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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.

2017 SES/ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award Recipient:

Recipient: Shane Collins, Director Additive Manufacturing Programs, CalRAM

The contributions of Shane Collins 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 leading edge area of additive manufacturing technologies. Collins was one of the primary stakeholders who initially proposed the idea for a new activity on AM and its application to ASTM, and was instrumental in its formation as Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies. His commitment to this activity was further rewarded by his peers when he was elected to serve as the inaugural Chairman of Subcommittee F42.05 on Materials and Processes, the largest and most active subcommittee within Committee F42.  During his tenure, the subcommittee as developed 9 of F42’s 15 standards, and during the last year, the committee has grown to over 300 members from 17 countries.  It is particularly noteworthy that Mr. Collins serves as the primary author and technical contact for the 15 items below, designed to help companies in the AM industry comply with a new checklist for accreditation by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP) - the checklist is available through the Performance Review Institute. 

The checklist is a critical step for the aerospace industry, as standardization of materials and methods, where quality is essential, will be helpful for this rapidly evolving, highly process-sensitive industry.  This effort will supplement existing specifications published by F42.05 for metal powder bed fusion. New standards will be developed, in conjunction with the International Organization for Standardization’s Technical Committee 261 through a Partner Standards Developing Organization agreement with ASTM International, and provide reference documentation for NADCAP accreditation.  Committee F42 & Shane Collins have provided a vehicle to develop high quality, market relevant, full-consensus standards to serve as the bridge between research and market for this game-changing technology.

Collins joined ASTM in 2009 as a pioneering member of Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies.  He was appointed chairman of the F42.05 subcommittee in 2011, and still serves in that capacity. 

Throughout his career, Shane has specialized in program management for long-term projects providing the technical integration of engineering, customer requirements, and operations, including determining the appropriate additive manufacturing technology to manufacture complex components for both metals and polymers. His work often integrates subtractive manufacturing with additive manufacturing.  He has also authored, in whole or in part, a series of publications focusing on AM applications to specific alloys for use in a variety of industry sectors.  Mr. Collins holds an MBA in International Marketing from West Coast University and a BS in Management from Purdue University Krannert School of Management.

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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