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SME Education Foundation awards $90,000 in scholarships.
SME    Dearborn, MI 48121
June 11, 2009 Recipients of SME Education Foundation Family Scholarship Award include Ben R. Brown, who was awarded $50,000 4-yr scholarship, and Alexandra M. Moulton and Michelle T. Barber who each won $10,000 1-year scholarships. Jonathan T. Reding and Hillary M. Shoop both received $5,000 1-yr awards for SME Education Foundation Directors Scholarship. Khalil S. Taraman said corporations and foundations support endowments because they know future of manufacturing, with advanced technologies, demands it.
ASHRAE Handbook includes guidance on sustainability.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
June 11, 2009 Featuring 1,000 pages and 39 chapters, 2009 ASHRAE Handbook - Fundamentals covers basic principles and provides essential data for HVAC&R design. Sustainability chapter defines concept along with its principles, design considerations, and detailed evaluations needed in designing sustainable HVAC&R systems. Published in 2 editions, book includes CD with climate data for 5,564 stations, with subset of data for selected stations in printed chapter: Climatic Design Information.
ASHRAE encourages building industry to reach out to Congress.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
June 11, 2009 High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) is hosting 1st annual Virtual Congressional Visits Days from June 15-19. Members of participating organizations are urged to contact their member of Congress and encourage them to join High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus and focus on high-performance building issues. Cochairs of caucus, Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Judy Biggert (R-IL), introduced H.Res.492 supporting goals and ideals of week-long event.
ASTM Standards in Building Codes is now available.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 11, 2009 Available in print, DVD, and online, 46th Edition of ASTM Standards in Building Codes contain more than 1,300 ASTM construction standards to give users tools needed to design and construct buildings that satisfy international code requirements established by ICC®. Other references include National Research Council Canada, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, MASTERSPEC®, BSD SpecLink®, NFPA5000(TM), and SPECTEXT® Master Guide Specifications.
Fifty Projects vie for America's top Transportation Awards.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 11, 2009 Sponsored by AASHTO, AAA, and U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Awards go to transportation projects which have been delivered on time, on budget, or with innovative management. Judging is underway in first of 4 regional competitions to determine which projects will compete for National Grand Prize and People's Choice Award. Example projects include Sept 11 Memorial Bridge Project in Brielle, NJ and Legacy Parkway Project in Davis Co. Utah.
NIH Grants Lauded for being given to small R/D companies.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
June 11, 2009 The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced 2 grants programs, supported by funds provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, for the small business research community. In a statement, BIO Executive VP for Emerging Companies and Business Development Alan Eisenberg said that "These new programs will help to provide needed resources to biotech companies...at the cusp of many new medical breakthroughs and advancements for many of our most dread diseases."
Manufacturing Technology Consumption is off 70.7% in 2009.
AMT - The Association For Mfg. Technology    McLean, VA 22102
June 11, 2009 According to the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), April US manufacturing technology consumption totaled $97.04 million. This total, reported by companies participating in the USMTC program, was down 41.5% from March and down 77.7% from the total of $435.34 million reported for April 2008. With a year-to-date total of $497.40 million, 2009 is down 70.7% compared with 2008.
NFPA Video documents middle school engineering competition.
National Fluid Power Association    Milwaukee, WI 53222
June 11, 2009 Posted on organization's website, video shows 8th graders solving engineering problems at December 2008 NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, which engaged students and introduced them to fluid power technology and career opportunities. Of students that participated in 2008 event, 73% expressed interest in related careers on post-test/evaluation. Competition will take place in 2009 at Marquette University, University of Minnesota, Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Harper College.
NEMA jointly publishes naming convention specification.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
June 11, 2009 NEMA, AASHTO, and ITE have published National Transportation Communications for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) 1104 v01 Center-to-Center Naming Convention Specification. Under development since 1996, set of communication protocols for traffic management devices defines naming service for common object request broker architecture (CORBA) for use in center-to-center communications in transportation industry. It can be referenced by non-CORBA standards to define how certain items should be named.
Small Business Reauthorization drives aerospace innovation.
Aerospace Industries Association    Arlington, VA 22209-3928
June 11, 2009 SBIR and SSTR programs allow engineers who are self-employed or employed by small firms to develop next-generation technologies. Recommendations by Marion Blakey, AIA President and CEO, concerning SBIR and SSTR reauthorization include allowing limited venture capital participation; development of programs to bridge promising technologies, potential commercialization, and use in the agency acquisition process; and increased contract award sizes and overall funding allocation percentage.
