WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. - A 2006 ASTM International Award of Merit and accompanying title of Fellow have been given to Thomas J. Sliva, vice president and technical director of DL Labs, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications cited Sliva, an ASTM International member since 1984, for his standards-development work and his activities in subcommittees on international standards coordination, awards and promotion.

In addition to D01, where he is chairman of three subcommittees and vice chairman of three other subcommittees, Sliva has been the author or major contributor to 28 new standards and revisions, and he has conducted numerous interlaboratory studies related to test-method development. He was instrumental in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ASTM Committee D01 and ISO Technical Committee 35/SC 9 on Paint and Varnishes, which has been a model for coordination between standards-development organizations.