The Hydraulic Institute has named Arnold Sdano, chief engineer of Fairbanks Nijhuis, a Pentair Inc. company, as its 2012 Member of the Year. The award was conferred on Sdano at HI’s 2013 Annual Meeting, which recently took place in Fort Myers, Fla.
Sdano was honored for his distinguished level and intensity of involvement with the trade group and for advancing its technical work.
His recent contributions include several key ANSI/HI Standards, including Rotodynamic (Centrifugal and Vertical) Pumps – Guideline for Allowable Operating Region (ANSI/HI 9.6.3), Rotodynamic Pumps Guideline for NPSH Margin (ANSI/HI 9.6.1), and Rotodynamic (Centrifugal and Vertical) Pump Efficiency Prediction (HI 20.3-2010). Other contributions include a white paper featuring system efficiency, a draft test standard related to energy efficiency, and support of a process by which HI Standards development will be transferred to an XML structured authoring environment.
An active participant in HI for over 21 years, Sdano has been instrumental in shaping the direction of future standards work within HI and has been a leader and contributor on many standards and guideline writing committees.
Gregg Romanyshyn, HI’s technical director, said, “Mr. Sdano is always eager to volunteer to lead an HI committee or provide technical content where needed. He is well respected by his peers for his depth of knowledge, broad experience, and credible communications. His contributions to the Institute are considerable and clearly significant.”
Based in Parsippany, N.J., HI is a trade group providing standardization and education leadership to the pump industry. Its website is at www.pumps.org. It also jointly runs Pump Systems Matter, at www.pumpsystemsmatter.org, a nonprofit education organization for pump system optimization and energy efficiency, with utility companies and energy efficiency organizations.