Standardization News

Q. For the laypeople in our audience, can you tell us a little about distillers grains and why they are so important to both the economy and society in general? A. Distillers grains are the... read more
Q. How did you get involved in standards work and why is it important?A. After college, I was very quickly exposed to the existence of standards and their importance. I was a loss control engineer... read more
Q. How did you get into engineering and the field of standards?A. I majored in civil engineering, and I think my first exposure to standards occurred during my undergraduate studies. It is very... read more
Q. What are some of the greatest cyber threats facing the world today, and how can standards help combat them?A. The greatest cybersecurity threats, in my opinion, are the ones that target our... read more
Q. How does your experience in negotiations with the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee, including the role of standards in trade, inform your work now?A. It... read more
Q. What is the focus of ASTM’s Washington, D.C., office?A. The Washington office works at the intersection of policy, trade, and outreach. Our team — Craig Updyke, Matt Pezzella, and myself —... read more
Q. Why are ASTM International standards so important to the field of construction?Margaret Farabaugh: I think ASTM standards really affect almost every aspect of construction. There are standards for... read more
Q. Why do you believe education about standards and standards development is important? A. Janet Gbur: Standards organizations, ABET [originally the Accreditation Board for Engineering and... read more
Q. You have long been involved with ASTM and work on committees such as roofing and waterproofing (D08) and rubber and rubber-like materials (D11), which are seemingly unrelated to cannabis. How did... read more
 Q. What is the role of ICPHSO and why is it needed? What impact does ICPHSO have internationally?A. The International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, or ICPHSO (pronounced ick-... read more