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September/October 2008

Nominations for 2009 Board of Directors

In accordance with the ASTM International 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, 2009: 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. 5. 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. 5.

2009 Chairman of the Board

Paul K. WhitcraftPAUL K. WHITCRAFT is the director of quality, safety and engineering at Rolled Alloys Inc., a worldwide specialty metals supplier in Temperance, Mich. With a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University, Whitcraft began his career at Carpenter Technology’s Tube Division and then moved to the company’s Steel Division. In 1991, he began at Rolled Alloys as regional marketing manager, and in 1992 he was assigned to his current post. His career has focused on stainless steel and nickel alloy production, corrosion resistance and establishing and operating quality systems.

Since 1975, Whitcraft has been active in several ASTM committees: A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys; B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys; E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials; F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices; and G01 on Corrosion of Metals. He is a past chairman of Committee B02, which recognized him in 2002 with the Award of Merit for his leadership and technical contributions. Whitcraft currently chairs B02.07 on Refined Nickel and Cobalt and Their Alloys, and he is the secretary for ISO TC 155 SC2 on Wrought and Cast Nickel and Nickel Alloys, for which B02.92 is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group.

In addition to ASTM International, Whitcraft is a member of NACE International, ASM International, TAPPI and SAE International, and he has worked toward the adoption of certain ASTM standards for the use of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code within ASME International.

2009-2010 Vice Chairman of the Board

Catherine (Kitty) H. PilarzCATHERINE (KITTY) H. PILARZ is director of Mattel/Fisher-Price worldwide product safety 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. 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 groups on play yards and children’s folding chairs. 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.

2009-2011 Director

Torsten BahkeTORSTEN BAHKE, Dr.-Ing., is director of the German Institute of Standardization (DIN) in Berlin, Germany. He has been the chief executive officer of the organization since 1999 after serving as DIN director of strategy for two years.

In 1978, Bahke earned his doctorate in engineering from Hanover University in Hanover, Germany, and the next year he became responsible, for design and project planning in materials handling for the Research and Development Department of Krupp Industrietechnik GmbH in Duisburg, Germany. In 1984 he became assistant managing director for Krupp South Africa (Pty.) Ltd. in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in 1987 he returned to Duisburg as head of projects for bulk material systems at Krupp Industriechnik. From 1989 to 1994, he was head of the executive board of directors for PHW Anlagen und Systeme GmbH, St. Ingbert, and from 1994 to 1997, he was a member of the executive board of directors for Krupp Fördertechnik GmbH in Essen, Germany.

Bahke, who holds a Dipl.-Ing. from Karlsruhe University, is a member of the boards of trustees of the Berlin-Brandenburg Section of the Association of German Engineers and of the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, a member of presidial board of the Research Institute for Rationalization at the RWTH Aachen, a member of the board of the Austrian Standards Institute, a member of the board of directors of the German American Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Berlin Scientific Society. He also served as vice president, policy, for the International Organization for Standardization from 2002-2005.

2009-2011 Director

Carroll D. DavisCARROLL D. DAVIS is manager of analytical chemistry for the Alcoa Technical Center in Alcoa Center, Pa., where he focuses on analytical chemistry to support Alcoa research and development projects, laboratory quality system implementation, and technical management. He is also responsible for technology to enable process characterization and control at Alcoa locations globally as well as the development of certified reference materials for the aluminum industry.

While working on his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Davis began his career in the Alumina Research Division of Reynolds Metals in Bauxite, Ark., in 1974. He became a research scientist at the Reynolds Metals Metallurgy Laboratory in Richmond, Va., in 1983, and in 1988, moved to Reynolds Metals Corporate Technology as analytical section head. While there, he completed his master’s degree in materials science at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 2000, Davis became quality manager at the Alcoa Technical Center, and in 2002, he assumed his current role.

Davis, an ASTM International member since 1983, currently serves as chair of Subcommittee E01.22 on Laboratory Quality, a part of Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. He was chair of the main committee from 2000 to 2005, membership secretary from 1993 to 2000, and chair of Subcommittee E01.23 on Terminology and Editorial from 1990 to 2000. For his technical contributions to E01, Davis received the H.V. Churchill Award in 2006, the Ted Linde Leadership Award in 2004, the John L. Hague Award in 1998 and 1988, and the B.F. Scribner Award in 1994. He is also an ASTM fellow and Award of Merit recipient.

Davis’ other ASTM involvement includes work on Committees E11 on Quality and Statistics and F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials. He previously had been a member of Committee B07 on Light Metals and Alloys, and he completed a three-year term on the Committee on Standards in 2006; for the latter work he received a Service Award.

A member of the board of directors for the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation, Davis is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and a member of the American Chemical Society.

2009-2011 Director

Warren O. HaggardWARREN O. HAGGARD, Ph.D., is a professor and Herff chair of excellence in biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tenn., where he both pursues and directs tissue engineering material research, teaches and mentors students.

