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 October 2005 ASTM International Board Nominee Biographies

In accordance with the ASTM Bylaws, we are pleased to announce the slate of candidates selected by the Society’s Nominating Committee for election to ASTM offices for terms commencing Jan. 1, 2006: chairman of the board — one-year term; vice chairman — two-year term; and six directors — three year terms. The election is official when the ballot closes on Dec. 1.

This election is administered via the ASTM Web site. E-mails will be sent to ASTM members containing links for accessing the online ballot. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request a hard copy of the ballot from Maureen Houck at 610/832-9594. Whether using the Web site or hard copy, remember that the deadline for receipt of all ballots is Dec. 1.

Chairman of the Board
Anthony E. Fiorato

Anthony E. Fiorato, Ph.D., vice chairman of ASTM International’s board of directors, is president and CEO of CTLGroup in Skokie, Ill., which provides engineering and scientific services to the construction and related industries, with particular emphasis on cement, concrete, and masonry.

Fiorato has responsibility for overall management of CTL’s consulting, testing, and research services. Prior to his current position with CTL, Fiorato was vice president of research and technical services for the Portland Cement Association.

He joined PCA in 1973 as a structural engineer and has held a number of professional and management positions within the association and its subsidiary, CTL Group.

Fiorato holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Drexel University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Illinois. He is a licensed structural engineer in Illinois and professional engineer in Arizona, Michigan, and Ohio.

Fiorato’s technical activities interface engineering properties and durability of concrete with structural design, construction, and performance characteristics. He has been active in research and consulting, and has authored over 60 publications on cement and concrete technology.

An active member of ASTM International, Fiorato currently serves on ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. He is vice chairman and serves on the Executive Subcommittee of C09.

He is chairman of Subcommittee C09.61 on Testing for Strength, as well as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (ASTM C01.96/C09.96). He has been a member of the ASTM board of directors since 2001.

In addition to his work with ASTM International, Fiorato is a fellow and past president of the American Concrete Institute. He currently serves on ACI’s Executive Committee, Financial Advisory Committee, ACI Committee 318 Structural Concrete Building Code, and the Board Advisory Committee on the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 71 on Concrete, Reinforced Concrete, and Prestressed Concrete.

Fiorato is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and the Post-Tensioning Institute. He received ACI’s Henry C. Turner Medal in 1997, the Henry L. Kennedy Award in 2002, and the A.J. Boase Award from the Reinforced Concrete Research Council in 1999. He received a University of Illinois Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. //

Vice Chairman of the Board
Richard F. Kayser

Richard F. Kayser, Ph.D., a member of the ASTM board of directors since 2003, is the acting director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md.

The MSEL provides technical leadership for the nation’s materials measurement and standards infrastructure. Expertise in ceramics, polymers, metallurgy, neutron characterization, and materials reliability is used to anticipate and respond to industry needs in areas such as microelectronics, automotive, and health care, as well as to provide standard reference materials and develop measurement methods. The laboratory houses the nation’s only fully equipped cold neutron research facility, the NIST Center for Neutron Research.

With an Sc.B. degree in physical chemistry from Brown University and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Rice University, Kayser arrived at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) in 1976 as a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow, and he joined the staff of the Thermophysics Division one year later. Over the next 10 years, Kayser performed research and published approximately 40 peer-reviewed papers. After several management assignments, Kayser became chief of the Thermophysics Division in 1989 and chief of the Physical and Chemical Properties Division in 1996. He assumed the position of director of technology services (whose role is to actively support and promote accurate, uniform NIST measurement products and services) in 1999. In 2004, he took on the role of acting deputy director of NIST. In 2005, he assumed his current position of acting director of the Materials Science and Engineering Laboratory.

In recognition of his service, the Department of Commerce has awarded Kayser with its Bronze Medal (1983) and Silver Medal (1996 and 1999). Kayser also received the Senior Executive Service Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service in 1997, the Sigma Xi
Outstanding Young Scientist Award in 1987, and the National Cooperation for Laboratory Accreditation Outstanding Achievement Award in 2000.

Kayser has been active in NCSL International and the National Conference on Weights and Measures; he is a current or former member of numerous professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, and Sigma Xi. //

Roger L. Blaine

Roger L. Blaine, Ph.D., is regulatory affairs manager at TA Instruments in New Castle, Del., a worldwide supplier of thermal analysis and rheology equipment. Blaine joined TA Instruments in 1990 as an applications development manager, and he became a senior scientist there before assuming his current position.

Throughout his career, Blaine has worked on the applications of thermal analysis, and standards and reference materials for thermal analysis and rheometry; he has dozens of journal articles, patents, and books to his credit in the field of thermal analysis and applications.

After Blaine earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1969 from Oregon State University, he joined the staff of the DuPont Company in Wilmington, Del., as an analytical chemist. Blaine, who graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.S. in chemistry in 1965, worked for DuPont in laboratory and product positions until 1990.

