Nominations for the 2019 ASTM International Board of Directors

We are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for board offices, selected by the ASTM International Nominating Committee. Terms will begin Jan. 1, 2019, for chairman of the board (one-year term); vice chairman (two-year term); and six directors (three-year terms). The election is official when the ballot closes on Dec. 1, the deadline for receipt of all ballots.

Members will receive an email with a link to the online ballot. If you do not have access to the internet, you may request a hard copy of the ballot from Maureen Houck at +1.610.832.9594.

Chairman of the Board

Taco van der Maten is marketing manager at MalvernPanalytical in Almelo, the Netherlands. In this position, he is responsible for the global polymer, oils, fuels, petrochemicals, and environmental markets at MalvernPanalytical. The firm is a materials analysis solutions provider enabling customers to determine structure, composition, quantity, and quality of particles and materials, during their research and product development processes, when assessing materials before production, or during the manufacturing process.

An ASTM International member since 2006, van der Maten is chairman of the board of directors of the Safety Equipment Institute (an affiliate of ASTM International) and chairman of the committee on declarable substances in materials (F40), whose standards help in evaluating materials/products for RoHS, REACH, and similar requirements as well as rare earth materials. He is also an active member of the committees on petroleum products, liquid fuels, and lubricants (D02), catalysts (D32), and plastics (D20). Van der Maten is also a member of the Dutch national standardization organization (NEN) as well as the Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

In 1985, the year he graduated from the Dr. Ir. W.L. Ghijsen Institute in Utrecht with a degree in analytical chemistry, van der Maten became a research chemist for Heineken in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands. He then worked as research chemist, service delivery manager, and business development manager at Royal DSM N.V. in Sittard-Geleen before becoming a MalvernPanalytical staff member in 2006.

Vice Chairman of the Board

John R. Logar is a senior director of aseptic processing and terminal sterilization at Johnson & Johnson Sterility Assurance in Raritan, New Jersey, a global healthcare products manufacturer and provider of related services.

An ASTM member since 2001, Logar is chairman of the committee on radiation processing (E61) as well as its subcommittee on dosimetry (E61.01). E61 previously had been part of the committee on nuclear technology and applications (E10), where Logar also served as chair. He received the Peter D. Hedgecock Award in 2010 for his contributions. Logar, who served on the Committee on Technical Committee Operations from 2012 to 2014, is also a member of the committees on quality and statistics (E11), manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products (E55), flexible barrier packaging (F02), and medical and surgical materials and devices (F04).

Logar began his career as a quality assurance manager at SteriGenics in 1996; he then was a senior technical manager and a director of radiation dosimetry for SteriGenics International. In 2008, he became manager and then associate director of research and development for sterilization, science, and technology at Ethicon Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. He assumed his current role in 2013.

Logar holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Rowan University.


Amer Bin Ahmed is managing director of Knauf Middle East, a subsidiary partner of the multinational construction company Knauf, based in Germany. In addition to manufacturing insulation and related products, Knauf aims to promote sustainability and energy conservation in the construction industry. Bin Ahmed is responsible for building a large-scale sustainable business operation for Knauf in the Middle East and India.

With close to 20 years of experience in the gypsum industry, Bin Ahmed has led business development in the Middle East and Asia for building products companies Boral and Lafarge. He joined Knauf Middle East in 2010.

In his tenure at Knauf, Bin Ahmed’s commercial success and commitment to standards has been recognized with a number of awards. He received a CEO of the Year Award from the Future Cities media group in 2016 as well as other recognition from the Dubai Civil Defense and the Dubai Municipality. Through Bin Ahmed’s commitment to sustainability on behalf of Knauf and the United Arab Emirates, Knauf was honored with the Green Award by the Ministry of Infrastructure earlier this year.


Klas M. Boivie, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist in the Production Technology division of SINTEF Manufacturing in Trondheim, Norway. SINTEF is Norway’s national research organization, offering contract research and development for the private and public sectors in diverse fields. With special responsibility for additive manufacturing technologies, Boivie has been conducting research in additive manufacturing process development and industrial integration of additive manufacturing technology.

