J. Robert Sims
President-Nominee, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
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J. Robert Sims, Jr. has been nominated to become the 133rd president of ASME to serve the 2014-2015 term of office.

Sims has been an active member of the Society for more than 33 years and is a recognized authority on risk-based technologies. He is a senior engineering fellow with Becht Engineering Co., Inc. where he provides consulting services in failure analysis of pressure equipment, pressure vessel and piping system design and analysis, mechanical integrity evaluation and Fitness-For-Service analysis, and the design of high pressure oil and gas well equipment.

Prior to joining Becht Engineering in 1998, Sims worked for more than thirty years with Exxon (now ExxonMobil), the last ten years as a pressure equipment specialist with worldwide responsibility for standards and improving equipment integrity. He has led multidisciplinary teams in performing risk analyses and has managed technology development in the area of flaw evaluation.

Sims is a fellow of ASME and has served in a number of leadership roles, particularly in areas involving the Society’s codes, standards and certification processes. He served as senior vice president for ASME Standards and Certification (2005-2008), vice president for Pressure Technology Codes and Standards (1999-2002), chair of the Pressure Technology Post Construction Committee (1995-2001), and was a member of the ASME Board of Governors from 2010-2013. He is past vice chair and current member of the ASME/API Joint Fitness for Service Committee and is a member of a number of Standards and Certification committees and subcommittees.

Sims is the recipient of the Society’s Dedicated Service Award (1995), the J. Hall Taylor Codes and Standards Medal (2004) and the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal (2006). He has more than 30 publications and two patents to his credit and is a frequent speaker and chair at technical forums.

Sims earned his degree in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University and served two years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy.

 

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