Blaine’s ASTM involvement began more than 30 years ago; he joined the society in 1973 and that year was a founding member of Committee E37 on Thermal Measurements. He continues to serve the committee as the current chair of Subcommittee E37.01 on Thermal and Rheological Test Methods and Practices and on many other E37 subcommittees. Over the years, he has added to his broad knowledge of ASTM work through his extensive participation in other ASTM committees, including D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, D04 on Road and Paving Materials, D09 on Electrical and Electronic Insulating Materials, D11 on Rubber, D20 on Plastics, D30 on Composite Materials, D32 on Catalysts, D35 on Geosynthetics, E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy and Chromatography, E27 on Hazard Potential of Chemicals, F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, and now, one of ASTM’s newest committees, Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials. He has also worked on C11 on Gypsum and Related Building Materials and Systems, and served on the Committee on Technical Committee Operations. For his ASTM service, Blaine received the Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 1982 and a Committee D20 Award of Appreciation in 2000.

Blaine is a member of the American Chemical Society, the International Conference on Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, the North American Thermal Analysis Society, and the Thermal Analysis Forum of the Delaware Valley. NATAS has honored Blaine with the NATAS Fellow Award. //

James Horton

James A. Horton, P.E., is vice president and principal engineer for MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. in Jacksonville, Fla., a position he has held since 1987. Horton is responsible for managing MACTEC’s Jacksonville office, which offers a full range of services to clients worldwide, including geotechnical, construction and environmental services, and facilities engineering.

A registered professional engineer in the states of Florida and Georgia, Horton has provided management and senior technical review on several hundred geotechnical explorations, where his specialties include organic soil consolidation characteristics, pile foundation installation vibrations, and driven pile foundation design. He has provided expert testimony related to structure distress due to settlement, and he has been involved in all aspects of pavement design. In the last several years Horton has provided review of various environmental projects, including Phase I and site contamination assessments.

Horton joined MACTEC in 1974, two years after receiving his M.S. in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he also earned his B.S. in civil engineering in 1971. Before he joined the staff of MACTEC, Horton had been a lieutenant and civil engineer in the U.S. Army Construction Battalion. For his service he received a U.S. Army Commendation Medal.

Chairman of ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock since 2002, Horton is also chair of the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO), and a member of the ASTM Committee on Standards as well as of Committee E36 on Conformity Assessment. He has been involved in numerous D18 standards development activities since joining ASTM International in 1988, and for his service he received a Committee D18 Standards Development Award in 2003. COTCO has also honored Horton’s contributions with a 2004 Service Award.

In addition to ASTM International, Horton has affiliations with the American Society of Civil Engineers, where he has been president of the Jacksonville Branch and the Florida Section, which named him 2004 Engineer of the Year; the Florida Engineering Society, where he has been a state director, state vice president, and Engineer of the Year in 2000; and the Society of Military Engineers, where he has served on the board of directors. From 1997 to 2000, Horton served as chairman of the University of North Florida’s Engineering Advisory Council. //

Manuel A. Lascarro

Manuel A. Lascarro is director of special projects at ASOCRETO, the Colombian Ready Mixed Concrete Producers Association, where he manages activities and committees related to environmental issues, competitiveness and fair market affairs, including regulations, transit, and standards. He is also responsible for the ASOCRETO concrete housing promotion program there.

After receiving his degree in industrial engineering in 1996 from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Lascarro began his career at ASOCRETO as an engineer of organization and methods. The following year he added environmental affairs to his responsibilities; from 1998 to 1999 he was a special projects engineer for the organization, and in 2000, he began work in his current role.

Outside ASOCRETO, Lascarro is executive secretary of the Federacion Iberoamericana del Hormigón Premezclado - FIHP (Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete), a position to which he was originally elected in 1999, and re-elected in 2004. FIHP includes ready mixed concrete producers from Mexico to Argentina and includes Spain and Portugal as partner members. Lascarro is in charge of international relations among national members and international corresponding members, the latter group includes the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and he has supported establishing new associations in the Dominican Republic, Panama and Venezuela. Through this position, Lascarro has also been involved in the creation of the Ready Mixed Concrete Organization of the Americas, which brings together Canadian, Latin American, and U.S. groups to raise awareness of and develop the industry.

Lascarro is pursuing master’s studies in the private development and finance of projects and concessions at the Fundación Antonio Camuñas in agreement with the Universidad San Pablo CEU in Madrid, Spain. A representative of ASOCRETO in many committees with other trade associations in Colombia and member of the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization, where he works on the Environmental and Technical Committee, Lascarro joined ASTM International in 2003; he serves on Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. //

Catherine H. Pilarz

Catherine (Kitty) H. Pilarz is director of Mattel worldwide product safety for Fisher-Price in East Aurora, N.Y., which designs, manufactures and markets toys and family products sold in more than 150 nations around the world.

