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ASME Fellows from Northern New Mexico

ASME Fellows from the NNM Section

The Northern New Mexico Section of ASME has five ASME Fellows. The Fellow Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.

The NNM ASME Section is always willing to assist in the preparation of a Fellow nomination package for a worthy local candidate. See the ASME web page about fellows for more information. Please contact one of the section officers to discuss a possible nominee.

John Bernardin, 2020

John Bernardin, has been named a 2020 Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).  This distinction recognizes significant achievements in Mechanical Engineering Design as well as contributions to the society and engineering community over the past three decades.   Bernardin holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has been an R&D Engineer at Los Alamos National Laboratory since joining the laboratory as a postdoctoral researcher in 1996.  He is currently a Team Leader in the Engineering Technology and Design Division where he oversees a team of fifteen engineers and technicians working on a wide assortment of projects related to advanced mechanical design, analysis, and experimentation.  Bernardin has designed and built electro-mechanical systems for some of the largest science experiments in the world (e.g., Spallation Neutron Source at ORNL and National Ignition Facility at LLNL) as well as numerous space exploration missions including the NASA Mars Rover Curiosity.  Bernardin is an expert in additive manufacturing, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics and is the director of five engineering laboratories devoted to those technical subject areas. 

Dr. Bernardin has served on numerous panels for the US DOE, has chaired multiple conference sessions for the ASME and AIChE, and acts as a technical reviewer for several ASME Journals.  He has also served as an adjunct professor for the University of New Mexico for 14 years, and has been running his own engineering consulting company, Engineering and Technology Instruction, LLC, since 2008.

Dr. Bernardin has authored over 130 publications and has mentored more than 50 students during his career.  Dr. Bernardin’s notable recognitions include the US DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award, Two NNSA Defense Program Awards, a US DOI Geological Survey Director’s Award, a NASA Instrument and Science Team Award, 13 Los Alamos National Laboratory Awards, and Distinguished Alumni Awards from Appleton West High School and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

In his spare time, John enjoys world traveling, mountain biking, hiking and backpacking, wood working, and brewing beer.

Mike Steinzig, 2019


Michael Steinzig, employed by the Weapons Technology Development group (Q18) of Los Alamos National Laboratory, was elected as Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in September 2019.  Mike was recognized for his pioneering work in Electronic Speckle Pattern Interferometry (ESPI) for residual stress measurement, and for extensive contributions to ASME, the profession and to the community, especially mentoring students and enabling scholarships and extracurricular education opportunities for underserved local students.  

Following a BA degree in physics (Colorado College, ’87) and a BSc in ME (NMSU, ‘91), Mike worked in electric power generation for Nooter/Eriksen.  He was the company representative during on-site performance testing (per ASME PTC 4.4) of over 80 heat recovery steam generators, including commissioning at the largest (at the time) combined cycle natural gas fired power plant in the world at Tees, UK.

Suffering from a low trout to people ratio in Missouri, Mike returned to NMSU in 1995, and completed an MSc/ME (’96) and a PhD/ME (’99), mentored by Frank Harlow of T-Division at LANL.  His PhD work focused on solidification of metals and use of a probability distribution function to simulate nucleation and grain growth in plutonium.  After a short postdoc in MST-6 in 2000, Mike took a job with Hytec, Inc. in Los Alamos, where he worked on testing hardware for ultra-stable instruments such as LIGOGLAST, and STEREO, and was the product manager for an ESPI-based residual stress measurement system.  Mike also performed heat transfer and fluid flow simulations for diverse engineering projects.

Mike rejoined LANL in 2005, and since that time has worked as a system engineer in the weapons directorate, primarily on the care and feeding of the W88 warhead, including interactions with Pantex, Kansas City Plant, Y12, NNSA and the US Navy on product definition, closure of Significant Finding Investigations, hydro-test planning and execution, qualification of replacement materials and recently acting as local test lead for the W88 Alt370 project.

Mike has been active in the local section of ASME since 1996, and has organized dozens of dinner meetings, including hosting NM astronaut/senator Harrison Schmitt.  In 2001, he and Mark Miller were responsible for the conversion of the Albuquerque Sub-Section to the Northern NM Section, where Mike served as the chair for several years.  In 2009, he initiated the discussion with LANL directors Mike Anastasio and Charlie McMillan to formalize (ADE:14-003) the relationship between technical society members and LANL; for example, the allowance of incidental use of government property by technical society members.

Mike has mentored 26 students at LANL, including 3 funded by grants from ASME NNM.  He is also active in STEM education through ASME-funded LANL Employee Foundation scholarships, and financial support of local robotic and other technical learning opportunities for students.  The local section of ASME has donated over $150,000 to these and other STEM causes in the past 15 years, largely as a result of Mike’s leadership in this area.

Mike has contributed to the field of residual stress measurement, publishing papers on the ESPI hole-drilling method and giving one Keynote (European Conference on Residual Stress, 2016) and other invited lectures on the topic, and co-founding the Residual Stress Summit.  He is a registered professional engineer in NM, and he and wife Dara enjoy the many outdoor activities available in northern New Mexico.

Steven Girrens, 2015

Steven Girrens is a mechanical engineer (PhD from Colorado State University) and a registered Professional Engineer in New Mexico since 1983. He is currently the Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, responsible for providing strategy and motivation to achieve Laboratory goals for prototype fabrication, applied engineering technology, and accelerator operations and technology. He has over 31 years at the Laboratory working as a practicing mechanical engineer and manager developing and applying engineering technologies to solve problems in energy and defense.

Edward A. Rodriguez, 2010

Michael B. Prime, 2010

Edward A. Rodriguez is a registered professional engineer with 33 years of structural and mechanical engineering expertise, having extensive experience with the US Nuclear Weapons Program, US Navy Submarine Nuclear Propulsion Program, and DOE nuclear reactor programs. His demonstrated proficiency in diverse scientific and engineering fields, include advanced structural dynamics, blast load structural design, and fatigue and fracture mechanics.

Prior to establishing Global Nuclear Network Analysis, LLC with Ms Susan Voss in 2008, Ed had worked for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) since 1991. At LANL he held technical leadership positions including Director for Weapons Engineering Technology Division. From 1977 to 1991, Mr Rodriguez was employed by General Dynamics, Electric Boat Division, in Groton, CT where he worked on the design of the US Navy's Trident ballistic-missile nuclear submarine. Ed was lead engineer for the design and analysis of the steam-plant, reactor-plant, and main sea water pressure components.

Ed's current projects include providing technical expertise to several organizations in structural dynamics response of containments subjected to gaseous detonations, as well as conventional high-explosive detonations, including the development of theoretical, and modeling and simulation of highly non-linear transient structural response. He is a recognized expert within the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Pressure Vessel Research Council (PVRC) for leading the effort with the Impulsively Loaded Vessel Design Guidance, which has recently been adopted as a Code Case for Section VIII, Division 3. Structural design rules and guidance on methodologies for engineering assessments was published in two seminal reports for the Welding Research Council.

Michael Prime received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 1994 under a Berkeley Fellowship and an NDSEG Fellowship. Mike has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory as an R&D Engineer for over 15 years and has been a registered professional engineer since 1998. He has worked on nonlinear vibrations, structural health monitoring, residual stress measurement, shock physics, and material failure at high strain rates. Mike currently leads technical efforts to design, field, and simulate experiments probing material response and failure under shock loading conditions

Mike has earned a worldwide reputation as an expert in residual stresses and in structural health monitoring. He is particularly known for his invention of the contour method, a groundbreaking but conceptually simple method for determining a cross-sectional map of residual stresses. Mike co-founded the Residual Stress Summit, was the Program Chairman for the 8th International Conference on Residual Stresses in 2008, served as an Associate Technical Editor for Experimental Mechanics, and is the Chair for ASTM Task Group E28.13.02. Mike is a former chair of the Northern New Mexico Section of ASME. Mike has 32 journal publications, one patent and numerous awards. Prior to Los Alamos, Mike worked for New United Motors Manufacturing (GM/Toyota), Material Integrity Solutions, as a summer Fellow at Wright Research Center, and has consulted for dozens of companies in the US and abroad. In 1993 Mike set two world records in a Human Powered Vehicle he helped design and build as a student project.



Malcolm Andrews named ASME Fellow in 2007

Malcolm Andrews (CCS-2) has been elected to the grade of Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Andrews has pursued a research career that spans computational, experimental, and theoretical fluid dynamics. He is a recognized world leader in buoyancy driven mixing and has also made significant contributions in computational multiphase flows and heat transfer. His work has resulted in four patents, over 55 international journal publications, and numerous conference publications. He has contributed to ASME though his committee work, and is an Associate Editor for the ASME Journal of Fluids Engineering and Track/Topic organizer for the FED General Papers at the summer and IMECE meetings. In 2007, Andrews received the DOE E. O. Lawrence Award in National Security.

Chuck Farrar named ASME Fellow in 2006

 Chuck Farrar photo

Chuck Farrar (left) receiving his ASME Fellow award from Section Chairman Anthony Puckett.

