Standards Expert Program (SEP)

SEP

Established in 2005, the Standards Expert Program (SEP) is a key benefit offered to MOU signatories. Each year, through the SEP, ASTM offers to host standards experts at ASTM headquarters. During their stay, the expert learns about ASTM International and its operations, ASTM technical committees and ASTM’s virtual tools. The experts also travel to a Committee Week and visit other standards-related public and private organizations located in Washington, D.C. Each expert is asked to identify a key sector with which we can conduct a virtual meeting with the expert’s participation from headquarters and they are asked to provide staff with a presentation on the structure and function of their respective national standards body.

SEPs hosted to date:

  • 2019 (2) - Nigeria and Guyana
  • 2018 (5) - GSO, CROSQ, Thailand and Costa Rica
  • 2017 (3) - Israel, Bhutan and Ecuador
  • 2016 (3) - Dominican Republic, Mauritius and Kazakhstan
  • 2015 (2) - Costa Rica, Indonesia
  • 2014 (3) - Bolivia, Pakistan and Singapore
  • 2013 (3) - Egypt, Philippines, Trinidad
  • 2012 (4) - Mongolia, Qatar, Turkey, Zimbabwe
  • 2011 (2) - Jordan, Malaysia
  • 2010 (2) - South Africa, Vietnam
  • 2009 (4) - China, Ghana, Israel, Jamaica
  • 2008 (2) - Peru and Korea
  • 2007 (2) - Colombia and Saudi Arabia
  • 2006 (3) - Indonesia, Vietnam, Zambia
  • 2005 (2) - China

Standards Expert Program (SEP)

 
2019
Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON)
Dr. Paul Ameh
 
2019
Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS)
Elton Patram
 
2018
Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO)
Eng. Adel Al-Qhtani
 
2018
Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization (GSO)
Eng. Abdulaziz Al-Showair
 
2018
CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ)
Eng. Fulgence st. Prix
 
2018
Instituto de Normas Tecnicas of Costa Rica
Felipe Calvo Villalobos
 
2018
Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI)
Eng. Asirawat Phothiphan
 
2017
Standardization Institution of Israel (SII)
Hadar KeysarHadar Keysar
 
2017
Bhutan Standards Bureau (BSB)
Karma TshetrimKarma Tshetrim
 
2017
Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalizacion (INEN)
Juan Carlos Escobar CarvajalJuan Carlos Escobar Carvajal
 
2016
Instituto Dominicano Para La Calidad (INDOCAL)
CarmenBritoCarmen Brito, Dominican Republic
Carmen was a Standards Analyst at Instituto Dominicano Para La Calidad, INDOCAL, at the time.
 
2016
Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB)
RamsarrunKaviraj Ramsarrun, Mauritius
Kaviraj was a Standards Information Officer at Mauritius Standards Bureau, MSB, at the time.
 
2016
Kazakhstan Institute for Standardization and Certification (KAZINST)
AmanAman Malgazhdarov, Kazakhstan
Aman was a Manager of International Relations at Kazakhstan Institute for Standardization and Certification, KAZINST, at the time.
 
2015
Instituto de Normas Tecnicas de Costa Rica (INTECO)
RappaccioliFrancesca Rappaccioli
Manager, Technical Committees, at INTECO, Costa Rica (at time of program)
 
2015
Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN)
AprioriDini Apriori
Manager, Technical Committees at BSN, Indonesia (at time of program)
 
2014
Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board, Singapore
TayASTM welcomed Bernice Tay, who at the time of her visit, was Senior Manager in the Standards Division under the Quality and Excellence Group, also providing secretariat support for the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) as SPRING SG is currently serving as the PASC Secretary, from 2014 to 2016.
 
2014
Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority
MohiuddinASTM hosted Khawja G. Mohiuddin, Deputy Director , International Affairs and Training, Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, at the time of his visit.
 
2014
Bolivian Institute of Standardization and Quality
BalboaOmar Balboa took part as an Industrial Engineer and Technician for International Standardization at IBNORCA, as well as Secretary overseeing technical standards for Amusement Rides, Public Playgrounds, and Lighting equipment. Omar also provides translation services to IBNORCA.
 
2013
Philippines Bureau of Standards (PBS)
VitugEmmaline C. Vitug, Officer-in-Charge, Standards Development Division, PBS, and head of the National WTO-TBT Enquiry Point for the Department of Trade and Industry of the Philippine Islands.
 
2013
Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS)
RamachalaNadita V. Ramachala, Acting Head of the Standardization Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards, TTBS, overseeing the entire standards development process.
 
2013
Egyptian Organization for Standardization and Quality (EOS)
MohamedMaha S.E.D. Mohamed, General Manager of Technical and International Relations at EOS. Ms. Mohamed also manages five Egyptian technical committees and serves in external relations.
 