An ASTM International member since 2009, Boivie works on the committee on additive manufacturing technologies (F42), where he is the incoming chairman of the terminology subcommittee (F42.91) and is a member at large on the executive subcommittee. Boivie is also involved with additive manufacturing committees of the Swedish Standards Institute, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Boivie has written or co-authored numerous technical papers, serves as a reviewer for international research journals, and speaks on topics related to his field. He has been with SINTEF since 2008.

Boivie holds an M.Sc. in metallurgy and materials science and a Ph.D. in additive manufacturing technology, both from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. He also completed postdoctoral studies in additive manufacturing at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Gregory J. Bowles is vice president for global innovation and policy at the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Washington, D.C., a group that fosters the interests of business and general aviation manufacturers globally. In his position, Bowles works with legislators and regulators to enable emerging aviation technologies. He also works to shape and harmonize aviation policy and regulations around the world to facilitate the success and growth of aviation.

An ASTM International member since 2007, Bowles is chairman of the committee on general aviation aircraft (F44), which has five technical subcommittees that oversee more than 30 standards. The committee addresses issues related to design and construction, systems and performance, quality acceptance, and safety monitoring. In addition, he works on the committees on light sport aircraft (F37), aircraft systems (F39), and aerospace personnel (F46).

Bowles has been with GAMA since 2005. He previously was GAMA’s director of European affairs and engineering in Brussels, Belgium. His career also includes design certification and engineering at Keystone Helicopter (now part of Sikorsky) and at the Cessna Aircraft Co. (now part of Textron Aviation).

Bowles earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an MBA from Webster University. He is also an elected fellow with the Royal Aeronautical Society. 


Rebecca S. McDaniel, P.E., Ph.D., is technical director at the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. NCSC focuses on research, communication, technology transfer, and training, and works in partnership with several state departments of transportation and two Canadian provinces. The center is part of the Lyles School of Civil Engineering and supported by area state departments of transportation, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, and industry.

Currently, McDaniel chairs the ASTM International committee on road and paving materials (D04), and she has been an ASTM International member since 2001. The D04 committee addresses pavement materials and aggregates as well as related products and systems for all types of highways and transportation construction. The committee has more than 700 members who are responsible for over 200 standards.

Before becoming the NCSC technical director, McDaniel had been a research engineer and manager with the Indiana Department of Transportation, where she specialized in pavements and materials.

Outside ASTM International, McDaniel is a member of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists and the Transportation Research Board. She holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Purdue University, and a B.A. in English from Indiana University.


David W. Parsonage is vice president at American Geosciences Inc. in Murrysville, Pennsylvania. American Geosciences offers environmental consulting services, including site assessments, remediation, and regulatory compliance. In his position, Parsonage directs technical operations, develops environmental service areas, ensures quality and client satisfaction, and manages technical professionals.

First vice chairman of the ASTM International committee on environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50), Parsonage has served in other committee and subcommittee officer roles. He became involved with the group in 2003 and received an E50 Award of Appreciation in 2009. Parsonage also completed a term on the Committee on Standards.

With American Geosciences since 1997, Parsonage had been a lead engineer/project manager with Fluor Daniel GTI and an engineer with Chester Environmental (formerly Keystone Environmental Resources).

Parsonage holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forest resources from the Pennsylvania State University. While earning his degrees, Parsonage also taught forestry in the school’s wildlife technology program and held positions as a graduate research assistant, and forest inventory supervisor, and technician.


Rina Singh, Ph.D., is the managing director of policy, science, and renewable chemicals in the industrial and environmental section at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization in Washington, D.C. BIO provides advocacy, business development, and communications services for more than 1,200 members around the world; these companies work in healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnologies.

Before joining BIO in 2009, Singh had been with Ashland, working in general management positions in technology and business development, including bioproducts business development and platform technology manager. She was appointed to a team to develop a new strategic direction for Ashland. Before Ashland, Singh was at Dow Chemical, where she started her career and was a senior research chemist in the engineering thermoplastics group. She holds a number of patents and has written several technical publications.

Singh earned her B.Sc. in honors chemistry and her doctorate in natural products (synthetic organic chemistry) from McGill University, where she also completed a postdoctoral degree in polymer science.


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