New ECLIPSE Interns Start Their Terms

May 26, 2017


Eight early career members of ASME have been selected to participate as the 2017-2018 class of the Society’s Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE) program, in which young members of the Society learn about the inner workings of ASME by serving with an ASME unit such as the Board of Governors, the Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT) Academy, or one of the ASME Sectors. The eight new interns will begin their yearlong terms next month at the ASME Annual Meeting in Newport Beach, Calif.

Ebele Ejiofor

Once accepted to the program, ECLIPSE interns are matched with a dedicated advisor within their area of interest at ASME. During their internships, they will have the opportunity to travel to Society meetings and take part in workshops and training sessions to build leadership skills, which will serve them in both their careers and their personal lives. Former ECLIPSE interns have gone on to serve in such leadership positions within ASME as member of the Board of Governors and member of the Committee on Finance and Investment.

Jonathan Jennings

One of the early career engineers selected for the 2017-2018 ECLIPSE program, Ebele Ejiofor, will serve as an intern for the Diversity and Inclusion Strategy Committee. A native of Nigeria, Ejiofor received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2011. Since 2014, she has been working as a production maintenance engineering for Royal Dutch Shell, where she is a production maintenance engineer. A firm believer that investments in science and technology can improve the quality of life for her fellow citizens of Nigeria, Ejiofor hopes to have a positive impact on her local community through her ECLIPSE internship and eventually become an ASME Fellow.

Rigoberto Lopez

Jonathan Jennings, the 2017-2018 intern for the Board of Governors, currently works as a systems engineer in the gas turbine auxiliary power unit control systems group at Honeywell Aerospace in Phoenix, Ariz. Jennings received a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in aerospace and space flight in 2016 from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he had been president and social chair of the ASME student section. He also served as chair and member-at-large on the Student Section Enterprise Committee. Jennings was the recipient of the ASME Charles T. Main Gold Student Leadership Award in 2015 and was selected to take part in the ASME Technology Advisory Panel in 2016.

Tran Mah-Paulson

The new intern for the Public Affairs and Outreach Sector, Rigoberto Lopez, is a subsea wells supervisor at BP in Houston, where he has worked since 2013. Lopez, who received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2013 from Texas A&M University, became involved in ASME through his university’s student section, where he helped coordinate an engineering camp for middle school students in Costa Rica. A former member of the ASME Petroleum Division Collegiate Council, Lopez expects to receive his master’s degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M this December.

Harsheel Panchasara

Tran Mah-Paulson, the 2017-2018 ECLIPSE intern for the Technical Events and Content Sector, is a welding project engineer with T.D. Williamson Inc., in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he has been involved in the global development of the company’s welding services program in countries throughout the world. He has also helped expand the company’s project management and engineering program within Canada. The president and CEO of the Young Pipeliners Association of Canada (YPAC), Mah-Paulson is a member of the ASME Pipeline Systems Division Extended Executive Committee. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta.

Joseph Radisek

Harsheel Panchasara, a mechanical design engineer at Bluechip Infocorp Pvt. Ltd., will serve as the next ECLIPSE intern for the Volunteer Orientation and Leadership Training (VOLT) Academy. As mechanical design engineer, he works as a consultant with ABB India Limited’s research and development department. Panchasara received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2014 from the G.H. Patel College of Engineering and Technology in Anand, India, where he helped establish the school’s ASME student section. The former Energy Sources Team Lead for the ECE Programming Committee and a speaker at the recent E-E-Fest Asia Pacific event in Jaipur, India, Panchasara was a finalist at the ASME Additive Manufacturing 3D Challenge in Montreal, Canada, in 2014, and a runner-up in the Old Guard Oral Presentation at the ASME Asia-Pacific Student Professional Development Conference in 2014.

Kushi Sellahennedige

The new ECLIPSE intern for the History & Heritage Committee, Joseph Radisek, is a process development engineer at Materials Processing Inc. (MPI) in Irving, Texas. Radisek became involved in ASME in 2007 when he was a student at the University of Dayton. He served as chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer of the university’s student section, and went on to hold positions on the District B Student District Operating Board, the Student Section Enterprise Committee and the Affinity Communities Operating Board. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton, Radisek moved to Texas in 2013. He is currently the chair of the Society’s North Texas Section.

Nishant Trivedi

Kushi Sellahennedige, the incoming ECLIPSE intern for the Strategy Advisory Committee, is an engineer at the specialized bulk material firm Jenike & Johanson. After being introduced to ASME at an activities fair as a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Sellahennedige joined the student section at her school and eventually became the chair of the student section in her senior year. The recipient of an ASME Garland Duncan Scholarship in 2011, she received her bachelor’s degree from WPI in 2012, and her master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, in 2016.

The new ECLIPSE intern for the Standards and Certification Sector, Nishant Trivedi, is a product design engineer at ITT Corporation India Pvt. Ltd., where he is involved in the design and development of API horizontal pumps for the oil and gas industry. A member of the ASME India Section’s leadership team, Trivedi was the founder of the ASME student section at the B.H. Gardi College of Engineering and Technology in Rajkot, India, where he participated in a number of ASME events, including the Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC), the Leadership Training Conference (LTC), and the India Conclave. Since graduating from the B.H. Gardi College of Engineering and Technology in 2013, he has served as a volunteer for the ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW) India and as a design judge for the ASME Human Powered Vehicle Challenge (HPVC) Asia Pacific event.

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