Welcome to the ECLIPSE Class of 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 Early Career Leadership Intern Program to Serve Engineering (ECLIPSE) is underway. We would like to congratulate and welcome this year's interns.

The ECLIPSE program promotes and recognizes the value of long-term leadership development and diversity among its members. ECLIPSE is a commitment to investing in the careers of high-potential early career members. Interns learn their way around ASME with a dedicated advisor where each intern is matched with a senior volunteer coach within their area of interest at ASME. Interns attend meetings and participate in workshops and training sessions to build leadership and management skills, which will serve them in their professional and personal lives. There is a wide range of opportunities for interns to network among themselves and with senior Society officers to see how they can incorporate the ASME experience into their career development.

We are delighted to welcome the following interns who will serve the various ASME business units:

Louisa Avellar is the 2023-24 ECLIPSE intern for the Public Affairs and Outreach Sector. She is a Mechanical Engineer at SLB, a technology company that specializes in providing oilfield services. Louisa works in new product development on the next generation of Rhino Reamer. She previously worked in Liner Drilling and in drill bits materials technology. Louisa earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology with a focus on fracture in heterogeneous materials. She was a 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awardee. She earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Louisa is the Vice Chair of the ASME South Texas Section and she also volunteers on the Rabbit Committee for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Through the ECLIPSE internship, Louisa hopes to provide lawmakers with engineering insight into the challenges we face as we work toward the transition to carbon free energy.
Richard Hollenbach is the 2023-2024 ECLIPSE intern for the Standards and Certification Sector. He is a Thermal Science Consultant for Exponent Scientific and Engineering Consulting, located in Atlanta, Georgia. In his current position he assists clients in a variety of fields, including thermal and fluid equipment failures, turbomachinery and power generation disputes, industrial and residential fire inspections, and aerospace & aviation related litigation. His projects have ranged from small R&D analyses to large multi-Billion-dollar international arbitration cases, and he has performed inspections both around the US and internationally. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of North Carolina in Mechanical Engineering. Richard earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University, where he researched vibrations and unsteady aerodynamics in gas turbines and jet engines within the Aeroelasticity Laboratory. He also completed certificates in Aerospace Engineering, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and College Teaching. In addition, he completed his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, minoring in mathematics and German. Richard has been active within ASME as a part of the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI), presenting multiple papers at Turbo Expo Conferences. He has served on the aircraft engine, education, and student advisory committees, reviewed draft papers, and received the Turbo Expo Early Career Engineer as well as the Young Engineer Turbo Expo Program Awards. Through the ECLIPSE program, Richard hopes to expand his knowledge of ASME standards and codes, which he works with daily, and work to improve the sector through project work.
Paul Kummannoor Benny is the 2023-2024 ECLIPSE intern for the Technical and Engineering Communities Sector. He is a Mechanical Engineer at ASML, a Dutch multinational company, which is the largest supplier of photolithography equipment for the semiconductor industry. He is part of the team developing the Reticle Stage for ASML’s newest lithography machine, EXE5000. His main responsibilities involve engineering creative solutions to some of the biggest challenges faced during developing the $300 million machine. He works with an interdisciplinary team, suppliers, and manufacturers while constantly taking up many different roles that the situation calls for. He received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Gannon University in 2022. During his academic days, he was an Intern for TechnipFMC, an Oil and Gas equipment and services provider. He also has a research background in the areas of heat exchanger design and machine learning. Paul joined ASME during his freshman year as a student member. During his time at Gannon University, he served as the President of the ASME Chapter there. He also served as the Student Regional Chair for the ASME Northeast North America Student Regional Team supporting university chapters in the region by organizing events and providing ASME resource support. Paul was the recipient of the ASME Garland Duncan Scholarship (2020-21), ASME Standards and Certifications Scholarship (2021-22), and the ASME Foundation Scholarship (2021-22). He looks forward to contributing to the advancement of the technical communities through this program and also to learning from ASME on how to improve collaboration between industry, academia, and professional organizations to solve some of the biggest challenges in the technical world.
Luke Placzek is the 2023-24 ECLIPSE intern for the Student & Early Career Development Sector. He is a Mechanical Engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Luke holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Washington State University in 2022. He was a Erasmus+ Fellow at the Technische Universität Graz (Austria) in 2020 as well as a Linkous Foundation Scholar. In his current role, he helps manage the PNNL Drone Lab, operating and performing research on novel applications of sUAVs and other autonomous vehicles. He also performs mechanical design for multiple fundamental science projects for high-energy physics, radiation detection, and environmental monitoring. Luke joined ASME as a student club leader at WSU where he helped lead various design competitions and worked on engineering student engagement and support. As an ASME ECLIPSE intern, he seeks to develop resources for engineering students and tools for ASME student club leaders to engage students.
Nicole Salloum is the 2023-24 ECLIPSE intern for the Board of Governors. She has been an active member and leader in ASME since 2014, volunteering with a variety of committees and teams such as the Student Leadership Training Committee and the Early Career Engineers Programming Committee under the Student & Early Career Development Council. Nicole earned the 2021 ASME Old Guard Early Career Award for outstanding leadership as an ASME volunteer and interdisciplinary professional, applying a passion for teaching and learning, and an entrepreneurial drive to positively impact future generations of engineers and business leaders; and for proactively seeking community service opportunities to improve the lives of others. Nicole is passionate about traveling, going on new adventures, and starting side hustles. She recently received her PADI Open Water Diver certificate which boosted her interest in ocean activities, marine biodiversity and conservation initiatives. She believes that engineering plays a vital role in building solutions for ocean conservation amongst other environmental issues. In addition, she is constantly seeking and providing personal development training and leadership workshops. Nicole is currently a project manager at an artificial intelligence company in France working at the forefront of innovation and technology. She has extensive experience in management consulting, digital transformation, and strategic partnerships. She holds an MSc. in Strategic Management from HEC Paris and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese American University.

Lovepreet Singh is the 2023-24 ECLIPSE intern for the Member Development and Engagement Sector. He currently serves as a Senior Research Analyst at Wood Mackenzie, a research & consultancy firm specializing in energy and natural resources. He has an understanding of technical, financial, and commercial aspects of the energy industry which allows him to conduct comprehensive analysis of energy assets and provide valuable insights into the industry. Prior to Wood Mackenzie, Lovepreet gained six years of hands-on corporate experience at Oil India Limited, a National Oil Company in India, and developed a strong understanding of the energy industry. Prior to that, he also worked as a Maintenance Engineer in the upstream oil and gas sector. Additionally, he had the opportunity to share his passion for learning as a physics teacher, inspiring high-school students to explore the wonders of science & engineering. Lovepreet holds a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Silchar. Eager to expand his analytical skills, he pursued a Post Graduate diploma in Applied Statistics. Lovepreet's commitment to professional growth is evident through his certification as a Financial Modeling and Valuation Analyst (FMVA) and his ongoing pursuit of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Lovepreet has been an active volunteer for ASME since 2015, when he co-founded the ASME Student Section at the National Institute of Technology, Silchar. He has also volunteered for the ASME Early Career Engineer Programming Committee, where he led the social media team of ASME FutureME, and he served as Treasurer for ASME GLT Professional Section in India.

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