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Nominations for the ASTM International 2022 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, 2022, for board chair (one-year term); board vice chair (two-year term); and six directors (three-year terms). The election is official when the ballot closes on Dec. 3, 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.

Chair 2022

Cesar A. Constantino, Ph.D., is director of business development for Separation Technologies LLC, a Titan America business, in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Separation Technologies, along with its sister company ST Equipment & Technology LLC, is a global business advancing the beneficial use of fly ash as a cementitious material, a solid contributor toward creating a carbon-neutral circular economy. In the United States, Separation Technologies is the leading producer of processed fly ash for beneficial use in the cement and concrete construction industries. 

An ASTM International member since 2005, Constantino has been an active participant on several committees, including cement (C01), concrete and concrete aggregates (C09), environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50), and sustainability (E60). In addition, he contributed to the ASTM International Memorandum of Understanding Program throughout Latin America. Constantino has been instrumental as a liaison between ASTM International and academia, industry trade associations, building code-related institutes, and other standards-development organizations. He is also a liaison for the World Bank Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, addressing how ASTM International standards, networks, and programs can enhance resilience and sustainability in construction and infrastructure in emerging economies.

Before joining Titan America, Constantino worked as a researcher and a consultant both in Panama and the United States. In 2005, he joined Titan America’s Florida business as manager of technical services. His knowledge and expertise in the field led him to serve as director of concrete technology, director of process and quality, and then vice president of corporate engineering before assuming his current position with Separation Technologies.

Constantino holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in structural engineering, and a doctorate degree in construction materials from the University of Texas at Austin.

Vice Chair 2022–2023

Bill Griese is director of standards development and sustainability initiatives for the Tile Council of North America, Anderson, South Carolina, an international trade association involved with standards development, product testing, and research, and representing North American ceramic tile and allied product manufacturers in regulatory, legislative, trade, and environmental matters.

Past chair of the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations, Griese joined ASTM International in 2007 and served three consecutive terms as chair of the committee on ceramic whitewares and related products (C21). He serves as chair of the subcommittee on ceramic tile (C21.06). Griese is also a member of the committees on sustainability (E60) and manufactured masonry units (C15). In 2013 he received the J.A. Thomas President’s Leadership Award for his contributions on behalf of C21. In 2018, Griese received the Award of Merit from C21. 

Griese, who regularly conducts seminars and contributes articles to industry publications, is a LEED accredited professional. Griese is also involved with the American National Standards Institute, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and other standards groups, and he is a U.S. delegate to the World Ceramic Tiles Forum. 

After earning a bachelor of science degree in ceramic and materials engineering from Clemson University, Griese joined the Tile Council as a laboratory engineer. He began working on industry standards in 2007 and assumed his current role in 2015.

Directors 2022–2024

Alexandra Florin is aviation technical standard manager for Wing, Helsinki, Finland. Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet, has developed a small lightweight aircraft and traffic management system that delivers small packages directly to consumers on three continents. 

A member of the unmanned aircraft system (UAS) committee (F38) and ASTM International since last year, Florin is also co-chairing EUROCAE working group 105 for UAS. EUROCAE develops industry standards for aviation. In addition, Florin is a member of the traffic alert and collision avoidance system group in RTCA (SC-147) and the safety and risk management group in the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS).

In her position at Wing, Florin leads and supports industry standards for UAS to further enable drone delivery and its safe integration into airspace. Before her current role, she had been drones project manager at the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), overseeing the implementation of a regulatory framework for drone/UAS operations in Europe. Florin had previously filled other roles at EASA as senior expert development assurance, development assurance and safety assessment certification expert, and design organization team leader after being at SNECMA, now SAFRAN Aircraft Engines. 

Florin holds a master’s degree in project management of integrated aeronautical systems from the Ecole des Arts et Métiers and an aeronautics engineering diploma from the École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d'Aérotechnique (ENSMA) in aerodynamics, thermic, and energetics. 

Tripp Fischer is chief science officer at Brownfield Science and Technology Inc. (BSTI) in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. BSTI offers a wide range of specialty services in the earth sciences, including soil, wastewater, surface water, and groundwater quality evaluations, environmental remediation, environmental forensics, and environmental consulting.

Chair of the corrective action subcommittee (E50.04) that is part of the committee on environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50), Fischer has been an ASTM International member since 2002. He has also served on the Committee on Standards (COS) and the soil and rock committee (D18). For his contributions, Fischer has been honored with a COS Service Award in 2019, the Robert J. Painter Award in 2019 by ASTM and the Society for Standards Professionals, and the E50 Award of Recognition in 2016. 

Fischer has been with BSTI since 2009, focusing on environmental policy, environmental impacts to business transactions, the assessment and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquids in the subsurface, and chemical fate and transport in the environment. Prior to BSTI, Fischer served as a hydrologist/environmental engineer with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control for 11 years.

In addition to work at ASTM International, Fischer is a member of the American Bar Association. He is also an advisory board member to the dean of sciences and mathematics at West Chester University and on the civil and environmental engineering technology advisory board at Delaware Technical Community College. Fischer earned a master of engineering degree in engineering science (environmental) from the Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor of science degree in geology from West Chester University.

