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May/June 2009

REACH Standard Discussed at Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting

ASTM Vice President Speaks at APECMeeting in Singapore

ASTM International standard F2725, Guide for European Union’s Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Supply Chain Information Exchange, was the topic of a presentation given by Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM, at the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings held in Singapore on Feb. 13-26.

Cendrowska discussed F2725 with APEC’s chemical dialogue steering group, which includes chemical regulators and the chemical industry. In addition, Cendrowska spoke about ASTM International, ASTM Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials and F2725 during a trade facilitation task force meeting of APEC’s Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance. Cendrowska also attended meetings of the subcommittee’s project advisory group on education.

APEC, made up of 21 member countries, serves as a forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. It works to bolster trans-Pacific cooperation by addressing a wide range of issues that are critical to regional prosperity and peace, including energy, education, security and good governance.

ASTM Vice President Visits Indonesian
Standards Body

Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM International, visited the offices of Badan Standardisasi Nasional in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Feb. 19. BSN has been a memorandum of understanding partner with ASTM International since August 2004.

The meeting follows the visit of Dewi Odjar Ratna Komalasari, deputy of information and standardization socialization, and Nurasih Suwahyono, head of the Center of Standardization, Information and Documentation, to ASTM headquarters in December 2008, during which the two organizations discussed how to more closely work together (for story, please click here).

Since that meeting, ASTM and BSN have conducted two virtual meetings to train BSN staff about ASTM International, its technical committees and procedures, and the extensive electronic tools available on the ASTM Web site.

Participants and audience for the Feb. 19 program included BSN’s top management, representatives of the Indonesian Society of Standards Users (MASTAN), various technical committee members, a representative from the University of Indonesia and a group of Indonesian industry stakeholders who previously participated in a U.S. Trade and Development Agency orientation visit focused on biofuels.

The full morning program included a welcoming address by Mr. Bambang Setiadi, chairman of BSN, and Mrs. Komalasari. Fifty representatives from BSN, MASTAN, the biofuels industry and the press attended ASTM’s presentation, which included a virtual presentation by Steve Howell, chair of ASTM’s biodiesel task force and president, MARC-IV Consulting; Kristy Moore, Renewable Fuels Association; and David Bradley, ASTM staff manager, on the topic of biofuels and alternative energy. Cendrowska then provided a review of ASTM International and discussed in more detail the implementation of the BSN/ASTM International MOU.

textiles workshopRobert Holcombe (second from right, front row), a longtime member of ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles, poses with participants in “Textiles: Quality and Performance Standards,” the technical assistance workshop that he presented in Trinidad and Tobago on March 26-27. Participants in the workshop came from a variety of organizations, including the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, the Grenada Bureau of Standards and the Suriname Standards Bureau as well as the police and fire departments of Trinidad and Tobago.

ASTM welcomes guest researchersASTM International welcomed guest researchers from the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. Shown from left: Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM; Sangme Han, KATS; Wi-Ro Lee, KATS; Jessica Hychalk, ASTM; and James Olshefsky, ASTM.





U.S.–India Standards and Conformance
Cooperation Program Launched

ASTM Vice President Named to Advisory Board

Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM International, has been named to the advisory panel for the U.S.-India Standards and Conformance Cooperation Program. The purpose of the SCCP is to help companies and to increase trade between India and the United States by boosting cooperation on standards and conformance issues and facilitating dialogue between targeted industry sectors.

The SCCP is sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and coordinated by the American National Standards Institute and the Confederation of Indian Industry. The SCCP will be carried out in close cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Standards.

ASTM staff meets with Chinese delegation

Mary McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, addresses Chinese environmental officials at a meeting also attended by ASTM International staff.

Delegation from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection Meets With ASTM Staff

ASTM International staff members Kevin Cummins and James Olshefsky met in Washington, D.C., with 11 officials from China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and national and provincial environmental monitoring centers on Feb. 20. Cummins and Olshefsky were joined by ASTM board member Mary McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who presented information on how emissions regulations reference voluntary standards such as those from ASTM. Mary McKiel, Ph.D., standards executive, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, addresses Chinese environmental officials at a meeting also attended by ASTM International staff.

Also joining the group by telephone was James Jahnke, chair of ASTM Subcommittee ASTM D22.03 on Ambient Atmospheres and Source Emissions, who provided technical information on standards developed by Committee D22 on Air Quality. The U.S. Trade and Development Agency provided funding for the delegation to visit the U.S. to introduce key Chinese officials to the U.S. government agencies that regulate and promote emissions reductions as well as U.S. producers of equipment and services in this sector.


ASTM and IAAPA Present Middle East Safety Conference for Amusement Ride Industry

ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions collaborated to present the second annual IAAPA Middle East Safety Conference on March 26 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The conference provided overviews of ASTM International standards and European safety norms as well as information on how to design and implement safety training and maintenance courses for amusement rides and devices.

Leonard Morrissey, ASTM staff manager for Committee F24, attended the event and presented information on the work of the committee as well as general information about ASTM International.

While in Dubai, Morrissey also visited the headquarters of the Emirates Standards and Metrology Authority, the national standards body of the United Arab Emirates. While at ESMA, Morrissey gave a presentation on the electronic tools that ASTM uses in the development and publication of its standards.

For more information about ASTM International Committee F24, contact Leonard Morrissey (phone: 610-832-9719).

