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Virtual Meetings

Traffic Safety, Textiles and Plastics Covered in Latest Sessions

ASTM International continues to hold virtual meetings for international audiences. Recent meetings have involved a variety of committees and topics, including the following:

Traffic Safety

On Aug. 12, individuals in Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica participated in a virtual training session that focused on traffic safety. Paul Carlson, a member of Subcommittee D04.38 on Highway Traffic Control Materials (part of ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials), and Jerry Britt, chair of Subcommittee D01.44 on Traffic Coatings (under the jurisdiction of Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications) led the training, which was focused on standards that have been or are being developed by D04.38 and D01.44.


ASTM International provided a virtual training session to the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology on Sept. 4. NBSM has been increasingly engaged in the use of ASTM International standards since signing a memorandum of understanding with ASTM in November 2008 and specifically requested the training.

Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan, ASTM’s India textile instructor and technical and service consultant, presented information on regulations related to fiber labeling and fiber identification standards, with special emphasis on cashmere identification. Nineteen stakeholders from industry and NBSM staff participated in the NBSM offices in Kathmandu.
Also participating in the training were four officers from the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology and nine participants from two Chinese industry textile organizations, the China Textile Academy and the China Textile Information Center.

Plastics Standards

On Oct. 2, ASTM International held a virtual training session for La Asociación Nacional de Industrias del Plástico. ANIPAC, located in Mexico City, Mexico, requested technical assistance from ASTM International because all major cities of Mexico have announced plans to limit the amount of nondegradable plastic bags that can be used for packing at the grocery store. The plastic film industry is seeking to better understand the ASTM standards in this area.

An ASTM expert from Committee D20 on Plastics, Ramani Narayan, Ph.D., presented information on biodegradable plastics and the work of Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products, which Narayan chairs. The virtual meeting provided an opportunity for a good exchange of technical information and was facilitated by the staff in ASTM’s Mexico City office.

ASTM’s Mexico Representatives Participate in Concreto Latinoamerica Conference

Luis Ordonez and Vanessa Corona, ASTM International’s representatives in Mexico, took part in the Concreto Latinoamerica Conference and Exposition in Mexico City on Aug. 18-20. ASTM hosted a booth at the exposition at which there was considerable interest about the use and application of ASTM International standards for cement and concrete.

As part of the event, Ordonez and Corona were invited by the Mexican Association of Independent Concrete Contractors to make a presentation. Topics of discussion included participation on technical committees, the relationship between Mexican norms and ASTM standards, ASTM Online Centers, the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory and the availability of ASTM standards in Spanish.

Presentation on Engine Coolants in Korea

Edward R. Eaton Sr., poses with participants in his presentation on Committee D15 on Engine Coolants at the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards.

ASTM Member discusses Engine Coolant Committee in Korea

On Sept. 17, ASTM International member Edward R. Eaton Sr., chairman and CEO, Amalgamated Laboratories Inc., made a presentation in Korea on ASTM standards developed by Committee D15 on Engine Coolants. Eaton made the presentation at the request of the Korea Machinery-Meter and Petrochemical Testing and Research Institute in coordination with the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. The program, held at KATS headquarters in Seoul, focused on current issues and the future plans of Committee D15.

ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding with KATS in May 2006. For more information on ASTM’s MOU programs, contact James Olshefsky, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9714).

New ASTM global web pagesNew ASTM Global Web Pages

ASTM International offers worldwide access to fully transparent standards development. Now, to provide up-to-date news of ASTM’s initiatives throughout the world, the Global Cooperation section of the ASTM International Web site has been updated. The revamped section features more information than ever on ASTM activities with memorandum of understanding partners and other international standards organizations, training programs, online centers, open houses and much more.

Dudley Medal Nominees Sought

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, 2010.

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, 2010, 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.

ASTM Committee Experts Visit Colombia

Retford, Fiorato Make Presentations for ASOCRETO and FICEM

Two ASTM International members recently made separate trips to Colombia to speak on standardization issues.

On Aug. 27 and 28, Mike Retford, principal at AECOM and member of ASTM Committee F33 on Detention and Correctional Facilities, traveled to Bogotá and presented information to more than 100 attendees on standards for prison design and construction. Retford was invited by the Asociación Colombiana de Productores de Concreto to make the presentation.

Anthony Fiorato, Ph.D., former ASTM board chairman and current chair of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, made a presentation in Bogotá on Sept. 7. Fiorato covered the activities of the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory at meetings of the Inter–American Cement Federation. The focus of the technical meetings was to exchange experiences and strengthen initiatives leading to the sustainable development of the cement industry in America, the Caribbean and the Iberian Peninsula.

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, 2010. For more information, enter “society awards” in the site search box of the ASTM Web site or contact Barbara Smith, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9684).


Young birdwatchers at RiverbendFourth graders from Whitehall Elementary School and Brynn Murphy (left), ASTM International staff manager, watch for birds during a visit to Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa., on Oct. 12. ASTM sponsors a program that allows students from the Norristown School District to visit Riverbend as part of their science curriculum. During this visit, Whitehall students learned about birds of the forest, decomposers, pollination and meadow exploration.

ASTM supports the Conshohocken Free LibraryIn October, ASTM International made a donation to the Conshohocken Free Library that will enable the library to purchase new furniture for the children’s room. The furniture will include a new table and chairs for two children’s computers, adult-size chairs for parents to sit in while reading to their children and new bins to hold the library’s board book collection. Shown from left to right: Jane Leven, branch manager, Conshohocken Free Library; John Pace, vice president, Publications and Marketing, ASTM; and Brian Coll, president, board of trustees, Conshohocken Free Library.

ASTM Campus

Catholic University

On June 10, Jeffrey Grove, ASTM International vice president of global policy and industry affairs, spoke to students at the Catholic University School of Engineering in Washington, D.C., on ways in which ASTM International provides leadership and assistance for the development of international standards. Grove’s talk was part of an evening class on strategic standardization. The class of 15 students, from the both the U.S. and abroad, represented government agencies and local engineering firms.

The purpose of the strategic standardization course is to create an enhanced level of awareness in graduate engineering students about significant issues associated with standards and the process of standardization. The course is taught by Donald E. Purcell, chair, The Center for Global Standards Analysis, Washington, D.C., and is one of the few offered in the United States on the development of global technology standards from a U.S. perspective.

University of Illinois

On Sept. 21, Anthony Fiorato, Ph.D., former chairman of the ASTM International board of directors, spoke to a group of students in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois during a methods and materials class. Fiorato shared his insights with the group about the importance of codes and standards learned during his career, which has spanned more than 35 years. Fiorato has lectured and published extensively, and his contributions have been recognized through numerous professional awards. Professor Gaines Hall, who teaches the methods and materials course, reported that the students learned much from Fiorato’s presentation that will be applicable to their careers as architects.

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

Scholarships and Internships

ASTM International is currently seeking nominees for the 2010 ASTM International Graduate and Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarships, in addition to applications for the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program.

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, 2010.

Bryant and Katharine Mather Scholarship

Administered by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the 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. Applications are due April 30, 2010.

Washington Internships for Students of Engineering

ASTM is currently accepting applications from students for a 10-week paid internship in the 2010 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program. The summer program consists of 12 to 15 engineering students who are entering their final year of undergraduate study. WISE students live in Washington, D.C., and learn how government decisions are made on technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative/public policy decisions. The deadline for applications for the 2010 summer WISE program is Dec. 31.

More information can be found here. To learn more about the Mather Scholarship, contact Scott Orthey, manager, technical committee operations, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9730).

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


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