SAE International updates technical paper collections.
Society Of Automotive Engineers, Inc. (SAE)    Warrendale, PA 15096
June 10, 2009 Available on CD-ROM, 2009 Accident Reconstruction Technology Collection includes 1,600 technical papers from 1959-2009 and 70 new papers from SAE 2009 World Congress. Some topics include biomechanics and injuries, failure analysis, and occupant dynamics and kinematics. With 1,800 technical papers from 1989-2009 and 80 new papers, 2009 Occupant Protection and Crashworthiness Collection covers crash research, frontal and side airbags, injury patterns, impact tests, and restraint systems.
Transportation Industry Website airs news, insight, analyses.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
June 10, 2009 Designed with features to enhance interactivity and user friendliness, Transportation TV has 5 channels dedicated to news, insights, and analysis from transportation specialists. Videos are also available from state DOTs about programs being implemented on the frontlines. According to Transportation TV manager Tony Dorsey, "the website is meant to be a place where transportation users, decision makers, and the reporters who cover them can find something worth their time and attention."
Congressional Briefing addresses hydrogen and fuel cells.
National Hydrogen Association    Washington, DC 20036
June 10, 2009 Taking place from 1-3 pm on June 12, 2009 in room 128 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building, association members as well as members of Congress will be making remarking on the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in transportation. Replacing oil and taking the auto out of the environmental equation is a complex and lengthy undertaking, and a balanced portfolio is critical if government's leadership role in research, development, and demonstration is to achieve real value.
Proposal efficiently standardizes PVC pressure fittings.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 ASTM International Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems is developing a means to standardize fabricated PVC pressure fittings, used in various piping applications. WK23931, Specification for Fabricated PVC Pressure Fittings, will enable all parties in a supply chain to use the same terminology when it comes to calling out fittings required for the job at hand. Potential users of WK23931 may include consulting and municipal engineers, contractors, distributors, and plumbers.
ASTM approves traffic intersection movement data standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 ASTM International Committee E17 on Vehicle-Pavement Systems has approved E2667, Practice for Acquiring Intersection Turning Movement Traffic Data, which standardizes how to compile and interpret data regarding traffic turning through intersections. Developed by Subcommittee E17.52 on Traffic Monitoring, this standard could impact future environmental and safety decisions regarding intersection geometry and traffic control.
NTSB urges motorcoach industry to use occupant restraints.
National Transportation Safety Board    Washington, DC 20594
June 9, 2009 In address to New Jersey Motorcoach Association, NTSB Acting Chairman, Mark V. Rosenker, called on motorcoach industry to voluntarily move toward fleets equipped with lap/shoulder belts, since system is not required by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lap/shoulder belts don't just enhance safety, but also make good business sense, as passengers become more savvy about safety advantages of occupant restraint systems.
ASTM Standard to measure effectiveness of hand sanitizers.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 With outbreaks of H1N1 influenza this year, ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents is developing proposed standard that will measure antibacterial activity of hand sanitizers on people's hands. According to David Macinga, microbiology principal scientist, GOJO Industries Inc., ASTM WK23789 accurately reflects typical use pattern for hand sanitizers and produces results that are reflective of real-world efficacy of these products.
Committee developing inflatable restraint cushion standard.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles is developing a proposed new standard, WK23227, Test Method for Determining Pressure Decay of Inflatable Restraint Cushions, for the testing of side curtain airbags. It is being developed by Subcommittee D13.20 to be an inexpensive screening test to judge the ability of a rollover side curtain airbag to maintain needed pressure over time. Suppliers of the airbags would be the primary users of said standard.
TIA Members gain access to affordable health insurance.
Tire Industry Association    Bowie, MD 20716-1883
June 9, 2009 Members of the Tire Industry Association (TIA) are eligible to access affordable health insurance plans and more through member benefits partner, Kiely Hines and Associates. The arrangement ensures members have access to creative health insurance options, such as limited-benefit plans, in addition to traditional major medical plans. TIA members may also obtain dental insurance, vision insurance, and other ancillary health insurance products.
Rock Abrasivity Test is under development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
June 9, 2009 Designed to aid mechanical excavation projects, ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock is developing a new standard for measuring rock abrasivity. ASTM WK22313, Test Method for Laboratory Determination of Abrasivity of Rock Using the CERCHAR Method, will be useful in allowing for a better assessment of a rock formation's suitability for mechanical excavation as well as better performance prediction of selected mechanical excavation machines.

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