2012
Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM)
SukhbaatarSoronzonbold Sukhbaatar is a Senior Officer and Petroleum Engineer from the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology (MASM). His main responsibilities are coordinating the daily activities of Mongolian Standardization National Council as well as the activities between the National Standardization Technical Committees and organizing the Mongolian Standardization National Council meetings.
 
2012
Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS)
Al-NaimiJabor Mohamed Al-Naimi is a Senior Engineer and Head of Mechanical Standards -Standards and Metrology Department at the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS). He started his career as a specialist in Metrology and Calibration Laboratories, then as a Standards Specialist attending various workshops and seminars on standardization and Technical Barriers to Trade issues and represented the State of Qatar in regional and international standards-related events.
 
2012
Turkish Standards Institution (TSE)
CengelciBekir Çengelci is the Director to the Turkish Standards Institution's (TSE) President’s Office. Prior to his appointment to the President’s Office, Bekir worked in the Strategic Planning Department and was responsible for preparing TSE’s Strategic Plan, annual performance program and annual report.
 
2012
Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ)
MarundaRomana Marunda is a Standards Development and Information Management expert at the Standards Association of Zimbabwe (SAZ). She currently manages the Standards Development & Information division. Romana is primarily responsible for managing the national standards development programme and the standards information centre which is also Zimbabwe’s WTO/TBT Enquiry Point.
 
2011
Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO)
Ruba Ayeid Al-ThawabeiaRuba Ayeid Al-Thawabeia is a standardization officer at the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization, where she is responsible for the secretariats of three national technical committees related to the chemical sector: chemicals, cosmetics and fertilizers. Al-Thawabeia is also responsible for standards and technical regulations on toy safety.
 
2011
SIRIM Berhad
Lee Hooi LanLee Hooi Lan is a senior executive of the engineering standards management and consulting services section, Standards Research and Management Center, SIRIM Berhad, in Malaysia. As a senior executive, she is responsible for overseeing standards development activities for the sectors within the assigned group. This responsibility includes training, subcontract personnel, monitoring projects and maintaining coordination.
 
2010
South African Bureau of Standards (SABS)
Ajani BlakePercy Malatsi works as the Project Leader in the Chemical and Mining department at SABS. He is Studying Chemical Engineering. An MOU was signed between ASTM and SABS in September 2003. In 2008, SABS adopted five ASTM standards as identical South Africa national standards and consulted 139 ASTM standards in the preparation of national standards.
 
2010
Vietnam’s Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ)
Ajani BlakeNguyen Van Khoi has worked at STAMEQ since 1995 and is currently the Senior Official of the Standards Department. His main responsibilities include developing policy, law & regulations and technical guidance for standard activities in Vietnam. An MOU was signed between ASTM and STAMEQ in February 2004. According to STAMEQ, close to 150 ASTM International standards have been used as the basis for Vietnamese national standards and 12 ASTM standards have been referenced in Vietnamese regulations. The ASTM International standards cover a wide range of sectors important to Vietnamese industry, including metals, petroleum, paint, soil and rock, construction and roofing materials, aviation fuels, rubber and plastics.
 
2009
Standards Administration of China
Pan BiechenPan Biechen has served as an officer in the division of materials of the industrial standards department at SAC since 2007. His work has revolved around China national standards for buildings and construction.
 
2009
Ghana Standards Board
Adelaide Teimle LeighAdelaide Teimle Leigh has been with GSB since 2006 and is currently the assistant standards officer. She performs tests and prepares reports on products for the building and construction industry.
 
2009
Standards Institution of Israel
Napthali PollakNapthali Pollak has worked in standards development at SII since 1996. He prepares drafts of Israeli national standards and directs various standardization committees.
 
2009
Bureau of Standards Jamaica
Ajani BlakeAjani Blake has worked at BSJ since 2006 and is currently a standards development and certification officer. He handles conformity assessment audits and works on Jamaican national standards for cement.
 
2008
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
Jun-ho KimAt the time of his visit to ASTM, Jun-ho Kim was responsible for planning national standardization and supporting standards developing organizations at the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. Previously, he was a researcher of renewable energy, rotating machinery and nuclear energy standardization. Jun-ho earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and an M.S. in power electronics from the Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea.
 
2008
Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual
Patricia Castro EspinozaAt the time of her visit to ASTM International, Patricia Castro Espinoza worked as an analyst for the Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI), where she was in charge of management and coordination of national technical committees, and was also involved in several regional, national and international standards issues. Espinoza has a degree from the National Agrarian University, La Molina Lima, Peru.
 
2007
Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council
Mohammed A. Al-DablanAt the time of his visit to ASTM International, Mohammed A. Al-Dablan was a construction and buildings materials standards researcher at the Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Dablan earned a B.S. in civil engineering with a sub-major in structural and geotechnical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh.
 
