Alan M. Lytle, a research engineer in the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is the recipient of the 2008 Robert J. Painter Award. The award, given by ASTM International and the Standards Engineering Society, honors individuals who contribute the most outstanding service to standards development in a given year.
Lytle was recognized for his exceptional leadership and service in developing relevant standards in the evolving industry of 3D imaging systems. A member of ASTM International since 2006, Lytle is chair of ASTM Committee E57 on 3D Imaging Systems and also serves on Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications.
Following active duty service as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, Lytle joined the staff at NIST in 2001 as a robotics engineer and was selected to lead the Construction Metrology and Automation Group in 2004. His present research focuses on improving construction productivity through the use of automation systems and advanced field measurement.
Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international 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.
Initially established in 1956 as the SES / ASTM Award, this award is financed by ASTM and administered and awarded by SES. The name of the Award was changed in 1976 to the SES / ASTM Robert J. Painter Memorial Award to recognize Robert J. Painter, the ASTM Executive Secretary from 1952-1960, and Executive Secretary Emeritus from 1961-1965.