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Past AWS Presidents

Past AWS Presidents

Many of AWS's presidents were part of America's robust plunge into the age of technology where events like the World Wars and the Depression, and names like "Titanic," "Truman," boiler code," and "Space Shuttle" are as solidly connected to their work as the welding they so convincingly advocated. They were professors, engineers, railroad and bridge builders, chemists, authors and executives. One thing they all held in common - a belief in the possibilities and power of welding.

2017, John R. Bray
Mr. Bray served four years as vice president of AWS and six years as District 18 director. He is currently president of Affiliated Machinery, Inc. He is a 27-year AWS member, an AWS Distinguished Member, and a Certified Welding Sales Representative. He also served 12 years on the Houston Section Board.

2016, David L. McQuaid
Mr. McQuaid heads D. L. McQuaid and Associates, Inc. He has chaired the AWS D1 Structural Welding and the Technical Activities Committees. In 2009, he received the American National Standards Institute Finegan Standards Medal for his contributions to industry standards.

2015, David J. Landon
Mr. Landon is an AWS Certified Welder, Certified Welding Supervisor, Senior Certified Welding Inspector, and AWS Counselor. He has been a member of the American Welding Society since 1983 and has been active in the local section, district, national, and international levels. Landon has had a passion for training welders throughout his career and is always willing to share his passion for welding with anyone who will listen. Mentored by some of the great heroes in the welding industry, Landon's passion of mentoring others can be summed up in the theme of his presidential year of AWS, "Heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things; to whom will you be a hero today?"

2014, Dean R. Wilson
Mr. Wilson is president of Wilson and Associates, a provider of health, safety, and welding products and industry consulting. Earlier, he was director of welding business development at Jackson Safety Products and prior to that, president of Wilson Industries from 1987 to 2007. He has served on numerous AWS standing committees, including WEMCO, An Association of Welding Equipment Manufacturers, where he served as chair in 2005.

2013, Nancy C. Cole
Prior to forming her own company, NCC Engineering, Mrs. Cole was program manager and contract manager at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, where she was awarded three patents. At ABB Combustion Engineering, she developed welding electrodes, fluxes and flux-cored wires. She served as chair of the AWS Technical Activities Committee, Fellows Committee and C3 Brazing and Soldering Committee. She has received the AWS Honorary Member Award, the Dr. Rene Wasserman Award and the McKay-Helm Award and is an AWS Fellow.

2012, William A. Rice
Mr. Rice began his career working in the family-owned welding supply business founded by his grandfather.  Through the years, the company acquired several other welding supply companies growing the enterprise into a thriving business.  Later, he later joined Airgas as vice president of purchasing, and eventually rose to the position of president and chief operating officer, before retiring in 2001. For six months in 2002 he served as interim executive director of the American Welding Society. After his AWS employment, he began in journey serving various officer positions to AWS and also joined OKI Bering Supply as chief executive officer until he retired. He was inducted as an AWS Counselor in 2015.

2011, John Mendoza
Mr. Mendoza joined CPS Energy as a welder’s helper, completed a three-year apprenticeship, and attained journeyman welder status in 1979. In 1992, he earned his AWS Certified Welding Inspector credentials and served as weld inspector during construction of a 550-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Mendoza pursued his interest in welder education and earned his AWS Certified Welding Educator credentials in 1996. That same year, he received Craft Instructor certification from the National Center for Construction Education and Research and was hired as an adjunct welding instructor for the Texas A&M University System.

2010, John Bruskotter
Mr. Bruskotter has operated Bruskotter Consulting Services since 2004, working for an independent oil and gas operator. Previously, he worked as a project manager with Dynamic Industries, Inc. From 1986 to 2000, he was employed with Houma Industries, Inc., where his positions included fabrication and quality control manager, vice president of operations onshore, offshore fabrication and coatings, and warehousing and maintenance. Mr. Bruskotter joined the AWS New Orleans Section in 1993, where he served as its treasurer and vice chair. From 1999 to 2000, he served as both the Section chairman and District 9 deputy director.

2009, Victor Y. Matthews
Mr. Matthews, an AWS Distinguished Member, was a member of the Cleveland Section for 39 years. He began his career at The Lincoln Electric Co. in 1963 as a bend brake operator. He attended Lincoln'w elding school and earned all of the diplomas it had to offer. He progressed to work in the Electrode Research and Development group for 13 years. Mr. Matthews moved to the manufacturing facility as plant welding engineer where he worked for 12 years. He automated many workstations and put into production the company’s first-ever welding robot for piecework. In 1990, he joined the Service Department with responsibility for engine-driven welding machines. In 1992, he was assigned responsibility for Cleveland-manufactured consumable products worldwide. Lincoln recognized him with its Man of the Year Award in 1995. He is the past president of the Lincoln Electric Employee’s Association and Sick Benefit Fund. Mr. Matthews also is a past chairman of the Cleveland Section.

2008, Gene E. Lawson
Mr. Lawson has been an AWS member since 1974. He received a degree in commercial art/advertising from Colorado Institute of Art. He continued his education at Denver Community College, specializing in welding and metallurgy. At Chemetron Corp., he specialized in sales of welding consumables and equipment. In 1975, he moved to southern California as Chemetron’s regional sales manager. Later, Chemetron became Alloy Rods Corp., and then part of ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. Mr. Lawson was ESAB’s territory sales manager for southern California, Arizona, and Hawaii. He has served several terms as chairman of the Los Angeles Section, served three years as a director-at-large, and two terms as District 21 director. He has taken the CWI preparation course and proctored CWI examinations. Mr. Lawson also served on the advisory board at Orange Coast College.

2007, Gerald D. Uttrachi
Mr. Uttrachi, an AWS Life Member, is president of WA Technology, LLC. The firm sells his patented device that effects major cost savings during welding by minimizing shielding gas losses. Previously, he served as a development engineer, project engineer, welding materials, laboratory manager, and director of welding market development for Linde Div. of Union Carbide Corp. He was vice president of marketing for LTEC Welding & Cutting Systems, then vice president of equipment marketing for ESAB Welding & Cutting Products. Throughout his career in the welding industry, Mr. Uttrachi has been involved with the development of automatic welding processes and welding materials. He has published numerous technical papers on welding processes and filler metals. He holds master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and business management from New Jersey Institute of Technology. He serves as chair of the AWS Foundation.

2005 - 06, Damian J. Kotecki
Dr. Kotecki is technical director for stainless steel and high alloy product development at the Lincoln Electric Company. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an AWS Fellow and a registered Professional Engineer. He has authored several technical publications and holds patents in the area of arc welding filler metals. He has been active in IIW activities since 1978, and has received many awards and recognitions from AWS and other associations.

