On Thursday, December 3rd, C&I’s Senior Plant Designer and Quality Coordinator, Ron Waldon, formally accepted his position as the new President of SPED—the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers.
SPED was first established in 1980, and was created to promote excellence and quality in piping design and engineering through professional development, training and certification. Today, the organization serves the piping profession worldwide with chapters in Houston, Louisville, UK, Ireland, Calgary, Ontario, Edmonton, Iran, Pakistan and Australia, with partners in Spain and Malaysia.
Ron is the first individual outside of the Houston area to serve as President. He became a member of the organization in 1992. In 2010, Ron earned the first certification in Louisville, after a diligent three months of preparing a 27½-page application to SPED. He began lobbying for a Midwest SPED chapter in 1994 and received backing and support to start a Midwest SPED chapter in 2011. Since then, Ron has served as the Midwest chapter’s President and also became the first officer of SPED elected outside the Houston area headquarters.
As President, Ron’s duties will involve certification review and financial oversight, in addition to leading its many chapters. He is assisted by a secretary and executive director in the Houston office. Ron plans to expand the scope of SPED’s influence on piping engineering professionals while expanding the global membership-including adding a chapter in India. Ron’s first board meeting as President will be held in early February.
Next on the list? Ron plans to update SPED’s educational videos and marketing materials. He also intends to expand SPED’s social media presence. In Louisville, Ron’s goal is to reach out to tech schools to expand the teaching and education of piping locally. By doing this, Ron hopes to start filling the void that will be left when several senior-level piping engineer professionals retire in the coming years.
“The chapter will begin promoting SPED to local tech schools in 2016, as a means of introducing the piping profession to young people and ultimately get training set up in these tech schools for piping design,” says Ron. “We’re going to be setting up webinars for lunch-time meetings, so that more folks can attend locally. We are also looking forward to recruiting more members to the Louisville Chapter.” SPED’s Louisville chapter recently held elections for 2-year terms on its board. Board members include: President, Keith McKinney (VP, PLC); Vice President, C&I’s Chief Plant Designer, Lee Jewell; Treasurer, C&I’s Senior Plant Design Designer, Bob Maurer; and Secretary, C&I’s Senior Plant Design Designer, Rick Rice. Together at C&I, Ron and Lee (who also serves on the SPED International Advisory Council), conduct a SPED-developed Piper Boot Camp training course to help develop entry-level piping engineers and designers. They also write recommendation letters for C&I Associates to join, in addition to helping them achieve the proper status for their varying levels of experience.
Please join us in congratulating Ron in his new role as President of SPED International!