Hydraulic Institute Continues Legacy of Recognizing Key Contributors to the Institute through Annual Awards Program

      Hydraulic Institute Continues Legacy of Recognizing Key Contributors to the Institute through Annual Awards Program

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      Parsippany, NJ, March 15, 2018 – The Hydraulic Institute (HI) 2018 Annual Conference concluded with the Gala & Awards Dinner, Friday, March 2 at the Wigwam Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. During the program, HI presented awards for the following categories:

      • Lifetime Achievement
      • Member of the Year
      • Pump Systems Matter (PSM) Leadership
      • Standards Partner of the Year

      Lifetime Achievement – HI recognized and honored Mr. Rich Heppe, retired President, Industrial Motors & Systems, Nidec Motor Corporation, as the 2017 HI Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Mr. Heppe has supported the pump industry as an engineer, marketing leader and President for motor companies over a career that lasted 45 years. His organization was one of HI’s first Associate Members and he played an important role as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Associate Member Council. In addition to his role on many committees, Mr. Heppe has served on the HI Board of Directors three times.



      Member of the Year –Mr. Julian Atchia, Director of Research and Development, SJE-Rhombus®, has been selected as the 2017 HI Member of the Year. Julian distinguishes himself for the level and extent of his involvement thus advancing the technical work of HI. He has held leadership positions in technical committees that include: 

      • Co-Chair – Variable Speed Pumping Guidebook which published 2017
      • Chair – Variable Frequency Drives: Guidelines for Application, Installation, and Troubleshooting Guidebook published in 2014
      • Chair – Monitoring Devices & Drivers & Controls Committees
      • Past Chair – Associate Member Council



      Pump Systems Matter Leadership – The 2017 PSM Leadership Award was presented to Mr. Jim Swetye, Technical Training Manager, Grundfos USA. As a founding member of PSM, Jim continues to bring exceptional, high-quality pump systems education to a wide range of pump end-users. He was an original committee member of the first Pump Systems Optimization (PSO) in-person training course. In addition, he served as the first Chairperson on the Educational Affairs Committee, and also on the committee for the first PSO Guidebook and, now, on developing the next-generation version of this popular guide.



      Standards Partner of the Year – HI has recognized Mr. Ernest Sturtz, Pump Systems Specialist, CDM Smith – Water Services, as the 2017 Standards Partner of the Year. Ernest has been an active participant with the Institute since the late 1990’s participating as a Peer Reviewer for HI standards prior to his company joining as one of the initial Standard Partners. He was also instrumental in working with HI to create the Standards Partner category which allows engineering consulting firms to assist HI Members in developing standards, guidelines and educational programs. His leadership of technical committees include:  

      • Vice-chair – ANSI/HI 9.6.3 Rotodynamic Pumps – Guideline for Operating Regions which published in 2017
      • Vice-chair – Pump Application Guidelines: Wastewater Treatment Plant Pumps
      • Current Vice-chair – ANSI/HI 14.4 Rotodynamic Pumps for Installation, Operation & Maintenance standard



      HI congratulates all award recipients on their well-deserved awards. The Institute would not be in the position it is today without the dedication and commitment of members and partners.

      For high resolution versions of the images found in this release, please contact Pamela Roccabruna, Director, Marketing, Communications & Events, Hydraulic Institute, at proccabruna@pumps.org

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      The Hydraulic Institute: Advancing the pump manufacturing industry by becoming the world’s resource for pumping solutions by: Addressing Pump Systems, Developing Standards, Expanding Knowledge and Resources, Educating the Marketplace and Advocating for the Industry.  For more information on the Hydraulic Institute, visit www.Pumps.org.

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