Association News

Association News

AASHTO Report calls for balanced livability approach.

May 4, 2010

Describing how full range of transportation options can improve livability throughout communities, The Road to Livability states DOTs are using every opportunity to tailor transportation projects to needs of communities with which they interact. States are also expanding options for biking, walking, and transit use as well as implementing road-related, livable policies such as revitalizing urban centers, building local economies, and preserving historic sites and scenic country roads. Read More

Association News

Clean Tech Investor Sessions to be held during BIO World Congress.

May 3, 2010

Scheduled for June 28-29, BIO's Clean Tech Investor Session Program will be held during 2010 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioprocessing in Washington, DC. Executives from emerging industrial biotechnology companies seeking investment and partnering opportunities will present their new technologies, accomplishments, milestones, value propositions, and business cases for advanced biofuels and renewable chemical platforms. Read More

Association News

DOE announces $529 million loan to Fisker Automotive.

May 3, 2010

Department of Energy announced closing of $528.7 million loan with Fisker Automotive for development and production of 2 lines of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. Loan will support the Karma, a full-size, 4-door sports sedan, and a line of family oriented models being developed under Project NINA program. Fisker expects to manufacture hybrid lines at recently shuttered GM factory in Wilmington, DE, and anticipates that it will employ 2,000 American assembly workers. Read More

Association News

IPC Apex Expo 2010 honors best industry posters.

May 3, 2010

During IPC APEX EXPO, IPC announced 2010 Best Industry Posters. Tied for first place honors were Christopher Hunt, Ph.D., National Physical Laboratory, and David Lee, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. In addition, EXPO held academic poster competition with 10 posters highlighting research being conducted at college level. Attendees voted on top 3 posters, with first-place honors going to Pylin Sarobol, Aaron Pedigo, P. Su, J.E. Blendell, and C.A. Handwerker, Sc.D., from Purdue University. Read More

Association News

IPC APEX EXPO 2010 Attendance points to end of recession.

May 3, 2010

Verified attendance figures from IPC APEX EXPO(TM) 2010 indicated 10% increase over last year, with 3,702 attendees. In total, 6,683 attendees and exhibitors participated. Increased participation was also seen in technical conference, professional development courses, and executive management meetings. According to Aqueous Technologies Corp. President Michael Konrad, "This year's show hailed a visible end to the recession with crowded aisles and buying customers." Read More

Association News

Medical Glove Standards to help prevent infection transfer.

May 3, 2010

Task group within Subcommittee D11.40 on Consumer Rubber Products has begun development of standards for use of antimicrobial agents on gloves to prevent direct/indirect transport of infectious microorganisms. One such standard, WK27438, Specification for Antimicrobial Medical Gloves, includes several determining characteristics concerning antimicrobial efficacy on medical gloves' surface. Primary users will be glove manufacturers, antimicrobial suppliers, and contract test laboratories. Read More

Association News

EPA aims to cut mercury emissions from boilers.

May 3, 2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is issuing proposals that would cut U.S. mercury emissions by more than half and would significantly cut other pollutants from boilers, process heaters, and solid waste incinerators. These pollutants include several air toxics which are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems and environmental damage. When fully implemented, proposals would yield combined health benefits estimated at $18-$44 billion annually. Read More

Association News

Use of Data-Driven Systems analyzed for aviation safety.

May 3, 2010

NTSB Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman said that using data to manage and improve safety in aviation industry has had positive effect on world's aviation safety record. However, she also cautioned against over-reliance on said systems to the neglect of forensic investigation. Hersman thus called for a balanced approach that acknowledges potential benefits/limitations of SMS and does not discount methods for identifying vulnerabilities, such as accident investigations. Read More

Association News

Proposed Textile Standard covers elastic/stretch properties.

May 3, 2010

Proposed standard ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric Test Methods, General. Nike Inc. materials test engineer Kham Viengkham said that knowing yield point of material will enable designers to avoid garment failures such as sagging, bagging, and other fabric deformations. Proposed test method will also help determine how tight or compressive garment will feel. Read More

Association News

Expo and Conference focuses on future of additive manufacturing.

May 3, 2010

During RAPID 2010 and 3D IMAGING Conference and Exposition, top executives from companies pioneering use of additive manufacturing and 3D imaging in aerospace and defense, automotive, entertainment, games, medical, and sports and recreation industries will demonstrate innovations and vision for future of manufacturing. Attendees interested in discovering how these technologies can help cut costs and get products to market faster can hear from more than 50 speakers and visit more than 75 exhibitors. Read More

Association News

EPA Urban Community Funding to protect watersheds.