2004 - 05, James E. Greer
Mr. Greer is a professor and coordinator of the welding program at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Illinois, where he introduces students to the welding industry. In addition to his educational responsibilities, Mr. Greer is president of Techno-Weld Welding Consultants. He is a graduate of Chicago State University's Master of Science program.

2003 - 04, Thomas M. Mustaleski
Mr. Mustaleski's work as a research staff member in the Development Division of the Oak Ridge Y-12 Plant of BWXT-Y12 LLC, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has made him an expert in welding metallurgy and process and procedure development. He has published more than 20 papers on joining research and development. In 2000, Mr. Mustaleski was elected to become a Fellow of the Society, a designation established by AWS in 1990 to recognize members for their distinguished contributions to the field of welding science and technology.

2002 - 03, Ernest D. Levert
A graduate of The Ohio State University Welding Engineering department, Mr. Levert was the first African-American to serve as President of the American Welding Society. As Senior Staff Manufacturing Engineer at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Dallas, Texas, he has demonstrated his knowledge of welding in many noteworthy projects, including the Army Tactical Missile System and the International Space Station. As a student, he served as chairman of the American Welding Society's OSU student chapter.

2001 - 02, Richard L. Arn
After serving three terms as vice president, Mr. Arn was elected President of the Society. He brought to the position leadership skills honed through his years as president of Teletherm Technologies in East Liverpool, Ohio. After earning a degree in business and metallurgical engineering at Youngstown State University, Mr. Arn went to the Hobart School of Welding Technology for advanced education in materials joining.

2000 - 01, L. William Myers
As a new millennium dawned, Mr. Myers became the 74th president of the American Welding Society. He holds two degrees, a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with a major in welding from the General Motors Institute, and a metallurgical engineering degree from Cleveland State University. The Dresser-Rand Turbo Products division in Olean, New York, is proud to employ him as a senior welding engineer.

1999 - 2000, R. J. Teuscher
Mr. Teuscher is employed as a welding engineer for Airgas, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO, and is the current President of the 50,000 member American Welding Society. Mr. Teuscher has been active in the Society for over 25 years and has served in such diverse positions as District Director, National Vice President and on a variety of standing committees.

1998 - 99, Shirley Bollinger
An AWS Distinguished Member, Ms. Bollinger is the Manager of New Market Development for ESAB Welding and Cutting Products in Hanover, PA. Throughout her career, Ms. Bollinger has been dedicated to AWS and has served the organization in numerous capacities, including service as a District Director and on Society committees, including Education, Compensation, Government Affairs Liaison and Membership. Ms. Bollinger holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from York College of Pennsylvania.

1997 - 98, R.C. Pierce
Mr. Pierce, an AWS Distinguished Member, is President and CEO of Welding Engineering and Supply Company in Prichard, AL. Prior to his election as AWS President, Mr. Pierce served the Society as a National Vice-President, Chairman of the AWS Foundation Board of Trustees and as District 9 Director from 1990 to 1993. Mr. Pierce also served as the AWS representative to the American Welding Institute's board of directors, the Pan American Coalition of Welding Institutions and the Pacific Ocean Coalition of Welding Associations. He currently services on the Board of Trustees for the AWS Foundation.

1996 - 97, J.F. Key
Dr. James Key received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas. He developed an interest in welding after joining General Dynamics Corp. In Ft. Worth, TX, workiing on the F-111 aircraft. After earning a doctorate degree, Dr. Key was appointed an assistant professor of materials science at the Univeristy of Utah, where he taught and performed research for three years. He joined the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory in 1976, where he is now Manager of the Metals and Ceramics department. Dr. Key is currently President of the Fedration of Materials Societies, a Washington DC based organization that represents member societies and affiliates which are involved in materials science, technology and engineering.

1995 - 96, E.R. Bohnart
An AWS Distinguished Member, Mr. Bohnart is a graduate of Nebraska Vocational Technical College with a degree in welding and metallurgy. He joined the AWS Nebraska Section in 1968, and has served the Society nationally on numerous committees, the Board of Directors and as a Chairman of the Districts Council. In 1989 he received the National Meritorious Award and presented the Plummer memorial Education Lecture in 1992. His welding career has included work for the Miller Electric Mfg. Company and as a welding teacher for seven years at Father Flanagan's Boys Home. Mr. Bohnart has also taught welding at Omaha and Fox Colleges in Nebraska.

1994 - 95, D.G. Howden
Dr. Howden is presently a consultant on welding and allied fields having retired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University in 2002. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree with honors in Industrial Metallurgy in 1959 from the University of Birmingham, England, and was later awarded a Ph.D. degree at the same university. In 1963, Dr Howden joined the Centro Tecnico de Aeronautica in Brazil where he was active in metallurgical research and teaching and later moved on to the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Canada to continue welding research. In 1967, he became Associate Manager of the Materials Joining Technology Section at Battelle Columbus Laboratories, and in 1977, joined The Ohio State University, in the Department of Welding Engineering. Dr. Howden is a life member of the American Welding Society and served as National President for the year 1994-1995. He is a life member of ASM International and a member of the American Council of the International Institute of Welding. He has been a Vice-President of IIW and Chairman of the International Authorisation Board. In 2001 Dr. Howden was awarded an Honorary Membership in the Japan Welding Society. He has been a member, and chaired a number of select committees of the National Academy of Sciences Materials Advisory Board. Dr. Howden has published widely in professional and technical journals and is the author of two AWS books. He has received a number of awards for his research and service to the welding industry including the "Lincoln Gold Medal" from AWS in 1983, the "Oxigenio do Brasil" award from Associacao Brasileira de Metais in 1974, the Adams Memorial Membership Award in 1980, the George E. Willis Award from AWS in 2000 and the AWS William Irrgang Award in 2001.

1993 - 94, L.G. Kvidahl
Mr. Kvidahl has over 20 years of welding engineering experience and is currently chief welding engineer at Ingalls Shipbuilding Company in Pascagoula, MS. Prior to joining Ingalls in 1975, Mr. Kvidahl worked as a welding engineer at Curtiss Wright Corp., where he was responsible for the development and implementation of production line welding procedures. Mr. Kvidahl has also worked for Newport News Shipbuilding, where he helped develop the fabrication procedures for building nuclear systems on US Navy ships. Mr. Kvidahl's other activities include membership in ASM International, as well as service as a corporate respresentative for the IIW.

