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January/February 2011

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Representatives from China visit ASTMRepresentatives from the China Academy of Building Research and the Highway Research Institute visited ASTM International headquarters on Oct. 25, 2010, to learn about ASTM’s processes and standards covering infrared scanning techniques.

ASTM International staff members meet with delegates from KoreaOn Nov. 30, 2010, ASTM International staff members met with delegates from the Korea Institute of Patent Information and the Research and Development Patent Center. The topics of discussion were the use of patents in ASTM standards as well as ASTM’s policy on intellectual property. The meeting took place at ASTM’s Washington, D.C., office.

Senior staff members from the China National Institute of Standardization and ASTM International meetSenior staff members from the China National Institute of Standardization and ASTM International met at ASTM headquarters on Dec. 15, 2010, to discuss strengthening collaboration in training, certification, information exchange and publications.

Jumpstart Your Career Campaign to Promote Student Awareness of Standards

2011 Initiative Underscores Benefits of ASTM Student Membership

Jumpstart Your Career, ASTM International’s 2011 academic outreach campaign, will provide new opportunities for students to increase their knowledge of standards and develop critical technical skills prior to entering the workforce.

ASTM International President James A. Thomas commented, “For today’s college students, the competition for new career positions is as fierce as ever. To gain an edge, students need to expand their classroom knowledge with real-world skills that employers covet. A working knowledge of standards is much more than a resume builder; it gives students a solid technical foundation for the start of their careers. Through ASTM student membership and the Jumpstart Your Career campaign, students can gain valuable firsthand experience with standards, increasing their skills and enhancing their marketability to employers.”

Highlighting the ASTM Jumpstart Your Career initiative will be:

  • The ASTM International Student Video Contest, in which students can produce a video illustrating the application of an ASTM standard and compete for cash awards;
  • Project grants to help fund graduate or senior student design projects that contain an ASTM International standards component;
  • Podcast interviews with students discussing the benefits of their involvement with ASTM standards;
  • ASTM International summer internship opportunity through the 2011 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program; and
  • Ongoing college and university campus visits and training sessions by ASTM members and staff.

Video Contest Focuses on Student Use of ASTM Standards

As part of the Jumpstart Your Career campaign, students can win cash awards by demonstrating their ability to utilize ASTM standards. The ASTM International Student Video Contest provides a forum for students to showcase their ability to apply ASTM standards in a class project, lab environment or other application. Students must create a video highlighting the use of ASTM standards and submit it to ASTM International for judging. Cash awards will be given to the first-, second- and third-place winning videos.

Graduate or Senior Design Project Grants

Recognizing that students at some universities may need financial assistance to complete their graduate or senior capstone design projects, ASTM International will continue to offer a limited number of $500 project grants in 2011. To be eligible for the grant, student design projects must contain an ASTM International standards component. For more information and important dates, and to download an application form, click here.

Connect with ASTM and Fellow Students on ASTM Campus, Facebook and Twitter

Students are encouraged to visit “ASTM International Campus”, the academic area of the ASTM website. ASTM Campus contains a wealth of information and educational resources, and students can sign up for ASTM student membership online. Additional information and links can also be found at the “ASTM Student Member Fan Page” on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on the Jumpstart Your Career campaign and various programs available to students, visit, or contact James Olshefsky, director of external relations, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9714).

First launched in 2003, the ASTM student membership category has grown to include nearly 5,000 college and university students from more than 70 countries around the world. ASTM student membership is offered at no cost to full-time graduate or undergraduate students and includes a wide range of benefits that facilitate student exposure to the field of standards.

ASTM Awards Student Grants

Winners to Have Final Papers Posted on ASTM Website

ASTM International has awarded three $500 grants to university students in order to assist them with senior or graduate design projects that contain an ASTM International standards component. In addition to the grants, the winners will have their final papers posted on the ASTM website.

The 2010 winners and their projects are:

  • Xue Liu and Rhoda Kuziez — Saint Louis University
    Project: Ergonomic Assessment of Computer Workstations for Students, Employees and Faculty Members at Saint Louis University, School of Public Health

The project team will use the funds to conduct a user survey, conduct a statistical analysis and implement proposed ergonomic solutions. ASTM International standards from Committees E34 on Occupational Health and Safety and E11 on Quality and Statistics will be referenced.

