, South Africa. The full three-day course included many topics relevant to gasoline, from its properties to its use in a gasoline engine, and quality issues and testing including new fuels regulated by the U.S. Clean Air Act.

course participants, Costa Rica

Attendees of a training course on major testing techniques for plastics held Nov. 18-20, 2008, in Costa Rica pose for a photo. ASTM International member Paul Graboff (center, in suit and tie) taught the course.

More than 25 participants attended the course and at least 17 attendees submitted membership applications to ASTM. The attendees included representatives from SABS as well as from SABS clients such as automobile parts manufacturers, fuel additive vendors and engineers from the Sasol oil refinery. In addition, five representatives from the Botswana Bureau of Standards also participated in the course. There was much discussion and networking among the attendees, and all benefited from the cross-fertilization of ideas as well as suggestions for problem solving.

During his visit, Rand also took the opportunity to tour the extensive facilities of SABS including their many laboratories devoted to the testing of commercial products including fuels, and met a number of their 1300 employees.

For more information on the technical assistance program, contact Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9693).

Dudley Medal Nominees Sought

The ASTM Committee on Publications is soliciting candidate publications from ASTM committees for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. Each committee may submit one publication for consideration.

The award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature. A minimum of three years must have elapsed between the date of publication of a nominee and the nomination deadline of April 15.

Eligible candidate publications may be:

  • An individual paper or group of papers;
  • A Special Technical Publication;
  • A Data Series publication;
  • An atomic and molecular data publication; or
  • A manual, monograph, handbook or computer software program.

Submittals should be made on or before April 15, and must contain the following information:

  • Name of the candidate publication;
  • Name of the author(s), editor or contributor to the candidate publication;
  • Statement of 300 words or less stating why the candidate publication should receive the award and how the publication meets the basis of the award;
  • Name and designation of the submitting committee (no more than one nomination from a committee shall be submitted); and
  • Name and address of the individual acting on behalf of the committee.

Submit nominations to Kathy Dernoga, Committee on Publications, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Dr., P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959.

ASTM Member Places 1-Millionth Order on Web Site

Carboni Renews Membership

Michele Carboni recently renewed her ASTM International membership though ASTM’s Web site and, in doing so, placed the 1-millionth order on ASTM’s Web site. To celebrate the occasion, Carboni was offered a free volume of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards.

Carboni works in the department of mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Milan, in Milan, Italy.

ASTM Annual Business Meeting

Bylaws Revision to Be Open for Discussion

At its October 2008 meeting, the ASTM International Board of Directors approved revisions to the ASTM Bylaws. This bylaw review was initiated to address the nominating committee procedure and to update various operational provisions to reflect current board practices.

These bylaw revisions will be open for discussion at the 2009 Annual Business Meeting. The meeting will take place during the ASTM members’ breakfast at 7 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, at the Hyatt Regency during the May committee week in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to the Annual Business Meeting, the proposed amendment will be circulated to members via an electronic ballot. The proposed amendment will be adopted if approved by a majority of votes cast at the meeting together with the ballot votes.

For further information contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9594).

Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board

The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2010 board of directors:

  • Chairman (one-year term);
  • Vice chairman (two-year term); and
  • Six directors (three-year terms).

Complete biographical information including candidate’s name, title, business address and education as well as the candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards should be sent to: ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Nominations must be received by April 1.

Contact Maureen Houck if you need further information (phone: 610-832-9594).

E11 Officer Provides Training at Labtech 2008

Frank Sinibaldi, vice chair of ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics, taught a class on test method development and validation at the LABTECH 2008 conference held in October in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The conference theme was “Future Challenges to Meet Global Demands for Quality Testing,” and it brought together regional, national and international experts in all aspects of laboratory operation, including staff development, quality management, health, safety and the environment.

Carla Falco with Riverbend studentsASTM International continues its support of the Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa. Students from elementary schools in the Norristown Area School District visit Riverbend to gain hands-on experience for the lessons learned in their science classes.

Barbara Schindler with Riverbend studentsOn Oct. 10, 2008, Carla Falco, manager, product promotion, ASTM, spent time with 65 fourth graders from Whitehall Elementary School during their visit to Riverbend. In the photo, studentsshow Falco a specimen collected during a section of the program devoted to meadow insects. Whitehall students had the opportunity to explore pollination and honeybees, decomposers (insects that live under logs) and forest birds, all part of the class’ current curriculum on ecosystems.

A group of second graders from Bridgeport Elementary School pose with Barbara Schindler, director of corporate communications, ASTM, at the Charles Lieberman Outdoor Classroom at Riverbend on Nov. 10. The outdoor classroom is used as a gathering space for lessons and for bird observation. Behind the students is Snider Barn, Riverbend’s main building, which includes offices, a teaching space and a live animal collection. On this day, the Bridgeport students were learning about animal habitats as part of their regular science curriculum.