1992 - 93, D.W. Dickinson
An internationally known lecturer and author, Dr. Dickinson has been associated with The Ohio State University since 1984, where he is now a full professor and Chair of the Department of Welding Engineering. In 1985, on a special assignment from the University, he helped to establish the Edison Welding Institute, and served as its first director of research. Prior to joining OSU, Dr. Dickinson worked for Republic Steel Corp. and was an engineering specialists for continuous casting and solidification research studies at Olin Corp. In addition to being named an AWS Fellow in 1998, Dr. Dickinson has earned many awards for his contributions to the welding field, including the 1982 McKay-Helm Award, the Merit Award from The James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, the International Metallographic Award, and an award for excellence in technology transfer. Dr. Dickinson has also been listed in Who's Who in America and in Who's Who in Finance and Industry.

1991 - 92, John Bartley
An AWS Distinguished Member, Mr. Bartley has had a lengthy career with such companies as Mare Island Naval Shipyard, McDonnell Douglas, Westarc Industries, Lion Manufacturing, and Beam Engineering Applied Energy, among others. Mr. Bartley served as District 19 Director for six years, on the AWS Board of Directors, the International Liaison Committee and the Marketing and Communications Council. In addition to serving as AWS President, Mr. Bartley is a member of ASNT, ASME and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

1990 - 91, R. A. Huber
Mr. Huber graduated from Michigan State University in 1952. After serving two years in the US Army, he worked for Alco Products, Inc. in Schenectady, NY, where he became involved in the welding of pressure vessel steels. He earned a Master's degree in metallurgical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1959 and joined Union Carbide's Nuclear Division as a welding engineer. While at Union Carbide, Mr. Huber was responsible for the introduction and application of electron beam welding in the plant. A member of the Northeast Tennessee Section for over 30 years, he served as chairman of the Section from 1978 to 1979, and also served as District 8 Director for eight years. Mr. Huber was also a member of the AWS Task Group in Electron Beam Safe Practices, and served on the Administrative Council, the District's Council, the Role and Missions Committee and the Technical Council.

1989 - 90, R. L. Alley
Mr. Alley served as  the Associate Executive Director for the AWS Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO) for many years. Prior to his election as president, Mr. Alley served on the AWS Board of Directors for six years as District 14 Director and as Chairman of the Districts Council from 1986 to 1987. Mr. Alley's welding experience includes serving as the senior sales engineer for ERICO Fastening Systems, Inc. in Indianapolis, and as a manager of a heavy fabrication plant for 11 years. Mr. Alley attended Indiana University and Butler University and currently lives in Miami, FL.

1987 - 89, J. M. Gerken
Dr. Gerken attended Newark College of Engineering nights while working as a technician at the INCO Laboratory in Bayonne N.J. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 he enrolled at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the Metallurgical Engineering Department and continued in graduate school conducting research in welding and received a Ph.D. in 1956. He worked at G.E. Knolls Atomic Laboratory where he developed a process for cladding fuel elements by resistance welding. From 1960 to 1987 he was employed by TRW Materials Technology Center in charge of welding R&D. After retiring from TRW he worked at Lincoln Electric for five years in the Tech Center as manager of Technology Transfer where he helped revise the Welding Procedure Handbook. After serving on the AWS Board as District 10 Director and Director at Large he was elected Vice President and served as President for two terms. He is an AWS Fellow and has served on several AWS Committees. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Lambda Chi Epsilon and a Life Member of ASM.

1986 - 87, J. H. Walker
Mr. Walker's career in welding started at Oklahoma State University, where he worked as a student instructor and taught engineering laboratory courses in welding while attending the unversity. After graduating with a B.S. degree in trade and industrial education and and an associate degree in welding and metallurgy, Mr. Walker worked 10 years for Armco Steel Corp., first as a welding metallurgist and later as a product metallurgist. Following his work with Armco, Mr. Walker became a sales manager with Diamond Metal Alloys, in Houston, TX, moving then to Levingston Shipbuilding Co. in Orange, TX, and finally to Brown and Root in 1981. In addition to his service to AWS as president and District 18 Director, Mr. Walker was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society and to the Iota Lambda Sigma professional teachers society.

1985 - 86, H. F. Prah
Mr. Prah is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in industrial engineering and has been an AWS member since 1951. In addition to his service as District 14 Director and on the AWS Conference and Seminar Committee, prior to his election as president, Mr. Prah was chairman of the Speedway Welding and Fabircation Committee. This committee selected outstanding welded design and superior workmanship in championship racecars that compete in Indianapolis "500" style races. He holds a patent on a testing device and has authored numerous articles on application of welding. Mr. Prah is also a past state chairman for VICA welding contests and was a member of the Indiana Vocational Committee to evaluate Indiana industrial welder training needs.

1984 - 85, D. C. Bertossa
Before his election as president, Mr. Bertossa worked for such notable companies as Chicago Bridge and Iron, Hortonclad Research, Wyman-Gordon Forge, Reynolds Aluminum and the Southern Research Institute. During his AWS presidency, Mr. Bertossa was a principal engineer in the Welding and Metallurgy Development Engineering Group the General Electric's Nuclear Energy Division in San Jose, CA. In this position, Mr. Bertossa served as a senior metallurgical engineer and principal engineer developing special welding procedures, field installation specifications and field troubleshooting. His service to AWS began as Secretary to the Birmingham Section and later as Chairman of the Santa Clara Valley Section. In 1975, he received the AWS District Meritorious Award for his accomplishments and leadership.

1983 - 84, M. D. Randall
A graduate of the University of Texas, Mr. Randall served the Society prior to his election as president as Chairman of the Columbus Section, Chairman of the Technical Council, and as a Director-at-Large.

1982 - 83, J. C. Thompson
Mr. Thompson began his career as a welder with the Tennessee Valley Authority. After 29 years with the Nuclear Division of Union Carbide Corp. in Oak Ridge, TN, in 1977 he left to join the Ralph M. Parsons Company in Pasadena, CA. A registered professional engineer in Tennessee and California, Mr. Thompson is also Commissioned National Board Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspector and an AWS Certified Welding Inspector. His service to AWS has included chairmanship of the Publications and Promotions Council, Director-at-Large, and served as a member of the Los Angeles Section Arrangements Committee for the 1980 AWS Welding Show. Mr. Thompson is also a member of ASNT, ASME, the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Inspection Society.

