On behalf of the entire AWS organization, welcome! I hope you’ll take a few moments to learn more about each of us and how we’re working as a united team to help you reach your goals successfully.
- You may be an experienced welder or a prospective student exploring a possible welding career
- You may be an equipment or manufacturing company president or independent welding shop owner
- Or perhaps you’re educating our next welding generation
Regardless of your personal connection to welding, you all have an important stake in seeing our industry continue to grow and thrive.
Our AWS officers have the in-depth knowledge to support your efforts. Each office has decades of leadership experience representing every facet of our industry. From senior level engineering and certified inspector rolls, to spearheading standards committees, to running successful manufacturing, equipment and other welding-related businesses, AWS officers have the background to support your goals.
I hope you’ll get to know all of us better and continue to partner with us in our mission: to advance the science, technology and people of welding for ourselves and the next generation.
Thomas J. Lienert
AWS President 2019
4744 Brisa del Bosque
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Thomas Lienert, elected to serve as president, was formerly a technical staff member and a R&D engineer 4 at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 16 years. He is also an active member and officer of several national-level committees, has served as chairman of the AWS New Mexico Section, and has been named an AWS Fellow.
Robert W. Roth
Vice President, AWS
RoMan Manufacturing Inc.
President & CEO
861 - 47th Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509-5103
Robert Roth, elected to serve as vice president, is a member of the AWS Executive and Finance Committees, WEMCO, and RWMA. He is president and CEO of RoMan Manufacturing Inc., an AWS sustaining member company. He also serves on the boards of various organizations and nonprofit corporations.
Dr. W. Richard Polanin
Vice President, AWS
President, WRP Associates
CoPI The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed)
702 Bayside Drive
Germantown Hills, Illinois 61548
Richard Polanin, elected to serve as vice president, is a retired professor and program chair of the manufacturing engineering technology and welding technology programs at Illinois Central College. He is currently coprincipal investigator for Weld-Ed and chair of the AWS Peoria Section. He is also an active member of several AWS committees.
Vice President, AWS
Praxair Distribution, Inc.
11425 West Little York Road
Houston, TX 77041
Dennis Eck, elected to serve as vice president, is general sales manager for Praxair in the greater Houston area. He has been involved with the AWS Houston Section for 27 years, serving as chairman, first and second vice chairman, treasurer, and secretary. He was also a part of the Membership Committee for seven years.
7420 Kilby Road
Harrison, OH 45030
Carey Chen, elected to serve as treasurer, is president, CEO, and board vice chairman of Cincinnati Incorporated, and currently serves as treasurer on the AWS Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Trustees. He is also a member of the AWS Audit and Compensation Committees, as well as chair of the Finance Committee.
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