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Liu Fei, ASTM’s Chief Representative in China

Liu Fei, ASTM’s chief representative in China, speaking at the International Federation of Standards Users Workshop.

News from China

Liu Fei, ASTM International’s Chief Representative in China, Makes
Presentations at Standards Conferences

Nondestructive Testing Standards

On June 12, Liu Fei made a presentation titled “ASTM International: Nondestructive Testing Standards,” at the 2009 Far East Forum on Nondestructive Evaluation/Testing: New Technology and Application, which was held in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. The event was organized by the local inspection institute, the technical society and two universities.

About 600 participants representing the nondestructive testing sector throughout China and organizations outside China attended the plenary and breakout sessions over two days.

On the second day, Liu Fei joined the Chinese technical committee of the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China, SAC/TC56 on NDT, which discussed the revision of the Chinese national standard GB/T11345-89 on the grading of ultrasonic testing and results for steel weldments.

Standardization Discipline/Education

At the invitation of the China National Institute of Standardization, Liu Fei presented at the 2009 Standardization Discipline and Education Workshop held in Beijing, China. He spoke about ASTM’s standards education outreach. Liu’s topic was ”The Role of Standards Education in Engineering Curricula.” About 100 participants, including experts from the U.S. and Europe, attended the discussion.


“ASTM International Responsibility: Access to Sustainability,” was Liu Fei’s topic at the 4th China Association for Standardization — International Federation of Standards Users (IFAN) Workshop. Conducted in Shenzhen, China, the workshop’s theme was social responsibility and product quality.

More than 200 representatives from local industries attended during the two-day conference. Liu was an invited speaker and presented information about ASTM’s standards development and maintenance related to sustainability, specifically standards for the buildings and construction, the environment, water, soil and air, energy, waste and toxic substances, under way in more than 20 ASTM technical committees.

SII Standardization Director meets with ASTM staff

Shown from left to right: Anthony Quinn, ASTM; Haim Rachmiel, SII; Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM; Jeffrey Grove, ASTM.

SII Standardization Director Meets with ASTM Staff

On June 24, Haim Rachmiel, director, Standardization Division of the Standards Institution of Israel, met with staff at ASTM’s Washington, D.C., office. Rachmiel is a participant in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which strives to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.

ASTM staff members who met with Rachmiel were Anthony Quinn, director, public policy and international trade; Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation; and Jeffrey Grove, vice president, global policy and industry affairs.

During his visit, Rachmiel received an orientation about ASTM International, the use of ASTM standards by the U.S. and other nations worldwide, and the ASTM global cooperation program. Standardization for renewable energy and sustainability topics were also extensively covered with plans made for future technical discussions on these topics via a virtual meeting or video conference.

SII is a participant in ASTM International’s Memorandum of Understanding program, having signed an MOU in 2007.

Candidates for 2010 ASTM International Board of Directors Announced

ASTM International is pleased to announce the following slate of candidates selected by the Nominating Committee to serve on the 2010 board of directors:

  • Chairman of the board: Roger E. Stoller, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • Vice chairman (two-year term): Kenneth F. Yarosh, Dow Corning Corp.

Directors (three-year terms):

  • Marilyn L. Baker, The Coca-Cola Co.;
  • Ronald J. Ebelhar, H. C. Nutting Co.;
  • Randy F. Jennings, Tennessee Department of Agriculture;
  • Ricky W. Magee, Columbian Chemicals Co.;
  • Mary H. Saunders, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; and
  • Robert D. Thomas, National Concrete Masonry Association.

For voting instructions and biographies of the candidates, please click here. In addition to electing the 2010 board of directors, you will be asked to recommend candidates from the ASTM International membership to serve on the 2010 Nominating Committee. Please contact Maureen Houck for more information.

ASTM Member Presents Course in Kazakhstan

Harry Giles Leads Crude Oil Workshop

In July 2009, Harry Giles, a member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, traveled to Astana, Kazakhstan, where he presented the ASTM training course, “Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing and Evaluation.” This was at the invitation of the Kazakhstan Institute of Standardization and Certification (KAZINST) and was the first ASTM training course to be presented in Kazakhstan since the memorandum of understanding between ASTM International and KAZINST was signed in 2008.

The three-day course was presented at KAZINST’s headquarters and was attended by 18 representatives of the institute as well as various government agencies and departments, and several companies with petroleum-related operations in the country. Topics included the collection of representative samples by manual and automatic means, quality variation and its causes, inspection and comprehensive analyses, basic evaluation of crude oil fractions, case studies related to crude oil quality and handling, the ASTM Interlaboratory Crosscheck Program on crude oil, and challenges for the crude oil analyst and refiner. Presented in English, the course was simultaneously translated into Russian.

During his visit, Giles met with Arman A. Shakkaliev, director general of KAZINST, and stressed the growing global importance of ASTM standards. He also toured the laboratories of the Kazakh Central Customs Agency, where numerous raw materials and products produced in or imported into the country are analyzed to determine their conformance to specifications and purity. These include crude oil, fuels, various ores and foods.

Scholarships Awarded

Students Honored with Mather and Graduate Awards


Jarrod Persun, a graduate student in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y., has received the 2009 Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship from ASTM International. The scholarship, sponsored by ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, is presented annually to undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction.

Persun, who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Clarkson University in 2008, began his concrete research in 2006. His past research work has focused on vitreous calcium aluminosilicate and self-consolidating concrete. Information about two projects he worked on was published in Cement and Concrete Research and the Transportation Research Record. He plans to continue his research while pursuing his master’s in civil engineering.

At Clarkson, Persun has been featured on the dean’s list and received the George A. Gray Endowed Fellowship. He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Reed Eppelheimer, a graduate student in the School of Packaging at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., is the first recipient of the new ASTM International Graduate Scholarship.

Established in 2009 to coincide with ASTM’s Year of the Professor initiative, the ASTM International Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM International standards.

Eppelheimer, who holds bachelor’s degrees in both packaging and supply chain management from Michigan State University, has contributed to the development of key standards on auto-identification technologies, including radio frequency identification systems, bar codes and other developing systems, for ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging. He has participated in committee meetings and is currently doing research for the development of future D10 standards.

A former member of the Institute of Packaging Professionals and the honorary packaging fraternity Pi Kappa Gamma, Eppelheimer has made presentations at the annual Michigan State University Packaging Executive Conference and at the 2008 International Association of Packaging Research Institutes World Conference on Packaging in Bangkok, Thailand.

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