1981 - 82, W. T. DeLong
Mr. DeLong graduated from Lehigh University in 1943, with a degree in metallurgical engineering. During World War II he served in the Chemical Warfare Branch of the US Army. In addition to his service to the Society as president, Mr. DeLong's activities included participation in the IIW, which earned him the AWS R.D. Thomas Memorial Award in 1977. In addition to the Thomas Award, Mr. DeLong was the 1974 Adams Lecturer and was elected a Fellow of the American Society for Metals in 1977.

1980 - 81, H. B. Cary
Mr. Cary's career in welding dates back to 1942, when he graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in welding engineering. He also helped form the first AWS student chapter at OSU. Mr. Cary joined Hobart Brothers Company in 1958, where he was named Vice-President-Welding Systems, and served as president of the Hobart School of Welding. Before joining Hobart, he served in the US Navy and was with General Motors, where he helped formed what is now the AWS Saginaw Valley Section. Mr. Cary was a member of ASME, ASM, England's Welding Institute and the Canadian Welding Society.

1979 - 80, G. K. Willecke
After nine years as a physics and mathematics teacher in Wisconsin high school and assistant professor of physics at Lawrence University, Mr. Willecke joined Miller Electric Company. At the time of his election as AWS President he served Miller as a vice president. Mr. Willecke served as a member of Technical Committee 26 (arc welding equipment) of the International Electrotechnical Commission, as an official U.S. delegate to several meetings of ISO Technical Committee 44/SC4, and was active on the U.L. Advisory Committee.

1978 - 79, A. Lesnewich
A graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering, Dr. Lesnewich was director of filler metals, research and development, at Airco Welding Products when he was elected president. His creative work resulted in ten patents and a number of publications. Of his papers published in the Welding Journal, one was awarded the Lincoln Gold Medal and another was presented as an Adams Lecture.

1977 - 78, H. A. "Butch" Sosnin
Mr. Sosnin began his welding career as a part-time pipe welder while attending high school. After studying at the University of Louisville, he went into the construction field working on pipe and vessels. Before launching his own consulting operation in 1959, he had worked with Tube Turns Co. as a director of service engineering and as a director of research for Stanley G. Flag Company. He served on the AWS D10 Pipe and Tubing Committee and was an inaugural member of the AWS Committee on Qualification of Welding Personnel. He was a member of ASM, ASNT, ASME, as well as the Society for Experimental Stress Analysis.

1976 - 77, R. H. Foxhall
Mr. Foxhall culminated 20 years of extensive research and service to AWS with his election as president. His service to the Society included 11 years as a member of the Board of Directors. He was also one of the members of the first AWS committee on Long Range Goals and Objectives, calling on years of experience in the Mahooning Valley Section. Mr. Foxhall was a 1952 graduate of Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, OH, with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. At the time of his election, he was a sales manager, special products, for Wean United in Youngstown, OH.

1975 - 76, P. W. Ramsey
Mr. Ramsey holds a degree from Carnegie-Mellon and a masters degree from the University of Wisconsin, both in metallurgical engineering. He put his education to work on behalf of A.O. Smith Corp. in Milwaukee, in a career that saw him as a manager of Welding Research and Development at the time of his election. Mr. Ramsey served AWS for eight years as a director and then as president, chairman of the Welding Handbook Committee, and as the Society's Executive Director from 1982 to 1986.

1974 - 75, J. W. Moeller
John W. Moeller has been elected a Fellow of the American Welding Society. An AWS member for 50 years, Moeller was inducted for "notable achievements in the development of improved welding equipments, significant technical contributions to major industrial and government projects and courageous decisions as an officer and president of the American Welding Society."

Moeller served two enlistments with the U.S. Navy: in the first enlistment, immediately following high school graduation in 1939, he saw service on the USS Nevada as a gunner. After his two-year stint, he served as welding foreman on the world's largest magnesium mining operation in Henderson, Nevada, a major war material project.

He reenlisted in 1942 and was assigned to the Fleet Welding School in San Diego because of his experience welding Liberty Ships at Terminal Island. As chief welding instructor at the Fleet Welding School, Moeller taught underwater welding and cutting and specialized in battle damage repair welding in hazardous environments such as fuel oil tanks, aviation gasoline storage tanks and high-pressure main steam piping systems.

Following World War II, Moeller was hired as manager of the welding Division by Pacific Metals Co. He subsequently became the chief welding engineer for the Ralph M. Parsons Co. (Los Angeles and Pasadena headquartered) in 1962, one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world. Many of the large engineering projects undertaken by Parsons over the years were located in difficult environs for critical welding:

  • Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, ARCO North Slope Facilities
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline, Alaska
  • Jeddah International Airport, Saudi Arabia
  • Minuteman underground launch complex, Whiteman AFB, Missouri
  • Other multi-billion dollar projects where Moeller was in charge of the end quality of all welds include the Honolulu International Airport, which houses a unique underground jet fuel system. For the welding required for Detroit Edison's first nuclear power plant, Moeller helped develop an automatic welding machine that improved weld integrity dramatically.

When he retired from Ralph M. Parsons in 1982, Moeller had already served a term as president of the American Welding Society (1974-1975). He was presented with AWS's Distinguished Member Award in 1989.

1973 - 74, J. E. Dato
Mr. Dato began his career in a welding shop before joining Union Carbide Corp. in 1963. He joined AWS the following year and served the Society through 14 chairmanships and seven years on the Board of Directors. At the time of his election, he was general manager of Union Carbide's Electric Welding Department, an entity he helped organize. After his corporate retirement, he was selected as Executive Director of the Society from 1975 to 1979.

1972 - 73, R. D. Stout
A native of Reading, PA, Dr. Stout became Dean of Lehigh University's metallurgical engineering graduate school in 1960. His long academic career was marked with numerous awards, including the Lincoln Gold Medal in 1943, ASM's Stoughton Award in 1952, the AWS Meritorious Award in 1956, the Spraragen Award in 1963, the Adams Memorial Award in 1964 and the AWS National Meritorious Award in 1965. Dr. Stout was a member of the Materials Advisory Board of the National Academy of Science, as well as a member of the Society of Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Phi.

1971 - 72, I. A. Oehler
Dr. Oehler rose to assistant chief metallurgist at Republic Steel in just five years while also teaching at Millard Fillmore College at the University of Buffalo. At the time of his AWS election, he was president of the American Welding and Manufacturing Company of Warren, OH. Simultaneous with his two presidencies, he was also chairman of the American Council of the IIW. In 1962, he was one of five welding experts chosen to visit the USSR under the Soviet-US Technical and Cultural Exchange Agreement. He was a member of ASM, ASTM, AISI, Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Phi.

