ASTM International announces that Katharine “Kathie” Morgan has began her tenure as president of the worldwide standards development organization. She succeeds James A. Thomas, who served as president for 25 years.
Morgan has been involved with ASTM International for 33 years. For the last two years, she has been the executive vice president. Prior to that, she was vice president of Technical Committee Operations and led a 50-member team that supports the volunteer work of the organization’s 30,000 members.
Morgan is a board member of the American National Standards Institute, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Executives, the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization, the Society for Standards Professionals (SES), the American Society of Association Executives, and a former member of the Standards Council of Canada’s Standards Development Organization Advisory Committee.
ASTM states that on the same day she became president, Morgan visited the Virginia Beach Fire Department Training Facility to see demonstrations of emergency response robots and drones. Manufacturers, first responders, and others tested robot capabilities and operator proficiency using 50 test methods, many of which have been developed through ASTM International’s Committee on Homeland Security Applications.
The organization has been in operation for more than a century.