Next Gen: Professor of the Year, Scholarships, and More

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Next Gen: Professor of the Year, Scholarships, and More

City College of New York Lecturer Wins ASTM International Professor of the Year Award

Angelo Lampousis, Ph.D., a lecturer at the City College of New York in New York City, has won the 2019 Professor of the Year Award from ASTM International. 

“Angelo Lampousis is committed to engaging and inspiring his students,” said Katharine Morgan, president of ASTM International. “By using ASTM International standards in his classroom, Angelo highlights the importance of standards and the standards development process.”

Left to right: Angelo Lampousis, ASTM International’s 2019 Professor of the Year; Tony M. Liss, Ph.D, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, CCNY; Travis Murdock, technical manager, ASTM International.

Since 2013, Lampousis has been a lecturer in earth and atmospheric sciences at CCNY. Prior to that, Lampousis was a postdoctoral research associate at Rutgers University-Newark and an adjunct assistant professor of geography at Hunter College, City University of New York. 

Pengfei Zhang, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of earth and atmospheric sciences at City College of New York, said, “Angelo has been instrumental in connecting our department with the community of environmental professionals in our region and nationally by using ASTM standards in his teaching.”  

An ASTM International member since 2010, Lampousis is on ASTM committees on soil and rock, and environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action. He received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the School of Geotechnical Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He earned his master’s in earth and environmental sciences, and his doctoral degree in environmental geophysics, both from the Graduate School and University Center, City University of New York.

Mary R. Norton Scholarship for Women

Applications are now being accepted for the Mary R. Norton Scholarship for Women. The $500 scholarship was established by the metallography committee (E04) to encourage women college seniors or first-year graduate students to pursue the study of physical metallurgy or materials science, with an emphasis on the relationship of microstructure and properties. More information can be found on ASTM’s website ( Deadline for applications is Dec. 15. 

ASTM International Pharmaceutical Committee Holds Workshop at Georgia Tech

The committee on manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products (E55) held a workshop on the role of standards in cell and tissue manufacturing at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Oct. 2. 

Johnna Temenoff, Ph.D., deputy director of cell manufacturing technologies and a professor, Georgia Tech, acted as moderator. Committee member Duncan Low provided an overview of E55 to the audience. During the lunch break, a student poster session was held at the Georgia Tech Marcus Nanotechnology Building.

The workshop led up to the commitee’s meetings held Oct. 3-4 at the Georgia Tech Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience.

ASTM International Participates in Case Western Reserve Workshop

On Sept. 4, Travis Murdock, manager, ASTM International, presented at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio, as part of CWRU’s Technical Standards Workshop. Murdock introduced the standards development process and the importance of standards in engineering design. Janet Gbur, Ph.D., a research associate at CWRU, moderated the workshop. Gbur is an ASTM International member and an officer on ASTM’s metallography committee (E04). 

Other speakers at the workshop represented the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, Underwriters Laboratories, the National Fire Protection Association, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

WISE Internship Application Deadline is Dec. 31

Undergraduate engineering students are invited to apply to be a part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering. The WISE Program is ranked as one of the best internship opportunities in the United States by the Princeton Review. 

ASTM International sponsors an intern in the WISE program, a nine-week summer session for 12 to 15 engineering students entering their final year of undergraduate work. WISE interns stay in Washington, D.C. and learn how government decisions are made on technological issues, as well as how engineers can contribute to legislative and public policy decisions.

The deadline to apply for the 2020 program is Dec. 31. APPLY HERE.

Student Paper Competition: Standards Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and its committee on education have announced ANSI’s 2020 paper competition. The theme is “Standards Supporting UN Sustainable Development Goals.” The competition is part of a long-term effort to spread awareness of the strategic significance of standards and conformance among post-secondary students. 

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a call to action for all nations to promote health, safety, and prosperity while protecting the planet. The goals stem from the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which outlines 17 SDGs. The goals recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations requires strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth while tackling climate change and working to preserve oceans and forests.

To highlight the power of standards as a tool in these worldwide efforts, the ANSI 2020 Student Paper Competition requires authors to choose one of the 17 UN SDGs and explore the ways in which standards play a role in achieving it, or could do so in the future. Papers should identify a relevant standard or multiple standards and discuss how it/they can contribute to strategies and solutions for reaching the targets set out in one of the SDGs. 

The paper competition is open to students enrolled full- or part-time in associate, undergraduate, or graduate programs during the period of September 2019 to April 2020 in U.S. higher education institutions. A small number of finalists will be invited to give an online presentation to the review team before a winner is chosen.

All entries must meet requirements and will be reviewed by top-level industry experts, including members of the standards community and experts in government, industry, professional societies, and academic institutions. Winning papers will be published on,, and potentially in other media outlets. 

A cash prize will be awarded to first- and second-place winners. ANSI reserves the right to award no prizes based on the determination of the judges. The winning papers will be announced in June 2020. 

Entries are due to Lisa Rajchel,, by 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 30, 2020.

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