An ASTM International member since 1993, when he first became involved with Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, Haggard currently serves as co-chair of F04.04, Division IV – Tissue Engineered Medical Products, and on several other F04 subcommittees. He previously had been co-chair, from 1996 to 1997, and then chair, from 1997 to 2000, of Subcommittee F04.11 on Polymeric Materials. His contributions to the committee have been recognized with the 2007 Patrick G. Laing Award, the highest award from F04; the 1999 Leroy Wyman Award, and the 1997 Robert E. Fairer Award (formerly the M.O.S.E.S. Award). Haggard also is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of ASTM International.

Haggard’s research activities at the University of Memphis focus on bone graft substitutes, functional tissue repair, modified tissue scaffolds and local delivery of biological agents. He is expanding collaborations with industrial researchers, particularly on bio-orthopaedic materials, and he is advancing the applied musculoskeletal research efforts of the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering of the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee.

Before joining the University of Memphis faculty, Haggard held several positions at Wright Medical Technology in Arlington, Tenn., most recently as vice president of applied research. While there, he managed research and development for the extremity product and biological materials groups in addition to the mechanical testing and analysis departments.

A fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Haggard is also a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, the Orthopedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, the Wound Healing Society and the Tissue Engineering Society. He has written book chapters and numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals as well as made many presentations at local, national and international meetings. Haggard also reviews papers for the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

2009-2011 Director

Toy S. PooleTOY S. POOLE, Ph.D., is a chemist in the Research and Development Center at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, Miss., where he specializes in concrete chemistry, the analysis of test method precision and bias, and the statistical analysis of research data.

An ASTM member since 1985, Poole joined Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates and E11 on Quality and Statistics the following year. An active participant in numerous C01 and C09 subcommittees, Poole currently serves as a member at large for both C01 and C09, and he leads C01.26 on Heat of Hydration as well as C09.66 on Concrete’s Resistance to Fluid Penetration. He has previously been chair of other subcommittees in both C01 and C09, and secretary of the main C09 committee.

Poole, who received the 2004 Award of Merit for his contributions to standards development through data evaluation, statistical analysis and precision and bias statements, has been honored with a number of other awards. He became an honorary committee member of C01 and of C09 in 2007; he received the Frank E. Richart Award in 2004 for notable contributions in his field, C09 Awards of Appreciation in 2000 and 2004, the Bryant Mather Award in 2003 for furthering the development of hydraulic cement standards and a C01 Award of Appreciation in 1999.

The year after his 1968 graduation from the University of North Carolina with a B.S. in chemistry, Poole began his career as an electronics engineer with the U.S. Army. He served in that capacity from 1969 to 1971. From 1971 to 1974, he was a biochemistry research associate at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C., and then held a position as a chemist with the State of South Carolina from 1974 to 1977. He joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1980.

Poole earned his M.S. in biology from Clemson University in Clemson, S.C., and his Ph.D. in biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board, he holds two cement patents, and he has written numerous technical papers related to cement and concrete.

2009-2011 Director

Masami TanakaMASAMI TANAKA is president of the Japan Testing Center for Construction Materials in Tokyo, Japan, an organization that tests, evaluates and certifies construction materials and building components. He is also a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan, vice president of the Japanese Industrial Standards Committee, where he works on standardization policy, and vice president of the Institute of International Harmonization for Building and Housing.

In his career, Tanaka has concentrated on organizational management and standardization policy. Before assuming his current position at the JTCCM, he had been the director general of the Japanese Chemical Industry Association from 1998 to 2007, and also during that period, he served on several Japan Business Federation committees and as a board member of the International Council of Chemical Industry Associations, which includes 26 national member bodies.

A former president of the International Organization for Standardization, from 2005-2006, Tanaka was also an ISO council member. From 1998-2007, he was chair of the Standards Center for Japanese Chemical Industry, and from 1995-2000, he was chair of the Standing Committee of the Pacific Area Standards Congress. From 1993-1998, he was secretary general of JISC in his capacity as director general of the standards department, Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Tanaka also participated in the Asia-Pacific Economic Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance.

Tanaka holds an M.S. in chemical engineering from Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan, and an M.Phil. from the University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

2009-2011 Director

Michael R. WithersMICHAEL R. WITHERS is vice president of ride engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, Calif., where he has responsibility for amusement ride design and engineering. In addition, he is currently serving as project manager for the Global Ride Safety Enhancement Program for Disney Theme Parks and Resorts.

An ASTM International member since 2000, Withers currently serves on the Committee on Technical Committee Operations and as vice chair of Subcommittee F24.24 on Design and Manufacture, a part of Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices.

After graduating from Oakland University, Rochester, Mich., in 1972, with a B.S. in engineering, Withers began his professional career as a project engineer with Autosafety Engineering in Rochester, Mich. In 1974, he became a project manager at the John Z. DeLorean Corp. in Bloomfield Hill, Mich., and in 1977, took the position of vice president with Triad Services in Troy, Mich. In these roles he was involved with mechanical and systems engineering and automotive safety systems. In 1989, Withers joined Disney Imagineering as director of operations, and in 2000 he assumed his current role.

Outside ASTM International, Withers is a member of SAE International and the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.