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January/February 2010

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Outreach in Prague

During ASTM International committee meetings held Oct. 5-9, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic, James Thomas, president, ASTM International, met with Jan Fridrich, vice president for foreign affairs, industry and internal audit, for the Light Aircraft Association of the Czech Republic.

As the leading association of pilots, builders, designers, manufacturers and operators of light aircraft in the Czech Republic, LAACR is actively engaged in ASTM Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft and promotes the use of ASTM standards in national and European Union aviation safety regulations. The Czech Republic is the second largest producer and exporter of microlight and light sport aircraft in Europe.

ASTM F37 standards are used as the basis for light sport aircraft regulation and certification around the world.

At the same committee week event, ASTM International partnered with Underwriters Laboratories to sponsor a standards and conformity assessment training program. Organized in collaboration with the Office of the U.S. Standards Attaché at the U.S. Mission to the European Union, the program was designed to provide European-based U.S. Commercial Service officers and specialists responsible for Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Sweden, Turkey and Poland, and the non-EU country of Russia with a deeper understanding of standards and conformity assessment issues important to their efforts in promoting trade and export opportunities in the European market.

Hal Miller, a packaging consultant based in Cape May, N.J., and chairman of ASTM Committee F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging, presented an overview of key standards activities, including ASTM test methods that support implementation of the EU medical device directives. The chairman of ASTM Committee D24 on Carbon Black, Ricky Magee, Columbian Chemicals Co. and a member of the ASTM International board of directors, presented information regarding the global use of ASTM D24 standards by producers and users of carbon black. The program culminated with an event at the residence of the U.S. ambassador.

Science at RiverbendASTM International continues to sponsor a program that allows elementary school students from the Norristown School District to visit Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa., as part of their science curriculum. On a trip to Riverbend on Oct. 21, 2009, fourth grade students from Conshohocken Elementary School learned about various types of rock and soil. Here, students pose with Leah Hepler, manager, accounting and financial services, ASTM International.


Chris Garrity (left), senior director, Start! Heart Walk, American Heart Association, receives a contribution from Eileen Mullen (right), director, human resources, ASTM International. The donation was part of funds raised for the 2009 Philadelphia Start! Heart Walk that occurred on Nov. 14, 2009, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.




China Ministry of Housing Officials Meet with ASTM Staff

ASTM International staff members Anthony Quinn and James Olshefsky met with six officials from China’s Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 20, 2009. The ministry, which develops standards for construction materials, was interested in learning more about ASTM International sustainability standards being developed for the construction industry. More than 500 ASTM International standards have been referenced, used as a basis for, or used in Chinese national standards to date.

ASTM hosts training for technical experts from India

ASTM hosted technical experts from India’s Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology in November 2009.

ASTM Hosts Training for Technical Experts from India

From Nov. 2 to 15, 2009, ASTM International hosted a delegation of eight technical experts from India’s Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology. During this technical training program, the first of its kind to be offered, the delegation focused on Committee D20 on Plastics and its standards. CIPET is headquartered in Chennai, India, with 14 campuses throughout the country.

Prior to arrival, the experts participated in a virtual orientation training session to learn about ASTM’s electronic tools and the structure and work of Committee D20. Once at ASTM headquarters, the delegates began a concentrated training program covering the U.S. standardization system, proficiency testing and training programs related to D20’s work, and related publications. The delegates also came prepared with a list of Indian standards that reference ASTM International D20 standards and suggestions for revisions to existing standards as well as new work item proposals.

The training also included visits to Washington, D.C., where the delegates met Holly Vineyard, the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration’s deputy assistant secretary for Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. The Washington visit also included the Office of International and Academic Affairs at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum within the Embassy of India.

Throughout the two-week program, field trips provided practical information on the application of ASTM standards to trade and new technology and the benefits of participating in ASTM. Site visits took place at the DuPont Experimental Station, Tinius-Olsen and Arkema Inc.

A highlight of the trip was the delegation’s attendance at the November committee week meetings of Committee D20 in Atlanta, Ga. Attendance at the meetings allowed the group to witness the ASTM consensus process in action and afforded the opportunity for presentation of proposals for revisions and new work items as well as a tutorial about CIPET. As Shrikant Yeshwant Shirali, chief manager, stated, “Committee D20 meetings in Atlanta were very useful as it put us into the real-time situation.”

Sania Aktar, deputy director, CIPET, noted that “The program was very well designed and executed meticulously and was very effective in establishing a dialogue between the two organizations.”

Going forward, the delegates and members of D20 will lead revisions to two D20 standards, the review of six existing standards and the development of three new standards. The CIPET group will also evaluate the possibility of participating in the ASTM Interlaboratory Study Program and assist in the development of a proposal for a new activity.

Funding for the program was provided by the Indian government with additional support from ASTM International.

Naouri Becomes Manager in Global Cooperation Division

Sarah Naouri has been promoted to manager, global cooperation, in the Global Cooperation division of ASTM International.