ASTM Appoints Technical Services Consultant in India

Technical adviser Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan will serve as an ASTM International consultant in India to promote and enhance the awareness and use of ASTM International standards and related products and services relevant to the textile and personal protective equipment industries.

As a consultant, Gopalakrishnan’s responsibilities will include promoting and facilitating active Indian expert participation in ASTM Committees D13 on Textiles and F23 on Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment; encouraging laboratories to participate in D13 proficiency test programs pertaining to textiles and yarns and threads; and organizing and conducting annual textile industry events in India. He will also continue to serve as an instructor for various ASTM technical and professional training courses related to textiles.

An active member of ASTM Committees D13 and F23 since 1997, Gopalakrishnan was appointed the first distance education representative for ASTM International and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in India and Sri Lanka in 2003. Since then, he has taught several ASTM technical and professional training programs in India and spent four years as a member of the AATCC board of directors. During this time, he was instrumental in forming the first AATCC section outside the U.S. in India, and he now works with AATCC as a membership services provider for South and Southeast Asia.

E11 student internFor the third year in a row, a student from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania is interning for ASTM International Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics. Christoph Maier, coordinator for the internship program with the IUP math department and chair of Subcommittee E11.85 on Support and Interpretation, supervises the student at the IUP campus and creates projects based on reviewing/revising E11 standards. The student visits ASTM headquarters twice, reviews any E11 ballots issued during the internship and participates, either in person or virtually, in E11 meetings. From left to right: Christine Sierk, staff manager for Committee E11, ASTM; Mark DePasquale, this year’s E11 intern; Maier, IUP and E11 member; and James Olshefsky, director, external relations, ASTM.


Former ASTM Board Member Attends WTO International Standards Workshop

ASTM International member Manuel Lascarro represented the society at the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade Workshop on the Role of International Standards in Economic Development held March 16-17 in Geneva, Switzerland. The objective of the workshop was to seek ways to broaden the participation of developing countries in technical standardization activities.

Lascarro, a former member of the ASTM board of directors, participated in the case study portion of the event, reporting on the use of international standards in public safety. Other topics covered at the workshop include textiles, building construction, energy, food safety and biofuels.

Concrete Industry Representatives Take Part in Virtual Training

On March 5, ASTM International conducted a virtual meeting with more than 135 participants from 11 nations and three continents. The meeting included a presentation on nondestructive tests in concrete and information about ASTM symposia, committee weeks and developments in Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. The technical portion of the presentation was delivered in English by Nicholas Carino, a member of Committee C09, with consecutive interpretation. Vanessa Corona Villatoro, ASTM representative in Mexico, provided information on future events, symposia, committee weeks and other developments in Committee C09. Program participants included experts in concrete production and standards in North and South America and Europe.

For more information about ASTM virtual meeting opportunities, contact James Olshefsky (phone: 610-832-9714).

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.

Reinhart, Voss 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).

meeting in Columbia

Professors from six universities in Colombia met with Manuel Lascarro, former ASTM board member and director of special projects, ASOCRETO, Bogotá, Colombia, to learn about ASTM’s Year of the Professor, at ASOCRETO headquarters.

Year of the Professor and Online Center Discussed in Colombia

Thirteen professors from six different universities in Bogotá, Colombia, visited the offices of the Asociación Colombiana de Productores de Concreto (ASOCRETO) on Feb. 3-5 to learn about ASTM’s 2009 academic outreach initiative Year of the Professor, which is aimed at promoting the value of standards education at colleges and universities worldwide.

Former ASTM board member Manuel Lascarro, director of special projects, ASOCRETO, hosted the meeting, which also covered key offerings from the ASTM Online Center located at the ASOCRETO offices. In addition, the professors received invitations to two upcoming virtual training sessions about ASTM International and global standards on nondestructive testing of concrete that have been developed by ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates.

Georgia Tech Students Visit Committee Week

Four graduate students at the Georgia Institute of Technology attended meetings at the 2009 January committee week held at the Hyatt Regency, Atlanta, Ga. ASTM International invited students to the event through Wayne Whiteman, director, office of student services, in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering.

The event, hosted by the ASTM staff in attendance, included a luncheon presentation about ASTM’s committees that are developing standards for the nuclear sector. Students had a chance to sit in on a meeting of ASTM Subcommittee E10.02 on Behavior and Use of Nuclear Structural Materials. Roger Stoller, Ph.D., a member of ASTM International Committee E10 on Nuclear Technology and Applications and vice chairman of ASTM’s board of directors, also addressed the group.

ASTM at American Society for Engineering Education Conference

Four examples of partnerships between academia and industry were shared during a session of the February 2009 Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education in Orlando, Fla. During the session, James Olshefsky, director of external relations, ASTM, delivered a presentation on “ASTM International Alliances with Industry.”

The presentation underscored the development of market-relevant international standards through industry participation and the need to incorporate standards education at colleges and universities worldwide.

A case study was presented highlighting the success of the Concrete Industry Management program, started at Middle Tennessee State University in 1996. Leaders from the concrete industry and from several organizations and academic institutions worked together to create a unique program designed to develop future managers and leaders of a progressively changing industry. Standards and codes continue to play a pre-eminent role in shaping the curriculum for this successful program.

For more information on ASTM International’s academic outreach activities and ASTM’s Year of the Professor campaign, please click here.

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).