ASTM names CEE’s Jack Germaine Professor of the Year

October 30, 2009

By Debbie Levey
Civil & Environmental Engineering

As part of its “Year of the Professor” campaign throughout 2009, ASTM International (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) has chosen CEE senior research associate John Germaine as its Professor of the Year. ASTM established the award to recognize and reward the contributions of educators in the standards development process and in fostering students’ understanding of standards.

“I am absolutely delighted to be the first recipient,” said Germaine. “This award is a powerful statement that ASTM appreciates the involvement of the academic community.”

The ASTM International campaign intends to expand student knowledge and awareness of technical standards, and provides college and university educators with tools and informational programs to help them teach their students about the benefits of standardization.

Along with an extensive website offering educational resources such as standards tailored to particular subjects, ASTM International also schedules campus visits by experts. The organization provides video lessons and scholarships to students, and encourages them to become more involved in ASTM activities.

As part of the campaign, Germaine will also present a webinar at 10 a.m. Dec. 18, "Incorporating ASTM Standards into University Curricula."

“Standardization in society is crucial — that’s part of quality control,” said Germaine. “My ASTM involvement