ASTM International Committee Recognizes DDL President with Award of Merit

ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging has presented the Award of Merit to Patrick J. Nolan, president of DDL Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN). The Award of Merit and its accompanying title of fellow is ASTM's highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to standards activities, according to a press release issued by ASTM.

Nolan has been a member of ASTM International since 1988. A past chairman of Committee D10, Nolan works on several D10 subcommittees and has received two Awards of Appreciation from the committee. He also served a term on the ASTM Committee on Standards and is currently a member of Committee F02 on Flexible Barrier Packaging, where he is a member at large on the executive subcommittee.

Nolan is also member of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, the Institute of Packaging Professionals, and the University of Wisconsin-Stout Packaging Advisory Board. He holds a bachelor's degree in forestry from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

Nolan has more than 33 years of experience in the testing and analysis of packaging and products for shock and vibration hazards in the distribution system, according to the release. He co-founded DDL in 1990 and assumed the role of president in 2007. He previously served as an applications engineer at MTS Systems (Eden Prairie) and senior packaging engineer at Ecolab (Eagan, MN).

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