First Person
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 non-fermentable materials produced from grain-based… more
Industry sectors:
Environment

First Person
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 for an insurance company, and as part of my role I… more
Industry sectors:
Consumer Products

First Person
  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 common for a civil engineering student to learn… more
Industry sectors:
Standards Development Tips

First Person
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 critical infrastructure and essential services, along… more
Industry sectors:
Safety

First Person
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 was a huge honor to represent the United States… more
Industry sectors:
Quality

First Person
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 — track what the White House, Congress, and federal… more
Industry sectors:
Safety

First Person
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 steel studs, steel joists, decking, roofing,… more
Industry sectors:
Construction

First Person
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 Technology], and employers have long recognized a need for… more
Industry sectors:
Safety

First Person
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 you then become chair of the cannabis committee? A… more
Industry sectors:
Cannabis, Medical

First Person
 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-fa-so), is a global nonprofit volunteer organization,… more
Industry sectors:
Consumer Products