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Robert J. Painter Memorial Award

Initially established in 1956 as the SES / ASTM Award, this Award is financed by ASTM and administered and awarded by SES. The name of the Award was changed in 1976 to the SES / ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award to recognize Robert J. Painter, the ASTM Executive Secretary from 1952-1960, and Executive Secretary Emeritus from 1961-1965.

This Award for meritorious service, recognizes work done by standards engineers in promoting the use of standards and is presented to the person contributing the most outstanding service in a given year in the field of standards. This award is presented at the SES Annual Conference. 

This Award is presented by invitation of ASTM and the SES Board of Directors, upon the recommendation of the Awards Committee, for special service in the field of standardization through a company program, managerial support, or educational research. The Award is limited to one (1) per year. Any individual is eligible for nomination.

2016 SES/ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award Recipient:

Recipient: Roger V. Bostelman, Electrical Engineer, Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group, Intelligent Systems Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

The contributions of Roger Bostelman to the course of voluntary standardization since joining ASTM, and particularly over the past year, exemplify the ideals of both ASTM and SES. He has been a determined advocate for the development and application of voluntary standards for the complex area of automated guided vehicle (AGV) systems. Mr. Bostelman was the primary stakeholder who initially proposed the idea for a new activity on AGVs and their application to ASTM, and was instrumental in its formation as Committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles. His commitment to this activity was further rewarded by his peers when he was elected to serve as the inaugural Chairman of the committee. During his tenure, Committee F45 was initiated, structured, organized, and populated. During the last year, the committee has grown to over 75 members from 10 countries, and currently is comprised of five subject and one administrative subcommittees. To date, three work items have been registered and are in various stages of development (with a fourth to be registered in late Q1 2016) – it is particularly noteworthy that (beginning in early 2015) Mr. Bostelman has served as the primary author and technical contact for terminology and test method standards, and has, most recently, served as lead for an ongoing series of virtual meetings designed to evolve the drafts from concept to practical reality; all are expected to be approved within the first half of 2016.

Mr. Bostelman joined ASTM in 2014 as a pioneering member of Committee F45 on Driverless Automatic Guided Industrial Vehicles. He was elected chairman of the Committee later that year, and still serves in that capacity.

Mr. Bostelman has spent the entirety of his career at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and currently serves in the Manipulation & Mobility Systems Group of the Intelligent Systems Division. Over his tenure, he has been recognized on multiple occasions and holds six (6) patents in the area of mobile manipulation. Mr. Bostelman holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, George Washington University, an MS in Technology Management, University of Maryland University College, and his PhD in Robotics, University of Bourgogne, France, is in process with graduation expected May 2017 – Thesis topic: Performance Measurement of Mobile Manipulators.

Nomination Procedure:

Using the nomination form as a guide, you can submit qualified nominations in one of three ways:

Email: SES Executive Director

Telephone: 1 603 926 0750

Supporting Data:
For each nomination, include individual name, organization, and contact information. Also, provide a supporting statement of 350 words or less stating the achievements in support of the nomination.

Mike Morrell
Executive Director

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