In her new position, Naouri is responsible for supporting and facilitating ASTM International’s global outreach by coordinating various aspects of the Memorandum of Understanding and standards expert programs. In addition, Naouri will plan delegation visits and organize and conduct virtual meetings with various members, technical experts and interest groups worldwide.

Naouri has worked at ASTM International since March 2008 when she started as a customer relations representative in the Publications and Marketing division. She has a bachelor of arts in sociology from Temple University. Naouri also studied at Jochi Daigaku (Sophia University) in Tokyo, Japan, and speaks and writes Japanese, Spanish and Arabic.

Prior to working at ASTM, Naouri served as secretary for the Society of Wives of Arab Ambassadors in Japan from 2002 to 2004. In this position, Naouri introduced Arabic history, culture and tradition and stressed the importance of an understanding of the Middle East and strong diplomatic ties with other nations.

University of California Student Wins ASTM International Student Paper Award

Daniel Stuart, a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Davis, has won the 2009 Student Paper Award sponsored by ASTM International Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture.

The E08 Student Paper Award is given to encourage students to develop, present and publish high quality research papers in the field of fracture and subcritical growth. The award is presented annually at the committee’s meetings held during the ASTM November committee week. Participating students and advisers are invited to attend the meetings and make their presentations for judging by the committee. This year’s meetings were held in Atlanta, Ga.

Stuart’s winning research paper is titled “Evaluation of Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics with Superposition for Predictions of Fatigue Crack Growth in Thin Cold-Expanded Open-Hole Coupons” and focuses on evaluating a crack growth model against experimental results.

As part of his graduate studies at UC Davis, Stuart is working on a joint research project with Hill Engineering LLC, Mississippi State University, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. for creating analytical design tools for the inclusion of residual stress effects in damage tolerant design of rotorcraft.

Stuart earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UC Davis in 2006. Apart from his studies, he is an active member of the UC Davis cycling team, which won the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championship this year.

Student membership in ASTM International includes thousands of college and university students from more than 70 countries around the world. ASTM student members are given the opportunity to participate in student competitions and receive additional benefits, including free attendance at ASTM symposia and electronic editions of ASTM magazines and newsletters.

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

ASTM Staff and Members Visit Colleges

Earl Ruth speaks to students at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Earl Ruth, a member of the ASTM board of directors, speaks to students at the Georgia Institute of Technology about ASTM and mechanical testing.

ASTM members and staff meet with students on a regular basis to share with them the importance of standardization and the role of ASTM in the standards development process. Autumn 2009 saw ASTM visits to campuses in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Georgia and Florida.

University of Pennsylvania

The Biomedical Engineering Society student chapters are student-run organizations dedicated to helping bioengineers on college campuses gain exposure to the field of bioengineering through internship opportunities, guest panels and industry leader dinners. On Oct. 14, 2009, Dan Shultz, director, committee services, ASTM, made a presentation to the University of Pennsylvania BES student chapter about ASTM International and the uses and applications of standards developed by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices.

Greg Lee, a sophomore majoring in bioengineering, said after the event, “Learning about ASTM was eye-opening. I never knew that standards were such an integral part of the medical industry and had such a large impact on the success of a product. As a biomedical engineer, my goal is to develop tissue engineered constructs for bone replacement. Now I know to reference ASTM’s standards on tissue engineered products when I am working towards U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.”

Calvin College

Sandra Niks, a member of the ASTM board of directors, visited the campus of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Oct. 21, 2009. During her presentation, Niks spoke with about 15 students and professors to introduce ASTM International and the global standards development process. Niks, who is chair of ASTM International Committee D14 on Adhesives and retired manager of engineering standards for General Motors Corp., also provided examples of automotive applications of standards during her presentation. The talk was part of a seminar series held by the engineering department at Calvin College.

Georgia Institute of Technology

On Nov. 9, 2009, 10 graduate students from the Georgia Institute of Technology joined ASTM staff members and Earl Ruth, a member of the ASTM International board of directors and Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing as well as director of technology for Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Co., during the November 2009 committee week meetings in Atlanta, Ga. The Georgia Tech students received an overview of ASTM that included information about the standards development process and tools and resources available to students and professors. Ruth presented information specific to the work of Committee E28. After the presentation, the students attended the meetings of Subcommittee E28.04 on Uniaxial Testing.

On Nov. 12, 2009, at the November committee week, Committee F04’s Division IV on Tissue Engineered Medical Products (TEMPs) held a portion of their meetings on the Georgia Tech campus as part of an outreach and learning experience — directly linking a leading research program in regenerative medicine with standards development activities. The meetings that day focused on assessment for TEMPs, covering topics such as bone inductive materials, characterization of tendons and ligaments, assessment of vascular grafts, and knee meniscus repair/reconstruction, along with a host of other in vivo evaluation topics and discussions on various models. The visit was attended by a dozen masters- and doctorate-level students, and was capped with a tour of the research facility and a reception.