1970 - 71, George E. Linnert
The AWS-published Welding Metallurgy is literally the work of a lifetime by this metallurgy expert who began working with steels during the Great Depression as a trainee for Republic Steel Company. During the years of World War II, Mr. Linnert conducted research projects for the National Defense Research Council and the Office of Naval Research. An active member of AWS, Mr. Linnert presented the 1956 Adams Lecture, received the AWS Meritorious Certificate Award in 1958, and was chairman of the AWS Handbook Committee for the fourth and fifth editions.

1969 - 70, R. C. Becker
Mr. Becker is a graduate of Purdue University where he received a degree in metallurgical engineer; he also holds a M.S. in metallurgy from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and a MBA from the University of Chicago. After serving as a metallurgical engineer with Allegheny Ludlum Steel Corp., working on metallurgical and welding problems, and service with the US Army in World War II, he joined International Harvester as a welding research engineer. At the time of his AWS election, he was general supervisor. Mr. Becker currently resides in Oak Lawn, IL.

1968 - 69, E. F. Nippes
Dr. Nippes, the author of numerous articles on welding, received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and then extended his relationship with RPI until he was appointed Director of the Research Division in 1965. A licensed professional engineer in New York, Dr. Nippes has maintained an active consulting practice in the fields of metallurgy and welding and today resides in Vineyard Haven, MA. He received the Samuel Wylie Miller Memorial Medal in 1959 and an Adams Memorial Award in 1965. In 1961, Dr. Nippes was one of only three American welding authorities invited to visit research centers in Moscow, Kiev and Leningrad under a National Academy of Sciences Exchange Visit.

1967 - 68, E. C. Miller
When Oak Ridge National Laboratory was operated by Union Carbide for the Atomic Energy Commission, Mr. Miller was its superintendent, Inspection Engineering Department. At the forefront of advancing US nuclear power generation, Mr. Miller was actively engaged with nuclear standardization committees of the American Nuclear Society, ASTM, the Executive Committee of the Code for Pressure Piping and a member of the Main Committee of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and its Nuclear Subcommittee. He was selected as a member of a five-man team representing the State Department and AWS during a 1962 exchange tour with the Soviet welding industry. He was considered an expert on zirconium, liquid metal corrosion, reactor safety, welding in the USSR, reactor fabrication and inspection.

1966 - 67, R. B. McCauley
Professor McCauley was chairman of the Department of Welding Engineering, director of Welding Research at The Ohio State University, and a physical chemist and metallurgical engineer. A Cornell University undergraduate, Mr. McCauley received his masters in metallurgical engineering from Illinois Tech, where he also accepted a teaching position. Consulting for the Armour Research Foundation started a successful second career in publishing, lecturing and troubleshooting for the professor, who also found time to contribute to the handbooks of ASM, ASNT, ASTM and The Lincoln Electric Company. In 1964, he was the first American to be elected as an IIW Commission Chairman. He was listed in Who's Who in America and received keys from the societies of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Epsilon, Pi Tau Sigma and Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

1965 - 66, Jay Bland
At the head of his class, Mr. Bland graduated with a degree in chemical engineering in 1933 from the University of Rochester. He went on to earn a graduate degree in metallurgy from Columbia University in 1934 and was quickly recruited by the Sun Oil Company in Marcus Hook, PA. He spent 1939 to 1951 as welding section head for the New York Naval Shipyard, leaving to accept the position of head, Metals and Welding, Engineering Research Dept. for Standard Oil Company in Indiana. At the time of his election as AWS President, Mr. Bland was responsible for coordinating welding and metal joining developments throughout General Electric, having served that company as a consulting welding engineer at its Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, NY. In 1956, he was honored with the Lincoln Gold Metal. He was a member of ASM, ASME, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi and the Metal Science Club of New York.

1964 - 65, T. Embury Jones
Listed in Who's Who in Commerce and Industry, Mr. Jones held the presidency of both AWS and the Resistance Welder Manufacturers Association. He received his ME degree from Columbia University in 1930, and immediately launched his welding career with the Federal Machine and Welder Company as design engineer. By 1942, he had risen to vice president of the welding division. Together with E. W. Forkner, Mr. Jones founded Precision Welder and Machine Company in Cincinnati, and under his executive direction, soon established a presence in Canada with Precision Welder & Flexopress Ltd. Mr. Jones was an AWS Meritorious Certificate award winner in 1958, a member of IIW's delegation to Commission III (resistance welding) and Tau Beta Pi.

1963 - 64, C. E. Jackson
Armed with a 1927 degree in physics from Carleton College, in Northfield, MN, Mr. Jackson soon joined the National Bureau of Standards, spending time at George Washington University in Washington, DC. His subsequent government assignments included the Naval Research Laboratory from 1937 to 1946. He was also awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award at the end of WW II by the Secretary of the Navy. Within 10 years of accepting a position with Union Carbide's Metals Research Lab, Mr. Jackson was made manager. In 1957, he was promoted to associate manager of Electric Welding Development for Linde in Newark, NJ. Mr. Jackson was a representative on Mission 250 of the Organization of European Economic Cooperation in 1955; a Samuel Wylie Miller Memorial Medal winner in 1956; delivered the Adams Memorial Lecture in 1959, and was made an honorary member of the Australian Welding Institute in 1961. He was also active in both IIW and the British Welding Institute.

1962 - 63, J. H. Blankenbuehler
Pennsylvanian Mr. Blankenbuehler received the U.S. Navy's Certificate of Commendation for electrical design work at about the time he left Westinghouse Electric Corp. after 23 years and joined Hobart Brothers in 1946. Mr. Blankenbuehler was a graduate of Lehigh University, a member of Tau Beta Pi and Scabbard and Blade, as well as a Fellow of AIEE and the holder of 34 patents on welding apparatus. At the time of his election as AWS President, he was Design Engineer for Hobart.

1961 - 62, A. F. Chouinard
Essentially an R&D man, Mr. Chouinard spent his professional career in welding after graduating from Purdue University in 1931, with a degree in electrical engineering. Granted 20 patents for various welding and cutting equipment and machines, he was director of the Research and Development Department of National Cylinder Gas Co., headquartered in Chicago. It was also from Chicago that Mr. Chouinard devoted a great deal of his volunteer efforts to AWS sections, as well as nationally through chairmanship of Welding Handbook chapters. He was also a member of IAA, AISE, ASM and the Chicago Engineers Club.

