President's Column



President's Message

A Great First Year

Thank you for your support in my first year as president. Thinking about the last 12 months, I wanted to reflect on some big steps we have taken...more


President's Message

Exceeding Your Expectations

When you’ve been with an organization for 33 years, you see change. One of the biggest changes I’ve seen is how dramatically our member and customer...more


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Supporting Infrastructure Worldwide

At a historic United Nations summit in 2015, world leaders adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Since then, governments, businesses, and civil...more
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You Spoke. We Listened.

We have many stakeholders at ASTM International, but none are more central to our mission than our members. It’s crucial that our staff hears from...more
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Mission Forward

I am thrilled to serve as president of ASTM International starting Feb. 1. As I prepared for this new role over the past two years, I had the...more
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Plain Talk

Thank You: Some Final Thoughts Before Retirement

I started writing Plain Talk in February of 1999 and have covered many exciting and complex topics over the years. But as I prepare to retire at the... more
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No Thumb on the Scale

The World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement was crafted 20 years ago. It aims to provide guidance to governments to ensure... more
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It's What We Do

ASTM International standards are synonymous with quality and relevance. We know that. And we know that they are the standards of choice wherever... more
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The Bridge

Where will we find the next generation of technical experts? That question is deliberated in standards conferences all over the world and in... more
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Power of Participation

They say knowledge is power. And the marketplace power that comes from knowing what work is under way in a standards developing organization can be... more
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