2007
Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación
Daniel TrillosDaniel Trillos was a standardization professional at ICONTEC (Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación), the national standards body of Colombia at the time of his visit to ASTM. Trillos holds a B.S. in civil engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia, and an M.S. in environmental management from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
 
2006
Badan Standardisasi Nasional
Ari WibowoAri Wibowo spent a month in the fall of 2006 at ASTM International headquarters as part of the SEEP. His intent was to learn about ASTM’s history and organizational structure as well as the process by which BSN could adopt ASTM standards as national standards.
 
2006
Directorate for Standards and Quality
Nguyen Minh BangNguyen Minh Bang, who was deputy director of the standards department at STAMEQ at the time of his visit, came to ASTM headquarters for one month in 2006 to learn about standards development.
 
2006
Zambia Bureau of Standards
Margaret LunguASTM welcomed Margaret Lungu - a standards development manager at ZABS at the time of her visit - for a month-long standards expert internship in 2006.
 
2005
Standards Admin. of China
He TingAt the time of her visit, He Ting had been with SAC for two years and worked within the machinery and materials division on industry and transportation. Her responsibilities at SAC included working with the steel, nonferrous metals and other materials committees. She is a graduate of Tsinghua University where she majored in materials science and engineering.

Other International Visiting Experts

 
2019
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
Jaeuk Ahn
Jaeuk Ahn spent 11 months at ASTM Headquarters. At the time of his visit, Mr. Ahn worked as a Researcher in the Technical Barriers to Trade Division of KATS.
 
2019
EP Petroecuador
Eng. Ricardo Villava
Ricardo Villalva participated in the 2019 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Engineer Villalva studied metallic additives in gasoline.
2019
Saudi Standards, Metrology, and Quality Organization (SASO)
Saad AlHatemSaad AlHatem
Saad AlHatem participated in the 2019 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Mr. AlHatem studied safety footwear.
2018
Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
Albert NyagechiAlbert Nyagechi
Albert Nyagechi participated in the 2018 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Mr. Nyagechi studied petroleum products.
2018
Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO)
Abdrabalameer AlSaqerAbdrabalameer AlSaqer
Abdrabalameer AlSaqer participated in the 2018 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Mr. AlSaqer studied petroleum products.
2017
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
MiHee LimMiHee Lim
MiHee Lim spent 11 months at ASTM Headquarters. At the time of her visit, Ms. Lim worked as an Assistant Director in the WTO/FTA Technical Barrier to Trade Division of KATS.
2017
Ghana Standards Authority (GSA)
Stephen AduStephen Adu
Stephen Adu participated in the 2017 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Mr. Adu studied petroleum products.
2017
Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Org. (SASO)
Sultan Al-SughayyirSultan Al-Sughayyir
Sultan Al-Sughayyir, spent six weeks visiting ASTM in March/April 2017. During his visit, he was promoted to Deputy Director of the Construction & Building Materials Department at SASO.
2017
Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Org. (SASO)
Usama GhazaliUsama Ghazali
Usama Ghazali spent six weeks visiting ASTM in March/April 2017. Ghazali is a Manager in the Standards Department at the national standards body of Saudi Arabia, SASO.
2017
Saudi Arabian Oil Company
Ahmad S. AbdullahAhmad S. Abdullah
Ahmad S. Abdullah spent 2 weeks visiting ASTM in March, 2017. At the time of his visit, he served as an Engineer in the Standards Coordination Unit in Saudi Aramco.
2016
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
KWONEunSook Kwon
EunSook Kwon spent 11 months at ASTM Headquarters. At the time of her visit, Ms. Kwon worked as an Assistant Director in the Consumer Products Safety Division of KATS.
2016
Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS)
MaharajDinesh Maharaj
Dinesh Maharaj participated in the 2016 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Mr. Maharaj studied steel concrete reinforcing bar and structural steel.
2016
Vietnam Standards and Quality Institute (VSQI)
HoaThai Quynh Hoa
Thai Quynh Hoa participated in the 2016 MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program. Mrs. Hoa studied biodegradable plastics.
2016
Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
MaharajWinnie Tonui
Winnie Tonui, standards officer in the standards development and international trade department at the Kenyan Bureau of Standards, completed a three-week attachment at ASTM in January 2016 to study textiles.
2015
Kenyan Bureau of Standards (KEBS)
HoaJerome Nzuba
Jerome Nzuba, laboratory analyst for the Kenyan Bureau of Standards laboratories, completed a three-week attachment at ASTM in December 2015 to study petroleum standards.
2015
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
JUNJong Yoon JUN
Assistant Director, Technical Regulation Cooperation Division Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS)
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, S. KOREA
Mr. Jun spent 11 months at ASTM Headquarters, mid-2014 to mid-2015.
2014
Ghana Standards Authority (GSA)
NanaNana Gyan Sekyi was the first participant in ASTM’s MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program from October 29 – November 26, 2014. Mr. Sekyi studied pipeline safety and integrity standards.
2013
Korean Agency for Technology & Standards (KATS)
Chang-Ae ChoChang-Ae Cho spent 9 months at ASTM in 2013 to research the public/private partnership in standards development. At the time of her visit, Ms. Cho worked as a Researcher in the Conformity Assessment Division of KATS.
 
