Dr. Gene Palermo just received the AGA (American Gas Association) Platinum Award of Merit from the
American Gas Association. This is
the highest award given by AGA to its members.
presented AWARD OF MERIT to Dr. Gene Palermo at the ASTM F 17 meeting in Washington,
DC. This is the highest award
given by ASTM to its members
International Award of Merit Honors
Contributions of Eugene F. Palermo, Ph.D.
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.,
16 July 2004—Eugene F. Palermo, Ph.D., president of
Palermo Plastics Pipe (P3) Consulting in Oak Hill, Va.,
where he also resides, has been honored with a 2004 ASTM International
Award of Merit for his long-term service to ASTM committee work. The
award is the highest Society recognition for individual contributions to
ASTM Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems cited Dr.
Palermo for his “outstanding dedication, meritorious service and
leadership” resulting in nationally recognized standards enhancing
the reliability, durability and safety of plastics in piping systems.
An ASTM International member since 1983, Dr. Palermo
participates in the work of many F17 subcommittees, and he is also a
member of ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics. A past chair of the F17
terminology subcommittee, Dr. Palermo was also chair of F17.38, ISO/TC
138; in this role he represented the U.S. plastic piping industry in
the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) group on that
subject and served as liaison between ISO/TC 138 and F17. Outside ASTM,
Dr. Palermo is a member of the American Gas Association, the Gas Pipe
Technology Committee, the Hydrostatic Stress Board, and the Plastics Pipe
Institute (PPI). He is also chairman of the Jana Laboratories Technical
In 2002, Dr. Palermo was honored with the Frank W.
Reinhart and Henry "Butch" Kuhlmann Award by ASTM Committee F17
for his outstanding contributions in plastic piping standardization. F17
had also recognized Dr. Palermo with the Paul Finn Memorial Award, a
Special Service Award, and two Certificates of Appreciation.
Before starting his consulting business, Dr. Palermo
was PPI technical director, with responsibility for the Fuel Gas
Division, Technical Committee, and the Corrugated Polyethylene Pipe
Division. He was also chairman of the Hydrostatic Stress Board, which
awards pressure ratings for plastic piping materials in North
America. He had previously held positions with Elf Atochem, DuPont and Uponor.
In his career, Dr. Palermo has concentrated on plastic
piping systems for gas applications and life forecasting for polyethylene
piping materials used in the gas industry. He has also been very involved
with standards development nationally and internationally related to this
Dr. Palermo graduated from St.
Thomas College in St. Paul, Minn.,
with a B.S. in chemistry and earned his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Michigan State University in East Lansing.
ASTM Committee F17 on Plastic Piping Systems is one of
136 ASTM technical standards-writing committees. Established in 1898,
ASTM International is one of the largest standards development and
delivery systems in the world. ASTM standards are accepted and used in
research and development, product testing, quality systems, and
commercial transactions around the globe.
Dr. Gene Palermo received the AGA (American Gas Association)
Award of Merit in recognition of several presentations made at
plastic gas pipe industry meetings, and also serving as moderator at AGA
Operations Conferences and Plastic Pipe Symposiums. Dr. Palermo received
the AGA Silver Award of Merit in 2002 for having
faithfully and constructively served the American gas industry, and for
making continuous and extensive contributions to further the interests
and promote the welfare of the gas industry and of the public.
Within ASTM F 17, Dr. Palermo has received two Awards
of Appreciation in recognition of his many years of outstanding
service and active participation in the plastic piping standards work of
ASTM F 17, and a Special Service Award for his many
technical contributions and development of plastic piping standards.
Dr. Palermo received the Paul Finn Memorial Award in
1995 for his distinguished and continuous service to ASTM F 17 (plastic
pipe standards), and particularly for steadfast contributions to the
development of sound engineering standards, particularly for plastic gas
pipe standards. More recently, Dr. Palermo received the Rinehart
Kuhlmann Award in 2002 in acknowledgment of faithful and
significant contributions in furthering the cause of sound and effective
plastics piping standardization.
Dr. Palermo was also recognized by the US Department of Transportation
(Transportation Safety Institute) for outstanding performance as an
associate staff in the Pipeline Safety Division in teaching DOT
inspectors about plastic gas pipe standards in ASTM and ISO, plastic pipe
pressure ratings methods from ASTM and ISO, plastic pipe failure analysis
and new plastic pipe materials for the natural gas industry.