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 (*up to $650)
  • 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
  • Be provided with complimentary participation in CliftonStrengths Assessment*
  • The CliftonStrengths assessment, created by Gallup and administered by McKinley Advisors, will be offered for incoming and former members of the Emerging Professionals Program. This assessment identifies an individual's top five strengths to help EPs discover their inherent strengths and leverage this knowledge to develop, grow, and contribute to their workplace, volunteer, and personal interactions. In addition to receiving the assessment results and analysis, EPs will be invited to a virtual workshop facilitated by McKinley to discuss how to integrate this insight into their career development plans. This assessment adds another leadership development element to the Emerging Professionals program, and we look forward to the rich discussions it will enable.


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 workshops. McKinley has decades of experience and a steadfast commitment to advancing the work of mission-driven organizations.

Workshop Dates 2024

  • June 10-11, 2024 – Philadelphia, PA (submissions due April 5, 2024)
  • June 17-18, 2024 – Austin, TX (submission due April 9, 2024)
  • October 7-8, 2024 – Orlando, FL (submission due September 4, 2024)
  • October 21-22, 2024 – Brussels, Belgium (submissions due August 27, 2024) ** held in conjunction with ASTM BOD meetings
  • November 11-12, 2024 – Orlando, FL (submission due September 10, 2024)

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

For More Information

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