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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.  


ASTM 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


ASTM 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 standards activities.


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 Board.


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 work.


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.




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