ASTM International awards $10,000 scholarships to four graduate students

Aug. 11, 2021

Pictured left to right: ASTM International scholarship winners Patricio Carrion, Laura Luna, Alex Thomas and Omid Vakili.

ASTM International announced the graduate student winners of four $10,000 scholarships for their studies in fields where technical standards play a crucial role. This year’s winners were chosen from a competitive pool of more than 50 applications.

The following candidates will receive the 2021 ASTM International graduate scholarships.

Patricio Carrion is a doctoral candidate at Auburn University studying mechanical engineering. He is an active contributor to the additive manufacturing committee (F42) through the Auburn National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence and has been active in conducting research related to committee work items.

Laura Luna is a student member working toward her master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering at Dalhousie University. She will begin a doctoral program at the University of California (Davis) this fall. Luna will continue her research using several soil and rock committee (D18) standards, as well as teaching more about ASTM standards to fellow graduate and undergraduate students.

Alex Thomas is a student member working toward his master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point). Thomas is a participating member of the committees on steel, stainless steel, and related alloys (A01) and waste management (D34) and is the current subchair of the D34 subcommittee on treatment, recovery and reuse.

Omid Vakili is a student member of the sports equipment, playing surfaces and facilities committee (F08) experienced with ASTM International standards, particularly helmet safety. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in biomedical physiology and kinesiology at Simon Fraser University.

ASTM International has more than 5,000 student members at all levels of education who pay nothing for membership. The organization offers several scholarship and grant opportunities each year. Undergraduate and graduate student members receive a front-row seat to the standards development process, allowing them to network with technical experts and participate in standards discussion.

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ASTM International’s mission is to integrate consensus standards, developed with its international membership of volunteer technical experts, and innovative services to improve lives, helping the world work better.