2012
South African Bureau of Standards
Saziso ZanggaMr. Saziso (Sazi) Zangga visited ASTM from April – June 2012. At the time, Mr. Zangga’s position was International Relations Specialist: ISO-Division. He has been involved in the standardization environment for the past 11 years. Sazi has extensive knowledge in quality management systems; standards development, processes and procedures, development and facilitation of Standards-related training to the enterprise, industry, and African communities.
Korean Standards Agency (KSA)
Jongwook KimJongwook Kim spent 2 weeks at ASTM in the early winter of 2012. At the time, Mr. Kim was a Senior Researcher conducting the project of “Standard Infrastructure Enhancement Program” for KSA.
Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS)
Jonah ErnestJonah Ernest, with 12 years of standards experience, was Principal Standards Engineer at the time of his 2 week visit in April, 2012. He also served as Secretary to four Technical Committees and was the lead inspector for companies certified by BOBS.
Korean Agency for Technology & Standards (KATS)
Chang-Hwan KooChang-Hwan Koo has an electrical engineering background and spent 2 weeks in the early winter of 2012 at ASTM. At the time of his visit, Mr. Koo managed the New Convergence Technology Standards Division of KATS.
 
March, 2008
Japanese Standards Assoc.
Yukiko Kotani (Ms.)
International Affairs Support Division
International Standardization Activities Support Center
Japanese Standards Association
 
2007
Shandong Provincial Institute of Standardization in China
Shujuan “Carrie” XieShujuan “Carrie” Xie, a standards expert from the Shandong Provincial Institute of Standardization in China, spent six weeks at ASTM International headquarters in November 2007 as part of her yearlong visit to study standards and conformity assessment in the United States. Carrie was the recipient of a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council which she chose to use to support her time in the U.S. as a guest researcher.
 
2006
Xiaohe Branch of the Guiyang Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision
Huang XiaopuHuang Xiaopu visited ASTM from March 30-Sept. 25, 2006. Mrs. Huang has worked in standardization management at the Xiaohe branch of the Guiyang Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision since 1999. In September 2005, Mrs. Huang received a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council to visit ASTM International.
 
2006
Shanghai Institute of Standardization
Zhang MinglanZhang Minglan of the Shanghai Institute of Standardization, visited ASTM International for one month in spring of 2006. Ms. Zhang, who has worked at SIS since 1998, was vice director of the Center of Standardization Research, which consists of nearly 20 researchers, at the time of her visit. Ms. Zhang’s main responsibilities included administration of the center, harmonization within and across the center, and organization of standardization research projects.
 
2006
Shanghai Institute of Standardization
Ma NaMa Na, who has been at SIS since 2003, was a researcher in the SIS Center of Standardization Research at the time of her ASTM visit. In the past, Ms. Ma has taken a lead role in drafting three standards on project management and two on environmental assessment at SIS. She is also a member of ASTM International Committee D34 on Waste Management.
 
Japanese Standards Assoc.
Tomoko Nagata, an official from the Japanese Standards Association, spent two weeks visiting ASTM International ieadquarters in the fall of 2006). At the time of her visit, Ms. Nagata worked in division I of the standards development department at JSA. While here, Ms. Nagata learned more about ASTM’s role in international standardization.
 
2005
China National Institute of Standardization
Guo DehuaGuo Dehua, a graduate of Tianjin University who majored in precision instruments, has worked at the China National Institute of Standardization for more than 11 years. At the time of her visit with ASTM, Guo Dehua worked in the library of standards at CNIS and did research work in standards information management. She was also responsible for overseeing the cooperation agreement signed in 2003 between CNIS and ASTM International.
 
2004
Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision
Zhang Li HongASTM International welcomed Zhang Li Hong, who held the position of vice director of the standardization division at the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision at the time of her visit, for a two-month internship at ASTM headquarters that began in June 2004. Zhang’s internship was developed as part of the cooperation agreement signed in 2003 between ASTM and the Shanghai Institute of Standardization, which reports to SMBQTS.
 
2003
Japanese Standards Assoc.
ASTM hosted Kenichi Shimosakai of the standards department at the Japanese Standards Association (JSA) for a 90-day internship position that enabled him and JSA to learn more about ASTM’s standards development processes, information technology, intellectual property policies, and cooperative programs with other standards developing organizations. The internship lasted from November 2003 to February 2004.