Kevin is currently the Sr. Technical Training Specialist at Grundfos Pumps Corporation in Olathe, KS. He has over 14 years' experience in the pump industry and received his Computer Programming Degree from Brown Institute. He specializes in variable speed pumping solutions in various market applications. He is also a Certified Trainer for PHCC specializing in Hydronics.
Henri V. Azibert started his
career as counsel for the State Rating Bureau for the Division of Insurance for
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He
then joined the A.W. Chesterton Company, with its most recent position being Chief
Technology Officer, where he had responsibility for all the mechanical seal and
mechanical packing engineering staff and product lines. He has now been retained as the Technical
consultant for the Fluid Sealing Association.
He received his Baccalauréat
from Lycée Louis Le Grand, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of
Massachusetts, a Jurisprudence Doctor degree from Boston College, and a Masters
degree in Mechanical engineering from Northeastern University.
Mr. Azibert was granted over
thirty patents on mechanical seal designs and improvements. Mr. Azibert maintains his standing in the
Massachusetts Bar. He is a member of the
API 682 and 3A Mechanical Seal Standard Task forces, has been a member of the
Texas A&M Pump Symposium Advisory Board; he has chaired several committees
for the Fluid Sealing Association and served as Vice-President.
Jeffrey Bergman graduated from the College of Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and started his career at GE. After working with GE, he went to work for Westinghouse/Cutler Hammer in 1989, where he relocated to Florida. Mr. Bergman has been employed by Danfoss since 1995. Since coming to Danfoss, I have held several positions including Field Application Engineer, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager, National Product Manager, and I am currently the Global Key Account Manager for the Fluid Handling group.
Paul Boyadjis graduated MS Cum Laude from Leigh University and has over 30 years experience with centrifugal pumps. He has been employed with Mechanical Solutions, Inc. since 2002 and previously worked with Ingersoll-Rand and Flowserve. He is currently the Hydraulic Institute's Co-Vice Chair of the Vibration committee, since 2013 and has also been an active member of the Dynamics of Pumping Machinery Committee since 2011. Mr. Boyadjis is a lecturer on Pump Vibration at the Texas A&M Pump Symposium and is the co-author of the McGraw-Hill Handbook chapter on Pump Mechanical & Dynamic Behavior.
Jack Claxton, P.E., is the Vice President, Engineering with
Patterson Pump Company in Toccoa, Georgia since his graduation from Georgia
Tech. in 1975. He has served as the Engineering Department head for 34 years,
and served as the Chair of the HI Vibration Committee from 1995-2012. Since
2005, he has chaired the H.I. Dynamics of Pumping Machinery committee.
After a long association with David Brown Pumps in England, which included activities in the design, manufacture and testing of centrifugal pumps, Mr. Cropper joined Sulzer Pumps. On conclusion of assignment with Sulzer Pumps Technical Headquarters in Winterthur, Switzerland, he returned to Portland Oregon to become head of Product Development Engineering. He is currently responsible for technology and global product development activities, which have included over the last five years, upgrades and additions to Sulzer product lines to conform to latest industry requirements for applications in Refinery , Oil and Gas , Power Generation and Water / Waste Water Market Segments. As Sulzer Pumps technical delegate to the API 610 Task Force he has worked continuously with API in support of the all rewrites of 8ththrough 11th Editions. As Sulzer Technical representative to Hydraulic Institute he was recognized as Member of the Year -2007. Michael S. Cropper graduated from Barnsley College of Technology, England with a Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering.
Craig is a graduate of Piedmont
College in Demorest, Georgia. He has a BA degree in Business
Administration with an emphasis in Accounting and is currently the National
Sales Manager for Patterson Pump Company’s Municipal Packaged Pumping Systems.
Craig has been in the pumping
industry for over 25 years. Over the course of his career, he has been
responsible for pump application, hydraulic design, controls for pumping
systems, electrical design, new product development and sales force
training. His financial background combined with his experience in water and
wastewater pumping make him a valuable resource in area of pump system
optimization and life cycle cost analysis.
