AWPA e-Newsletter: August 2020


2020 Fall Technical Committee Virtual Meetings

The 2020 Fall Technical Committee Meetings will be held online in a virtual meeting format, September 21-24, 2020. Registration will be used for the purpose of attendance and assignment of voting privileges, so registration will be required for any person to attend the virtual meetings. The meeting schedule has been posted to the 2020 Virtual Meeting Web Page. The deadline for registration is Friday, September 11, 2020, so be sure to register if you plan to attend. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE VIRTUAL MEETINGS. Make sure you select the meetings you will be attending when registering. Credentials to log into the meetings will be sent to each registered attendee the week prior to the meetings. NOTE: The submission deadline for comments, materials, or presentations to be viewed or distributed during the meetings is Tuesday, September 1, 2020.


116th Annual Meeting Business Session

Due to the pandemic, the 116th AWPA Annual Meeting which was scheduled to take place at Lake Tahoe in April was cancelled. The AWPA Executive Committee has determined that a short "116th Annual Meeting Business Session" shall be held online and in conjunction with AWPA's 2020 Technical Committee Virtual Meetings to satisfy our requirement to hold the Annual Meeting. This meeting will take place on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM US Central Daylight Time. All AWPA members who register for the 2020 Technical Committee Virtual Meetings have the option to attend the webcast for the 116th AWPA Annual Meeting Business Session. If you are an AWPA member who wishes to attend the webcast, but are not registering for the Technical Committee Meetings, please contact us no later than Friday, September 11, 2020 to request credentials (sent by email the week prior to the meeting). Note that there are a limited number of logins available, and requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.


2020 AWPA Book of Standards

Did you know that most of the funding for AWPA’s standards development process comes from the sales of the AWPA Book of Standards? Every treating plant, laboratory, specifier, and inspector should have a current edition on-hand, so please be sure to purchase updated copies each year to help AWPA cover the cost of standards development. If you don’t have the 2020 edition, your standards are already outdated! This edition is available as a hefty 674-page printed book, a searchable read-only USB drive, or a printed book/USB combination. To order online, visit the AWPA online store – please note that AWPA members must log in to the store to obtain discounted member pricing (click here if you’ve forgotten your store password). If you prefer to order by mail or fax, a form may be downloaded by clicking this link.


AWPA Welcomes New Members

Here are AWPA's newest members...congratulations and welcome!

  • Dave Koch, Wheeler
  • Barry Sewell, Koppers Performance Chemicals


Position Openings

Centre for Timber Durability and Design Life, Brisbane, Australia: Two positions for Graduate Research support are available at the University of the Sunshine Coast in timber durability, preferably at the PhD level. Support includes a stipend, medical coverage, and tuition waiver. Research topics are open but could include studies related to service life modeling, fungal ecology related to timber performance, preservative behavior, characterizing natural durability of plantation timbers, and termite biology. The Centre is a partnership between the University of the Sunshine Coast, University of Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and has a broad mandate to revitalize durability research in Australia. Post-graduate training is an important part of that effort. The Centre is based in Brisbane, a city of approx. 2 million which boasts a sub-tropical climate, lively entertainment, and proximity to both the Sunshine and Gold Coast beaches. Interested parties should forward a short vita and a one-page statement of interest to Jeff Morrell (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to begin the discussion.

Koppers, Inc. is looking for a Manager of Quality Control and Technical Services. This individual will be responsible for providing technical, sales, and marketing support for new and existing customers. He or she will also work regularly with building officials and architects to promote our fire-retardant brands and also assist with product launches. In-person sales presentations and negotiations will be a substantial aspect of the role as well. The ideal candidate must have 10+ years of industry experience. He or she should have extensive building code and fire-retardant product knowledge and be willing to travel 50%. Click here for more information and to apply online.


Nominations for AWPA Officers, Award of Merit

In the next few months, AWPA members will be nominating individuals to serve as Officers, Executive Committee Members, or Nominating Committee Members in the 2021/2022 term. If you know of an eligible AWPA member that would serve AWPA well in any of these positions, please contact Nominating Committee Chair Rick Bleskey, or you may submit the nomination directly to AWPA. Also, the deadline for nominations for the 2021 Award of Merit is December 1, 2020. Please consult the Award of Merit Policy and submit your nomination of a worthy individual to AWPA.


Upcoming AWPA Meetings