1960 - 61, R. D. Thomas, Jr.
Mr. Thomas earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in chemistry from Cornell University. He joined Arcos Corp. in 1937, as director of research and engineering, and nineteen years later, he was president. He has contributed to the growing body of information on welding through service on numerous committees, including those of AWS, the US Navy, NEMA, the Welding Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences. Mr. Thomas was instrumental in establishing welding courses at Drexel Institute of Technology, and taught both there and at Temple University. An international lecturer, he was the recipient of the 1958 Samuel Wylie Miller Memorial Medal. Mr. Thomas currently heads R. D. Thomas and Company, East Fairfield, VT, and is active on several AWS committees. He also serves, in various capacities, on the American Council of IIW.

1959 - 60, C. I. MacGuffie
Mr. MacGuffie did so well as marketing manager for the Welding Department for General Electric, that he was recruited away by Air Reduction Sales Company in 1959 to head their new Special Products Department. At the new company his responsibility was to supervise the design of complete welding systems. His 35-year career in welding started almost as soon as he completed requirements for his degree in electric engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Along the way, he served as chairman of the Philadelphia Section, AWS Director-at-Large, past chairman of the Welding Section of NEMA, and as a member of AIEE and the American Ordnance Association.

1958 - 59, G. O. Hoglund
A native of Milwaukee, Mr. Hoglund's entire professional life was with ALCOA, with a brief two years spent with the Navy Department's Bureau of Aeronautics in Washington, DC, designing propellers. He joined ALCOA in 1928, leaving the University of Minnesota, where he was an assistant professor. At the time of his election, he was in charge of the Welding Division in the ALCOA Process Development Laboratories. In 1939, Mr. Hoglund was the recipient of the Lincoln Gold Medal for his paper, "Spot Welding the Aluminum Alloys."

1957 - 58, C. P. Sander
Mr. Sander's experience covers a broad field in welding, such as railroad equipment, shipbuilding, pipelines, boilers, pressure vessels, oil refinery installations, steel structures and various other welded products. At the time of his AWS election, Mr. Sanders was general superintendent, at the Vernon Plant of the Consolidated Western Steel Division of US Steel Company in Los Angeles. His career had taken him from graduate work in engineering at USC, to Pacific Car and Foundry Company in Seattle, to Western Pipe and Steel, where he remained after its acquisition by Consolidated Western. He served AWS as chairman of the Los Angeles Section and several terms as national vice president. He was also a member of the Welding Research Council, ASM and API.

1956 - 57, J. J. Chyle
By 1926, Mr. Chyle was head of welding electrode research at A.O. Smith Corp., and, ten years later, he was director of Welding Research. Mr. Chyle invented and patented a number of welding electrodes and welding processes, including the first extruded all-position type of electrode in 1927. This original electrode was of the cellulosic titanium dioxide type, which is now classified as the E6010 type. Mr. Chyle's special alloy electrodes for the welding of high strength alloy steels were used extensively in World War II on aircraft landing gears, torpedo airflasks and bombs. He helped launch the AWS Milwaukee Section and was the 1955 Samuel Wylie Miller Medal winner. He also delivered the 1951 Adams Lecture entitled, "The Welding of Copper by the Inert-Gas Metal-Arc Process."

1954 - 56, J. H. Humberstone
Immediately upon graduation from OSU in 1931, Mr. Humberstone was hired by General Electric as a development engineer with an assignment: develop coatings to be applied to heavy covered metal-arc welding electrodes. During the second World War, he was on leave of absence to aid the war effort as research supervisor of welding for the War Metallurgy Committee. Mr. Humberstone was recruited by Air Reduction, and with its reorganization in 1950, he became president of Airco Equipment Manufacturing Division. In the space of a few years, he was vice president of the parent company, Air Reduction, and president of Ohio Chemical and Surgical Equipment Company, a subsidiary of Airco.

1952 - 54, F. L. Plummer
While on leave from the Case School of Applied Science, where he was an associate professor in mathematics, civil engineering and structural engineering, Mr. Plummer was in charge of the structural analysis and design of the world's largest airship dock for Goodyear Zeppelin Corp. in Akron, OH. In the succeeding years, he consulted for Republic Steel, Dow Chemical, and the US Corps of Engineers. From 1937 to 1940, he was chief design engineer of the Main Avenue Bridge Projects in Cleveland. This project included the main bridge structure about one mile long with complicated approach structures. At the time of his AWS election, he was director of Engineering for Hammond Iron Works, Warren, PA. He was also a member of the Pressure Vessel Committee of the Welding Research Council.

1951 - 52, C. H. Jennings
The author of "How to Weld 29 Metals" and "50 Lessons in Arc Welding," Mr. Jennings was a 1928 graduate of Iowa State College at Ames. With an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, Mr. Jennings was hired by Westinghouse Electric Corp. and immediately selected for its Graduate Student Course. By 1936, he was in charge of Westinghouse's welding research conducted at its Chemical and Metallurgical Department labs. Three years later, he was awarded the Westinghouse Silver "W" and Order of Merit. He was the 1950 AWS Adams Lecturer.

1950 - 51, H. W. Pierce
An Annapolis alumnus, Mr. Pierce completed his postgraduate work at MIT in naval construction, with a thesis entitled, "Effect of Welded Attachments on Strength of Longitudinal Members." He served as the US Navy's Naval Constructor until 1930, when he joined New York Shipbuilding Corp. At the time of his AWS election, he was Assistant to the President. He served on a special committee, chaired by Senator Harry Truman, for the investigation of the 1942 T-2 tanker Schenectady calamity, subsequently, serving on many similar advisory committees in connection with the ongoing investigation of welding stresses in ships. In 1947, Mr. Pierce was sent to study Japanese shipbuilding by the War Department "in connection with reparations and determination of minimum industrial levels of shipbuilding." He became an honorary member of the Japan Welding Society.

1949 - 50, O. B. J. Fraser
A 1916 graduate of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Mr. Fraser returned to Canada as International Nickel's superintendent of its Electrostatic Fume Precipitation Plant. Ultimately, he rose to assistant manager of its New York City-based Development and Research Division. Mr. Fraser worked closely with the Mellon Institute in the study of corrosion of nickel and nickel alloys. At the time of his AWS election, he was vice chairman of the AWS-ASTM Committee on Filler Metal, as well as chairman of the AWS National Membership Committee.

1948 - 49, G. N. Sieger
This Lehigh University graduate was president of both AWS and RWMA, as well as chairman of the AWS Detroit Section. A captain of Motor Transport and Company Commander in WWI, he was a "dollar-a-year man" in the second World War for the War Production Board. He was instrumental in the formation of the Carboloy Company, and, indeed, was its first employee. He was also president and general manager of his own company in 1933.

