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Whitcraft Named Chairman of 2009 ASTM International Board of Directors

January 12, 2009
Paul K. Whitcraft, director of quality, safety and engineering at Rolled Alloys Inc., Temperance, Michigan, has been elected chairman of the 2009 ASTM International board of directors.
          
Since 1975, Whitcraft has been active in several ASTM committees: A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys; B02 on Nonferrous Metals and Alloys; E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials; F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices; and G01 on Corrosion of Metals. He is a past chairman of Committee B02, which recognized him in 2002 with the Award of Merit for his leadership and technical contributions. Whitcraft currently chairs B02.07 on Refined Nickel and Cobalt and Their Alloys, and he is the secretary for ISO TC155 Subcommittee 2 on Wrought and Cast Nickel and Nickel Alloys, for which B02.92 is the U.S. Technical Advisory Group.
 
With a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Whitcraft started his career at Carpenter Technology’s Tube Div. and then moved to the company’s Steel Div. In 1991, he joined the staff at Rolled Alloys as regional marketing manager, and in 1992 he was assigned to his current post. His career has focused on stainless steel and nickel alloy production, corrosion resistance, and establishing and operating quality systems.
 
In addition to ASTM International, Whitcraft is a member of NACE International, ASM International, TAPPI and SAE International, and he has worked toward the adoption of certain ASTM standards for the use of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code within ASME International.
 
Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance, and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe.