Don Frikken is an internationally recognized authority in piping design. Now employed by Becht Engineering, Don had been with Solutia, Inc. and Monsanto Company for 34 years; working on a wide range of activities including piping and mechanical design, project engineering, and engineering standards. Don’s principal specialty is piping design, including design of complex piping systems, piping flexibility analysis, selection of piping components including valves, development of piping standards and specifications, and developing and teaching numerous piping courses.
He is an ASME Fellow and is active on various ASME standards committees. He is a member and past Chair of the ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code committee, a member and past Chair of the B31 Standards Committee, which oversees all B31 Piping Code committees, a member of the B16 Standards Committee, a past member of the ASME Board of Governors, and a past member of the Council on Standards and Certification, which oversees ASME’s codes and standards development.
Don has received many awards, including the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents; the J. Hall Taylor Medal, which is presented for distinguished service in the field of codes and standards; the ASME B31 Forever Medal for Excellence in Piping; and the ASME B16 Hall of Fame Medal. Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Kansas State University and has a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Don has received a number of awards, including the ASME Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the development of documents used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and certification. Don graduated with a B.S.M.E. from Kansas State University and has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.