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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 will receive $10,000 to be used for their educational expenses, including tuition, books, fees and materials.

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

Swaziland Standards Authority

ASTM International and the Swaziland Standards Authority (SWASA), the national standards body of Swaziland, have recently signed a memorandumn of understanding.

The MOU was signed by James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International, and Lomkhosi Mkhonta, executive director, SWASA. It is the 65th MOU signed between ASTM International and a national standards body.

Memorandums of understanding allow ASTM and national standards bodies to join together to achieve standardization goals for both organizations. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies; 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 will aid health, safety, environmental and economic institutions.

More information on the ASTM International memorandum of understanding program can be found by clicking here.

Award Nominations Sought

Frank W. Reinhart Award

Nominations are sought for the 2009 Frank W. Reinhart Award, which honors a technical committee, a subcommittee or an individual ASTM member who has made outstanding and unusual contributions to the organization in the realm of terminology standardization.

The award, established in 1981, honors the late Reinhart, who was active in ASTM terminology work for many years. Reinhart exemplified the intent of the award through his dedication to the use of correct and appropriate technical terminology in ASTM standards.

The Subcommittee on Form and Style of the Committee on Standards administers the Reinhart Award. Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked by Aug. 1 and forwarded to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA, 19428 (phone: 610-832-9684).

Walter C. Voss Award

Nominations are requested for the 2009 Walter C. Voss Award to recognize outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. The award honors longtime member and former chair of Committee C07 on Lime, Walter C. Voss.

Presented to an engineer, scientist or other professional in the trade, both ASTM members and nonmembers are eligible. Nominations should indicate how the nominee has contributed to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. Emphasis should be placed on those using materials that have led to significant advances, innovation or creative efforts that have benefited the entire construction industry and encouraged its fundamental development.

Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1. Please send nominations to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA (phone: 610-832-9684).

William T. Cavanaugh Award

Nominations are being sought for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Established in 1987, this award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system who may or may not be a member of ASTM International. The title of honorary member is bestowed upon recipients of this award.

Nominations should contain a citation of 25 words or less, career background and details on the candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the society level as well as to other standards organizations or professional societies. All offices and special positions held in each organization should be identified, and accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community should be specifically noted.

Nominations must be received by April 1. Send nominations to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Contact Maureen Houck for a copy of the award criteria (phone: 610-832-9594).

Bylaws Revision Open for Discussion at ASTM Annual Business Meeting

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).

ASTM International Light Sport Aircraft Committee to Meet in Germany

ASTM International Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft will meet March 30 to April 1 at the Messe Friedrichshafen Exhibition Grounds in Friedrichshafen, Germany in conjunction with the AERO Friedrichshafen 2009 aviation show.

The F37 meetings will include discussions on changes to key LSA standards and proposals for new documents, a workshop titled “Overview and Application of ASTM International Standards for Light Sport Aircraft,” an industry panel discussion on “The Impact of Global Standardization for Light Sport Aircraft,” and CAA presentations. F37 subcommittees on glider, airplane, powered parachute, weight shift, lighter than air and cross cutting will also meet. The F37 meetings will wrap up with an International Regulatory Summit on Light Sport Aircraft, where regulators are invited into private trainings and closed-door discussions with key F37 members and U.S. FAA standards coordinators.

Recognized and used as the basis for regulation or certifications around the world, F37 standards govern the safe design, manufacture and flight of light sport aircraft. Light sport aviation regulations reference ASTM International standards as acceptable methods of test, material specifications and/or operational guidance required for regulatory compliance. F37 meetings are the premier venue for airing technical discussions in the recreational aircraft industry.

Since the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration enacted regulations for light sport aircraft in 2004, more than 87 aircraft models manufactured on five continents have been certificated in the U.S. Several more countries have created similar regulations using international industry consensus standards as a certification basis. The regulatory summit is an opportunity for aviation regulators to learn of the latest developments affecting this fast-growing industry.

For more information, click here or contact Dan Schultz, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9716).


2009 Advantage Award

ASTM International is seeking success stories that demonstrate the benefits of standardization for the 2009 ASTM International Advantage Award. The goal of the award is to gather real-life examples that support the positive value of ASTM standards. If you can clearly show the positive impact of an ASTM standard or group of ASTM standards, then consider competing for a prize in the 2009 Advantage Award competition. First prize is $15,000, second prize is $10,000 and third prize is $5,000. All submissions must be received with an official entry form by June 1.

To view more information about the 2009 Advantage Award, and to read previous winning papers, click here.


Eileen Mullen, director of human resources, ASTM International, has received an award for her support of the Montgomery County Education and Workforce Partnership. Mullen is a board member of the Montomery County Workforce Investment Board, which oversees the partnership. ASTM International has supported since the group since its inception in 1999. ASTM International headquarters is located in Montgomery County, Pa.