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September/October 2010

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E. Ivan Diaz-Loya Receives ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship

E. Ivan Diaz-Loya, a Ph.D. candidate and research assistant at the Trenchless Technology Center at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., is the recipient of the 2010 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the scholarship is presented each year to undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction.

A graduate of Chihuahua Institute of Technology, Chihuahua, Mexico, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering, Diaz-Loya’s current research focuses on characterizing new types of environmentally friendly concrete such as geopolymer concrete. After completing his doctoral program at Louisiana Tech, he plans to continue working on the development of sustainable construction materials based on recycled solid wastes.

A member of the North American Society for Trenchless Technology and the American Concrete Institute, Diaz-Loya has also received scholarships from Mexico’s National Council on Science and Technology and NASTT. He completed an undergraduate internship in the R&D department at GCC Cement in Chihuahua, Mexico, and had his paper, “Factors Affecting the Suitability of Fly Ash as Source Material for Geopolymers,” published in the scientific journal, Fuel, The Science and Technology of Fuel and Energy.

For more information about ASTM International’s student membership, scholarships and other academic activities, visit the “ASTM International Campus” section of the ASTM website.

Israeli standards officials meeting in DC

James Olshefsky, ASTM; Helen Atarot, director for standardization, SII; and Grisha Deitch, commissioner of standardization and technical director of the National Physical Laboratory of Israel (left to right) recently met in Washington, D.C.

ASTM Staff Meet with Israeli Standards Officials

ASTM Standards for Solar Energy Are Discussed

ASTM International staff members Christine DeJong and James Olshefsky met with five officials from the Standards Institution of Israel and the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor in Washington, D.C., on July 12. Since July 2007, when ASTM signed a memorandum of understanding with SII, almost 200 ASTM International standards have been used as the basis of national standards in Israel.

Much of the discussion during the meeting surrounded ASTM standards on technology for the conversion of solar renewable energy to directly usable energy forms and strengthening the relationship between ASTM and SII. ASTM standards for solar technology are under the jurisdiction of ASTM International Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal and Alternative Energy Sources. The visit was made possible by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of the Middle East.

ASEE Conference in Kentucky

James Olshefsky (left) meets Paul McPherson, a graduate student at Purdue University.

ASTM Staff Attends ASEE Conference

On June 20-23, ASTM staff members James Olshefsky, Ileane Smith and George Zajdel attended the American Society for Engineering Education conference in Louisville, Ky. Olshefsky made a presentation titled “Bridging the Gap Between Classroom Learning and Real World Applications” and moderated a session on “Innovative Pedagogies for Teaching Introductory Materials Courses.”

Many universities were represented at the conference, including Purdue University, which held an informative session focusing on what employers want regarding knowledge of technical standards and the process of standardization. ASTM also hosted a booth at the ASEE conference exhibition, and staffers met faculty members from various schools who said they use ASTM standards quite extensively in their curricula.

ASTM International Recognized

ASTM and Its Corporate Communications Department Receive Local and National Honors

ASTM International ranked eighth this year on a list of the best nonprofit places to work in the Philadelphia, Pa., area. The list, Top Workplaces 2010, was based on a poll of area employees taken by the Philadelphia Inquirer.

ASTM’s Corporate Communications department was honored recently with publication awards. SN and the 2008 ASTM International annual report, Clarity — Looking Forward with Experience, each won a 2010 Hermes Platinum Award, the highest honor given by the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals in its annual international competition, which recognizes excellence and creativity in publishing.

In addition to the Hermes Award, the ASTM 2008 annual report won the Communicator 2010 Award of Excellence, the highest tier award from the program. This is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work in various media.

SN also received an Apex Award of Excellence for “Most Improved Magazine.” This award reflects SN’s redesign, which was launched in 2008. The Apex Awards are sponsored by Communications Concepts Inc., an organization that helps publishing, public relations and marketing professionals improve publications programs through a series of focused services.

ASTM International Announces 2010 Graduate Scholarship Winners

Students from Mississippi State University and the University of Wisconsin Receive Awards

Mississippi State University student Shakhrukh Ismonov and University of Wisconsin student Scott Hamel are the recipients of the 2010 ASTM International Graduate Scholarship. The ASTM Graduate Scholarship rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM International standards. This is the second year of the ASTM Graduate Scholarship and the first year with two winners.