  • Paul Sisneros and Peng Yang — University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
    Project: Investigations of Carbon Fiber Bicycle Forks for ASTM Standard Development

The goal of the project is to advance the knowledge of failure processes in carbon fiber bicycle parts and to advance the ASTM International test standards currently under development. The study will incorporate several ASTM International standards from Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles, part of Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities.

  • Manik Pavan Maheswaram, Dhruthiman R. Mantheni and Shravan Singh Thakur — Cleveland State University
    Project: Universal Standard Protocol for Temperature and Material Characterization Calibration with Pharmaceuticals

The project goal is to develop a test procedure based on multiple thermal analytical methods and extend the selection of calibrants to active pharmacy ingredients. The work will incorporate ASTM International standards from Committees E37 on Thermal Measurements and E11 on Quality and Statistics.

The project grant program continues this year with a Sept. 30 deadline for the 2011 project grant applications.

From left, Thomas Ellingham, Frances Kozen, Sunayna Jain and Phillip Godorov, ASTM, chat during Godorov’s visit to Cornell University.

ASTM Staff Make Campus Visits

Helping students learn the value of standardization is an important part of ASTM’s mission. In order to do that, ASTM staff members visit students at many schools, including the following.

Universidad del Valle de México

ASTM International Mexican representatives Luis Ordonez and Vanessa Corona visited the Universidad del Valle de México – Campus Querétaro with the objective of encouraging students and professors to participate in ASTM’s standards-related activities.

The UVM audience included many engineering professors interested in helping their students gain real-world experience through the use of standards. As a result of the presentation, the university has requested a proposal for ASTM to make similar presentations in each of its 36 campuses.

Northern Virginia Community College

On Oct. 8, 2010, Jeff Grove, ASTM International vice president of global policy and industry affairs, spoke to a group of students as part of their class, Introduction to Engineering, at Northern Virginia Community College. The class of 30 aspiring engineers was engaged and interested in the presentation, “Standards Development around the World.”

Grove received the invitation to participate as a guest lecturer from ASTM International member Peter Pollack, who has been active in ASTM since the late 1970s. Students were given an extra credit homework assignment to apply to be ASTM student members.

University of Texas

Several students at the University of Texas took advantage of the October 2010 Committee Week held at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas, as a result of an invitation from Manuel Diaz, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor in the civil and environmental engineering department at the university.

During their visit, the students participated in a meeting of ASTM Subcommittee E60.95 on Student Liaison and Affairs, part of Committee E60 on Sustainability, where they met with Caitlin Augustin, a former ASTM International intern who now serves as the subcommittee chair. The students also had an opportunity to attend the Committee E60 meeting and visit with ASTM staff to discuss the ASTM standards development process.

Cornell University

On Oct. 18, 2010, Phillip Godorov, director of the ASTM International Interlaboratory Study Program, spoke to students as part of their class on product quality assessment in the fiber science and apparel design department at Cornell University. The class was very engaged in the presentation and discussion of real-world examples demonstrating the importance of standards in many aspects of textile design and production.

The following day, Godorov visited Cornell’s textile testing laboratory, which is equipped with modern instrumentation for chemical, physical and mechanical analysis, microscopy facilities, and a controlled temperature and humidity room. Here, students participated in hands-on evaluations of textile and sewn product properties using ASTM International test methods developed by Committee D13 on Textiles. Over the course of a semester, 20 different ASTM test methods are covered in this lab.

The invitation to participate as a guest lecturer for the course was received from Frances Kozen, fiber science and apparel design lecturer, at the recommendation of Thomas Ellingham, an ASTM student member and a Cornell University graduate student in fiber sciences, who is a teaching assistant for the course.

To Learn More

Educating future engineers and leaders about the importance of standardization and the voluntary consensus process continues to be a high priority for ASTM staff.

For additional information about ASTM’s academic outreach activities, please contact James Olshefsky, ASTM director of external relations (phone: 610-832-9714).

