Our Commitment to the Markets We Serve

KTA embraces a corporate philosophy that encourages giving back to the industries we serve. We don’t just reap the benefits of the work of others; we give in return, and make an investment in the trade organizations and professional associations that represent our target markets. This investment includes serving in elected leadership positions, actively participating in volunteer technical and conference committees, conducting research, and sharing our knowledge in publications and presentations.

Our motives are not solely altruistic. KTA receives great returns in business and networking opportunities while participating in these professional associations, but there are reciprocal benefits for our clients − the knowledge gained while helping shape industry practices is brought to bear when helping to address client concerns. We stay at the forefront of technology because we are there helping to create it.

The following is a partial listing of positions we have held and/or currently hold in some of the principal organizations KTA supports. It does not include the general memberships we hold in numerous other trade and professional associations, nor does it include the hundreds of papers published in trade journals, or the hundreds of presentations or workshops KTA professional staff have conducted at conferences and expositions. The listing does illustrate in some small way Our Commitment to the Markets We Serve and some of the recognition we have received in return.

The partial listing below represents past/present participation of KTA employees in industry associations:

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

  • Chairman −National Transportation Product Evaluation Program for Structural Steel Coatings
  • Co-Chairman − 2010 Mid-Atlantic Quality Assurance Workshop Metals Session

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

  • Chairman − Construction Committee
  • Chairman − Subcommittee on EH&S Requirements in Construction Documents
  • Director − Pittsburgh Local Section
  • Recipient − AIHA Fellow

American Institute for Steel Construction (AISC)

  • Chairman − Joint Task Force on Shop Certification

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)

  • Member − Committee 15, Subcommittee 8, Painting and Special Construction

American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM International)

  • Chairman − D1 “Paint and Related Coatings, Materials and Applications”
  • Chairman − Working Group 12 “Dry Film Thickness” of D01.23 “Physical Properties of Paint Films”
  • Chairman − D01.46 “Industrial Protective Coatings”
  • Member − D01.23 “Physical Properties of Applied Paint Films”
  • Member − D01.26.25 Task Group on Fluorescing Coatings
  • Member − D01.46 “Industrial Protective Coatings”
  • Member − D33 “Protective Coating and Lining Work for Power Generating Facilities”

AASHTO/National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA) Collaboration

  • Chairman − TG-8 Coatings “S 8.1 Guide Specification for Coating Systems with Zinc-Rich Primers”

Engineer’s Society of Western Pennsylvania (ESWP)

  • Member − Board of Directors
  • Chairman − International Bridge Conference (multiple)
  • Member − Executive Committee of the International Bridge Conference

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • Member − Structural Committee for Economic Fabrication (SCEF)

International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA)

  • Member − Maintenance Committee

International Standards Association (ISO)

  • United States Delegate to ISO Technical Committee TC35/SC12 “Preparation of Steel Substrates Before Application of Paints and Related Products”
  • Convenor − WG-3 “Solvent Cleaning”
  • Convenor − WG-5 “Chloride Contamination”

Journal of Architectural Coatings

  • Featured Author, “Getting it Right” Column

Journal of Protective Coatings and Linings

  • Technical Editor (multiple)
  • Editor − Problem Solving Forum
  • Editor − Applicator Training Bulletins
  • Editor − Cases from the F-Files
  • Recipient − Editor´s Choice Award (multiple)

NACE International (NACE)

  • Board of Directors
  • Chairman − T6 Committee “Protective Coatings and Linings”
  • NACE C-1 Technology Coordinator
  • Chairman − TG 006 − Joint Blasting Standards NACE 1 through 4
  • Chairman − TG142 − Surface Preparation of Contaminated Steel Surfaces
  • Chairman − TG 146 − Standard Practices for Thermal Spray Coatings
  • Chairman − TG 148 − Coating Protection for Threaded Fasteners
  • Chairman − TG 415 − NACE Standard RPO 281
  • Chairman − TG 415 − Standard Method for Conducting Coating Panel Evaluation
  • Chairman − TEG 192X − Coating Industry Problems Confronting Owners and Contractors
  • Vice Chairman − TG 275-278 − Surface Preparation Standards for Waterjetting
  • Vice Chairman − TG 323 − Wet Abrasive Blast Cleaning of Metals
  • Chairman − Pittsburgh Section
  • CIP Instructor

PWC Magazine

  • Featured Author, “Case in Point” Column

The Society for Protective Coatings (SSPC)

  • President
  • Board of Governors (multiple)
  • Chairman – Surface Preparation Committee Chairman – Lead-Based Paint Removal – Equipment and Containment Committee
  • Chairman − Visual Standards Committee
  • Chairman − C.3.2 Coating Thickness
  • Chairman − Group C.5 Committee on Environmental, Health, and Safety Compliance
  • Chairman − Environmental Monitoring Strategies Committee C.5.3.
  • Chairman − Dust Collection Committee C.5.3
  • Chairman − Contractor Qualification for Hazardous Paint Removal − QP2
  • Chairman − C.1.1.F – Waterborne Inorganic Zinc
  • Chairman − Shop Painting Contractor Certification Committee
  • Chairman − National Conference Technical Program (multiple)
  • Co-Chairman − Painting Contractor Certification Committee
  • Co-Chairman − Inspection Agency Certification Committee
  • Member − Standards Review Committee (SRC)
  • Member − Hazardous Paint Removal, Containment & Disposal Committees (multiple)
  • Member − C.1.9 Polyurea Coatings Standards Development Committee
  • Member − C.1.11 Fluorescing Coatings Committee
  • President − Penn/Ohio and/or Three Rivers Chapter (multiple)
  • Recipient − John D. Keane Award − SSPC’s Highest Award (multiple)
  • Recipient − Protective Coatings Specialist of the 1980s
  • Recipient − Outstanding Publications Award (multiple)
  • Recipient − Education Award (multiple)
  • Recipient − Technical Achievement Award (multiple)
  • Approved Course Instructors (multiple)

Transportation Research Board

  • Chairman − Bridge Steel Coatings Subcommittee AHD30(2)
  • Vice-Chairman − Committee on Fabrication and Inspection
  • Convenor − TRB Conference Coatings Sessions