NEW YORK, June 3, 2013 – Mahantesh Hiremath, Ph.D., a resident of San Ramon, Calif., and engineer at SSL, a leading provider of communications satellites and space systems, has been named a federal government fellow by ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
Hiremath will take a leave at Palo Alto-based SSL to serve the congressional fellowship in Washington, D.C., where the engineer will contribute expertise and perspective on technical initiatives under consideration in public policy discourse.
“ASME is pleased to add Mahantesh Hiremath to the distinguished roster of engineers who have provided an invaluable service to our nation through the Federal Government Fellowship Program,” said Thomas Loughlin, executive director of ASME. “Our government fellows have been key advisors to the government in areas such as aerospace, critical infrastructure, risk analysis, energy, manufacturing, and engineering education, while gaining rich experience in many aspects of the public policy process.”
As deployment subsystems manager at SSL, Hiremath is involved in mechanical design, systems engineering, risk management, and other technical duties attending six major satellite programs of the company. He has more than 25 years of experience in areas ranging from structural analysis to technical management, and held engineering positions with Northrup Grumman, Stellar Solutions, ARES Corp., and Serata Geomechanics, among other industrial firms.
A Ph.D. graduate of The Ohio State University, Hiremath is a widely published technical expert in seismic thermal stresses, seismic loading, earthquake engineering, and fluid dynamics. A registered professional civil engineer in California, Hiremath has been a member of ASME since 1987.
“Dr. Hiremath’s technical expertise will be a great resource for our policymakers,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “As an active participant in ASME, he has made an excellent contribution to the global engineering community and we wish him well during his leave from SSL.”
ASME was the first engineering society to establish a Federal Government Fellowship Program, which began in 1973. The program enables selected ASME members to devote a year of working in government, providing technical advice to policymakers in the Congress and other federal agencies.
ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.