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Alumnus receives ASTM Award of Merit

Consultant Nicholas Winters, AU class of 1967, of Avalon, N.J., has been recognized with the ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. The Award of Merit is the highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to ASTM standards activities.

ASTM International (ASTM), originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. The organization's headquarters is in West Conshohocken, PA, about five miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Winters was cited “for outstanding leadership, guidance and technical contributions to ASTM International Committee F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging in developing and publishing global standards in support of the flexible packaging industry.”

A member of ASTM International since 1978, Winters is a past chair of Committee F02. He works on several F02 subcommittees and task groups and is chair of Subcommittee F02.40 on Package Integrity. For his contributions, he received awards of appreciation from F02 in 2001 and 2006. He also serves on Committee D10 on Packaging.

Winters spent more than 25 years as senior group leader/research principal at Kraft Foods Inc., where he supported multiple worldwide Kraft research centers and divisions and provided expertise as an internal consultant and project manager in several areas including package development, distribution packaging and systems, and package evaluation.

Since 2004, he has managed all North American packaging labs for Kraft Foods as a contractor. At his consulting business Harbor Associates LLC, which he founded in 2002, his clients include multinational consumer product companies, regional food producers, package equipment manufacturers and testing labs.

In addition to his work with ASTM International, Winters is a member TAPPI and is a certified packaging professional of the Institute of Packing Professionals (IOPP). He has been awarded two patents for distribution packaging innovations and has been recognized several times with technical achievement awards from Kraft Foods.

A graduate of Alfred University, Alfred, N.Y., where he received a bachelor’s degree in ceramic engineering, Winters received his M.B.A. from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill.

Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.