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September/October 2011

ASTM International Co-Sponsors Session at Green Chemistry Conference

Official Event of United Nations’ International Year of Chemistry

ASTM International was a session co-sponsor of the 15th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, an official event of the United Nations’ International Year of Chemistry 2011. The conference, held from June 21 to 23 in Washington, D.C., was organized by the American Chemical Society’s Green Chemistry Institute. More than 650 international participants attended the conference, which featured five keynote speakers and 30 technical sessions for students, researchers, corporate leaders and funding organizations.

During the conference, Pat Picariello, director, developmental operations, ASTM, presented a life cycle assessment session titled “Standards Development: Collection and Processing of Electronic Material and Devices.”

During his presentation, Picariello discussed the evolution of a proposed standard on the collection and processing of electronic material and devices that is currently being developed by ASTM International Committee E60 on Sustainability. The proposed standard is intended to provide clarity and transparency for the recycling process by enabling product tracking through the supply chain from material supplier, product manufacturer, retailer, processor and on to final disposition.

The U.N. International Year of Chemistry is a means to highlight the vital contribution that chemistry is making toward the achievement of the goals of the U.N. Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014.

ASTM To Welcome Standards Experts from Jordan and Malaysia

Experts from national standards bodies in Jordan and Malaysia will visit ASTM International headquarters from Oct. 24 to Nov. 18. During their visit, the experts will learn about ASTM International and its standards development process, attend the October committee week, visit U.S. federal government agencies and U.S.-based standards development organizations in Washington, D.C., and share information about their work and their home organizations.

Ruba Ayeid Al-Thawabeia is a standardization officer at the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization, where she is responsible for the secretariats of three national technical committees related to the chemical sector: chemicals, cosmetics and fertilizers. Al-Thawabeia is also responsible for standards and technical regulations on toy safety.

Lee Hooi Lan is a senior executive of the engineering standards management and consulting services section, Standards Research and Management Center, SIRIM Berhad, in Malaysia. As a senior executive, she is responsible for overseeing standards development activities for the sectors within the assigned group. This responsibility includes training, subcontract personnel, monitoring projects and maintaining coordination.

Ethiopian Standards Agency Adopts ASTM Concrete Standards

The Ethiopian Standards Agency has adopted several ASTM International standards for building construction over the past year. ESA and ASTM signed a memorandum of understanding in 2005.

Established in 1970, the Ethiopian Standards Agency (formerly the Quality and Standards Authority of Ethiopia) is the national standards body of Ethiopia. ESA promotes quality management practices and oversees standards development, certification, metrology and testing.

As part of the MOU agreement, ESA submits an annual report to ASTM detailing recent adoptions of and references to ASTM standards. ESA reported that 41 ASTM International standards from Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates have been adopted as Ethiopian national standards this year. In addition, 18 individuals from Ethiopia participate in 16 of ASTM International’s 142 technical committees as full voting MOU members.

“ESA has benefited from the accessibility of ASTM standards and the online virtual training for our staff,” says Almaz Kahsay, president of ESA. “We have adopted several ASTM standards for building construction and participate on various ASTM technical committees.”

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.

ASTM donates to Fellowship HouseASTM International has continued its support of the Fellowship House of Conshohocken, Pa., with a $9,500 donation to support its 2011 summer camp. ASTM’s donation provided for an eight-week summer program serving the needs of 30-40 children ages 5-12, five days a week, for seven to nine hours a day. The donation supported the Fellowship House’s summer basketball program as well as field trips throughout the program. In the photo, James Thomas, right, ASTM president, visits the summer campers and Darlene Hildebrand, left, executive director, Fellowship House.

ASTM sponsors environmental educationASTM International sponsored four visits from Riverbend Environmental Education Center to the day camp program this summer at Conshohocken Catholic School in Conshohocken, Pa. On a recent visit from Mary Westlund, an environmental educator at Riverbend, children learned about aquatic life. Here, campers, along with James S. Thomas, director, international sales, ASTM, have a close encounter with a turtle during Westlund’s presentation.


ASTM Aids Students in American Concrete Institute Competition in Mexico

ASTM International co-sponsored the second American Concrete Institute Mexico Concrete Cylinder Student Competition in May. The competition was held in the laboratory of the Center for Science of Design and Construction of the Autonomous University of Aguascalientes.

