Hydraulic Institute honors Bill Beekman with Lifetime Achievement Award

April 11, 2007
Bill Beekman, retiring Technical Director for Weir Floway, Inc. based in Fresno, California, has been awarded the Hydraulic Institute (HI) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Beekman at HI's 90th Annual Meeting, recently held in San Antonio, Texas. Beekman joined the Hydraulic Institute in 1969 and has earned a sterling reputation in his 38 years of handling his assignments and committees. He has been a member of a number of HI committees, including...

PARSIPPANY, NJ, April 10, 2007 -- Bill Beekman, retiring Technical Director for Weir Floway, Inc. based in Fresno, California, has been awarded the Hydraulic Institute (HI) Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented to Beekman at HI's 90th Annual Meeting, recently held in San Antonio, Texas.

Beekman joined the Hydraulic Institute in 1969 and has earned a sterling reputation in his 38 years of handling his assignments and committees. He has been a member of a number of HI committees, including the Pump Piping, Viscosity Correction, Seals, and Mean Time Between Repairs committees. He also served as vice-chairman of the Pump Efficiency Committee and chairman of the Vertical Pump Section. Beekman was recommended for the HI Lifetime Achievement Award based on his sustained involvement and continual contributions.

"Bill Beekman is an engineer's engineer," said Robert Asdal, Executive Director of HI. "He always provides valuable technical information, asks the right questions at the right time and seeks clarification to inform committee discussions while keeping projects on their intended path. His insights have been significant."

Beekman's unique perspectives and technical knowledge have benefited the HI in many ways. His willingness to devote personal time on behalf of the Institute by working on standards development projects was important to the Institute's broad success. Beekman was a model of decorum, tact, and diplomacy and was instrumental in implementing the overall goals of the Hydraulic Institute. Despite the enormity of his contributions to HI, Beekman worked tirelessly to make new members feel welcome and that their input was valuable to the Institute.

"Bill Beekman exemplifies the core strength of the Hydraulic Institute," said Asdal, "in writing and propagating sensible pump engineering standards for the benefit of users, engineering consulting firms, and manufacturers alike on both a national and international basis."

The 90-year old Hydraulic Institute, the largest association of pump producers in North America, is a global authority on pumps and pumping systems. Information on the Hydraulic Institute, its services, standards, publications and meetings, can be found on the HI websites at www.Pumps.org and www.PumpLearning.org, and the new energy-savings and life cycle cost focused site, www.PumpSystemsMatter.org. Requests may also be faxed to (973) 267-9055 or mailed to: Hydraulic Institute, 9 Sylvan Way, Parsippany, NJ 07054. Prospective members of the Hydraulic Institute can now download copies of the membership brochure and application information from www.Pumps.org.

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