ASME Standards & Certification Announces Honors and Awards Recipients at 2015 Annual Meeting

Aug 13, 2015

During its June 9, 2015 meeting of the Council on Standards and Certification, ASME announced the 2015 recipients of several key honors and awards. Among the announcements:

Shabbir M. Rawalpindiwala, manager of codes and standards at Kohler, Co., was announced as the recipient of the Patrick J. Higgins Medal. Mr. Rawalpindiwala was cited for his contributions on numerous technical specifications for plumbing products including authoring over 100 proposals; leadership on the ASME A112 Committee on Plumbing and Materials Equipment; and extraordinary commitment to the harmonization process between US and Canadian plumbing standards. He was presented with the award at the ASME A112/CSA (Plumbing) Standards Committee Meeting in January 2015.

Thomas J. Vogan, senior manager at Sargent & Lundy, was announced as the recipient of the Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award. Mr. Vogan was cited for his service on ASME’s Committee On Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment over a period of 25 years - the last nine years of which as the committee chair. Mr. Vogan was presented with the award at the meeting of the Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment, July 13-16, 2015 in Columbus, OH.

Thomas C. Heil, a consultant who retired from the Babcock and Wilcox Company, was announced as the recipient of the Performance Test Codes Medal. Mr. Heil was cited for outstanding contributions to Performance Test Codes, most notably in the testing of steam generators and related auxiliaries. Additionally, he was cited for developing computational methods and software for determining test results, including test uncertainty, from test data. He will be presented with the award at the ASME President’s Luncheon during ASME Congress to be held November 16, 2015 in Houston, TX.

Bradley D. Closson, principal at Craft Forensic Services, was announced as the recipient of the Safety Codes and Standards Medal. Mr. Closson was cited for his service on ASME’s Committee on Safety Standards for Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Hooks, Jacks and Slings over a period of 25 years, including terms as vice chair and chair. He will be presented with the award at the B30 (Cranes and Related Equipment) Committee meetings to be held September 21-24, 2015 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Peter A. Molvie, manager of codes and standards at Cleaver-Brooks, was announced as the recipient of the J. Hall Taylor Medal. Mr. Molvie was cited for distinguished leadership and professionalism in the advancement and recognition of ASME codes and standards for pressure equipment, and for significant contribution to the development and standardization of power and heating boiler equipment design and construction and will be presented with the award at the ASME President’s Luncheon during ASME Congress to be held November 16, 2015 in Houston, TX.

James A. Thomas, executive director of ASTM International, was announced as the recipient of Standards & Certification’s most prestigious award, the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal.  to be presented Nov. 16 at Honors Assembly during Congress, Houston

ASME Dedicated Service Awards – The award honors dedicated voluntary service to the Society marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership, prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness

Stuart Cameron, Doosan Babcock (BPV I Committee on Power Boilers, BPV I Subgroup on Fabrication and Examination; Board on Strategic Initiatives; Council on Standards and Certification) Ernie Marburg, Columbus McKinnon Corp (B30 Standards Committee, B30.10–Hooks, B30.16-Overhead Hoists, B30.21-Lever Hoists) Douglas Vickery, Dubose National Energy Services (BPV III Nuclear Components Subgroup on General Requirements, Committee on Nuclear Certification, NQA Subcommittee on Program Management Process)

In addition, the following Standards & Certification volunteers have been distinguished as ASME Fellows.  

Masaki Morishita, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, BPV Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components, BPV III Nuclear Components Executive Committee, BPV III Nuclear Components Subgroup on High Temperature Reactors) Bob Parry, Next Era Energy Seabrook (Standards Committee on Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants, O&M Executive Committee, Subcommittee on OM Codes) Douglas Scarth, Kinectrics (BPV XI Committee on Nuclear Inservice Inspection, Subgroup on Evaluation Standards, Working Group on Flaw Evaluation, Working Group on Pipe Flaw Evaluation) Herbert Voelcker, Cornell University (Y14 Subcommittee 5.1 on Mathematical Definition of Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Principles) Robert Wielgoszinski, Hartford Steam Boiler (Board on Conformity Assessment, BVP I Committee on Power Boilers, BPV IV Committee on Heating Boilers, Committee on BPV Conformity Assessment, Committee on Conduct of Conformity Assessment Activities, Standards Committee on Qualifications for Authorized Inspection, Committee on Designees)

The grade of Fellow honors outstanding engineering achievement and is ASME’s highest level of membership.

Nominations for 2016 honor and awards is currently open. For additional information on developing a submission or to view the full listing of recipients, visit ASME’s Honors & Awards webpage.

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