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International Pipeline Conference Awards

Four prestigious internationally recognized honors are given at the biennial International Pipeline Conference. These awards are very well recognized amongst the Pipeliner community. Individuals who have obtained these honors have demonstrated significant contributions to the pipeline industry.

Each winner is carefully selected by a nomination committee who thoroughly reviews each application. Selection of the winners is a usually a highly competitive process, typically leading to a very challenging decision for the final winner among high caliber candidates. The winners will be honored throughout the conference including an invitation to an exclusive ASME Dinner, a letter and memento. The Distinguished Lecturer has been awarded since 2012, the Lifetime Achievement Honor since 2016 and the Young Pipeline Professional Honor since 2018.

We encourage you to review the honor details below and solicit nominations (even self) for the awards. If you are unsure or would like some guidance, please email Kim Miceli at micelik@asme.org. If you have a name suggestion for a particular award, feel free to send a note to Kim Miceli.

The deadline for candidate submissions is July 8, 2024.

Award Nomination Application

Objective

To recognize the technical contributions of individuals that have stood the test of time. The technical contributions would have huge industrywide implications including early discovery to implementation into our everyday engineering codes and standards to improve safety, reliability, and integrity. Many of these technical contributions have evolved over time as a result of the individuals continued work, further demonstrating the resilience of the individual contributions.

Criteria

A person or group that has demonstrated through their work and actions that the safety and economy of pipeline systems has been advanced. This demonstration could include a combination of long service, developing research, applying research, and/or the development of new technologies or processes.

The goal of the Distinguished Lecture Series is to present papers published over the past several decades that have provided a foundation for modern pipeline technology. Significant weight will be given to how the potential honoree's work evolved through their own work and also by serving as the foundation for other work.

This honor will consider published work and presentations with significant weight given to their contributions to the International Pipeline Conference.

The individual to be honored will be selected from the nominations based on a considered assessment of the merits (relative comparison) of their work and actions.

The deadline for candidate submissions is June 3, 2024.

Objective

The Lifetime Achievement Honor was created to recognize long time contributors to the pipeline industry. The key criteria is a person or group that has demonstrated through their work and actions that the safety and economy of pipeline systems has been advanced. This demonstration could include a combination of long service, mentoring, development of new technologies, or processes.

The inspiration for the honor was to recognize long time contributors to the pipeline industry such as the 2016 winner Mr. Henry Yamauchi. Mr. Yamauchi continuously provided mentoring and guidance to young pipeline professionals and peers, and contributed to pipeline standards development and the advancement of pipeline technologies and practices. Henry recently retired at the age of 90 after starting his career in the oil and gas industry in 1947, which included almost 60 years of employment at Westcoast Energy (acquired by Duke Energy then later became known as Spectra Energy, then even later became known as Enbridge).

Criteria

A person or group that has demonstrated through their work and actions that the safety and economy of pipeline systems has been advanced. This demonstration could include a combination of long service, mentoring, development of new technologies, or processes.

This honor will consider published work and presentations; however such will not be the primary consideration in making the honor.

The individual to be honored will be selected from the nominations based on a considered assessment of the merits (relative comparison) of their work and actions.

The deadline for candidate submissions is June 3, 2024.

Objective

This honor recognizes young pipeline professionals who have made a significant contribution to the energy pipeline industry by addressing challenges related to social, safety, integrity, operational excellence, or engineering issues. These future leaders have demonstrated an ability and willingness to influence the future of the energy pipeline industry in the 21st century.

Criteria

The honor is limited to pipeline professionals that are 35 or under before the first day (Monday) of the conference.

Must have a minimum of three years of experience in the pipeline industry. Student co-op placements and internships are not to be included in the three years. PhD level research specific to pipelines may count towards the three years and may be weighted differently than industry experience.

Applicants must work at a pipeline company, pipeline-related service provider, regulator, or other pipeline industry organization. University professorships may also count but research and/or lecture topics must be related to pipelines.

Achievements made by the YPP award recipient can include but are not limited to:

  • Made a substantial contribution toward the betterment of the pipeline industry (e.g. the development or application of a new technology, significant involvement in an industry organization in additional capacity, or led a significant initiative for the betterment of their company).
  • Leveraged their experience and knowledge to create opportunities for and enhance the development of other young pipeline professionals.
  • Led the promotion of the value and trustworthiness of the pipeline industry in a public manner (e.g. innovative technical presentations, other presentations, social media, etc.).
  • Demonstrate an ability and willingness towards continuous improvement for themselves, their company, and the industry as a whole.

The deadline for candidate submissions is June 3, 2024.

Objective

The GPA recognizes the pipeline technology innovation process in all phases; from the research laboratory through field applications; from technology incubators to development of markets for new products; from government agencies to private companies; and from individual projects to the consolidation of research and development results. The PSD intends that the Award promotes progress and international cooperation in the field of Pipeline Systems engineering; supports achievements in pipeline engineering education; encourages the timely exchange of information among researchers and engineers; promotes technical activities, including conferences, in the field of Pipeline Technology; promotes safety and the public welfare; Promotes global environment preservation; and promotes public recognition of the pipeline industry.

Criteria

  • Relevance of the innovation or development to the pipeline transportation industry
  • Effectiveness in resolving the stated problem, and in achieving the stated objectives
  • Contribution to efficiency, reliability, operability, versatility and integrity of pipeline transportation systems
  • Impact on public safety and welfare
  • Impact on the environment

Submission Deadline: September 2, 2024

Objective

This honor recognizes pipeline professionals that have grown and developed businesses through innovation – translating research into action – and are responsible, over their lifetime, for creating our current 21st century energy pipeline industry. They have identified and developed research opportunities, turned such research into viable and very successful business venture(s), and most importantly have demonstrated that technical research and development translates to business success.

The inspiration for the award was to recognize long time contributors to the pipeline industry who have a history of both business innovation excellence and strong contribution to the pipeline industry. Dick Williamson in 2020 had received the honor of Lifetime Achievement, although was argued in 2022 that Dick would have matched the spirit of the Business Innovation Excellence honor due to his life’s work with T.D. Williamson. A comparable candidate Daryl Ronsky led to a retrospective comparison, and it was decided that a new award be bestowed. Both candidates have a strong a long history of both philanthropic and business innovation excellence contribution to the pipeline industry.

Criteria

  • A person or group that has demonstrated through their work and actions that the safety and economy of pipeline systems has been advanced. This demonstration should be through their life’s work of identifying and developing research opportunities and turning such research into viable and very successful business venture(s).
  • One key factor would be the regular demonstration of turning research into an outstanding business success.
  • Other factors could include a combination of long service, mentoring, development of new technologies, or processes.
  • This award will consider published work and presentations; however, such will not be the primary consideration in making the award.
  • The individual to be honored will be selected from the nominations based on a considered assessment of the merits (relative comparison) of their work and actions.

Nominations/Applications

REFERENCES: Candidates must include two supporting references.

Award and Honors

The successful nominee will receive a letter from the current IPC Chair and Vice Chair that recognizes their contribution to the pipeline industry and they will also receive a memento. Honorees may also be profiled in various industry publications.

The honoree is to be invited to the Pipeline Systems Division dinner and recognized at the event.