Kevin is currently the Variable Frequency Drives Manager at Schneider Electric and is based out of the Cleveland, Ohio field office. He has over 18 years' electrical experience, specifically in VFD's with multiple, major VFD manufacturers. His background is in VFD applications including industrial, municipalities, OEM and end-user.
Steve Fehniger has nearly 20 years experience with CDM Smith. Mr. Fehniger is responsible for design and construction oversight of water and wastewater projects for municipal clients He is actively involved developing HI Wastewater Pump Application Guidebook. Mr. Fehniger is also a graduate of Michigan Technological University and Clemson University.
Jason Ferris is currently Manager of the R&D organization for Flowserve’s Seals group located out of Kalamazoo Michigan. Jason has 17 years of experience with mechanical seals, having worked as an Application Engineer and Product Development Engineer prior to his current role. Jason is a licensed Professional Engineer and is a member of FSA and STLE. Jason recently wrote an FSA Sealing Sense article in the March issue of Pumps and Systems magazine on “What are the Advantages of Dual Gas Seals?”
Sean Fitzpatrick is a graduate from the State University of
New York at Utica Rome. He has a BS
degree in Electrical Engineering and is presently working as a Global Key
Account Manager for Danfoss Corporation.
Sean has a vast background in the electrical industry. He started working with VFDs in 1997 with
Schneider Electric and has solely focused on the OEM pumping market since
2008. Prior positions have been as a VFD
application engineer, Business Development Manager and Global Account
Manager. Sean also has over 12 years of
hands on electrical experience working as an electrician throughout school.
Sean’s present responsibilities are to support key global
accounts in the OEM pumping market.
AESSEAL is a global manufacturer
of Mechanical Seals and Sealing Systems and is an active member of the
Hydraulic Institute. Grove served on the HI Board
of Directors from 2012 to 2014 and was Vice Chairman of the Committee for the Reliability of Pumping Equipment Guideline.
A graduate of Clemson University
(MBA), Grove joined AESSEAL in 1992 and has been proactively involved in key
corporate mechanical seal alliance agreements with many major
corporations. This experience includes involvement in global
coordination of the AESSEAL contract account service model as well as extensive
involvement in reliability tracking and implementation of substantive improvement
Patrick is currently a Product Manager at Nidec Motor Corporation. He has 8+ years of experience in the motor industry. Mr. Hogg received his BSME from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and has been an active HI member since 2013.
Mr. Huebner is a
Principle Engineer at Flowserve Corporation in Deer Park, Texas and has been
involved with the design and application of centrifugal pumps, mechanical
seals, and fluid handling equipment for over 30 years. At Flowserve, he has
been responsible with new product development, research, product testing, field
service, and technical support.
Mr. Huebner has
taught extensively around the world on topics of mechanical seals, pump
operations, failure analysis, and API 682. He is a member of the API 682 Task
Force on mechanical seals and the ASME B73 Committee for centrifugal pumps. He
is on the Texas A&M Pumps Users Symposium Advisory Committee and is a
member of ASME.
Frank Huntington is the Senior Regional Engineer at John Crane, Inc. and has been with them for over 17 years. He received his BSME from Virginia Tech in 1976. With over 39 years experience in the pump industry, Frank has experience with sealing systems selection and troubleshooting, forensics of failed seals, development and application of new sealing technology, as well as training.
Hurtig is an Associate at Northwest Hydraulic Consultants. She has 15 years of
professional experience involving hydraulic design, troubleshooting of
hydrotechnical problems, and the application of physical and numerical models
for the analysis of hydraulic structures. She holds a BSc. in Civil Engineering
and MSc. in Water Resources Engineering. She has extensive experience in
hydraulic model investigations including numerous pump intakes for power
generation facilities, raw water and wastewater pump stations, dam spillway and
outlet projects, hydroelectric developments, water supply and treatment
facilities, and river engineering infrastructure. Ms. Hurtig is an active
member of the Hydraulic Institute Pump Piping and Pump Intake Design
Mr. Johansson is the Director of
Hydraulic Modeling at Alden Research Laboratory with over 25 years of experience in
hydraulic modeling. He obtained his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in
1995, from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is currently in charge of the
day-to-day operations of the hydraulic modeling group. He provides
supervision of all stages of numeric and physical model studies for electric
power utilities, water supply and treatment, architect-engineering firms,
equipment manufacturers and governmental agencies. He is an active member of
the Hydraulic Institute Pump Piping Committee and is the current Vice Chair for the Intake Design Committee.
Brian Kalfrin is a Regional Engineer with John Crane in Pasadena Texas
with over 14 years of experience with mechanical seals and related systems. He
is responsible for engineering expertise within the South Sales District of the
United States for John Crane, which encompasses the majority of the state of
Texas along with parts of Louisiana. His duties include on-site troubleshooting
and diagnostic failure analysis, formulating recommendations and seal
selections to address problem applications, along with design evaluation of
existing and proposed mechanical seals utilizing Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
software. He is also responsible for training of both customers and John Crane
personnel in both mechanical seal application and troubleshooting. Mr. Kalfrin
is a member of the Texas A&M International Pump Users Symposium Advisory
Committee and a degreed Mechanical Engineer with a BSME from Drexel University
in Philadelphia, PA.
Over 40 years of
experience in the pump industry designing, field testing, repairing and
troubleshooting mechanical seals, compressors and pumping systems. William holds a degree in mechanical
engineering and has worked for several pump and mechanical seal OEM’s as well
as Corporate Principal Engineer for Balance of Plant equipment at a large power
utility company where among other responsibilities he was accountable for asset
management, life cycle performance, system assessment, failure analysis, plant
efficiency, O&M and capital budget. Mr. Livoti has been active in the Hydraulic
Institute for a number of year’s he is Chairman of the Educational Affairs
Steering Committee, Principal Instructor for Pump System Optimization as well
as Instructor for Train the Trainer and has co-authored three books with the Hydraulic
Institute, Pumps System Optimization Guide Lines, Power Plant Pump Application Guide
Lines and Variable Frequency Drive Guidelines.
William is an active member of Vibration Institute, IEEE Power
Engineering Society, ASME Power Engineering Society, and Electric Power
Research Institute Large Electric Motor Users Group.
William Marscher is currently the President and Technical Director of Mechanical Solutions, Inc. and has been employed there since 1996. His career began at GE and Pratt&Whitney. He is currently the Vice Chair of the HI Vibration committee, since 2013, and is also a part of the Executive Committee for the HI Dynamics of Pumping Machinery committee. Mr. Marscher was past president of the STLE and MFPT engineering societies and is currently a member of ISO TC108/S2 Machinery Vibration Standards Committee, and of the Texas A&M Pump Symposium Advisory Committee. Mr. Marscher is co-author of the book Centrifugal Pump Design & Performance published by Oxford University Press, and a co-author of Sanks' Pumping Station Design Handbook, 3rd Edition.
Mr. Merrill is responsible for technical training
at EagleBurgmann in the US. He has been active in the sealing industry for over
20 years in various positions including application, design, sales and field
support of mechanical seals and systems. He received a BS in Mechanical
Engineering from the University of Tulsa and MSME from Western Michigan
University. Mr. Merrill has also conducted internal and customer
training throughout his career with a focus on supply systems and failure
Ralph holds degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and Manufacturing Engineering from the U.S. Army in affiliation with Texas A&M University. Ralph has over 20 years in the rotating equipment industry — designing, manufacturing and specifying mechanical sealing devices. He has held various positions in Manufacturing Engineering, Application Engineering, and Training at Chesterton. He has published articles on water conservation andmechanical seal failure analysis in various industry publications as a result of work with customers. He is currently Chesterton’s Business Development Manager for Engineered Solutions in Groveland, MA.
Miskell is a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, with a Bachelor
of Business Administration Degree.
Currently Charlie is Vice President of Inertech, Inc. who, along with
their manufacturing plant YMT, is the world’s second largest manufacturer of
products. Products include Gasket
sheet, Joint Sealant, Gasket Tapes, and many other specialized gasketing
and sealing products
such as yarns,
sewing threads, membranes, and tapes.
Prior to his twenty one
with Inertech, Inc. Charlie held management, sales, and marketing positions in
the sealing products market since 1975.
40 year history includes
most types of sealing products including gaskets, radial lip seals, packings,
molded rubber products, mechanical seals, aircraft seals and marine emergency
sealing systems. He has served as a
board member for the past ten years
for the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA); is currently a member of the European
Sealing Association (ESA); and was formerly a board member of the Independent
as the Liaison between ISD members and the Associate members (the manufacturers
of sealing devices these distributors handled).
Charlie has authored or co-authored a number of articles and papers
relating to gasketing
and sealing related issues and solutions.
Eric Olson has over 30 years' experience in the centrifugal pump industry and is a graduate Marine Engineer. Mr. Olson has been employed with Mechanical Solutions, Inc. since 2004 and is currently the Vice President. Previously, he was a field engineer with Pacific & Dresser Pump, where he then became a Regional Manager. Currently, Mr. Olson is the co-vice chair of the Hydraulic Institute's Vibration committee, since 2013, and has been an active member of the Dynamics of Pumping Machinery committee since 2011. He also is a lecturer on Pump Vibration at the Texas A&M Pump Symposium.
With degrees in mechanical engineering and business, Paul has held R&D and business development focused positions within the transportation, energy, and mechanical power transmission industries. He is a member of multiple Technical Standard Committees including AGMA, ISO, & AWEA and has presented at multiple industry forums. As head of research and business development for Lovejoy, Paul continues to share his knowledge in mechanical power transmission with a variety of industries and global professionals
Chris has been with John Crane since receiving his B.S. degree in Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University (1979). As Senior Application/Design Engineer he is responsible for the CAD and Application Engineering departments as well as field and technical support for the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Rackham is a member of multiple Technical Standard Committees including AGMA, ISO, & API Couplings (671) and Pumps (610) and has presented at multiple industry forums
Arnie has over 38 years' experience in the pump industry and is currently the Chief Engineer with Pentair Flow Technologies. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, as well as an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. Mr. Sdano is currently the Hydraulic Institute's Chairman of the following committees: NPSH Margin, Pump Efficiency, General Guidelines and Operating Region committees. Mr. Sdano also received the Member of the Year award from the Hydraulic Institute in 2012.
Stanley was raised and educated in the coal fields of rural West Virginia,
earning a BSEET degree from Bluefield State College in West Virginia. He has more
than 30 years of experience working with all aspects of design, application,
and installation of AC drives and soft-starts. Stanley developed and maintained
the drive support group for a major manufacturer from 1985 to 1997. He moved
into a Senior Field Engineer's role in 1997, and since then, supports
applications including commercial, municipal, hot ladle, distribution
conveyance, food and beverage, and more.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine
Engineering. He has over 10 years in the
field of rotating equipment with experience in Reliability Centered Maintenance – Mechanical
Seals, Energy and Water Conservation and Pump Energy Efficiency, Pump System Optimization, ASME EA-2
- Pump System Energy Assessment Guidelines and ISO 14414 – Pump System Energy Assessment.
David Stover is a 35 veteran of the pump industry. His
career began in 1979 as the sales and service manager of a private pump
supplier in Arizona. His background includes sales and product specialist in both
the distribution and manufacturing sectors of the pump industry. David is
currently the training instructor of vertical turbine pumps for Xylem Inc. and
is based in the Atlanta Georgia area covering the North America region for
Bruce is currently the Director of Engineering for National Pump Company. He has over 8 years' experience in the pump industry. Mr. Ticknor received his BSME from Washington State University and is a registered professional engineer in Arizona, California and Washington. He is currently the Hydraulic Institute's co-chair for the Nomenclature and Definitions standard and also received the Young Engineer of the Year award in 2012.
Mr. Vanhie leads the application engineering
group at EagleBurgmann Industries in Houston, Texas. He
has been active in the sealing industry for about 30 years in various positions
ranging from application and design to sales of mechanical seals and systems.
He graduated in 1978 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic
College in Belgium and has worked in Europe and the USA.
Mr. Vanhie has taught extensively including
courses on mechanical seal design and application at the Pump User Symposium
and for the Hydraulic Institute. He is a member of the Texas A&M Pump Users
Symposium Advisory Committee.
Dr. Werth is the Principal Engineer
at Clemson Engineering Hydraulics (CEH) and has over 20 years of experience in
hydraulic modeling and design. He holds B.S, M.S and Ph.D. degrees in Civil and
Environmental Engineering and is currently in charge of daily operations at
CEH. He has conducted hundreds of physical model and lab studies for a
wide variety of hydraulic structures and systems including pump intakes,
discharge structures, energy dissipation systems, open channel and closed
conduit flows, cavitation, valve hydraulics, siphons and siphon breakers,
spillways and other water related systems. He is an active member of the
Hydraulic Institute Pump Piping Committee and Intake Design
Kevin Anderson, Sr. Technical Training Specialist with Grundfos Pumps Corporation out of Olathe, Kansas, has over 14 years experience in the pump industry. He received his Computer Programming degree from Brown Institute and is currently working towards a Business Degree with an emphasis in project management. His specialized in variable speed pumping solutions in various market applications. Kevin is also certified in training for PHCC specializing in Hydronics.
Martin Bima has been working
with industrial and large commercial pumping systems for over 20 years. Since
2002 he has been with Manitoba Hydro’s Industrial Power Smart Program helping
customers find energy and maintenance savings in pumping, and other
motor-driven systems. He has been an instructor for Pump Systems Matter for
nearly a decade and has helped develop customized workshops and webinars to meet
the specific needs and pump users.
A Mechanical, Marine Engineer and Alumni of
Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad with over 30 years of practice in management,
design & development, manufacturing, operation and maintenance. He is also
and a Qualified Trainer for Pumping System Optimization (Hydraulic
Institute-USA) and for Certified Energy Manager Training Program(AEE-USA) and
recipient of Legend in Energy -2010
An ardent believer of Appropriate Technology, Soft Path Approach and
conviction to make Sustainability
Profitable. He was lead in pioneering the first commercial Windmill, Concentrated
Solar Powered Steam Engine, Vapuor
Absorption Refrigerator and Computer Simulation Programs for the Air Conditioning
systems and Heat Load Calculations.
He was behind the ground breaking ideas in paper mill like introducing
Back Pressure Turbines in the, Mill Effluent Treatment with biogas powering 350 kW Gen-set and the Exhaust Heat used for Absorption Chiller
producing 300 RT cooling.
He is the Secretary of the Emirates Green
Building Council. Sarfraz is working with MAHY Khoory & Co. LLC, Dubai, as the
General Manager- Corporate Development & Engineering.
As one of the principal founders of Engineered Software,
Inc., Ray Hardee is co-owner, Chief Engineer, and a co-creator of PIPE-FLO® and
PUMP-FLO™ software. Hardee, who graduated with honors from the United States
Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY, spent several years as an officer
in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power program.
After his service, Hardee’s career spanned over 13 years in the power
generation industry where he worked for Ebasco Services. There, he was involved
in the start-up and test group where he would perform the preoperative tests
for both nuclear and fossil power plants.
Recently, Hardee has been a contributing member on several
committees that were responsible for authoring the Optimizing Pumping Systems
Guidebook and the standard ASME, EA-2-2009 Energy Assessment for Pumping
During his time at Engineered Software, Hardee authored
Piping System Fundamentals: The Complete Guide to Gaining a Clear Picture of
Your Piping System and has also contributed dozens of articles and papers to
various magazines such as Pumps and Systems, Treatment Plant Operator, and
Water World. As a recognized author Hardee has given over thousands of
presentations and is actively teaching in the hydraulic world.
As a Power Generation Business Development Manager his
primary focus is to promote WEG solutions and technology in the power
generation industry as well as conduct Pump / System Assessments.