ASME 2014 Nominated Society Officers Biographies

September 2013

Dear Member,

The Constitution and By-Laws of the Society provide for all corporate members to vote in person or by proxy for the election of the Society's officers.

A proxy by which you may exercise your right as a corporate member of ASME to vote on the names listed below and participate in the Business Meeting of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE2013) will be mailed with the September issue of the ME Magazine. On the proxy portion of the form, you can indicate your vote for the election of Society Officers and grant or withhold your proxy for any other business at the Business Meeting. If you prefer to vote in person on the election, you are invited to attend the Business Meeting of the Congress at the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego Friday November 15, 2013. Please note that the deadline date for return of the proxy is October 18, 2013. On line voting is not available.

Below is the slate of nominees and their biographical data.


Warren R. DeVries

Warren R. DeVries
Secretary and Treasurer




J. Robert Sims, Jr.J. Robert Sims, Jr. (Fellow, ASME) has been nominated to become the 133rd president of ASME to serve the 2014-2015 term of office. Sims has been an active member of the Society for more than 33 years and is a recognized authority on risk-based technologies. He is a senior engineering fellow with Becht Engineering Co., Inc. where he provides consulting services in failure analysis of pressure equipment, pressure vessel and piping system design and analysis, mechanical integrity evaluation and Fitness-For-Service analysis, and the design of high pressure equipment.

Prior to joining Becht Engineering in 1998, Sims worked for more than thirty years with Exxon (now ExxonMobil), the last ten years as a pressure equipment specialist with worldwide responsibility for standards and improving equipment integrity. He has led multidisciplinary teams in performing risk analyses and has managed technology development in the area of flaw evaluation.

Sims has served in a number of leadership roles, particularly in areas involving the Society's codes, standards and certification processes. He served as senior vice president for ASME Standards and Certification (2005-2008), vice president for Pressure Technology Codes and Standards (1999-2002), chair of the Pressure Technology Post Construction Committee (1995-2001), and was a member of the ASME Board of Governors from 2010-2013. He is past vice chair and current member of the ASME/API Joint Fitness for Service Committee and is a member of a number of Standards and Certification committees and subcommittees.

Sims is the recipient of the Society's Dedicated Service Award (1995), the J. Hall Taylor Codes and Standards Medal (2004) and the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal (2006). He has more than 30 publications and two patents to his credit and is a frequent speaker and chair at technical forums.

Sims earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.



Board of Governors

Urmila Ghia, Ph.D.Urmila Ghia, Ph.D., (Fellow, ASME) a professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati (UC), brings over 40 years of education, mentoring and research, and extensive organizational and financial administrative experience. A recipient of ASME's Distinguished Service Award, she has served ASME through journal editorship, conference organization and Codes and Standards Committees, and as chair of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Technical Committee, the Fluids Engineering Division, and the Congress Steering Committee, leading Congress as it transitioned to its current inter-disciplinary track structure. She has served on AIAA technical committees, NSF and NASA panels, and as department head and acting vice-provost at UC. Committed to excellence and diversity, a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, and an award-winning mentor with special focus on women and minorities, Ghia received UC's Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research. Her publications have received over 2500 citations. A Distinguished Alumna of the Illinois Institute of Technology, she is currently co-principal investigator on an NSF-funded Institutional Transformation ADVANCE Grant at UC to increase the number of women faculty in STEM disciplines in academia. At UC, she serves on the India Strategy Group to develop strategic partnerships with academic institutions in India. She has developed long-standing relationships with education and business leaders with responsibility in Asia, particularly India and Japan. She earned her B.S. at the University of Bombay in 1965, her M.S. at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1967 and Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1971.

John E. GoossenJohn E. Goossen (Member, ASME), recently retired, was Vice President of the Westinghouse Innovation Hub and SMR Development with more than 36 years experience in engineering, manufacturing, marketing, business development, strategic planning and R&D in the nuclear energy industry. In his most recent position, he was responsible for leading the development, licensing and commercialization of the Westinghouse Small Modular Reactor (SMR), as well as leading new business creation through breakthrough innovations. He chaired the George Westinghouse Signature Awards representing Westinghouse's highest level. Mr. Goossen was also the Director of the Westinghouse Science and Technology Department, responsible for the company's central development activities, testing facilities and developing relationships with universities, national laboratories and organizations that support development needs. Before his retirement he was program chair for the ASME Industry Advisory Board (IAB). In addition to his work with the ASME IAB, he helped structure the ASME innovation process and participated on the ASME Innovation Committee for four years. He led the Westinghouse Honors Institute for high school students and helped coordinate and participated in the first ASME Nuclear Early Career Conference. Mr. Goossen holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the University of Pittsburgh ME Department visiting committee and a member of the Carnegie Science Center Chevron STEM board.

