David Nash, FIMechE FIES ASME Fellow CEng, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Vice-Dean (Knowledge Exchange) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. After spending several years with a vessel fabricator, Prof Nash joined the Department as a researcher where he earned an MSc and Ph.D. working on local load and saddle support contact problems. His research interests lie in pressure equipment, and most recently in the area of bolted joints and sealing technology. In addition, he has recently written papers on local buckling and plastic collapse of supports and also presented work on thermal stress problems in pressure equipment. He has co-written and organised a suite of pressure systems design courses for industry and these have been run in conjunction with the Institution of Mechanical Engineering Pressure Systems Group, on an annual basis since 1986.
Professor Nash is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering and a Chartered Engineer and has been an ASME member since 1987 and Fellow since 2006. He is a past Vice-Chairman of the Pressure Systems Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and former UK national representative to EPERC, the European Pressure Equipment Research Council. He presently chairs the PVE/1/15 Design Methods committee for PD5500, the UK pressure vessel code.
Robert Kauer (Dipl.-Ing., Dr.-Ing.) received his engineering degree at the Technische Universität of München in 1991. Since earning his degrees, he has been working in the field of pressure vessel & piping technology, plant construction and operation.
Throughout his service at TÜV SÜD, Robert has handled various national and international projects related to design, Fitness for Service, structural integrity and inspection program development for nuclear and non-nuclear applications in pressure vessel & piping technology. He is and was member of various national and European committees. He holds a commission as an ASME Authorized Inspector Supervisor and he is member of the ASME committee IWG for Germany. Currently, Robert is responsible for projects for the Process Industry related to Asset Integrity Management, Reliability Optimization and Process Safety at TÜV SÜD Industry Service, in Munich.
He has been working for internationally recognized companies in 50+ countries. He is also an appointed instructor for ASME Learning and Development having taught more than 100 courses around the world.
Michael Frohnert, Dipl.-Ing, is an Authorized Inspector Supervisor and Authorized Nuclear Inspector for CIS GmbH which is part of the Authorized Inspection Agency and Notified Body TÜV Thüringen e.V.
He is in charge of the company’s design verification department whose main focus lies on preparing and reviewing design documents according to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code and other comparable, international Codes and Standards for the plant and mechanical engineering industries.
Michael has gathered more than 20 years of professional experience as an Authorized Inspector, PED design verifier, and course instructor. Moreover he prepares engineers at TÜV Thüringen e.V. for the National Board qualification as Authorized Inspector. He also performs ASME inspections for a wide variety of manufacturers and is involved in preparing companies to become ASME Certificate Holders.
Michael has conducted numerous public seminars, in addition to tailor-made, in-company training courses and workshops covering an extensive range of topics. His in-depth involvement in the practical application of the ASME design rules is a beneficial and valuable feature of his seminar work.