May 3, 2010

As part of Urban Waters Initiative, US EPA has made up to $600,000 in grants available for eligible entity to establish and manage national competitive urban watershed small grants program and provide technical services. Successful applicant would support capacity building projects in urban communities that will lead to environmental, public health, and economic benefits. Initiative is designed to help communities access, restore, and benefit from their waters and surrounding land. Read More

Association News

EPA Web Tools inform public about clean water enforcement.

May 3, 2010

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching set of web tools, data, and interactive maps to inform public about serious Clean Water Act violations in their communities. Web page provides interactive information from EPA's 2008 Annual Noncompliance Report, which pertains to about 40,000 permitted Clean Water Act dischargers across the country. Report lists state-by-state summary data of violations and enforcement responses taken by states for smaller facilities. Read More

Association News

U.S. and UAE cooperate to promote clean/sustainable energy.

April 30, 2010

U.S. DoE signed Memorandum of Understanding with Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy initiative, to promote collaboration on clean and sustainable energy technologies. Agreement was signed by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar. Opening door for scientific/technical exchanges and joint research/development of clean energy technologies, it aims for cooperation in carbon capture/sequestration, water and biofuels, and building technology. Read More

Association News

ANSI Standards/Activities contribute to Earth Day all year long.

April 30, 2010

ANSI has been involved in various initiatives that support health of this planet and its inhabitants. First published in 1996, ISO 14000 family of standards on environmental management has since been implemented in 155 countries world-wide. As coordinator of US standards and conformity assessment system, ANSI offers interested stakeholders diverse ways to get engaged and demonstrate their commitment to these standards. Read More

Association News

ELFA appoints William G. Sutton and Ralph Petta.

April 30, 2010

Appointed President of ELFA, Mr. Sutton served as interim President and CEO of the Association, Education and Business Institute, Inc. A former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Mr. Sutton previously served as Commerce Assistant Secretary of Manufacturing and Services after serving for 5 years as president of Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. Ralph Petta will serve in newly created position of COO. Petta served as interim president since September 2009 and has been with association since 1987. Read More

Association News

NIST develops dimmer switch for superconducting circuit.

April 30, 2010

Scientists at NIST have developed first dimmer switch for a superconducting circuit linking quantum bit and quantum bus technologies. As described in forthcoming paper in Physical Review Letters, switch can reliably tune interaction strength or rate between qubit and quantum bus circuits from 100 MHz to nearly 0. This advance could enable researchers to flexibly control interactions between circuit elements in an intricate network as would be needed in a practical size quantum computer. Read More

Association News

SME Education Foundation opens web portal.

April 30, 2010

SME Education Foundation announces Web portal that serves as career navigation service. Information on colleges and universities, and business and industries, is presented, along with access to technical experts, presentations and videos, and companies that offer mentoring, onsite visits, tours, and interaction with engineers. Social media component allows peers, educators, and business/industry users to set up accounts and connect with classrooms nationwide. Read More

Association News

U.S. EPA opens access to chemical information.

April 30, 2010

Released by EPA, ToxRefDB database allows scientists and interested public to search and download thousands of toxicity testing results on hundreds of chemicals. ToxRefDB captures 30 years and $2 billion of testing results. Those interested in chemical toxicity can query specific chemical and find all available public hazard, exposure, and risk-assessment data, as well as previously unpublished studies related to cancer, reproductive, and developmental toxicity. Read More

Association News

AIA names Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy.

April 29, 2010

AIA has appointed Susan K. Tonner as Assistant VP for Acquisition Policy. Previously senior director for Federal Public Policy at TechAmerica, Tonner brings more than 30 years of experience in government acquisition policy to AIA. She will present positions of AIA member companies on range of regulatory andlegislative issues, rules, policies, and procedures that affect federal acquisition and financial management of Defense Department, military services, and other government agencies. Read More

Association News

Green Building Webinar addresses deep energy retrofits.

April 29, 2010

Scheduled for May 4, webinar presented by Betsy Pettit, FAIA, will examine enclosure design and construction details that achieve greater energy efficiency. Session will provide practicing architects with knowledge and tools about energy retrofit techniques for residential work and explain how design services can add value to any energy retrofit project. Insulating sheathings and new windows that increase comfort while reducing energy use will also be highlighted. Read More