Online Ballot - Officer Biographies – Terms to begin June 16, 2021
The 2020 Nominating Committee has selected the following members for Society Office with terms starting in June 2021. Selected nominees will be voted on in the fall via an online ballot. Please watch for an email with the announcement for the online ballot.
President — Nominee
Mahantesh Hiremath, Ph.D., P.E., (Fellow, ASME) has over 30 years of industry experience in space, energy, transportation, and infrastructure. He holds a rare distinction of designing and analyzing complex systems in four environments – deep underground strategic petroleum reserves, off-shore oil platforms, high-rise buildings, and high-flying geosynchronous satellites.
He currently serves as vice president at SC Solutions, a premier consulting company based in the Silicon Valley. Prior to that he held important leadership positions at Space Systems Loral, SpinLaunch, ARES Corporation, Northrop Grumman, and Stellar Solutions.
As adjunct faculty in mechanical and civil engineering at Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, CA) for over a decade, Dr. Hiremath has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate level and assists students with summer internships.
Among his leadership activities at ASME, he served on the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives during his term as an ASME Congressional Fellow; he was a member of the ASME Board of Governors from 2015-2019; lead the ASME Section D (Pacific-Northwest) during 2009-2012; and served as chair of the ASME Santa Clara Section from 2007-2009.
He received his master’s and doctorate in Structural Dynamics from The Ohio State University. Later, he earned the Certificate in Systems Engineering from Stanford University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Pune, India.
Dr. Hiremath is an avid reader of sports and current affairs. He enjoys long-distance running and ran in five San Francisco marathons. He resides in San Ramon, California with his wife Laxmi, who is a distinguished business owner and writer. They have two sons who are young professionals in the San Francisco Bay area.
Board of Governors — Nominees
Thomas (Tommy) A. Gardner, Jr, Ph.D., P.E. (Fellow, ASME) is the Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal. Prior positions have been as Chief Technology Officer for ManTech, Scitor and Jacobs Engineering. He retired from the Navy as a Captain having commanded the USS San Juan (SSN 751).and served as a Major Program Manager for Deep Submergence.
At ASME, Dr. Gardner served on the Executive Committee of the Technology and Society Division, chaired the Industry Advisory Board, and worked on the Committee on Government Relations. He currently serves on the Committee on Honors and as the Industry Advisory Board representative to the Council on Standards and Certification.
Dr. Gardner’s academic support is as an Advisor to the George Mason University Mechanical Engineering Department, to The Citadel’s Engineering Department, and to the College of Charleston’s Math and Science Department. He is scheduled to teach a course next spring in Software Development for Catholic University.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U. S. Naval Academy, a Master of Science in Management of Technology from MIT, a master’s in public administration from Harvard and a Doctorate in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of South Carolina.
Samuel J. Korellis, P.E. (Fellow, ASME) is a Technical Executive at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), where he manages a wide range of research projects with an emphasis on optimizing plant and equipment performance. His primary responsibilities include power plant improvements, equipment performance, heat exchangers, coatings, performance monitoring and diagnostics, fuel flow, combined-cycle plant performance, and technical conferences.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) conducts R&D to make electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.
Before joining EPRI in 2008, Mr. Korellis held engineering and management positions at companies including Dynegy, Illinois Power, Duke Power, and Ingersoll Rand. In these positions he was responsible for fossil and nuclear plant performance improvement, acceptance and emissions testing, emissions reductions, and plant outage inspections.
Mr. Korellis has been an active volunteer developing ASME codes and standards since founding a new ASME code committee in 1985. He has served as a member and chair of numerous technical committees and boards, Vice President of the Board on Performance Test Codes, and most recently Senior Vice President of the Standards & Certification (S&C) Sector. During his ASME career he served as the inaugural vice chair on the VOLT Academy.
He has served as a mentor to early career engineers in ASME codes and standards and has personally recruited over 100 now active committee members.
He received the ASME Performance Test Code Medal in 2005 and the ASME Dedicated Service Award in 2006. In 1999, he was the first recipient of Illinova’s Diversity Recognition of Excellence Award.
Mr. Korellis received a bachelor’s degree in power engineering and a master’s in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. He is a registered professional engineer in two U.S. states.
Wolf Yeigh, Ph.D. (Fellow, ASME) is the Chancellor and Professor of Engineering at the University of Washington Bothell, a position he has held since 2013. As the chief executive of a regional comprehensive research university, he leads an institution that contributes $342 million annually in economic impact.
Prior to his current position in Washington, he served as President and Professor at the State University of New York Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2013. During his tenure in New York, Dr. Yeigh also held a gubernatorial appointment as a co-chair of Regional Economic Development Council. He has held professorial and leadership positions at Norwich University, St. Louis University, Yale University, and Oklahoma State University. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm with Fighter Squadron Seventy-Four aboard the USS Saratoga. He serves on national and state boards for engineering, economic development, public policy, and education.
For the past 36 years, Dr. Yeigh has been an active member of ASME and the Management Division as a student member, an associate member, a member, and a fellow since 2005. He has been a student leader, program and division chair, group member, honors chair, and represented ASME in inter-society programs including Alfred Noble Prize Committee and Engineering Management Certification International. He received the ASME Auxiliary Rothermel Scholarship and the ASME Dedicated Service Award.
Dr. Yeigh earned from Princeton University a Ph.D. and a master’s in Civil Engineering and Operations Research (Applied Mechanics), and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School; from Stanford University a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering; and from Dartmouth College a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science.