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Officers

Officers

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.

Dr. W. Rick Polanin

Dr. W. Richard Polanin

President 2022-2023

President, WRP Associates
CoPI The National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed)
702 Bayside Drive
Germantown Hills, Illinois 61548

rpolanin@mtco.com

Dr. Richard Polanin was elected as President after serving three years as Vice President. He is a retired professor and program chair of the manufacturing engineering technology and welding technology programs at Illinois Central College, where he continues to teach. He is currently the co-principal investigator for Weld-Ed, chair of the AWS Peoria Section, vice chair of the International Institute of Welding Commission XIV, and president of WRP Associates. He is also involved in several AWS committees.

Dennis Eck

Dennis Eck

Vice President, AWS

 

 

Denniskeck99@gmail.com

Dennis Eck was elected to serve as vice president. He has been involved with the AWS Houston Section for 28 years, serving as chairman, first and second vice chairman, treasurer, and  secretary. He was also a part of the AWS Membership Committee for seven years, and has been honored with multiple AWS awards.

Michael Krupnicki

Michael A. Krupnicki

Vice President, AWS

Vice President
Metal Fabrication for Airgas Northeast
8669 NW 36th Street, #130
Miami, FL 33166

mkrup@mahanyweld.com

Michael A. Krupnicki was elected to serve as vice president . He is the Vice President of Metal Fabrication for Airgas Northeast. Prior to his current position, he was owner and president of Mahany Welding Supply Co. Inc., were his career spanned 38 years.  He owns Rochester Arc + Flame Center, a private welding, smithing, and glass arts school. His 35-year involvement with AWS has included serving as District 6 director as well as chairman and treasurer of the Rochester Section.

Richard Holdren

Richard Holdren

Vice President, AWS

ARC Specialties
1730 Stebbins Drive
Houston, TX 77043

holdrenaws@gmail.com

Richard L. Holdren was elected to serve as vice president. He is President and principal welding engineer of Welding Consultants LLC. He is also a senior welding engineer for ARC Specialties. With more than 40 years of experience in welding engineering, he has served as a member, advisor, and chair to numerous AWS certification, education, and technical committees. He is also an AWS Life Member.

Carey Chen

Carey Chen

Treasurer, AWS

Chief Executive Officer
CGI Manufacturing Holdings LLC
8669 NW 36th Street, # 130
Miami, FL 33166

Carey Chen, was elected to serve as treasurer. He is also Chief Executive Officer of CGI Manufacturing Holdings LLC. He is currently serving his second term as treasurer of the AWS Board of Directors and the AWS Foundation Board of Trustees. He is chair of the Finance & Business Development Committee, as well as a member of the Executive, Audit, and Compensation Committees.

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