In her professional position, which she assumed in 2001, Pilarz is responsible for the safety of the Mattel and Fisher-Price product lines, assuring that all products conform to corporate safety requirements. She is also chair of the Fisher-Price Safety Committee, which audits new products to assure safety and conformity to standards and provides technical direction for product development related to safety issues. Pilarz also develops safety standards and policy for her firm.

In 1980, Pilarz graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and, that same year, she started working for Fisher-Price as an engineer-in-training. While a project engineer in international operations and conducting analysis and planning for international production, in 1983, she received her M.B.A. from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. She additionally held positions as a manufacturing engineer and as a quality control engineer before becoming manager of product safety and reliability in 1987.

Pilarz is vice chair of the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association Certification Committee, which oversees the JPMA certification program, a mechanism whereby independent laboratory testing validates a baby and toddler product manufacturer’s certification of compliance with ASTM International safety standards. In addition, Pilarz is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Society for Quality Control. Through ASQC, she has earned the designations of certified reliability engineer (1993) and certified quality engineer (1986). She works on a number of committees responsible for juvenile product safety standards for the American National Standards Institute and Underwriters Laboratories.
Pilarz chairs ASTM Committee F15 on Consumer Products as well as the F15 group on play yards. She also participates on many F15 subcommittees.

Pilarz has served as symposium chair for the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, and as president and board member of that group, which works to promote product safety through education and communication. She received a 40 Under 40 Award in 1998 from Business First Magazine and a Quaker Oats Chairman’s Award for Excellence in 1983. //

Thomas A. Schwartz

Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E., is president/principal and head of the Building Technology Group at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, a consulting engineering firm with five offices in the United States that focuses on design, performance evaluation, and repair of buildings, special structures, and infrastructure.

Following his graduation from Tufts University in Medford, Mass., in 1973, with a B.S. in civil engineering, Schwartz started work as an engineer at SGH. While in his early years with the firm, he earned his M.S. in material engineering in 1977 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.

Schwartz has held a number of positions at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, from engineer to senior staff engineer, and associate to principal, before assuming his current role. A registered professional engineer in nine states and the District of Columbia, he has focused on building envelope systems, including curtainwalls, glazing, roofing, waterproofing and masonry. He has investigated and evaluated glass and window systems, wall systems, and roofing and has lectured and written extensively about building envelope technology.

For his professional capability and work, Schwartz has been recognized with membership in the engineering honor society Tau Beta Pi and has been elected to membership in the scientific research society, Sigma Xi. Schwartz has also received the 1987 Engineering News Record Award for Contribution to Engineering.

For his involvement in ASTM standards activities, Schwartz has been honored with a 1994 ASTM International Award of Merit and title of fellow. He has been an ASTM International member since 1982, and serves on Committees E06 on Performance of Buildings, C14 on Glass and Glass Products, and E30 on Forensic Sciences. He also leads E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems as its chair and has been chair of a number of other E06 groups.

In addition to his ASTM work, Schwartz is a Construction Industry Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. He was also a technical editor for Glass Digest for more than a decade. //

Kenneth F. Yarosh

Kenneth F. Yarosh is an associate scientist and the European technical manager, Global Construction Industry, for Dow Corning Corp. in Seneffe, Belgium, a position he has held since 2003. In this role Yarosh manages technical professionals who provide support for silicone sealant, coating, and water repellent products used in such construction applications as structural glazing, insulating glass, and building envelope protection. He also collaborates with appropriate European officials to develop standards for these industrial items.

Following his 1982 graduation from Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill., with a B.S. in chemistry, Yarosh joined the Stepan Co. in Northfield, Ill., as a product development chemist. He worked for the firm until 1985, when he embarked on his career with Dow Corning in Midland, Mich., as a technical service chemist.

Yarosh relocated to Atlanta, Ga., in 1987 to open Dow Corning’s Regional Sealants Testing Laboratory and from 1988 to 2003 he was an application engineering and technical service specialist for customers and specifiers. In the latter role, Yarosh worked closely with major building curtainwall and structural glazing contractors on large building projects, both new and remedial, in the United States and in the Caribbean.

In ASTM International, Yarosh is secretary of Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants and its executive subcommittee; he has been named C24 first vice chairman, and he serves on a number of C24 subcommittees. Yarosh is also a member of three subcommittees within Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings. He participates in many interlaboratory studies and has worked on the development of a number of key standards for the glazing and weatherproofing industry. In addition, he serves as a global liaison between the sealants industry and Committee C24, and he has been a principal author of technical papers for C24 and E06 symposia.

Committee C24 has recognized Yarosh’s contributions with Certificates of Appreciation in 1998 and 2000, and with the C24 Sealants Hall of Fame Award in 2001. Yarosh received a 2005 ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow honoring his contributions to C24.

Yarosh has previously been a member of the Construction Specifications Institute, the EIFS Industry Members Association, the Glass Association of North America, and the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute. He has also been a director for both the Exterior Design Institute and the Protective Glazing Council. //

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