ASTM International provided view-only access to all standards necessary to the competition.

The contest featured 16 teams from 12 Mexican universities, with more than 80 civil engineering students involved. The five award categories were compressive strength target, volumetric weight target, cement efficiency, cost and overall performance. The objective was to produce concrete cylinders with an average compressive strength of 30 MPa and a volumetric weight of 2200 kg/m3 with the greatest efficiency and lowest cost elements. In addition to the completed cylinders, teams submitted written reports that explained their process of design and production.

Academic Outreach

ASTM Connects with Students in Mexico, India

ASTM International is continuing its efforts to interact with students throughout the world, as evidenced by recent events in Mexico and India.

On June 24, Luis Ordonez and Vanessa Corona, ASTM’s representatives in Mexico, visited the Universidad Politécnica de Querétaro and encouraged both students and professors there to participate in ASTM’s student outreach activities. The visit was arranged through Amador del Prado, a UPQ professor who teaches manufacturing and mechatronics engineering.

On July 14, ASTM staff members participated in a virtual meeting with students from the Advanced Academy for Development of Textile Technologists in New Bombay, India. The purpose of the event was to introduce students to ASTM International and the benefits of student membership. Eighteen students attended the meeting from the campus of AADTT. AADTT is a post-university institute at which textile technologists receive training and industry experience.

The virtual meeting was arranged in India by Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan, ASTM textile instructor and technical and service consultant in India.

WISE interns

Pictured, left to right: James Olshefsky, ASTM; Sylvana Ricciarini, International Code Council; Ashley Vincent, University of Idaho; Mohamed
Y. Hilmi, InterAction; and Anthony Quinn, ASTM.

ASTM Continues Support of WISE Internship Program

University of Idaho Senior Sponsored by ASTM International

As part of ASTM International’s 2011 Jumpstart Your Career campaign, aimed at educating students about the value and importance of standards, ASTM again sponsored an engineering student’s participation in the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program in Washington, D.C.,. During the nine-week program, WISE interns learn about the public policy process, including how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.

This year’s ASTM-sponsored intern, Ashley Vincent, is a senior at the University of Idaho. Vincent prepared a research paper on “The Contribution of Codes and Standards to the Long-Term Viability of Foreign Assistance.” Several contacts that Vincent made during her summer in Washington, including ASTM staff, attended her presentation.

ASTM Cement Standards Expert Provides Training in Philippines

At the request of the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), ASTM International sent an expert on ASTM cement and concrete standards to speak at a two-day seminar, June 30-July 1, in Manila.

CeMAP sponsored Alan Gee, an ASTM member and a recognized expert in the global cement and concrete industry. Gee highlighted the applicability of ASTM test methods and specifications during the seminar. Contact with CeMAP was facilitated through ASTM’s memorandum of understanding partner in the Philippines, the Bureau of Product Standards, Department of Trade and Industry.

ASTM donates to George Clay Fire Co.ASTM International continued its support of area fire companies with a donation of $2,030 to the George Clay Fire Co. in West Conshohocken, Pa. This donation was used by the fire company to purchase an MSA Orion detector. The meter will allow respondents to monitor air quality in confined space incidents. Shown in the photo, left to right, are Dave Frankenfield, chairman, George Clay Fire Co. trustees; Kenneth Pearson, senior vice president, operations, ASTM; and Robert Bendig, director, general services, ASTM.

Bolivia Training Course Focuses on Concrete Standards

Training course in Bolivia

Participants in the course, ASTM Cement and Concrete Standards: Relationship to ACI 318, in Bolivia.

On Aug. 1-3, Enrique Pasquel, Unicon Research Corp., Lima, Peru, and a member of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, conducted the training course, “ASTM Cement and Concrete Standards: Relationship to ACI 318,” for the Instituto Boliviano de Normalización y Calidad in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. ASTM International and IBNORCA signed a memorandum of understanding in June 2002.

The three-day course was attended by 17 representatives of universities, government agencies and industry. The training covered how ASTM standards fit into project documents and introduced ASTM and the standards development process as well as ASTM Committees C09 and C01 on Cement. The course also highlighted the relationships among ASTM International, the American Concrete Institute, and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, and ASTM standards referenced by ACI 318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.