Original Press Release
Kenneth F. Yarosh Named 2012 ASTM International Chairman of the Board
Press release date: January 11, 2012
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-Kenneth F. Yarosh, global service line manager for the specialty chemicals business of Dow Corning Corp., in Midland, Mich., is 2012 chairman of the board of directors of ASTM International, one of the world's largest and most diverse standards developing organizations. Chairman of the board is the highest elected position in ASTM International.
A member of the ASTM board of directors since 2006, Yarosh was chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee in 2009. He is currently chairman of ASTM Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants, and previously served as both vice chairman and secretary. He works on a number of C24 subcommittees, and is also a member of Committees D14 on Adhesives, E06 on Performance of Buildings and E60 on Sustainability.
Yarosh participates in many interlaboratory studies and has worked on several key standards for the glazing and weatherproofing industry. In addition, he serves as a global liaison between the sealants industry and Committee C24, and he is principal author of technical papers for C24 and E06 symposia. In 2005, Yarosh received the ASTM Award of Merit and title of fellow for his contributions to Committee C24. He has also been honored with Certificates of Appreciation in 1998 and 2000, and with the C24 Sealants Hall of Fame Award in 2001.
Yarosh joined Dow Corning in 1985 after earning a B.S. in chemistry from Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill. In 1987, he opened Dow Corning's regional sealants testing laboratory in Atlanta, Ga. From 1988 to 2002, Yarosh was a technical service specialist working closely with construction specifiers and sealant contractors on new and restoration building projects in North America.
In 2003, Yarosh became the European technical manager based in Brussels, Belgium, for Dow Corning's global construction industry. In this role, he managed technical professionals who provide support for silicone sealant, coating and water-repellent products used in building construction applications. In 2006, Yarosh relocated to Michigan to manage Dow Corning's sealants and adhesives product development group for the Americas.
Yarosh has been a member of the Construction Specifications Institute, the EIFS Industry Members Association, the Glass Association of North America, the Sealant Waterproofing and Restoration Institute, and the Adhesive and Sealant Council. He has also been a director for the Exterior Design Institute and the Protective Glazing Council.
A full interview with Kenneth Yarosh is available at www.astm.org/2012chairman. The interview includes two short videos showing Ken discussing the use of ASTM standards in a lab at Dow Corning headquarters.
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