MOU Program Annual Reports

Reports Detail Relationships of National Standards Bodies with ASTM


Comisión Guatemalteca de Normas, the national standards body of Guatemala under the Ministry of Economy, reports that they have adopted several ASTM International standards over the past year. COGUANOR signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM International in 2005.

COGUANOR coordinates national standardization policy and activities in Guatemala. An executive advisory committee governs COGUANOR, made up of representatives from the Guatemalan Ministries of Health, Economy and Labor as well as the Bar of Engineers and the Chambers of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce.

In its report, COGUANOR stated that five ASTM standards were adopted as equivalent Guatemala national standards and 10 standards were adopted as identical standards. In addition, COGUANOR consulted 16 ASTM standards in the preparation of national standards and used 90 standards as reference documents.

The ASTM standards used cover various sectors, including cement and concrete, petroleum, roofing, plastics, ceramics, plastic pipe and steel, and are often used in the building construction industry of Guatemala. COGUANOR is able to access the most up-to-date ASTM standards through an online subscription that is offered to all MOU signatories.

The Instituto del Cemento y del Concreto de Guatemala hosts an ASTM Online Center, which provides instantaneous electronic access to published ASTM standards (historical and redline), research reports and content in the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library.

Abel Francisco Cruz Calderón, deputy minister of investment and president of COGUANOR, says that having access to ASTM International’s collection of standards has facilitated the development of Guatemala national standards. “We consider the MOU with ASTM a valuable tool because ASTM is recognized internationally and some of its more than 12,000 standards have been used as the basis for policy development in Guatemala in the areas of building materials, hydrocarbons and plastics,” says Calderón.


A 2010 annual report indicates that the memorandum of understanding signed by the Standards Institution of Israel and ASTM International in 2007 continues to be a success.

Established in 1953, SII is Israel’s official body for the preparation and publication of Israeli standards. SII oversees standardization, testing, certification and training activities and has laboratories in almost all technological areas, providing testing and inspection services to industry and commerce as well as regulatory services to government.

The Standardization Division coordinates the preparation of Israeli standards through approximately 600 technical committees and task groups made up of representatives from all sectors of the Israeli economy and society. There are currently more than 3,000 published Israeli standards, and SII has adopted, adapted and referenced several ASTM standards for the development of those standards. This year, SII reports that four ASTM standards were adopted as identical/equivalent Israeli standards, and 20 ASTM standards were referenced in the development of new Israeli standards.

“Standardization must always keep up with technology,” says Daniel Goldstein, director general of SII. “Where energy is concerned, this is even more important due to the fast pace of the emerging innovative technologies in this field. SII has set a goal to focus on solar energy this year, and we see the great potential in the cooperation we have with ASTM International.”

Approximately 50 technical experts represent Israel on one or more ASTM technical standards development committees. SII has also taken part in other MOU benefits, such as technical assistance training and the Standards Expert Program.


The Kenya Bureau of Standards and ASTM International have continued to build on the successful relationship formed when they signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005.

Founded in 1974, the Kenya Bureau of Standards provides internationally recognized standards, measurements and conformity assessment solutions that meet customer needs in Kenya. Standards departments at KEBS include food and agriculture, chemical, service and engineering.

Since 2005, KEBS has adopted, adapted or referenced several ASTM International standards for paint, petroleum, steel, consumer products and more. This year, KEBS reported that a total of 99 ASTM International standards were referenced in the development of Kenya national standards. The majority of these ASTM standards were for petroleum products and lubricants.

“The increase in the number of ASTM standards referenced by the industry and government institutions in Kenya is a clear testimony to the role of standards in facilitation of trade and technology transfer for a developing country like Kenya,” says Eva Oduor, director, standards development and international trade, at KEBS.

Nearly 20 individuals from Kenya, including several student members, currently participate in ASTM activities.

KEBS has also taken advantage of the many online tools that ASTM offers to its MOU partners. “The collaboration between KEBS and ASTM has facilitated the use of advanced technology both in industry and government within a relatively short time, as opposed to reinventing the wheel,” says Oduor.

The ASTM International MOU Program

Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. The purpose of the program is to increase greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid health, safety, and environmental and economic conditions.

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