Empowering Tomorrow's Standards Leaders


    ASTM technical committees are welcome to nominate a candidate who wants to become more active on their committee.

    The objective of the Emerging Professionals program is to create a new opportunity with long-term benefits for new members who have demonstrated the potential to be industry and committee leaders.

    Up to ten selected candidates per committee week will:

    • Receive round-trip domestic economy airfare to and from the committee week
    • Get two-night accommodations in the committee week hotel
    • Attend an Emerging Professionals Workshop for a comprehensive introduction to ASTM and its standards development process
    • Receive leadership development training from a professional facilitator and learn skills such as negotiation, consensus building, and problem solving
    • Participate in technical committee meetings with a committee mentor

    New for 2019! ASTM International will be rolling out the opportunity for graduates of the Emerging Professionals to take the Strengthsfinder assessment. The Strengthsfinder assessment was created by Gallup, a globally recognized analytics and advisory company well known for its public opinion polls. After completing the half hour online assessment, participants will receive their top five strengths, as well as a guide for interpreting these strengths, and how to use those to their professional advantage. With the support of our partners at McKinley Advisors, ASTM staff will be in touch with graduates to offer this new benefit.


    Potential candidates for the program shall meet the following criteria:

    • One to five years’ experience in standards development or in using ASTM standards in their work
    • Works for a company, association, or government agency, that is currently using and/or developing ASTM standards OR attends a university (graduate level or higher) where their work involves/contributes to a significant ASTM activity
    • Is available to attend the appropriate technical committee meeting
    • ASTM International membership is required for the candidate and mentor. Student membership is acceptable for the nominee.

    Workshop Speakers:

    McKinley Advisors in Washington, D.C. will be providing the guest speakers at all 2019 workshops. McKinley has decades of experience and a steadfast commitment to advancing the work of mission-driven organizations.

    Workshop Dates 2019

    • June 4, 2019, Denver, CO – nominations due 4/9/2019
    • June 25, 2019, Denver, CO – nominations due 4/16/2019
    • October 22, 2019, Houston, TX – nominations due 8/6/2019
    • November 5, 2019, Houston, TX – nominations due 8/13/2019

    Now Accepting Nominations

    Click here for a nomination form.


    "This was a great experience to become familiar with the elements of standard development as well as to meet peers, ASTM management and staff." - Nima Shamsaei, Auburn University

    "The program exceeded my expectations by providing a balanced combination of networking opportunities, committee meetings and learning experiences." - Ash Kotwal, Martin Marietta

    "I have submitted my first standard and the first ballot went very well! 100% of acceptance! Thank you for your support and training!" - Carla Divieto, National Institute of Metrological Research, Italy

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    Questions? Contact Katerina Koperna at +1.610.832.9728 or email kkoperna@astm.org.