Janet L. Gbur, Ph.D., is a research associate in the department of materials science and engineering and a member of the Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Reliability Center at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She is also an adjunct faculty member in mechanical engineering at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. 

Second vice chair of the metallography committee (E04) and chair of its long-range planning subcommittee, Gbur has been an ASTM International member since 2012. She is also a member of the committees on fatigue and fracture (E08), mechanical testing (E28), and medical and surgical materials and devices (F04). Gbur has been honored by E04 with the Award of Appreciation in 2018 and by E08 with the M.R. “Mitch” Mitchell Best Student Presentation Award in 2014. She has also received the ASTM Graduate Scholarship (2015).

Professionally, Gbur is also an investigator at the Advanced Platform Technology Center, part of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio. Her work focuses on fatigue and fracture behavior of materials used in biomedical applications and the development of emerging technologies to improve devices used in neural-interfacing systems. Co-author of several publications in her field, Gbur has earned several funded grants and made numerous technical presentations. In addition, she has received several other organizational awards and professional certificates.

Gbur earned a B.S. in biology/pre-medicine from Kent State University; a B.E. in materials engineering and an M.S.E. in mechanical engineering from Youngstown State University; and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University. In addition to ASTM International, she is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, ASM International, Microscopy Society of America, Materials Research Society, the Microscopy Society of Northeastern Ohio, Society of Women Engineers, and TMS/the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society.

John Hadjioannou, P.E., is president and director of EPI Materials Testing Group (EPI MTG), Spring, Texas. EPI MTG is an engineering firm and laboratory that specializes in failure analysis, materials analysis, engineering consulting services, and chemical analysis for its clients worldwide.

With EPI MTG since 2002, when he joined the firm as an engineer, Hadjionnou became director there in 2006, and assumed his current role in 2011.

Hadjioannou is currently chair of the committee on wear and erosion (G02), and he also leads its subcommittee on erosion by solids and liquids (G02.10). Hadjioannou has been honored with the 2017 Frank J. Heymann Distinguished Service Award and the 2016 Award of Recognition for his contributions to the G02 committee. An ASTM International member since 2004, he began a term on the Committee on Standards in 2019.

In addition to ASTM International, Hajioannou is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASM International, the International Metallographic Society, and NACE International. He holds two patents, has written for publications in his field, and makes presentations related to aspects of his work. He earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University.

Pamela M. Shinkoda, P.Eng., is manager, technical solutions and quality, CGC Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. CGC Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer, and distributor of gypsum board products, interior finishing materials, and suspended acoustical ceilings in Canada. The parent company of CGC Inc. is USG Corporation, a part of the Knauf group, the world’s largest gypsum manufacturer.

Shinkoda, who became an ASTM International member in 1998, is past chair of the committee on gypsum and related building materials and systems (C11), and she works on several C11 subcommittees. She is also a member of the committees on fiber-reinforced cement products (C17), fire standards (E05), and building and environmental acoustics (E33) Her contributions to C11 have been honored with the Award of Merit in 2020, the Award of Appreciation in 2019, the Outgoing Chair Award in 2019, the Special Service Award in 2012, and the Award of Appreciation in 2005.

In her career, Shinkoda has held positions as technical manager at CertainTeed Gypsum and ROCKWOOL, and acting section manager, building products, at ORTECH Corp. She has been involved with testing, standards, building codes, and finding solutions relating to construction of the built environment throughout her career. 

Shinkoda is involved in a wide range of codes and standards development activities, including the Standards Council of Canada’s mirror fire safety committee (TC 92) in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the ULC fire tests committee. She has also been appointed to the Canada standing committee on fire protection in Canada. Shinkoda serves as a representative on the Gypsum Association’s building code and technical committee, and she is a member of the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA), Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), and the Canadian Fire Safety Association (CFSA). She holds a bachelor’s degree in building engineering from Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Debra R. Wilson is material science director for Berry Global Inc. and is virtually located in Boerne, Texas. A Fortune 500 global company, Berry Global develops, designs, and manufactures innovative packaging and engineered products.

Wilson, who joined ASTM International in 1988, serves as an officer in plastics committee (D20) groups and is a member of many D20 subcommittees. She also serves as vice chair of the U.S. technical advisory group (TAG) to the plastics committee in the International Organization for Standardization (ISO TC 61) and as vice chair of the D20 U.S. TAG subcommittee. 

In 2006, Wilson received the Award of Merit for her technical contributions to standards from the plastics committee and for her leadership relative to standardization for the plastics industry. She has also been honored with the 2003 Robert MacFarlane Award of Excellence and the 2000 Outstanding Achievement Award from the committee. She has long served as a D20 officer and has been chair of the D20 U.S. TAG subcommittee.

In her current role at Berry since 2014, Wilson has largely focused on polyolefin product development and technical support in her career and has been granted 17 patents. She has held positions at Braskem, Dow Chemical, Union Carbide, and Shell Chemical. Wilson studied chemistry and chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University. In addition to ASTM International, Wilson is a member of the Association of Plastics Recyclers, the Plastics Industry Association, and the Society of Plastics Engineers. 

Issue Month: 
September/October
Issue Year: 
2021