A Ph.D. candidate and research and graduate teaching assistant in the mechanical engineering program at Mississippi State, Ismonov’s research focuses on 3-D fatigue crack growth modeling, assessment of closure measurement techniques and influence of residual stress fields on fatigue crack growth. He graduated magna cum laude from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2006.

Ismonov is an ASTM student member and an active participant in Committee E08 on Fatigue and Fracture meetings and symposia. He is also a member of ASME International and has co-authored four articles that have been published in the International Journal of Fatigue, the Journal of ASTM International and the Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.

Hamel is a Ph.D. candidate and research and teaching assistant in the civil engineering department at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass., and an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and he is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Colorado and Wisconsin.

Hamel’s research is focused on long-term creep of wood-plastic composites. A student member of ASTM International, he has had the opportunity to participate in the standards development meetings of Committee D20 on Plastics. He is also a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and the UW-Madison chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA.

For more information about ASTM International’s student membership, scholarships and other academic activities, visit the “ASTM International Campus” section of the ASTM website.

Tunisia and ASTM International Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Annual Reports Indicate Continued Success of MOU Program

ASTM International has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Institut National de la Normalisation et de la Propriété Industrielle of Tunisia. The MOU was signed by James Thomas, ASTM International president, and Aymen Mekki, director general of INNORPI. The MOU is the 70th that ASTM has signed with national standards bodies throughout the world.

In addition, the national standards bodies of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mongolia and the United Arab Emirates have all filed annual reports that indicate the ongoing success of their memorandums of understanding with ASTM International. Reports are supplied each year by national standards bodies that have MOUs with ASTM International.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Institute for Standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BAS) notes that they have adopted several ASTM International standards over the past year. BAS and ASTM signed an MOU in 2002.

The institute oversees the public standards of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and represents the country in international, European and other interstate organizations for standardization. The organization participates in the preparation of technical regulations, develops and establishes the information system of the standards of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and educates personnel on standardization.

For the year 2009, BAS reported that 22 ASTM International standards were adopted as identical Bosnia and Herzegovina national standards, and 34 ASTM standards were referenced in Bosnian regulations. Almost all of the ASTM standards were petroleum and fuel standards developed by ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, which oversees more than 700 ASTM standards. BAS also has a committee dedicated to petroleum, BAS/TC11 on Petroleum and Petroleum Derivatives.


The productive partnership established with the signing of an MOU between the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology and ASTM International six years ago continued in 2009.

MASM approves and publishes all Mongolian standards based on a mutual understanding and voluntary agreement between parties from governmental authorities, industry and business with regard to consumers’ rights. A 22-member council that includes representatives from ministries, nongovernmental organizations, academia and various industries oversees MASM.

MASM reports that 20 ASTM International standards were adopted as identical Mongolian national standards in 2009. In addition, three ASTM standards were used as reference documents in the development of Mongolian national standards. The adopted and referenced ASTM standards cover various sectors, including concrete, petroleum, roofing, protective coatings, road and paving materials, and alternative energy. More than 20 individuals from Mongolia participate on one or more of ASTM’s 141 technical committees.

United Arab Emirates

A federal United Arab Emirates authority established by federal law in 2001, the Emirates Standards and Metrology Authority oversees all national standards and technical regulations in the UAE federation. ESMA and ASTM signed an MOU in 2008.

Similar to ASTM International, where technical committees cover various industry sectors, ESMA has established technical committees in the areas of construction and building materials, electrical and electronic products, chemical and plastic products, and petroleum products and lubricants.

In the report, ESMA states that 10 ASTM International standards have been adopted as identical United Arab Emirates national standards, and an additional 22 ASTM standards were used in the preparation of UAE standards over the past year. Close to 100 individuals from UAE participate on one or more ASTM technical committees.

Over the past few years, members and staff from ASTM International have traveled to the United Arab Emirates to participate in various standards-related workshops and conferences and to teach ASTM technical training courses.

The ASTM International Memorandum of Understanding Program

Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. The purpose of the program is to increase greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid health, safety, and environmental and economic conditions. More information on the MOU program can be found by clicking here.

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