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.
AWS President 2018
TRI TOOL INC.
3041 Sunrise Blvd.
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Dale Flood was elected president after serving four years as vice president of AWS. He also served as District 22 director and chaired the Sacramento Valley Section. He is currently a project manager, R&D, at Tri Tool Inc., as well as an active member of the Membership Committee, Education Scholarship Committee, and D10 Committee on Piping and Tubing.
Thomas J. Lienert
Vice President, AWS
Los Alamos National Laboratory
PO Box 1663
MST-6 MS G770
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Thomas Lienert was elected to serve as vice president. He is a technical staff member and a R&D engineer IV at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is also an active member and officer of several national-level committees, has served as chairman of the AWS New Mexico Section, and is currently a member of the executive committee of that Section.
Robert W. Roth
Vice President, AWS
RoMan Manufacturing Inc.
President & CEO
861 - 47th Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509-5103
Robert Roth was elected to serve as vice president. He is a member of the Executive and Finance Committees. He is also president and CEO of RoMan Manufacturing Inc., an AWS-sustaining member company, as well as a member of WEMCO and the RWMA.
W. Rick Polanin
Illinois Central College
Professor & Program Chair
One College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61548
Richard Polanin was elected to serve as vice president. He is the professor and program chair of manufacturing engineering and welding technology at Illinois Central College. He is also chair of the AWS Peoria Section and member of the Robotic and Automated Welding Committee, Education Committee, Technical Papers Committee, and Certified Robot Welding Technician Qualification Subcommittee.
7420 Kilby Road
Harrison, OH 45030
Carey Chen was elected to serve as treasurer. He is President, CEO & Chairman of the Board at Cincinnati Incorporated. He has been a volunteer member of AWS since 2007, serving on its Finance, Audit, and Investment Committees. Prior to serving as treasurer, he has been vice chair of the Finance Committee since 2012, and has also served on the IT Steering Committee since 2013.
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