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Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy | Frank Wicks | Hooshang Heshmat | Henry Scarton
Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy, P.E., a 1949 alumnus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, has been a trailblazing mechanical engineer throughout her career, and was educated and worked for most of it in New York's Capital Region.
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Pioneering Engineer in Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow
Ms. Fitzroy is an internationally-recognized expert in the field of mechanical engineering, specializing in heat transfer and fluid flow. She gained her expertise at General Electric Company, working there from 1950 until her retirement in 1987.
Fitzroy was "breaking the glass ceiling" long before Hillary Clinton's recent run for president, serving in a number of technical and management positions for GE. In doing so, she became a role model for women entering the field of engineering, and has actively promoted the profession to women over the course of her long and distinguished career.
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Her thirty-seven year GE-career started with design of heat transfer surfaces for nuclear reactor cores, where she was one of the few engineers on the planet – male or female – to be doing such work. She progressed onto work for GE's Corporate Research and Development division, where she consulted on technical problems related to heat transfer - for gas turbine, nuclear reactor core, space satellite, and other GE technologies. Ms. Fitzroy worked on the first generation of satellites placed into orbit for General Electric.
Prior to her retirement from GE, Nancy Fitzroy served as manager for two divisions: "Energy and Environmental Programs", and "Turbine Marketing and Projects Operation - Gas Turbine".
First Woman to Head a Major U.S. Engineering Society
Over the course of her career, Ms. Fitzroy has been very active in a number professional societies, and in 1986, became the first woman in the U.S. to head a major national engineering society, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
On the local level, she has been an active member of the ASME Hudson-Mohawk section, a section with a long history of active GE Schenectady-area contributors. She has attended at least one section-sponsored event per year, and has been an asset to the section leadership, always offering encouragement and support.
Received ASME's Esteemed Honorary Membership Award
On October 1st, 2008, it was announced by ASME.org that Nancy Fitzroy was awarded the ASME Honorary Membership, recognizing "her tireless efforts and lasting influence as an advocate of the mechanical engineering profession". She was also recognized for:
- Career-long mentoring of women and other under-represented groups.
- Dedicated service to the ASME Foundation.
- Technical excellence in the fields of Fluid Flow and Heat Transfer.
The ASME Honorary Membership award was first given in 1880, the founding year of the society. It recognizes a lifetime of service to engineering or related fields. The award was presented to Ms. Fitzroy in 2008 at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, held in Boston, Massachusetts.
<-- At left, a picture taken while Ms. Fitzroy served as the first woman ASME national president, 1986 – 1987. Photo courtesy ASME.org.
In addition to her recent recognition, Ms. Fitzroy also holds ASME Fellow status, as well as multiple honorary doctorates. She has written more than one-hundred technical papers and articles, and holds three patents.
For more details on Nancy Fitzroy's many years of service to ASME, please visit "Nancy Fitzroy to Receive ASME Honorary Membership" on ASME.org's global-level web site.
Frank Wicks promoted to ASME Fellow
Union College Professor Frank Wicks, PhD, PE, has been promoted to the grade of ASME Fellow.
The initiator was ASME Past President Dr. Nancy Deloye-Fitzroy. Supporting letters were submitted by Hudson-Mohawk ASME Section President Fred Willett, Union Graduate College Dean of Engineering Robert Kozik, Union College Professor Richard Wilk, Rensselaer Professor Andrew Hunter and ASME Life Member Charles Balleisen of Dallas, Texas.
A presentation ceremony was held on October 5 at Union College. It was organized by Dean of Engineering Cherrice Traver. Presentations were made by Dr Fitzroy. Union College President Stephen Ainlay delivered congratulatory comments.
Professor Wicks holds a B.Marine.E degree from SUNY Maritime College, a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Union College and a PhD in Nuclear Engineering from Rennselaer. Prior to Union College he served as a shipboard engineering officer, a General Electric engineer in a variety of departments and as a member of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Rensselaer. He has received national recognition as the inventor of an Electricity Producing Condensing Furnace and as an author and frequent contributor to Mechanical Engineering, the monthly membership publication of ASME. As the advisor to the Union College student chapter of ASME he has coordinated programs with the Hudson-Mohawk Section and has twice been named Outstanding Faculty Advisor.
In picture are: Stephen Ainlay, President of Union College, Cherrice Traver, Dean of Engineering, Dr Nancy Deloye Fitzroy, President of ASME 1987-1987, Professor Frank Wicks, PhD, PE, new ASME Fellow, Virginia Dawn Wicks, wife, and Linda Wicks, daughter.
Hooshang Heshmat, recipient of the Mayo D. Hersey award
President, Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc., 1037 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12205, Business Phone: 518-862-4290, Fax: 518-862-4293, E-Mail: hheshmat (at) miti.cc
Dr. Hooshang Heshmat is Co-Founder, President & CEO/Technical Director of Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. (www.miti.cc), an applied research/product development company dedicated to green technology, specializing in integration of mechanical components into turbomachinery, testing/measurement and the design/fabrication of oil-free rotating machinery, plus establishing a biotechnology company based on their unique heart pump.
Since 1994, Dr. Heshmat directed 200+ Small Business Innovative Research programs and 20 global private-sector product development programs. His tribological background encompasses bearings, seals, dampers, fluid-film and dry lubricant systems. He developed a new class of industrial oil-lubricated ring bearings, high-performance/cost-effective industrial fluid-film bearings and novel bearing/lubrication systems for starved bearings. He led teams to develop the world’s first completely oil-free, commercial, 170 hp air compressor, plus a 100 hp blower, turbo-expanders, turbo-alternators, high-speed permanent magnet generators/motors and small gas turbine engines (GTs) having high-speed/high-temperature foil bearings with 1600°F operation.
Dr. Heshmat played a primary role in the major advances of compliant foil bearings (CFBs) over three decades. His work enabled application of CFBs to high-speed turbomachinery, including hybrid foil/magnetic bearings and computer codes integrating hybrid bearing designs into advanced gas turbine engines.
Dr. Heshmat developed the principal of "Quasi-Hydrodynamic Lubrication with Dry Triboparticulates,” (friction/wear control for extreme environments) and its practical application to high-temperature coatings (Korolon), dampers and bearings for high-speed GTs, plus vacuum environments and damping of structural members, including turbine blades.
Marquis 2002-2007 Who’s Who in America, 2003-2007 Who’s Who in the World, 2006-2007 Who’s Who in Business, STLE 1983 Wilbur Deutsch Memorial Award, ASME 1985 Burt L. Newkirk Award, Mechanical Technology Incorporated 1990 Technical Creativity Award, STLE 1993 Captain Alfred E. Hunt Award, ASME/RCT 1995 Innovative Research Award, STLE 1996 Al Sonntag Award, ASME/IGTI 1999 Best Paper Award, Department of Defense 2002 25 Defense Contractors Award, ASME 2002 Thomas A. Edison Patent Award, U.S. Small Business Administration's 2002 National Tibbetts Award, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber of Commerce 2002 Innovative Enterprise Award, STLE 2003 Frank P. Bussick Award, New York State Small Business Development Center 2003 Small Business Manufacturer of the Year Award, ASME/IGTI 2005 Microturbine and Small Turbomachinery Committee Best Paper Award.
An active ASME Fellow, 1994 Chairman of the International Joint ASME/STLE Tribology Conference, 1999-2000 Chairman of the Research Committee on Tribology of ASME, member of the ASME Tribology Division Executive Committee, an invited speaker for the 1997 ASME Satellite Broadcast on The Selection, Design, and Performance of Bearings and Seals.
Other societies: An active STLE Fellow.