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Neal S. Berke, Ph.D., Receives ASTM Award of Merit

W. Conshohocken, PA, October 21, 1999
- Neal S. Berke, Ph.D., principal scientist, W.R. Grace & Company, Cambridge, Mass., is the recipient of a 1999 American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Award of Merit from ASTM Committee G-1 on Corrosion of Metals. The title of Fellow accompanies the award, which is the highest Society award granted to an individual member for distinguished service and outstanding participation in ASTM technical committee activities. Berke was cited for outstanding contributions in corrosion in concrete, electrochemical testing and in the overall operation of Committee G-1. He will be presented the award at Committee G-1's November 17-19, 1999, meeting to be held in Kansas City, Mo.

A resident of Chelmsford, Mass., Berke received his A.B. degree in physics from the University of Chicago in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1980.

In 1979, Berke began his professional career with Homer Research Laboratories of Bethlehem Steel Corporation as a research engineer working on improving the corrosion resistance of hot-dip steel coatings. He joined Grace in 1983 where he conducted research on products to improve the durability of concrete by reducing reinforcing bar corrosion and improving the resistance of the concrete to aggressive chemicals and cracking. He received his current title in 1997.

The recipient has been a member of ASTM since 1984. He has contributed significantly for many years in a leadership role in the parent committee. He has served with distinction as both membership secretary from 1985 to 1994 as well as serving on and chairing the Sam Tour Award Committee. He has also been a subcommittee chairman for 12 years as well as chairing several important task groups. Berke has been very active in Subcommittee G01.11 on Electrochemical Test Methods, including participation in several round robins and related standards writing activities. He has played a vital role in advancing the state of the art in corrosion testing.

Berke has pioneered efforts through the development of test procedures and evaluation of mitigating techniques to address the problem of corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete. He has led the standards development activities of Committee G-1 in this area for over 15 years. In this role, he has chaired three important symposia in ASTM resulting in highly successful Special Technical Publications (STP's), developed one standard and contributed significantly to another. He has also published extensively in ASTM STP's and Journals. He has led two round robin test programs and participated in six others. Berke also participated on the Intersociety Committee on Corrosion of Steel in Concrete.

Outside of ASTM, Berke is a member of NACE International, ASM International, The Electrochemical Society, The Transportation Research Board, the American Institute of Metallurgical Mining Engineers, the American Concrete Institute and RILEM.

Committee G-1 is one of 129 ASTM technical standards-writing committees. Organized in 1898, ASTM is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world.

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