Chuck Farrar, the director of the Engineering Institute at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been recently elected a Fellow of ASME, a prestigious distinction recognizing him for his many career contributions to the engineering field. The ASME is an international membership organization of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International. Fellow Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Fewer than 2 percent of ASME's 130,000 members are named Fellows.

Chuck has 23 years experience as a technical staff member, project leader, and team leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Chuck is internationally recognized for his sustained and outstanding scientific achievements in structural health monitoring (SHM) and damage prognosis. He has pioneered in this field by proposing the concepts of statistical pattern recognition paradigms for SHM, recognizing environmental variability in SHM applications, developing integrated hardware and software solutions for SHM problems, and introducing the damage prognosis concept to extend the SHM practice. The results of his research have been documented in over 300 refereed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers, and LANL Reports. Chuck has also been very active in education of structural dynamics. In 2000, he founded and has since been managing the Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School, an 8-week program that trains undergraduate/graduate students in all aspects of structural Dynamics. He also found a LANL/UCSD Engineering Institute that offers a formal graduate programs in the area of Damage prognosis and validated simulations. His work has been recognized at LANL through his reception of the inaugural Los Alamos Fellows Prize for Technical Leadership and by the Structural Health Monitoring community through the reception of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Structural Health Monitoring. Chuck has been invited to numerous keynote lectures at international conferences, and has served editorial boards for several international journals.

Bill Miller named ASME Fellow in 2005

Bill Miller (center) after receiving his ASME Fellow Award. Left-toRight: Jorg Jansen, Charles Anderson, Mike Steinzig, Bill Miller, Jack Hanlon, Brian Smith, Wei Shi

Bill Miller has been active in mechanical engineering for 47 years. Starting his career at Aerojet, Bill was instrumental in development of ship drive technologies for the surface effect ship, and later helped form Maritime Dynamics with a group of Aerojet employees. Bill joined Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1976, and quickly became group leader of Mechanical Engineering. For 15 years, Bill's group aided in the design and fabrication of many LANL projects, such as the Antares Laser and several accelerator detector projects, including utilization of carbon composites for the Superconducting Super Collider. After leaving LANL, Bill founded HYTEC, Inc., which continues as a successful engineering company today. At HYTEC, Bill continued his involvement with ultra-stable platform design for the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider in Europe. HYTEC was also instrumental in the isolation system design for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory, and silicon detector design for the Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope. Bill resides in Albuquerque, NM, and is currently the vice-president of AllComp, a company developing carbon/carbon composites for specialty engineering applications.

California State U. Fullerton MS 1971 Mechanical and Aerospace

Ralph Nelson named ASME Fellow in 1999

Over a professional career spanning more than a quarter-century, Nelson has made many significant contributions in the area of phase change heat transfer and nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics. He has played a pivotal role in the development of several thermal hydraulic codes for the prediction of the behavior of nuclear reactors under steady and transient conditions. Nelson has also performed exemplary service to the profession. He has served as member, secretary, vice chairman, and chairman of the Executive Committee of ASME's Heat Transfer Division. He has also served as associate editor of the Journal of Heat Transfer and as a member and chairman of the K-13 Committee.

Ph.D. (1970), North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Joel Bennett named ASME Fellow in 1998

Joel G. Bennett was honored for 24 years of seminal work in research areas such as reactor safety, superplastic forming and advanced modeling for composite materials. His most recent accomplishment is in predicting the ignition of high explosives that can occur because of mechanical insult.

Bennett is a mechanical engineer in the Engineering Science and Applications Division of Los Alamos, a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory operated by the University of California.

During his 24 years at Los Alamos, he has authored or co-authored about 80 technical papers. His most recent effort is developing the micromechanical ignition model used to analyze explosive accidents that could occur during the handling of weapons systems.

In additional to his technical duties, Bennett also participated extensively in education activities, including serving as an adjunct professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado State University, University of Illinois, West Virginia University and University of New Mexico.

Bennett earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in engineering mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Charles Anderson named ASME Fellow in 1992

Dr. Charles A. Anderson's career spans the last thirty years. Initially he worked on thermal and structural analysis of weapons systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory. After receiving his Ph.D. degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, he returned to Los Alamos and worked on the development of finite element methods. Over the years he has pioneered innovative application of the finite element method to large scale thermal and structural problems that arise at a national laboratory. He has been a visiting professor of civil engineering at the University of Wales at Swansea and guest scientist at ARCO Exploration Research in Plano, TX. For the past 15 years he has been Group Leader of the Advanced Engineering Technology Group at Los Alamos where he has provided technical leadership for large scale engineering computations as well as management of heat pipe and fuel cell research and development activities.