University of Miami

The Southeast region of Engineers Without Borders-USA held a workshop at the University of Miami on Nov. 13-15, 2009, titled “Sustainable Solutions in Developing Nations.” At the invitation of Caitlin Augustin, EWB student chapter president and former ASTM-sponsored intern in the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program, ASTM’s James Olshefsky, director of external relations, joined representatives of several other societies on an external resources panel to present information about the ASTM resources available for EWB teams working on projects in developing countries.

EWB’s mission is to support community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects while fostering responsible leadership. The goal of the workshop was to bring together students and professionals from across the southeastern United States to continue the discussion of sustainable technologies through incorporation into EWB projects.

After his virtual presentation, Olshefsky commented, “ASTM International is proud to support EWB in improving the world’s developing countries’ health, safety, environmental and economic conditions through the use of standards.” EWB has active projects in 25 of the 67 countries where ASTM has signed memorandums of understanding with the national standards bodies.

Paul Whitcraft speaks to Drexel University students

Paul Whitcraft, ASTM’s 2009 chairman of the board, speaks to Drexel University students.

Drexel University

Paul K. Whitcraft, ASTM International’s 2009 chairman of the board, and director of quality, safety and engineering at Rolled Alloys, Temperance, Mich., was the featured speaker during the Young Member Night meeting of the ASM International Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter at Drexel University on Nov. 19, 2009. Whitcraft, an alumnus of Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, spoke about the influence and use of standards in the specialty metals industry.

ASM International is a society dedicated to serving the materials science and engineering profession, and its chapter activities strive to inform the local technical community about new developments in materials, raise the visibility of the materials industry, provide educational opportunities in materials technology, recruit new people and organizations into materials-related activities, and provide networking opportunities for members of the materials community.

ASTM International staff manager for Committee B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys, Jeffrey Adkins, was on hand to distribute information related to the ASTM tools and resources available for students and professors that support standards education at colleges and universities.

For more information on ASTM’s academic outreach program, contact James Olshefsky (phone: 610-832-9714).


ASTM International is currently seeking nominees for the 2010 ASTM International Graduate and Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarships. For more information on these scholarships, click here.

Graduate Scholarship

The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship is presented each year to as many as four high potential graduate students, contingent upon merit and available funds. The scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest or involvement with ASTM standards. Each recipient of the scholarship will receive $10,000 to be used for educational expenses. Applications are due April 30.

Bryant and Katharine Mather Scholarship

Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the Mather scholarship is open 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. Applications are due April 30.

Nominations Sought

W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

ASTM International is seeking nominations for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards.

Nominees for the Cavanaugh Memorial Award may or may not be members of ASTM International, and the title of honorary member is bestowed on all of its recipients. Established in 1987, the award honors William T. Cavanaugh, who served as chief executive officer of ASTM from 1970 until 1985. During his service, Cavanaugh firmly established ASTM as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards.

Nominations should describe each candidate’s qualifications as completely as possible. Nomination packages should include relevant information about the candidate’s professional background; outstanding contributions made within ASTM International as well as other standards organizations or professional societies; and all offices and special positions held in each organization.

In addition, any of the candidate’s accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community should be specifically identified, including standards interaction with governments, industry or academia, as well as any past honors, citations and awards that relate to voluntary standards. No more than two individuals will be selected for the Cavanaugh Award in a single year.

The deadline for submissions is April 1. Nominations should be sent to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. For a copy of the award criteria, contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9594).

Dudley Medal

The ASTM International 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, W. Conshohocken, PA 19428-295.

Ogden Memorial Award

Committee B10 on Reactive and Refractory Metals and Alloys seeks nominations for the H.R. (Russ) Ogden Memorial Award, which recognizes individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the science and technology of reactive and refractory metals. Nominees need not be ASTM International members.
Any or all of the following achievements will be considered as the basis for giving the award:

  • Marked achievement in technical advancement, such as alloy development, corrosion research, properties improvement and methods of manufacture;
  • Marked leadership in technical application of reactive and refractory metals in the industrial society;
  • Marked leadership in the manufacturing or marketing of reactive and refractory metals; and
  • Outstanding service in this field that is not recognized by another ASTM award.

The H.R. (Russ) Ogden Award, established in 1983 in honor of the first chairman of Committee B10, may be presented annually to one recipient.

Nominations are due May 1 in the form of a letter describing the nominee and outlining the special service on which the award would be based. For more information and for format details, please contact Jeffrey Adkins, ASTM (phone: 610-832-9738).

President’s Leadership Award

Nominations are now being sought for the ASTM International President’s Leadership Award. The award salutes the inspiration and positive contributions of individuals early in their ASTM career who have significantly advanced the society’s mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. The award was established by the ASTM board of directors in 2007 to recognize outstanding leadership within the first five years of an individual’s association with ASTM International.

The deadline for applications for the President’s Leadership Award is Feb. 1. For more information, click here, or contact Barbara Smith, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9684).

Nominations Sought for 2010 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 2011 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 for further information (phone: 610-832-9594).

ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2010 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on Wednesday, June 9, during the ASTM June committee week meetings in St. Louis, Mo. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand and Suites Hotel. For further information, contact Maureen Houck (phone: 610-832-9594).


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