PARSIPPANY, N.J. (February 24, 2016) – This week, the Hydraulic Institute (HI) announced the recipients of several awards and honors, which were presented during HI's 2016 Annual Conference in Tucson, Arizona. Jack Claxton, Vice President, Engineering, Patterson Pump Company, received HI's Lifetime Achievement Award; Patrick Hogg, Product Manager, Nidec Motor Corporation, was HI’s Young Engineer of the Year award recipient; and William C. Livoti, Business Development Manager, WEG Electric Corporation received the organization's very first PSM Leadership Award.

Lifetime Achievement

Claxton has more than 40 years of service in the pump industry and has been an instrumental HI member for more than 30 years. He is one of HI’s most well-respected members and has previously received HI’s Member of the Year award. He has been a pioneer within HI Technical Affairs, lending countless hours to the betterment of the industry by chairing the inaugural versions of several important American National Standards.

The following are a few HI committees that have benefited from his leadership and active involvement over the years:

· Standards Committee
· Technical Affairs Steering Committee
· Rotodynamic Pump Group
· HI International Standards Technical Liaison
· Delegate of the International Pumps Standardization Committee
· ANSI/HI 9.8 Pump Intake Design (Chairman 1994 - Present)
· ANSI/HI 9.6.4 Vibration Allowable Levels (Chairman 1995 - 2012)
· ANSI/HI 9.6.8 Dynamics of pumping machinery (Chairman 2005 - Present)

Claxton is also active in the international standards community. Claxton served as a member of the US Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 115 for 19 years and chaired the committee for 11 years and has served as the U.S. expert to JWG 9 for ISO 10816-7 Pump Vibration, U.S. expert to ISO TC 115 WG 7 for ISO 14414 Pump System Energy Assessment, U.S. expert to ISO TC115 SC 2 WG 4 for ISO 19688 Model Testing of Pumps and is currently the Chairman of Sub-committee 3 of ISO Technical Committee 115.

Claxton also holds a patent for a field serviceable vertical pump and has published many articles and papers on pump piping, vibration and hydraulic design.

According to Pete Gaydon, Technical Director, Hydraulic Institute, “Jack Claxton is one of the most influential HI members. He has created a lasting legacy by chairing committees that produced important American National Standards. The level of his volunteerism throughout the years is unmatched and the Institute, as well as the pump industry, are in a great position because of his service.”

Young Engineer

The Young Engineer award was established to recognize the efforts and contributions of engineers from member companies and Standard Partners who have made a significant impact within their current position and have also contributed to the advancement of the work of the Hydraulic Institute. Engineers under the age of 40 (as of January 1 the year of nomination) are eligible for this award.

Hogg has been involved with HI since 2013, is a member of 10 committees, serves as an educational webinar instructor, and holds leadership positions on three committees:
• Chairman – Drivers Application Guidebook
• Vice Chairman – (HI 40.5) Pump & Extended Product Labeling Committee
• Sub-committee leader – Drivers Sub-committee Variable Speed Pumping Guidebook

Peter Gaydon, Technical Director, Hydraulic Institute, added, “Patrick has a passion for committee work and in a short amount of time has become an integral member of many committees. Patrick should be commended for his level of commitment and volunteerism to the industry and he truly represents the future of the Hydraulic Institute.”

PSM Leadership

Livoti has more than 40 years of service in the pump industry designing, field testing, repairing and troubleshooting mechanical seals, compressors, motors and pumping systems. He has been active in the Hydraulic Institute for a number of years and is Chairman of the Educational Affairs Steering Committee, Principal Instructor for Pump Systems Optimization courses as well as an instructor for Train the Trainer and serves on the Board of Directors for Pump Systems Matter (PSM).

The following are a few ways HI and PSM have benefited from his leadership and active involvement:
• Instructed over 15 events in less than 12 months in 2015
• Taught over five live webinars in 2015
• Active member in HI’s Educational Marketing Executive Committee (EMEC) and Educational Marketing Steering Committee (EMSC)
• Assists in developing new educational opportunities from the Power Generation Industry
• Lends his Pump System Assessment industry expertise and helped start the new Pump System Assessment Certificate and Pump Systems Assessment Professional Master Certification Programs

“William C. Livoti has been an excellent asset to the Hydraulic Institute and Pump Systems Matter," says Mark Sullivan, Director, Education & Marketing, Hydraulic Institute, "He never shies away from a new opportunity to educate the industry in Pump System Optimization and has assisted HI and PSM by providing a wide range of PSO public relations programs and sessions in technical venues to promote energy efficiency. We are very grateful for Mr. Livoti’s continued support and service.”

The Hydraulic Institute advances the pump manufacturing industry by becoming the world’s resource for pumping solutions by:

· Addressing Pump Systems

· Developing Standards

· Expanding Knowledge and Resources

· Educating the Marketplace

· Advocating for the Industry

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