1947 - 48, H. O. Hill
Mr. Hill's professional career survived three major acquisitions and by 1947, he was assistant chief engineer, Fabricated Steel Construction, Bethlehem Steel Company. In sixteen years of AWS membership, Mr. Hill's committee work included Symbols, Storage Tanks, Standard Qualification Procedures, Technical Activities and a special task group to study the future needs of the Society, which led to the hiring of an Executive Secretary.

1946 - 47, L. W. Delhi
Unable to finish his studies at USC, Mr. Delhi became a professional baseball player for several years before returning to engineering. His career included a long-time association with Western Pipe and Steel Company, as well as war time work in shipbuilding for the US Maritime Commission, which included special construction of 48 all-welded C3-type vessels. He also supervised a comprehensive ship repair program for the Navy and the War Shipping Administration. While President of AWS, he also served as president of the California Metal Trades Association. At the time of his AWS election, he was vice president of Hunt, Mirk & Company in San Francisco.

1945 - 46, W. F. Hess
By 1945, Dr. Hess was a professor of metallurgical engineering at Rensaelaer Polytechnical Institute in Troy, NY, the school he graduated from in 1925. He designed and equipped RPI's welding laboratory and ultimately became head of that facility. He arranged for the Welding Research Committee to endow a fellowship to study the spot welding of low-carbon and stainless steels and was similarly successful with the International Nickel Company, which established a Resistance Welding Fellowship in 1939. To assist the war effort, the RPI Welding Laboratory was used in cooperation with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to research aircraft spot welding. Dr. Hess established the first program of war research under the War Metallurgy Committee of the National Research Council and assisted the Production R&D arm of the War Production Board similarly. In 1944, Dr. Hess was awarded the Lincoln Gold Medal by AWS and, in that same year, was awarded the University Award by the Resistance Welding Manufacturers Association.

1944 - 45, A. C. Weigel
A 1908 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mr. Weigel eventually became vice president of Combustion Engineering Company. He served on the ASME Boiler Code Committee, was chairman of the AWS Publications Committee, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Welding Research Council.

1943 - 44, David Arnott
Mr. Arnott was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1878 and graduated from that city's Royal Technical College. Mr. Arnott's career was in shipbuilding, culminating in the position of Chief Surveyor of the American Bureau of Shipping in 1925. By 1938, his responsibilities also included those of vice president . With Mr. Arnott's influence, the American Bureau of Shipping made possible full classification for all-welded vessels, the first classification society in the world to do so. He was also a member of the Council, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, as well as the British Institute of Welding, and was the recipient of the Miller Medal in 1941 for "conspicuous contributions to the art and science of marine welding."

1942 - 43, K. L. Hansen
Immigrating to the US from his native Norway in 1901, this AWS President was the inventor of the Hansen Arc Welder. He was retained as a consultant for the Harnischfefer Corp., Milwaukee, in 1932, to work on problems pertaining to welding and welding equipment while they manufactured and marketed his welder. He also worked for some of the American giants of the early twentieth century: Western Electric, Chicago Edison, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing and the Louis Allis Company.

1940 - 42, Colonel G. F. Jenks
Colonel Jenks was chief of technical staff, Ordnance Department, US Army, Washington, DC, when he had already served as de facto AWS President during the illness of President Lang. Elected in his own right in 1940, this Harvard Business School graduate (MBA, 1930) was decorated by the French with the Legion of Honor and by his own government with the Distinguished Service Medal.

1939 - 40, G. T. Horton
After graduating from Rennsselaer Polytechnical Institute in 1893 as a civil engineer, Mr. Horton started his first assignment for his father's company, Chicago Bridge and Iron, surveying for the center of piers to accommodate anchor bolts. His father had been a bridge-builder, but Mr. Horton was more interested in tanks. He designed and built many of the largest tanks in the world and, at the time of his election, was president of Chicago Bridge and Iron.

1938 - 39, H. C. Boardman
A 1910 graduate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Boardman's spent his career with Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, first as draftsman, and finally as Director of Research. In the years between, he served in the 332nd Field Artillery, 86th Division in WWI, achieving the rank of major in 1918, and taught engineering at the University of Illinois while earning a second degree in civil engineering (1924.) Mr. Boardman was a prolific author, producing a number of articles on welding storage tanks and pipelines, as well as on mathematics and hydraulics. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, chairman of the AWS Chicago Section, and a member of ASM, the ASME Boiler Code Committee and API.

1937 - 38, P. G. Lang, Jr.
Mr. Lang graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1905 with a degree in civil engineering. Starting as a draftsman for American nBridge Company, he was recruited by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad system, where he progressed to Engineer of Bridges. Projects he supervised included the Allegheny River Bridge in Pittsburgh and the Chicago River Bridge in Chicago. Serving AWS not only as President, but also as chairman of the Committee on Bridges, he helped to formulate the first AWS bridge code, which was promptly endorsed in 1936 by the American Railway Engineering Association and the American Association of State Highway Officials. Mr. Lang was credited for the "clear thinking, patience and fearlessness" that led to changes in the AWS bylaws and methods of operation "which insured the direction of travel of the Society in its goal to become the leading technical and scientific organization in the world on welding."

1936 - 37, Alfred Gibson
Toronto-born, Mr. Gibson earned his degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 1909. At the time of his election, he was executive vice president of Wellman Engineering Company. Under Mr. Gibson's direction, Wellman Engineering widely developed their welding operations. Their use of low alloy steels in welded construction has been extensive, and Mr. Gibson is recognized for his research and investigation of the available low alloy high strength steels. Although a hobby, Gibson's cabinet making was so professional, that his work was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

1935 - 36, J. J. Crowe
While apprenticing at the National Bureau of Standards, Mr. Crowe completed his education at the George Washington University through evening classes. Along with his Bureau mentor and supervisor, Dr. G. K. Burgess, he helped established its Heat Division. He co-authored a number of papers on thermometry, pyrometry and metallurgy. One, "Observation on Ocean Temperatures in the Vicinity of Icebergs," was "inspired" by the disaster of the Titanic. Because of his expertise in metallurgy, he was loaned to the US Navy in 1915. During his work at the Boston Navy Yard, he created the Navy's first metallurgical laboratory and was then recruited by the Navy to establish additional labs at other yards and was instrumental in solving metallurgical production problems in the start-up activities of the Naval Aircraft Factory at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. At the time of his election as AWS President, Mr. Crowe was Engineer in Charge of Apparatus Research and Development for the Air Reduction Company in Jersey City.