John M. Tuohy, P.E.John M. Tuohy, P.E., (Life Fellow, ASME) over his 40-year career successfully executed technically challenging missions that have spanned the evolution of the nuclear industry providing engineering, design, construction and strategic planning services to both the government and private sectors. He received an M.S. in Nuclear Engineering from MIT and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. John is a registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. He has served as chair of the ASME Nuclear Engineering Division and as technical program chair for both the 12th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering (ICONE) and the 3rd International Conference on Environmental Management (ICEM). Tuohy joined Hitachi in 2006 applying their extensive experience in Japan to the emerging US nuclear market. Beginning in 2008 he spent three years as executive director of the American Nuclear Society. Under his leadership the Society developed a new strategic plan aimed at transforming the enterprise to ensure its relevance throughout the 21st Century. He returned to Hitachi in 2011 as Executive Director - Nuclear and is based in Basking Ridge, NJ. John previously held senior positions with The Shaw Group (CB&I), Burns and Roe, and IDM Environmental and was appointed to the DOE Generation IV Initiative, developing the global roadmap for nuclear power production. In 2005 he formed J. M. Tuohy and Associates LLC supporting the South African PBMR design team. He also spent over a decade on the adjunct faculty of Manhattan College, Stevens Institute of Technology and Idaho State University.



Vice President – International Petroleum Technology Institute

Kenneth J. Bayne, P.E.Kenneth J. Bayne, P.E., (Member, ASME) is the IPTI Chair and Petroleum Division Chair Emeritus. He has been instrumental in promoting the growth and closer integration of the IPTI Divisions. He has used his managerial and technical skills to make IPTI financially strong and its Divisions technically collaborative. Professionally, Ken has led several world class, deepwater oil and gas development projects, including Jubilee (Ghana), Azurite (Republic of Congo) and Knarr (Norway). He is employed by BG Group, Reading, UK. He resides in Stavanger, Norway. Ken is a Professional Mechanical Engineer registered in California and a BSME graduate of the University of Illinois.



Vice President – Pressure Technology Codes and Standards

Joel FeldsteinJoel Feldstein, (Fellow, ASME) is the chief welding engineer at Foster Wheeler (Clinton, N.J.). A recipient of the society's J. Hall Taylor Medal and ASME's Dedicated Service Award, he has played a key role in the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code process for more than 25 years. As chair of the BPV Standards Committee, he has worked to produce a new committee structure that facilitates and increases global participation, ensures credibility of the code and responsiveness to industry needs. As chair of the Subcommittee on Welding, Feldstein has contributed greatly to the development of requirements for welding processes including flash welding, deformation resistance welding, explosive welding and fusion of plastic pipe. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Metallurgical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, NY, in 1967 and 1969, respectively.

He began his engineering career in the aerospace industry working for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (1968-71). It was there while developing repair procedures for aircraft parts that he began what has proven to be his lifetime involvement with welding. For the next seventeen years (1972-1989) he worked at Babcock & Wilcox, initially in their R&D Center, where he developed novel repair techniques for nuclear reactor components; he later worked in B&W's nuclear fabrication facility, where he managed the welding engineering group. After a brief stint as research director for a manufacturer of stainless steel and high alloy welding products, he returned to the power generation industry in 1993 as manager of welding engineering at Foster Wheeler. Since 1996, he has been chief welding engineer responsible for the development of welding quality standards and specifications for the fabrication and erection of power boiler projects.

Feldstein has authored a number of publications including a chapter on welding and brazing qualifications for the Companion Guide to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code. He is the holder of six patents.



Vice President – Nuclear Codes and Standards

Ralph HillRalph Hill, III (Member, ASME) has over thirty-five years of technical and management experience including more than twenty years in planning, engineering design, construction, and modification for the nuclear power industry. Currently, he is a Westinghouse Electric Company Consulting Engineer. In the years prior to joining Westinghouse, he provided strategic planning, system engineering, risk management, process evaluation, and project management consulting services to U.S. Department of Energy in spent nuclear fuel, radioactive waste management, and nuclear materials disposition-related projects. He has extensive experience in project management and systems analysis for high-level and low-level waste and nuclear materials disposition. Hill has been actively involved as a contributor and a leader in the promulgation of ASME nuclear codes and standards for over 30 years and has been awarded the Codes and Standards Dedicated Service Award. Currently, he is a vice chair of the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, Chair of the Boiler and Pressure Code, Section III, Nuclear Construction Standards Committee, and serves or has served as a member and/or chair on other nuclear code committees. He is actively involved in bringing risk-informed probabilistic design methods into the ASME Code as well as initiatives to support both advanced and next-generation nuclear reactors. He received his B.S. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1975.



Vice President – Global Communities

John M. MulvihillJohn M. Mulvihill, (Life Member, ASME) has served in key leadership positions in his 44-year affiliation with ASME. He is the past Southeast District F Leader with a term that ended in June 2012. He now serves on the General Awards Committee and the Global Community Operating Board as the speakers bureau chair and the liaison to the Student and Early Career Development Sector. Prior to assuming his District Leader position, he served as the Administrative Group Chair with Southeast District F. He served for 10 years on the Region XI Operating Board as the Secretary and Professional Development Coordinator, a Leadership and Management Skills Instructor and an alternate delegate on the National Nominating Committee. As a 24–year active member of the Florida West Coast Section, he served in various positions of responsibility including two years as the section chair (1993-1995) and chair of the 1997 Region XI RAC/RSC. ASME awards include the Region XI Dick Duncan Award, ASME Dedicated Service Award and the Florida West Coast Section Engineer of the Year for 2010. Mulvihill, recently retired as the director of public works for a city in Florida, where he was responsible for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the municipality's infrastructure. Prior to this, he spent seven years as the city manager for a Florida coastal community requiring diverse leadership and project management skills. He is a retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineer Officer, with twenty years of comprehensive leadership experience in the design and construction of large scale technical projects. Other professional affiliations include the APWA, AWWA, WEF and SAME. He received his BSME from the University of Massachusetts.