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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.

2020 SES/ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award Recipient:

Recipient:Alan Kaufman

Alan P. Kaufman, senior vice president of technical affairs, is a toy industry veteran with nearly 40 years of experience addressing product safety, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and product testing issues.

As part of The Toy Association’s external affairs team, he leads the continuing development and implementation of technical policies and strategies relating to toy safety, the environment, supply chain issues, factory processes, and other matters.Prior to joining the Association, he was vice president of global product safety and regulatory affairs for Toys“R”Us. Previously, he spent more than a decade directing production, sourcing, and technical services for The Walt Disney Co. and its affiliated divisions. He’s held technical and production positions at a number of toy manufacturers.A graduate of UCLA with a degree in biology, Kaufman is a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO). He’s also a member of the Executive Board of ASTM International’s Committee for Consumer Products F15 and is active on several toy and juvenile product safety standard subcommittees. He was the nominated U.S. expert for the current edition of ISO/IEC Guide 50 on Children’s Safety and is an appointed member of the EPA’s Science Advisory Committee on Chemicals.


ASTM Service:
Current Director, ASTM Board of DirectorsASTM F15 Member and contributor (2009-present)

F963 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety Technical Contact

Nomination Procedure:

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.

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

Email: SES Executive Director

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View Past Recipients of the SES/ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award