1934 - 35, D. S. Jacobus
Earning his doctorate in engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1884, Dr. Jacobus taught there until 1906, when he left to join Babcock & Wilcox. Here and eventually progressed to become head of that company's engineering department. He would later use his experience as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (1916-17), his presidency of the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (1906-07) and his chairmanship of the Boiler Code Committee to bring about the liberalization on the use of welding for any thickness or size of pressure vessels providing the welding is properly done and meets required tests.

1932 - 34, F. P. McKibben
A bridge engineer of international reputation, Mr. McKibben designed, among many others, the New Bedford, MA, drawbridge with revolving weight of 2,000,000 lbs, and the Veterans' Memorial Bridge in Rochester, NY. In 1922, with Ernest Humphrys, he made the first tests on fillet welds in longitudinal shear. He was instrumental to the welding of the DuPont office building in Wilmington, DE, the Edison office building in Boston, and the welded steel facing of the Penrose-Rosemont Dam in Colorado. He wrote "Steel Bridge Construction" for the American Civil Engineers Handbook, served on numerous AWS committees including Structural Steel Welding and Pipe Welding, and taught for twenty-two years at MIT, Lehigh University and Union College. He won the AWS Samuel Wylie Miller Medal for his outstanding work in the development of the art of Structural Fusion Welding.

1930 - 32, E. A. Doyle
From taking part in the cutting operations necessary to raise the battleship Maine from Havana harbor, Mr. Doyle embarked on a career-long association with welding. He learned the fundamentals at a company's trade school in Jersey City, later becoming a salesman for the same firm. He rose to the rank of major in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the first World War. Starting in 1922, he was employed by the Linde Air Products Company as a consulting engineer in charge of process development. He organized the AWS Committee on Building Codes, and was a charter member of the Society of American Military Engineers.

1928 - 30, F. T. Llewellyn
A Welshman, Mr. Llewellyn arrived in the US in 1890, to accept a position in the structural steel department of the Gillette-Herzog Manufacturing Company in Minneapolis. He supervised the construction of the first steel skeleton tier building in New Orleans and the first steel frame building in Louisiana. In 1900, he had charge of the construction of the first steel frame building in Mexico City." His employer from 1906 to 1917, Carnegie Steel, "loaned" him to the Emergency Fleet Corporation, where he devoted his attention to the simplification of steel requirements for ships, and in allotting steel to shipyards. At the time of his election, he was attached to the President's Office of US Steel and was active on the AWS Structural Steel Welding Committee.

1926 - 28, F. M. Farmer
One of only a handful of AWS Presidents to serve two terms, Mr. Farmer, "an engineer by profession," received his degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University in 1899. At the time of his 1926 election as AWS President, he was chief engineer for Electrical Testing Laboratories in New York. He had also been president of ASTM in 1924, a member of the Emergency Fleet Corporation's Welding Subcommittee, a member of the Bureau of Welding since its organization, and chair of the committee that produced the Bureau's Bulletin No. 1, "Standard Tests for Welds." He was inducted as a Fellow of AIEE and also chaired its committee that prepared standards for arc welding and resistance welding apparatus.

1925 - 26, Alfred Oehler
Prior to becoming associate editor of Railway Age and editor of Railway Electrical Engineer, University of Wisconsin graduate Mr. Oehler worked in the test and experimental departments of the General Electric Company. He also worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad as well as the Wisconsin-Minnesota Light & Power Company. He was also chairman of the AWS national "meetings and papers" committee.

1924 - 25, E. H. Ewertz
Born in Sweden, Mr. Ewertz emigrated to the US around the turn of the century. His professional career was in shipbuilding and, at one point, he was in charge of all submarine boat construction at the Fall River (Quincy, MA) facilities. At the time of his election, Mr. Ewertz was general manager of Bethlehem Shipbuilding's plant at Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is also considered an AWS founder and served with fellow presidents Adams and Miller in the Emergency Fleet Corporation. Under his leadership a "critical review of existing information on the application of the arc welding to ship construction" was undertaken by the Electric Arc Welding Committee.

1923 - 24, T. F. Barton
London-born, Mr. Barton was "essentially a railroad man, having started as call boy for the Grand Trunk in 1880." At the time he was elected AWS President, he was Master Mechanic of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. He served as AWS Treasurer, chairman of the New York Section and ensured that all the welders of his employer were members of AWS.

1922 - 23, C. A. McCune
Because he was apparently "known from Boston to San Francisco," the Journal of the AWS declined to provide more information on Mr. McCune.

1921 - 22, S. W. Miller
Mr. Miller, who received his mechanical engineering degree from Stevens Institute in 1897, served with Professor Adams in the work of the Emergency Fleet Corporation. He is considered a founder of AWS and served as a director of the American Bureau of Welding as well. His early career was in railroads, where he advanced to the position of Master Mechanic with the Pennsylvania Railroad. He joined the newly formed Union Carbide and Carbon Research Laboratories in 1921. Mr. Miller served on the Welding Subcommittee of the Boiler Code Committee. He was "credited with having been among the first to visualize the possibilities of the oxy-acetylene process," and endowed the Miller Medal, annually awarded by AWS for "work of conspicuous merit in advancing the art and science of welding."

1920 - 21, J. H. Deppeler
Chief Engineer for the Metal and Thermite Corp., New York, Mr. Deppeler is considered an AWS founder. For many years he was active in the American Bureau of Welding, serving as chairman of its Thermite Welding Committee.

1919 - 20, Comfort A. Adams
Woodrow Wilson personally selected the Lawrence Professor of Harvard University, Comfort A. Adams, to chair the Welding Committee of the Emergency Fleet Corporation with America's entry into WWI. The outstanding performance of welding in readying US war and transport ships, compelled Adams to begin forming an organization to use this technological phenomenon in as many applications as possible. Besides serving as the first President of AWS, Professor Adams was also the 1918 president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers (later IEEE), chairman of the Engineering Division of the National Research Council, and the first chairman of the American Engineering Standards Committee. He was the first recipient of the AWS Samuel Wylie Miller Medal (1927), and in 1930, he was elected a member of the Engineering Section of the National Academy of Sciences, joining only twenty others so honored, including Herbert Hoover and Thomas Edison. He was director of AWS' research arm, the American Bureau of Welding, from 1919-1935. The Bureau was also the research body for the Engineering Division ofthe National Research Council. The Council itself was formed from the National Academy of Sciences by Presidential Executive Order in 1918.


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