Ramani Narayan Receives Award of Merit from ASTM International

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January 11, 2011

Ramani Narayan, University Distinguished Professor of chemical engineering and materials science, has received the prestigious Award of Merit from ASTM International. Formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, ASTM is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards.

The Award of Merit is the highest award given by the society to an individual member; recipients also receive the honorary title of fellow. The society’s membership is composed of more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 135 countries.

ASTM, which was formed in 1898 by chemists and engineers from the Pennsylvania Railroad, is the most frequently cited standards-developing organization in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations with over 2,360 standards cited there and used for federal government procurement. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.

Narayan also recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the BioEnvironmental Polymer Society (BEPS). BEPS promotes research, education, and training in the design, synthesis, characterization, testing, and processing of biodegradable and other environmentally degradable polymers. The society also facilitates information exchange among researchers.