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Monday, January 18, 2021

American Society Of Mechanical Engineers News

George A. (Sandy) Thomson (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Polymer Pioneer Receives Engineering's Highest Accolade

On October 31st, 2019, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, the founder of Thordon Bearings and a pioneer in the development of advanced polymer materials, was presented with the 2019 Elmer A. Sperry Award in recognition of “leading the innovation in water-lubricated propeller shaft bearings” in marine transportation through the use of polymeric compounds.The award was presented to Mr. Thomson at the SNAME Maritime Convention, in Tacoma, USA, by the Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Mr.

Thomson onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson with SeaThigor mechanical face seal installed.

 (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Polymer Pioneer Wins Sperry Award

Thordon Bearings’ founder and polymer materials pioneer George A. (Sandy) Thomson has been awarded the global transportation sector’s most distinguished accolade, the Elmer A. Sperry Award 2019 for “Advancing the Art of Transportation”.Thomson joins a long list of Sperry Award recipients, which was established in 1955, including Donald Douglas, Ferdinand Porsche, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, Christopher Cockerell, Leonard Hobbs, Perry Pratt, Josef Becker and Malcom McLean.“I am deeply honored and humbled to win this award…

Photo: DSC Dredge

DSC's Wetta Receives Barry K Wendt Award

William J. “Bill” Wetta, Senior Vice President of Product Development & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of DSC Dredge, LLC was awarded the Barry K. Wendt Commitment Award during National Stone Sand and Gravel Association’s annual convention in Indianapolis, Indiana held February 10 – 13, 2019.Deemed The aggregates industry's highest, most distinguished individual award, NSSGA established the Wendt award more than two decades ago to recognize individuals who exhibit the dedication and commitment to the industry that Barry Wendt did. The Barry K.

James Fei (Photo: LCE)

James Fei, LCE Co-founder, Passed Away

James “Jim” Robert Fei, Co-founder, Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer of Life Cycle Engineering (LCE), has passed away. Fei guided LCE since he co-founded the company in 1976, one of two young civil servants who decided to venture out on their own and start an engineering consulting firm. He “dreamed of working for a company that cared about its employees and treated everyone with respect, courtesy and appreciation.” Based on the principle, “do the right thing the right way,” LCE has become a thriving engineering and employee-centric company with ethics at its core.

Christopher Wiernicki (Photo: ABS)

ABS Endows Professor at University of Michigan

A newly funded professorship in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department underscores ABS’ commitment to education. ABS has endowed the American Bureau of Shipping Professor of Marine and Offshore Design and Performance position at the University of Michigan, naming Dr. Steven Ceccio, Chair of the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department, to the role. Speaking at the University of Michigan on April 14, 2016, ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki talked about ABS’ longstanding commitment to education.

Benjamin H. Scott (Photo: Webb Institute)

Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design. Scott recently retired from Exelon Corporation as the senior manager of design engineering at their Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant in Lusby, Md., where he oversaw a staff of 60 multidiscipline engineers responsible for all plant modifications and improvements…

Calnetix Technologies to Present at ASME ORC 2015

Engineers from Calnetix Technologies will present at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) 2015 Conference in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 12-14. Controls and Systems Engineer Chris Sellers will give a paper, co-authored by Director of Systems Engineering Parsa Mirmobin, entitled “Advanced Controls of Organic Rankine Cycle for Highly Transient Fluctuations during Initial Startup” in Session 9: Heat Exchangers, on Tuesday at 9:40 a.m. Development…

Shipboard Waste Heat Recovery Technology

Calnetix Technologies, LLC has published a White Paper describing new processes for producing supplemental power for a ship’s electrical load. The White Paper, entitled New-Technology Shipboard System Converts Heat from Engine Jacket Water into Electrical Power, is available for free download. Calnetix, working in close cooperation with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Marine Machinery and Engine Company (MHI-MME), has developed a system called Hydrocurrent, which uses an Organic Rankine…

Alma Martinez Fallon: Photo credit HII

NNS Executive Wins Achievement Award

Alma Martinez Fallon, HII's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) director of supply chain procurement receives achievement award. Alma Martinez Fallon, director of supply chain procurement for the company's Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division, is a recipient of an Inside Business 2012 Women in Business Achievement Award. Fallon was presented with the award during a banquet held at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott. Women in Business Achievement Award recipients are selected by a panel of judges that reviews nominations from the public.

USCG Issues Policy Letter

Subj: ALTERNATE PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE SETTINGS ON VESSELS CARRYING LIQUEFIED GASES IN BULK IN INDEPENDENT TYPE B AND TYPE C TANKS. 1. PURPOSE. To provide policy for alternate pressure relief valve settings for ships carrying liquefied gases in bulk in independent type B and type C tanks. 2. ACTION. USCG Headquarters Units and Offices and Districts and Sector Commanders shall use the guidance in this policy letter to ensure compliance with U.S. statutory and regulatory requirements. 3. DIRECTIVES AFFECTED. This policy will be reflected in a subsequent regulatory update to applicable U.S.